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Readiness Capabilities

Each of the Military Departments – Army, Navy and Air Force – are restructuring their Medical Departments to enhance readiness capabilities to better support the warfighter and optimize their ability to meet the operational requirements of line commanders.

The Military Departments continue to maintain:

  • Command and control of all uniformed medical personnel
  • Responsibility for manning, training and equipping these personnel
  • Setting medical readiness standards
  • Delivering certain installation-specific clinical functions outside the hospital and operational clinical services under the operational control of combatant commanders.

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To find a solution to an identified gap in medical care provided in combat situations, the U.S. Air Force 920th Rescue Wing’s Aeromedical Staging Squadron developed the Tactical Medical Augmentation Team, an embedded medical team that will bring a new level of patient care directly to the battlefield.

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Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departed San Diego, May 3, marking the beginning of Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22).

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Caring for Recruits' Injuries is Key to Success at Basic Training

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Why Today’s ‘Gen Z’ is at Risk for Boot Camp Injuries

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RHC-C Soldier wins 2022 Army Best Medic Competition

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Weed Army Community Hospital medics won first place in the 2022 U.S. Army Best Medic Competition, which took place Jan. 24-28 at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Command surgeon highlights life-saving Army medical advances at high school presentation

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Virginia Guard conducts medical exchange in Tajikistan

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Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen conducted a medical exchange with the Republic of Tajikistan Dec. 6-10 in support of the Defense Department’s State Partnership Program.

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Oregon National Guard surging to support hospitals again

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The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center invited female EOD Airmen from around the enterprise to take part in a working group to ensure mother’s needs are taken into account, while still keeping to the higher standard for the career field’s physical demands. 

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Ready Reliable Care Framework is Improving MHS Patient Care

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Last Updated: June 04, 2021
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