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Military Health System

Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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Want to Avoid Getting Sick? Here Are Some Tips to Boost Your Immunity

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2/7/2023
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Just like wearing personal protective equipment like gloves, goggles, and masks can minimize your exposure to workplace injuries and illnesses, personal protective nutrition and lifestyle practices can do the same to boost your immunity.

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Defense Health Agency Director Promoted to Lieutenant General

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2/3/2023
Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland, the Defense Health Agency’s fourth director and first African American DHA director, poses with family and friends after she was promoted to Lieutenant General on Jan. 20, 2023. (Photo by Robert Hammer)

The new Defense Health Agency director pinned on her third star during a ceremony at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel, Virginia, on Jan. 20, 2023.

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NICoE Deputy Director Receives Department of Defense's Highest Civilian Honor

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1/27/2023
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald J. Place  and Dr. Louis French at award ceremony

The work of one of the Department of Defense’s foremost experts on the treatment of traumatic brain injury was recently honored with the department's highest award given to career DOD civilian employees.

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Decades After Desert Storm, inTransition is There for You

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1/26/2023
General Schwartzkopf inspecting troops in 1991

If you need help with your PTSD, the InTransition program is for you.

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Equine Therapy Reduces Staff Stress and Anxiety at Military Hospital

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1/25/2023
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Not all facility animals are dogs. Mini-horses help reduce staff stress at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

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Genome Sequencing Assists Research at Naval Health Research Center

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1/24/2023
Lab technicians doing genome research

Learn how unique samples from naval vessels, US-Mexico border populations, and DOD beneficiaries aided in the Naval Health Research Center’s sequencing efforts.

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MLK Day National Day of Service: Remember. Celebrate. Act.

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1/23/2023
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How Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy still affects us today.

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Donated Blood Saves Lives

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1/20/2023
Military personnel donating blood

The Military Health System needs many units of blood every day. The Armed Services Blood Program has a mission to meet that need globally, whenever, and wherever needed.

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U.S. Military HIV Research Lends Lessons Learned to COVID-19

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1/19/2023
Gloved hands working in laboratory

The U.S. military has engaged in HIV research for three decades, contributing critical lessons learned, knowledge, and expertise during the COVID-19 research and vaccine development effort.

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If It Is Worth Dying for, It Is Worth Living for

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1/17/2023
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A psychologist shares a story of a combat veteran to encourage others to seek mental health help if needed.

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Naval Medical Research Center Uses Genome Sequencing for Variants

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1/12/2023
Military personnel pose for a group photo

NMRC’s efforts provided important support for sequencing and viral isolation to the Department of Defense and Military Health System.

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Military Pharmacists Face Unique Challenges While Deployed

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1/12/2023
Military pharmacist counting pills

Deployed pharmacists are responsible for every medication used in their clinic. That includes preparing medication kits for medics on patrol, helping prepare aeromedical evacuation patients, normal outpatient prescriptions, and in some locations, even snakebite antidotes.

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“Call for Abstracts” Opens for 2023 MHS Research Symposium

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1/10/2023
Attendees enjoying the 2022 MHSRS scientific poster presentation

Preparations for the 2023 MHSRS are currently underway! Learn how you can qualify to present at the DOD's premier scientific meeting for the unique medical needs of the warfighter. (Deadline for abstracts: Feb. 19th)

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Military Working Dog Registry Established to Improve Care

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1/6/2023
Military personnel in veterinary class

The Military Working Dog Registry has now been established to help improve health care for MWDs.

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USAMRIID Focuses on Genome Sequencing to Detect Variants

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1/5/2023
Military medical personnel in laboratory

A connected family of laboratories across the MHS allows a more rapid response to the outbreak.

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