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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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Air Force Medical Officer's Quick Thinking Saves Life at Accident

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10/12/2022
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U.S. Air Force officer’s heroic efforts helps save a life after car crash.

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Chief Medical Officer Earns Top Honor for Excellence in Health Care

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10/12/2022
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The San Antonio Market’s chief medical officer received a top honor from the American Academy of Family Physicians for his outstanding contributions as a physician leader.

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Prevent the Spread of Influenza and COVID-19 Viruses Within Your Community

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10/11/2022
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As families return from summer vacation and students return to school, the influenza (flu) season is approaching while the COVID-19 pandemic is still on-going.

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Out for a Bike Ride? Remember These Safety Tips

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10/11/2022
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Bike riding is a popular form of transportation, physical activity, and fun, but doing it safely is key.

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DHA Turns 9: 'Now Fully Responsible for Health Care Delivery' in DOD

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10/6/2022
Four DHA personnel, including DHA Director Place, center, cut a birthday cake with a sword to celebrate DHA's ninth birthday. Oct. 1, 2022.

Defense Health Agency celebrates its 9th year; continues to grow military medical mission.

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Military Health Symposium Research Shapes Future of Warfighter Health

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10/5/2022
U.S. Army Col Jennifer Stowe presents her research from behind a podium at the MHSRS meeting 2022.

Scientific session at the Military Health System Research Symposium highlights research addressing critical military medical issues.

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TRICARE Offers Contraceptive Care to Support You, Your Family, and Your Readiness

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9/30/2022
TRICARE covers a full range of contraceptive methods, regardless of which health plan you have. And recent changes to TRICARE policies help make sure you’ll have easy, convenient, and timely access to contraceptive services.

Whether you’re a service member or a TRICARE-eligible family member, contraceptive care plays a key role in your overall health, wellness, and quality of life. It also supports your individual and family readiness.

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DHA Region Indo-Pacific Standardizes Medical Readiness and Health Care

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9/30/2022
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DHA establishes DHA Region Indo-Pacific on Sept. 27.

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Top U.S. Military Enlisted Leader Shares Experience of Stigma Surrounding TBI

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9/30/2022
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Recovery after brain injury keeps warfighters mission-ready.

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Natural Disaster Preparation: What You Need to Know

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9/30/2022
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Disasters can come at any time, so always be prepared and lean on TRICARE for assistance.

The Founding of USU: 50 Years of Caring for Those in Harm’s Way

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9/28/2022
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As the guns of World War II cooled and the conflict rumbled to an end, the U.S. military returned home to face a new challenge — one ultimately leading to the creation of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).

Young Investigators and Poster Awardees Recognized at Symposium

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9/26/2022
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Gain more from your health care with these technological advances.

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Dedicated Korean War Navy Medic Worked “Feverishly” to Save Lives

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9/22/2022
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U.S. Navy Hospitalman Francis Hammond was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for selflessly saving lives and risking his own during the Korean War.

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Exciting Time to be at NASA: USU Alumnus, Army Doc Heads to Space

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9/21/2022
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U.S. Army Astronaut Lt. Col. (Dr.) Frank Rubio, a 2010 graduate of the Uniformed Services University, successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, aboard a Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft, Sept. 21, for a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

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Safety Tips for Riding Your Motorcycle this Fall

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9/20/2022
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