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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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Return to Duty: An SRU Soldier's Story of Recovery and Resiliency

Article Around MHS
9/12/2022
Fort Stewart Soldier Recovery Unit insignia

Capt. Viola Howard, an Iron Guardian at the Fort Stewart Soldier Recovery Unit, injured herself during her tour of duty in Germany and was transferred to Fort Stewart She set her mind to recover, rehabilitate, rebuild and ultimately return to active duty.

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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Expands Opportunities to Help

Article Around MHS
9/9/2022
Infographic for Military Crisis Lifeline

The nationwide kickoff of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, operated 24/7, provides a new tool that expands the opportunities for professional counseling.

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Ramstein Now Offers Novavax Vaccine

Article Around MHS
9/8/2022
Military medical gives Soldier a COVID-19 vaccine

The 86th Medical Group is now offering the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, which has been authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to members 18 years and older in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

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#BeThere - September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Article Around MHS
9/7/2022
#BeThere infographic for Suicide Awareness Month

Suicide rates among military members continue to increase year after year.

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#BeThere_Marine Mark Wahlberg & Will Ferrell

Article Around MHS
9/7/2022
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell

PSA video with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell bringing attention to suicide prevention and promoting the DSTRESS Line and Community Counseling Centers.

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‘I am the 1% that recovers’: Resilience Standard Set as Russian Linguist Fights Quadriplegia

Article Around MHS
9/2/2022
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lauren Arduser

After a horrific car crash, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lauren Arduser was told she'd never walk again. See how her personal resilience, sense of humor, and a lot of hard work are paving the way for her journey back to active duty.

Blood Recipient ‘Keeps On’ Telling Others About the Impact Donors Make

Article Around MHS
9/1/2022
Vanessa Aguilar donating blood

Vanessa Aguilar is the ASBP blood donor recruiter at U.S. Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Guam Blood Donor Center (US NMRTCG BDC). 

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Animal Care Specialist Provides Valuable Training to Military Working Dog Handlers

Article Around MHS
8/31/2022
Military personnel in animal training session

Animal care specialist provides valuable training to military working dog handlers

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Mental Health Office Helps AUAB Members Maintain Readiness

Article Around MHS
8/30/2022
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Melissa Leonardo smiles for photo

Comprehensive Airman Fitness is comprised of physical, social, spiritual and mental fitness. Being physically fit to fight and maintaining a war fighter spirit are crucial to completing the mission.

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NAMI Recompression Chamber Supports Area Training Missions, Operations

Article Around MHS
8/29/2022
Military personnel demos compression chamber

Scuba diving can be extremely dangerous, and it’s possible for divers to develop adverse medical conditions and injuries while performing underwater operations. A common diving injury is decompression sickness (DCS), also referred to as the “bends”.

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U.S. Army Medical Officer Strengthens Military Medical Partnerships Around World

Article Around MHS
8/26/2022
Military personnel in medical lab

A U.S. Army medical officer has strengthened alliances and built relationships with military medical personnel around the world.

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Learning the Ropes: How USU Medical Students Spent Their Summer Operational Experiences

Article Around MHS
8/26/2022
Photo of USU Medical Students

From the legendary United States Army Air Assault School to training with the elite Navy SEALS, students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) took part in a host of summer experiences as they prepared for their second year of medical school.

Fort Campbell SRU Pilot Program Explores Post-traumatic Growth

Article Around MHS
8/25/2022
Military personnel in classroom

The Fort Campbell Soldier Recovery Unit has begun a new pilot program for the Army Recovery Care Program, highlighting post-traumatic growth and positive growth through struggle.

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Eligible Airmen, Guardians Have Access to More Monkeypox Vaccines

Article Around MHS
8/24/2022
Military medical personnel administers vaccine to Soldier

Airmen and Guardians at high risk of transmission now have more access to safety measures against the monkeypox outbreak.

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Battalion Hosts Critical Medical Training

Article Around MHS
8/24/2022
Military personnel in combat training exercise

Allied Forces North Battalion conducted a week-long Combat Lifesaver Course July 25-29.

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Last Updated: September 21, 2022
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