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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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Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital Nurse Raises Awareness About Men’s Health, Grows Mustache

Article Around MHS
11/20/2022
U.S. Army Maj. Cody McDonald

Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital encourages soldiers and civilians at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, Louisiana to grow a mustache this November to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancers, mental health, and suicide prevention for men.

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Physicians Perform First Surgery with New Robotics System

Article Around MHS
11/18/2022
Military medical personnel performs surgical procedure

Physicians with the 96th Medical Group completed the first robotic-assisted surgery at Eglin Air Force Base on Nov. 2 Using the unit’s new DaVinci Robotics System, the team performed a successful hernia repair operation.

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Research and Innovation

Native American Medical Student Fulfills Her Life’s calling at the Uniformed Services University

Article Around MHS
11/17/2022
U.S. Air Force Lt. Samantha Williamson

U.S. Air Force Lt. Samantha Williamson, a member of the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine’s class of 2025, finds herself far from home as she aims to fulfill her life’s purpose to care for her community.

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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

TRICARE Open Season is Here: Find Right the TRICARE Plan for You

Article Around MHS
11/16/2022
Military personnel smiles with spouse

Does TRICARE open season apply to you? Now is your chance to enroll in a health plan or change health plans for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2023. You have until Tuesday, Dec. 13, to make changes.

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Soldiers Learn Nuances of Basic Life Support

Article Around MHS
11/16/2022
Military medical personnel in life support class

U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from the 801st field hospital learned the nuances of providing care to adults, pregnant women, children and infants when they attended the basic life support class on Nov. 7.

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Education & Training

Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training Benefits All Warriors

Article Around MHS
11/15/2022
Military nurses with Canine Tactical Combat Casualty Care dog

Tactical Combat Casualty Care training is not unique to the active-duty nurses and medical technicians from the 72nd Medical Group, however, what is unique is training in Canine Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training.

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Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course (TCCC) | Education & Training | Veterinary Service

BAMC Ranks Among Top Hospitals in Nation for Surgical Care

Article Around MHS
11/15/2022
Military medical personnel performing surgery

Brooke Army Medical Center was recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2021, ranking the hospital among the top 10 percent of participating hospitals for surgical care.

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U.S. Air Force Provides Information for Aircrew Considering Flying During Their Pregnancy

Article Around MHS
11/14/2022
U.S. Air Force Maj. Molly Sexton conducts pre-flight inspections

In April 2022, the U.S. Air Force issued a clarification of policies pertaining to aircrew during pregnancy. The policy recognized the need to provide aircrew, commanders, and health care professionals greater awareness of and transparency around the process for submission and review of waivers to fly during pregnancy.

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Women's Health

What You Should Know About RSV: Symptoms, Prevention, Care

Article Around MHS
11/14/2022
infant smiling

You may have heard of a virus called respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV. But do you know how serious it is and who is most at risk? Learn the signs, and how quickly RSV can put patients at risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and even death.

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Enhancing Public Health Interoperability for the Joint Force

Article Around MHS
11/10/2022
Army Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Hall teaches a class

Members of Army Public Health Command Europe strengthened their partnership with sister services in a U.S. Air Force led Public Health Emergency Management training exercise held at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief | Public Health

Army Civilians Provide Continuity Play Key Support Role for Medical Logistics Soldiers

Article Around MHS
11/10/2022
George Takacs, biomedical equipment technician works on battlefield medical equipment

U.S. Army civilians and contractors provide a crucial support mechanism to medical logistics forces when they deploy, assisting soldiers wherever the fight may take them.

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Civil Support | Medical Logistics

Army Medical Research and Development Command Helps Pave Way to Aid Injured in Ukraine

Article Around MHS
11/9/2022
Military medical personnel performing surgery

Dr. Oleksandr Sokolov has been working 'round-the-clock for almost a year now. A vascular surgeon by trade, Sokolov is one of a small team of medical professionals currently performing a variety of life-saving surgical procedures to people injured in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, under what can rightly be considered some of the most difficult conditions imaginable.

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How an Air Guard Pilot Beat Cancer, Continued to Fly

Article Around MHS
11/9/2022
A pilot stands in front of an aircraft.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Paul Mastalerz II works as a pilot, full-time for United Airlines and part-time for the Connecticut Air National Guard, where he also serves as deputy group commander of the 103rd Operations Group. Mastalerz, a husband and father of two children, has always found ways to overcome the stress of maintaining his demanding work schedule and family life.

Arkansas Air Guardsmen Provide Medical Care in Guatemala

Article Around MHS
11/8/2022
Military medical personnel perform dental procedure

Arkansas U. S. Air National Guard members helped provide medical care in Guatemala alongside United States and foreign military, government and civilian personnel during the Continuing Promise 2022 mission from Oct. 26 to 31.

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Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Murtha Cancer Center Hosts 2022 Breast Cancer Summit

Article Around MHS
11/7/2022
Military medical personnel performing mammogram

The John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center hosted its 2022 Breast Cancer Summit virtually Oct. 26. The summit is held annually during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

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