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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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Retired colonel Recognized with the ASBP Lifetime Achievement Award

Article Around MHS
10/20/2021
Retired Army Col. Francisco "Frank" Rentas shown in 2003 with the 'Golden Hour Container.'

The Armed Services Blood Program named Retired Army Col. Francisco “Frank” J. Rentas as the recipient of the 2021 ASBP Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Task Force Liberty partners with local clinic to provide dental care

Article Around MHS
10/20/2021
An Airman adjusts the face mask on an Afghan child.

Task Force Liberty’s case management team partnered up with the local community Sept. 22, 2021, to provide routine dental care for the first time to Afghans living in Liberty Village on Joint Base, McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Jew Jersey.

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BJACH highlights rehab services during National Physical Therapy Month

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10/20/2021
A soldier performs a physical examination of a patient's knee.

October is National Physical Therapy Month, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy.

Breaking Bread to Limit Stress at NMRTC Bremerton

Article Around MHS
10/19/2021
Sailors gather around a display table.

Naval Medicine Readiness and Training Bremerton’s Pastoral Care department is actively promoting the Caregiver Operational Stress Control Program.

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Expeditionary Medical Force Brings Optimal Readiness in Pacific Region

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10/18/2021
A male soldier talks about a chart to to a female sailor.

The 121st Field Hospital of the 549th Hospital Center recently introduced an innovative way to increase medical Soldiers’ proficiency and competency by enhancing access to the field hospital equipment.

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BAMC nurse helps support vaccination effort for Afghan evacuees

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10/15/2021
Medical personnel check in Afghan evacuees waiting to receive measles, mumps and rubella and chickenpox vaccines.

A Brooke Army Medical Center clinical nurse specialist used her training and experience to help vaccinate Afghan evacuees in Germany.

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Sterile Processing Week: Unsung Heroes of Health Care Celebrated

Article Around MHS
10/14/2021
A lab worker moves a storage case.

To salute sterile processing professionals, whose work often go unnoticed, the second Sunday of every October marks the first day of Sterile Processing Week, running this year from Oct. 10-16.

MHS GENESIS: New electronic health record coming soon to the San Antonio Market

Article Around MHS
10/13/2021
A woman looks at her computer monitor.

The San Antonio Market will transition to the new electronic health record system – known as MHS GENESIS – in January 2022.

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Air Force International Health Specialists promote peace through inclusion of women

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10/13/2021
Medic prepare to lift a patient on a litter.

U.S. Air Force International Health Specialists are supporting the Department of Defense’s initiative to promote women’s safety, empowerment and vital contributions to global security.

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101st Soldier, ER staff help family after baby is born in parking lot

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10/13/2021
A soldier meets his new baby.

A Medical Student's Journey From Burkina Faso to Uniformed Services University

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10/8/2021
Navy Ensign Roland Kiendrebeogo, a first-year medical student at the Uniformed Services University, with his wife at his enlisted boot camp graduation, May 2010.

Navy Ensign Roland Kiendrebeogo’s journey from Burkina Faso to Navy medicine.

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Fort Knox dietician reveals personal staples for healthy family meals, picky eaters

Article Around MHS
10/8/2021
Vegetables displayed at a grocery store.

Making sure everyone in the family is eating healthy can sometimes be overwhelming and oftentimes, families aren’t sure where to start.

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USECAF receives insight into COVID19 vaccinations at Reserve wing

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10/8/2021
Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones visits with 433rd Airlift Wing members at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Oct. 2, 2021.

Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones visited the 433rd Airlift Wing here to meet with Reserve Citizen Airmen leaders on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination efforts, Oct. 2, 2021.

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Compassionate Caring with COVID Vax Commitment

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10/6/2021
A  female doctor poses for a photo.

When pregnant patients have an appointment with Lt. Cmdr. Megan Northup at Naval Hospital Bremerton, they get more than a qualified and caring OB/GYN physician.

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It's time for your flu vaccine

Article Around MHS
10/6/2021
A Coast Guard petty officer administers the intranasal flu vaccine to a Coast Guard member.

Flu vaccinations are now available and are mandatory for all active duty and selected reserve Coast Guard members.

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