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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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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.

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

Article Around MHS
10/13/2021
A soldier meets his new baby.

Air Force International Health Specialists promote peace through inclusion of women

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

Article Around MHS
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

Article Around MHS
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

Article Around MHS
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.

How to save a life

Article Around MHS
10/6/2021
A Marine practices Tactical Combat Causality Care on a simulated casualty during a TCCC course on Camp Hansen.

TCCC is the first step in a trauma life support situation to reduce preventable deaths while operating and maintaining mission success in a forward deployed environment.

Oral hygiene impacts your overall physical health

Article Around MHS
10/5/2021
A Marine looks at his teeth in a mirror.

October is National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month and Dental Health Command Europe wants you to know that taking care of your oral health is vitally important to your overall physical health.

Following Report, DOD to Redouble Suicide Prevention Efforts

Article Around MHS
10/5/2021
A person helps another person up.

Following a recent report about suicide, the DOD redouble efforts to prevent suicides.

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Momentum builds as Army implements Holistic Health and Fitness

Article Around MHS
10/5/2021
Soldiers prepare to exercise.

The Army’s implementation of Holistic Health and Fitness, or H2F, has made significant progress over the past year as the Army’s primary investment in Soldier readiness and lethality.

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Army medical logistics leader recognized after nearly 40-year career

Article Around MHS
10/4/2021
Army Col. John “Ryan” Bailey, right, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, presents Chris Roan with the Civilian Service Commendation Medal during Roan’s retirement ceremony Sept. 17 at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Roan retires with nearly 40 years of federal service.

Chris Roan's nearly 40-year career in the Army includes nearly 30 years of active-duty service and 10 more in civilian service.

Fort Bragg Airborne troops support R&D to prevent Soldier head injuries

Article Around MHS
10/4/2021
Paratroopers prepare to board a U.S. Air Force C-17 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Airborne Soldiers tested combat helmet sensors looking to help lessen repetitive traumatic injuries to the head and neck while jumping from aircraft.

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