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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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MHSRS scientific plenary presenter Jones 2022

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10/5/2022
MHSRS scientific plenary presenter Jones 2022

U.S. Army Col. Jennifer Stowe, with the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory in Enterprise, Alabama, presented research on eye trauma and ophthalmic surgery at the Military Health System Research Symposium.

Indo-Pacific

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9/30/2022
Indo-Pacific

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Heck, the first director of the Defense Health Agency Region Indo-Pacific, speaks at a ceremony Sept. 27 formally establishing the new overseas health region. The region consists of 45 military hospitals and clinics in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. (Photo: DMA Pacific - Hawaii Media Bureau)

TBI Podcast

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9/30/2022
TBI Podcast

Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón “CZ” Colón-López talks about his personal experience with traumatic brain injuries in a podcast with the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence. The “Picking Your Brain” podcast focuses on the latest TBI research and clinical recommendations, the effects of TBI on military readiness, veterans, and the loved ones who support their recovery process. (Photo: Air Force Master Sgt. Michael J. Cowley)

Disaster Preparedness

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9/30/2022
Disaster Preparedness

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alexandra Vidato, 459th Airlift Squadron instructor flight engineer, tapes a box of simulated humanitarian aid prior to takeoff for a Tokyo Metropolitan Government-hosted disaster preparedness and response drill at Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, Japan, Sept. 3, 2022. (Photo: U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards, 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs)

Custis Bet

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9/27/2022
Custis Bet

In 1978, Washington journalist Jerry Brazda bet retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. (Dr.) Donald Custis that USU would never graduate a student. On May 24, 1980, graduation day for USU's first class, Brazda paid his debt by check. Custis then donated it to USU's dean, Dr. Jay Sanford, "for some good student cause". (Photo: Tom Balfour, USU)

Ford

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9/27/2022
Ford

Groundbreaking ceremony for USU to be built on the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland, June 10, 1975. President Gerald Ford congratulates Congressman Edward Hébert (right). (Photo: Courtesy of USU)

Nixon

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9/27/2022
Nixon

President Richard Nixon signs the Uniformed Services Health Professions Revitalization Act into law, September 21, 1972, establishing the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. (Photo: Courtesy of USU)

USU 50th

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9/27/2022
USU 50th

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Uniformed Services University's founding Sept. 21, 1972 and its mission to care for members of the military both on and off the field. (Photo: Courtesy of USU)

MHSRS YIC

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9/26/2022
MHSRS YIC

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jonathan Yost accepts his Young Investigators Competition first-place award from U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Katherine Simonson, Terry Rauch, and Dr. Michael Morris at the 2022 Military Health System Research Symposium in Kissimmee, Florida, Sept. 15, 2022. (Photo: Robert Hammer, MHS Communications)

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9/22/2022
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For his service during the Korean War, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Francis “Doc” Hammond, a hospitalman, was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor in 1953. (Photo: Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command)

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9/21/2022
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U.S. Army Astronaut Lt. Col. (Dr.) Frank Rubio successfully launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, aboard a Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft, Sept. 21, for a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. (Photo: Courtesy of NASA)

motorcycle rider 2022

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9/20/2022
motorcycle rider 2022

Beyond attending the required motorcycle training courses, active-duty riders are required to wear proper personal protective equipment whether riding on or off-base. Riders must wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, a Department of Transportation-approved helmet, protective eye wear, full-fingered gloves and above-ankle shoes, preferably, steel-toed boots. (Photo illustration Navy MassCommunication Specialist 1st Class RJ Stratchko)

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9/19/2022
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Staff at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune's lab demonstrate lab testing procedures to students in June 2022. (Photo: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Molina)

National Concussion Awareness Day Main

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9/16/2022
National Concussion Awareness Day Main

On a monthly average, more than 1,000 service members are diagnosed with a first-time concussion. Most of them happen during recreational or routine training activities (Photo by: Senior Airman Chance Nardone, 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Mehring, RP, Germany)

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9/14/2022
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Holly Joers serves as the program executive officer for Defense Health care Management Systems. (Photo: Josh Brick, Program Executive Office, DHMS)

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Last Updated: September 21, 2022
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