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Military Health System

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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President Joe Biden signs the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act on August 10, 2022. (Photo: Kent Nishimura)

PTSD Awareness graphic 2022


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Burn Pit Registry 2022


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Ramstein Novavax COVID 19 vaccine 2022


Air Force Staff Sgt. prepares COVID-19 vaccine at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

BAMC Women Leaders


U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jeannine Ryder, San Antonio Market director and 59th Medical Wing commander, speaks with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Deydre Teyhen, market deputy director and Brooke Army Medical Center commander, at BAMC, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Aug. 22, 2022 (Photo by: Elaine Sanchez, Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs).

Brooklyn COVID-19 booster vaccination 2022


Ian Sheer, Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point nursing student, administers a COVID-19 booster to Master Sgt. Jose Rivera, 1179th Transportation Surface Brigade, during a COVID-19 booster shot clinic at the Fitness Center, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, New York, Feb. 24, 2022. The DOD remains committed to protecting our service members, civilian employees, and families around the globe; safeguarding our national security capabilities; and supporting the whole-of nation response to COVID-19.

Technology and Medicine


Day one of DHITS 2022 closed with a discussion about harnessing the power of data, transforming health care delivery, and clinical care at MTF’s. Photo is afternoon panel consisting of Bill Tinston, Holly Joers, Dr. Leslie Sofocleous, and Chris Ruefer (Photo by: Patrick Moore, Military Health System).

Kadena's Kids


A child gets a bandage from Senior Airman Kim Williams, 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technician, after receiving a pediatric dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 28, 2022. When considering the options regarding vaccinating their child against any childhood disease, parents are advised to speak to a medical provider about their child’s medical conditions and any prior reactions to immunizations (Photo by: Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte, 18th Wing Public Affairs).

Adaptive Reconditioning


Lorraine Currow, an adaptive reconditioning program specialist at Brooke Army Medical Center’s Soldier Recovery Unit, assists a soldier in adaptive weight training at Jimmy Brought Gym, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 11, 2022. (Photo: Robert Whetstone, Brooke Army Medial Center Public Affairs)



DHITS offered opportunities for partners to connect and learn more about future technology and support to MHS efforts. (Photo: Patrick, Moore/DHA Strategic Communications)



Bulgarian soldiers demonstrate skills learned through combat lifesaving training, a collaboration between Bulgarian and U.S. armed forces. (Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. April R. Benson)

Women's Equality


The Defense Health Agency celebrated Women's Equality Day with an event whose theme was Empowered Women Strengthening the Nation. (Photo: Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute)

Womens Health


The Military Health System provides comprehensive women’s health care, including reproductive health care and gender-specific care associated with cardiovascular health, mental health, and musculoskeletal injuries. Our goal is to ensure the health of all women at every stage of life. (Photo: Courtesy Fort Drum Public Affairs)

beekeeper 2022


How to prevent and deal with bee, hornet, and wasp stings.

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Last Updated: March 17, 2023
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