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Health Affairs Leaders

Leading the Military Health System is the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD[HA]) is a civilian, Senate-confirmed official who serves as the chief medical adviser to the Secretary of Defense and oversees health policy and budgeting across the system, as well as directing the activities of the Defense Health Agency. The ASD(HA) is supported by the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and three Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense.

Defense Health Agency Leaders

The Defense Health Agency is a combat support agency that provides a host of shared health services across the Military Health System, from operating the TRICARE health benefit to providing pharmacy and medical logistics, performing medical research and development and operating health information technology systems, with a goal of providing integrated and efficient service to the joint force. The DHA supports the National Defense Strategy and Service Military Departments by leading the MHS as an integrated, highly-reliable system of medical training, readiness, and health.

Defense Health Network Directors

Service Surgeons General

The Service Surgeons General are the senior medical leaders of each military service branch: the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

Last Updated: June 26, 2024
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