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Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) is committed to being the Department of Defense’s (DoD's) leader in providing medical-legal services and emerging technologies essential for the readiness, sustainability and survivability of our service members. AFMES provides the DoD and other federal agencies comprehensive forensic investigative services, to include forensic pathology, DNA Forensics, forensic toxicology, and medical mortality surveillance. AFMES is not only the single worldwide medical examiner system, but it also supports the entire U.S. federal government.

Official seal of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner SystemMission 

Investigate deaths, Identify the fallen, Improve readiness

Vision 

Be the global leader in comprehensive and innovative medicolegal services enhancing the readiness, sustainability, and survivability of those we serve.

AFMES Fact Sheets

File Date
AFMES Fact Sheet July 2021 7/11/2021
AFMES DoD DNA Operations Fact Sheet 2018 8/22/2018
AFMES DNA FAQs 2018 6/27/2018
AFMES Fact Sheet 2018 6/7/2018

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AFMES welcomes new director

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Total Force Airmen: Supporting the DoD – in and out of uniform

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AFMES upgrades tech during COVID-19

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5/8/2020
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The new custom built scanner replaces a nearly 15-year-old scanner that was running on dated technology.

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AFMES missions continue through COVID-19

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First female takes command as AFMES director

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2/28/2020
Air Force Lt. Col. Alice Briones, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System deputy director, has been named director of AFMES, effective February 21, 2020, making Briones the first female director. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Defense Health Agency director, selected Briones after she served as deputy director of AFMES since April 2017.

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CBD oil off limits for service members

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1/23/2020
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The use of CBD products is prohibited for use by service members

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DoD adds fentanyl to drug testing panel

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11/22/2019
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AFMES Joint MWD Lab ensures DoD kennels are meeting the standard

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DPAA accounts for 183 missing service members in fiscal year 2017

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