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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 Form 25: Histology Request and Specimen Storage

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6/10/2021

Use this form to obtain information/specimens needed for histology tissue processing and/or specimen storage.

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MHS Minute: October 2020

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11/3/2020
MHS Minute: October 2020

This month we celebrate two important "firsts" at Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, and one very special anniversary at Defense Health Agency! Go to https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/AFMES to see more photos from the only worldwide medical examiner system, AFMES! DHA Celebrates Seven Years of Service: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2020/10/01/Defense-Health-Agency-celebrates-seven-years-of-service

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AFMES welcomes new director

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10/23/2020
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As director of AFMES, Briones will serve as the chief medical examiner.

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AFMES forensic anthropologist also serves as ANG training manager

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The samples that Johnson receives are to identify missing service members through the use of DNA analysis.

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AFRSSIR Supply Order Request

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2/12/2020

Fill out this request to place and order with the Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Sample for the Identification of Human Remains

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Armed Forces Medical Examiner System Consultation Request Form

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5/22/2019

Medical information received is considered during the consultative process and is used to form a database for education and research in pathology.

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AFMES DoD DNA Operations Fact Sheet 2018

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8/22/2018

This Fact Sheet describes the purpose of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System's Department of Defense DNA Operations

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AFMES DNA FAQs 2018

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This Fact Sheet describes the purpose of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System's Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory.

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AFMES Fact Sheet 2018

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This Fact Sheet describes the purpose of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.

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DoD Instruction 5154.30: Armed Forces Medical Examiner System AFMES Operations

Policy

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction for forensic medicine activities throughout DoD In accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5124.02, and provides for the continued operation and governance of AFMES, a component of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) under DoDD 5136.13, in carrying out assigned functions, including those under Section 1471 of Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.).

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Last Updated: August 11, 2022

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