Back to Top Skip to main content Skip to sub-navigation

Health Readiness & Combat Support

The Defense Health Agency is the nation’s medical Combat Support Agency, providing or augmenting medical capabilities of the Combatant Commands, the military services, federal partners and partners and allies around the world. As one of the Defense Department’s combat support agencies, DHA works to provide combat forces with capabilities they do not possess, or possess in insufficient quantity. In cooperation with the Joint Staff Surgeon and Military Department medical organizations, DHA leads the Department of Defense integrated system of readiness and health through a global health care network of military and civilian medical professionals, including more than 400 military hospitals and clinics around the world, to improve and sustain operational medical force readiness and the medical readiness of the Armed Forces.

Enhancing Military Readiness through Combat Support Capabilities

The DHA provides support for operating forces engaged in planning for, or conducting, military operations, including support during conflict or in the conduct of other military activities related to countering threats to U.S. national security. Among DHA’s most important combat support responsibilities is its work to increase readiness of U.S. forces to carry out their deployed missions.

  • The DHA supports the medical readiness of military personnel – ensuring they are healthy and safe from potential health threats through activities such as its global network of hospitals and clinics and civilian health providers, medical surveillance to detect potential health threats.
  • The DHA also supports a ready medical force – the physicians, nurses and other health professionals – who support operational forces in the field, through training and education and providing the clinical settings in which they build their skills for deployment.

The DHA fulfills its combat support responsibilities through capabilities including several components that provide crucial expertise and support to the Combatant Commands. Liaison officers within Combatant Commands enable direct contact with DHA, help the DHA better understand Combatant Command needs, and give the Combatant Commands better understanding of DHA capabilities.

The DHA is a critical enabler, working with the Military Departments to advance the health and readiness of U.S. forces and to manage the medical readiness platforms that keep the medical force ready to support operations worldwide. Working in close coordination with the Joint Staff Surgeon, the DHA provides medical-related combat support capabilities that apply across all phases of military operations, including:

You also may be interested in...

MSMR Vol. 11 No. 3 – May/June 2005

Report
1/1/2005

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Mortality among members of active components, U.S. Armed Forces, 2004; Vaccine preventable diseases, active components, U.S. Armed Forces, 1998-2004; Update: pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002-December 2004; Case report: Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), wife of a U.S. Service member, 2004; Sentinel reportable events; ARD surveillance update.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 11 No. 4 – July/August 2005

Report
1/1/2005

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Update: Human immunodeficiency virus, type 1 (HIV-1) antibody screening among active and Reserve component soldiers and civilian applicants for military service, January 1990-June 2005; Case reports: Malaria in U.S. soldiers after returning from Honduras and Korea, November 2004 and July 2005; Update: pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, January 2003-August 2005; Sentinel reportable events; ARD surveillance update.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 10 No. 2– April 2004

Report
1/1/2004

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Hospitalizations among active component members, U.S. Armed Forces, 2003; Ambulatory visits among active component members, U.S. Armed Forces, 2003; Estimates of absolute and relative morbidity burdens attributable to various illnesses and injuries, U.S. Armed Forces, 2003; Update: Pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002-March 2004; Sentinel reportable events, calendar year 2003; Sentinel reportable events, April 2004.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 10 No. 1– January/February 2004

Report
1/1/2004

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Leishmaniasis, U.S. Armed Forces, 2003; Malaria among active duty soldiers, U.S. Army, 2003; Update: pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002-December 2003; ARD surveillance update; Sentinel reportable events; Reportable events, calendar year 2003.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 10 No. 5 – September/October 2004

Report
1/1/2004

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Cold injuries, active duty, U.S. Armed Forces, July 1999-June 2004; ARD surveillance update; Update: pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002-October 2004; Sentinel reportable events.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 10 No. 4 – July/August 2004

Report
1/1/2004

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Update: Human immunodeficiency virus, type 1 (HIV-1), antibody screening among active and reserve component soldiers and civilian applicants for military service, 1985-June 2004; Completeness and timeliness of reporting hospitalized notifiable conditions, active duty service members, U.S. Army medical treatment facilities, 1995-2003; Completeness and timeliness of reporting hospitalized notifiable conditions, active duty service members, U.S. Naval medical treatment facilities, 1998-2003; Completeness and timeliness of reporting hospitalized notifiable conditions, active duty service members, U.S. Air Force medical treatment facilities, 1998-2003; Update: pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002-July 2004; Sentinel reportable events; Brucellosis in a soldier who recently returned from Iraq; ARD surveillance update.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 10 No. 3 – May/June 2004

Report
1/1/2004

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Fractures among members of active components, U.S. Armed Forces, 1998-2003; Frequencies and characteristics of medical evacuations of soldiers by air (with emphasis on non-battle injuries), Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), January-November 2003; Update: pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002-April 2004; ARD surveillance update; Sentinel reportable events.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 10 No. 6 – November/December 2004

Report
1/1/2004

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Leishmaniasis among U.S. Armed Forces, January 2003-November 2004; Hospitalizations for Acute Respiratory Failure (ARF) /Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) among participants in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, active components, U.S. Armed Forces, January 2003-November 2004; Update: pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002-November 2004; ARD surveillance update; Sentinel reportable events; Assignment locations, active component, U.S. Army, June 2004.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 9 No. 7 – November/December 2003

Report
1/1/2003

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Tears of cruciate ligaments of the knee, U.S. Armed Forces, 1990-2002; Cold weather injuries, active duty, U.S. Armed Forces, 1998-2003; Update: pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002-September 2003; Sentinel reportable events; ARD surveillance update.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 9 No. 5 – July/August 2003

Report
1/1/2003

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Update: Human immunodeficiency virus, type 1 (HIV-1), antibody screening among active and reserve component soldiers and civilian applicants for military service, 1985-June 2003; Completeness and timeliness of reporting of hospitalized notifiable conditions, active duty service members, U.S. Army medical treatment facilities, 1995-2002; Completeness and timeliness of reporting of hospitalized notifiable conditions, active duty service members, U.S. Naval medical treatment facilities, 1998-2002; Completeness and timeliness of reporting of hospitalized notifiable conditions, active duty service members, U.S. Air Force medical treatment facilities, 1998-2002; Pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002-July 2003; ARD Surveillance Update; Sentinel Reportable Events.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 9 No. 1– January 2003

Report
1/1/2003

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Malaria among active duty soldiers, U.S. Army, 2002; Mortality Trends among Active Duty Military Personnel, 1992-2001; ARD Surveillance Update; Reportable events, calendar year 2002; Sentinel Reportable Events, calendar year 2002.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 9 No. 3 – April 2003

Report
1/1/2003

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Hospitalizations among active duty members, U.S. Armed Forces, 2002; Ambulatory visits among active duty members, U.S. Armed Forces, 2002; Relative burdens of selected illnesses and injuries, U.S. Armed Forces, 2002; Reportable medical events, U.S. Armed Forces, 2002; Characteristics, demographic and military, U.S. Armed Forces, 2002; Acute respiratory disease surveillance, U.S. Army.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 9 No. 2– February/March 2003

Report
1/1/2003

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Vaccine preventable diseases, active duty, U.S. Armed Forces, 1998-2002; ARD Surveillance Update; Pre-deployment medical evaluation forms, U.S. Armed Forces, 1996-2003; Sentinel Reportable Events.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 9 No. 4 – May/June 2003

Report
1/1/2003

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Heat-related injuries, U.S. Army, 2002; Syncope, active duty, U.S. Armed Forces, 1998-2002; Pre-and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces, September 2002- June 2003; ARD Surveillance Update; Sentinel Reportable Events; Correction: Sentinel Reportable Events.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health

MSMR Vol. 9 No. 6 – September/October 2003

Report
1/1/2003

A monthly publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. This issue of the peer-reviewed journal contains the following articles: Incidence, severity, and trends of pneumonia/influenza and acute respiratory failure/pulmonary insufficiency, U.S. Armed Forces, January 1990-June 2003; Carbon monoxide poisoning, U.S. Armed Forces, January 1998-June 2003; Update: pre- and post-deployment health assessments, U.S. Armed Forces; ARD surveillance update; Active duty force strength by medical treatment facility locations, U.S. Army.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness & Combat Support | Public Health
<< < ... 16 17 18 19 20  ... > >> 
Showing results 256 - 270 Page 18 of 23
Last Updated: July 28, 2022

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.