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Mad Cow Disease 2022


Welcome back, blood donors! The Food and Drug Administration has recently updated its guidelines, and Armed Services Blood Program blood donors who were once deferred for geographic risk factors related to vCJD, commonly known as “Mad Cow” disease, or for the receipt of a blood transfusion in the U.K., France or Ireland during certain periods of time, may now be eligible to donate, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements. (Jonathon Davis, MHS)

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Air Guardsman


U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Paul Mastalerz II, a pilot assigned to the 103rd Airlift Wing, Connecticut Air National Guard, prepares to fly a C-130H aircraft, June 4, 2022 at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn. The flight was Mastalerz’s first since being diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer in 2020. (Photo: U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tamara R. Dabney)

Gitmo Physical Therapy 2022


U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Lyda Kuoch, with the U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, works on upper body strength and mobility with a senior patient during a routine physical therapy session on Sept. 28. Small steps, such as changes in nutrition, avoiding risky behaviors, and exercising can prolong life and help you age healthily.



Air Force Maj. Theodore Urbano, chief of DHA’s Education and Training directorate’s policy and programming branch, facilitates a training series on resiliency in the workplace. Skills-based professional development sessions like this one allow all DHA employees to continue to learn and grow as professionals, all virtually and at no cost. (Photo: Yolanda Mose’, DHA)

Neck Slashing Victim Aid 2022


Former U.S. Navy corpsman Oscar Sanchez recuperates in a Louisville, Kentucky, hospital after his neck was slashed in an attack. Surrounding him are some of the rescuers who came to his aid and saved his life. They include on the right retired U.S. Army Master Seargeant Michael Junio. (Photo courtesy Oscar Sanchez)

HEART 22 surgeons mission 2022


U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jacob Riis, center, an orthopedic surgeon assigned to 355th Medical Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona,, performs surgery on a local Guatemalan citizen's knee while deployed in support of Health Engagements Assistance Response Team 2022, (HEART 22), on Aug. 30, 2022, at Hospital Regional de Occidente in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. During HEART 22, the U.S. military and partner nation medical professionals operated side-by-side in three specialties: Ophthalmology (general and cornea transplant surgeries), Orthopedic (general and trauma surgeries) and Dental (restorative dental surgeries). (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Dustin Biven/Defense Media Activity)

Bremerton Clinic


Staff assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton's OB-GYN clinic display a number of the instruments and devices associated with patient-centered care during the walk-in contraceptive clinic, an essential part of women's health services provided at NHB. The Defense Health Agency recently issued an Administrative Instruction for access to walk-in contraception services across the Military Health System, letting beneficiaries discuss and receive their preferred and medically appropriate care. (Photo: Douglas Stutz, Public Affairs Officer, NHB/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC), Bremerton)

Every life


The Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs have many nonclinical resources to help service members, veterans, and families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.(Photo: Keith Pannell, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany)

Telementoring 2022


Staff from the Madigan Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center in Tacoma, Washington, participate in an ECHO telementoring session among pain managers and specialists in October 2022. The ECHO Pain Program is a video conference mentoring program that allows health care providers to learn from each other about pain management, as well as a tool for patients to connect to their care team. (Photo: Alexe Bellingham, Madigan Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center)



U.S. Marine Cpl. Jorge Salazar, assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West of Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California, walks toward an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21. The Defense Health Agency recently welcomed the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence to lead the advancement of extremity trauma-related research and clinical practice innovations. (Photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin W. Galvin)

MHS Countdown


MHS GENESIS deployed to 18 more military hospitals and clinics on Sept. 24, bringing the Military Health System to a total of 92 medical treatment facility commands actively using the new electronic health record. (Photo: Janice Erdlitz, Lyster Army Health Clinic Public Affairs)



The Defense Health Agency formally establishes the DHA Region Europe Oct. 25, 2022, marking the final major organizational change that institutes the DHA as the Defense Department’s lead agency responsible for health care delivery at U.S. military medical facilities worldwide. Here, U.S. Army. Brig. Gen. Clinton K. Murray (left), the director of the DHAR-E, unfolds the DHA flag during the establishment ceremony in Garmisch, Germany. The eight stars on the DHA flag represents the uniformed services the DHA serves -- U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service. (Photo: MHS Communications)



U.S. Air Force Col. (Dr.) Heather Yun, an infectious diseases physician, poses for a photo with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Deydre Teyhen, commanding general of Brooke Army Medical Center, and retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Shan Bagby, former BAMC commander, during the inaugural Heroes of Military Medicine San Antonio awards ceremony held at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens Oct. 20, 2022. Yun received the Hero of Military Medicine San Antonio award from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. (Photo: Courtesy)

Hearing test October 2022


The Department of Defense uses boothless audiometry as a convenient hearing testing method both on the battlefield and in clinical and non-clinical settings available to all service members. It has expanded as the new standard for testing. (Dawn Grimes, Navy Medicine and Readiness Training Command, Guantanamo Bay)

Hearing Conservation


Hearing and eye protection is required by all service members when firing weapons or operating loud machinery. Here, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Marcus Schaffer with the Illinois Air National Guard dons hearing protection during weapons training at Camp San Luis Obispo, California, Aug. 8, 2021. (Photo: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Aaron Rodriguez, 126th Air Refueling Wing)

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Last Updated: October 22, 2021
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