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News from Around the Military Health System

On this page find more of what's happening in medicine around the Military Health System.

American Military Members First to Help at Autostrada Crash

VICENZA, Italy -- When traffic halted on the autostrada outside Genoa, Cristina Lopez, the spouse of a retired U.S. Army Soldier, knew something was wrong. 

Vaccination Efforts on Fort Campbell, 101st Rank High among DoD

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The director of the Defense Health Agency provided a snapshot of COVID-19 vaccination rates across the services and recognized Soldiers on Fort Campbell for its high vaccination rate, during his recent visit here.

I Am Navy Medicine -- Lt. Caitlin Sleight, clinical psychologist at NMRTC Bremerton

BREMERTON, Wash. -- The junior officer of the quarter at for Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton admittedly could not have envisioned her current status in Navy Medicine. 

Jackson Responds to 'Dire Need' for Blood

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Members of the Fort Jackson community laid back and stuck their arms out for a good cause recently as the installation held a Community Blood Drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville Celebrates 80 years of Health and Readiness

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On July 1, Naval Hospital Jacksonville celebrated 80 years of providing health care and readiness.

For Them, Navy Medicine is a Family Exercise

JOLON, Calif. -- For Cmdr. Robert Coisman and his son, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Matthew Coisman, talking shop is a common ritual at the dinner table, but when both found their boots on the ground for this year’s Exercise Global Medic at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., it was an opportunity for this father and son to work side-by-side, the wealth of experience from one, and the future of the program from the other

NY Army Guard Twins Serve Together on COVID-19 Mission

NEW YORK -- Two sets of identical twins are among the 6,394 troops who have been part of the New York National Guard's COVID response mission that began in March 2020 and is winding down now. 


GREENVILLE, Ky. -- One Soldier's passion for preventive medicine became an unusual annual tradition at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky. 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital welcomes new commander

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Colonel Vincent B. Myers assumed command of U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, during a change of command ceremony June 28.

COVID-19 Effects Warning Across Defense Department, Pentagon

PENTAGON -- According to John F. Kirby, the Pentagon will drop from Health Protection Condition "Bravo-Plus" to HPCON Bravo, beginning June 23rd.

Military Diversity: BAMC honors Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the ranks

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Brooke Army Medical Center designated May 27, 2021 to observe the culture and accomplishments of Asian American and Pacific Islander service members. This year’s theme is “Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service.”

106th Medical Group Hones Med Tech Trauma Management Skills

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, New York -- Casualties were all around them. Twenty people lay dead or dying.

59th MDW: PTSD Awareness Month

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The month of June marks Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness month. 

Mail-in Colon Cancer Screening Eliminates Colonoscopy for most

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report color cancer is now the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States and medical officials said early detection greatly increases survivability. For most beneficiaries, a convenient, mail-in test performed at home is all that is needed to check for the disease.

Uniforms with Programmable Fiber could Transmit Data and More

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- Army-funded research has resulted in the development of a programmable fiber that could transmit data from military uniforms.

Air Guard's 'Baby Doc' Overcomes Early Health Condition to become Leader in Pandemic Battle

LAS VEGAS -- Undeterred by a rare health condition early in life, Nevada Air Guard 1st Lt. Caleena Longworth is now on the front line of health care in southern Nevada during the ongoing pandemic. 

'The People and the Mission': Retiring Air Force Surgeon General Reflects on Challenges, Triumphs and Growth

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- When Lt. Gen. Dorothy A. Hogg assumed the role of Air Force Surgeon General in 2018, she say an opportunity to carve out a renewed readiness vision and foster a culture of innovation for the Air Force Medical Service.

171st Air Refueling Wing Supports COVID Vaccination Efforts

PITTSBURGH -- The 171st Air Refueling Wing supported COVID vaccination efforts at the installation and within the community.

I Am Navy Medicine and Medical Support Assistant, David N. Smith with BHC Bangor

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Growing up, David. N. Smith knew he'd be part of Navy Medicine.

4th ESC Provides Logistical Support to Community Vaccination Centers

SAN ANTONIO -- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command has deployed over 20 teams throughout the nation in support of federal vaccination efforts. 

National Guard Soldiers Help Vaccinate Nearly 1.5 Million Californians

SACREMENTO, Calif. -- "One shot, one arm at a time," boasted U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donald Mckinney Jr., a California National Guard combat medic, while inoculating a Tehama County resident with the COVID-19 vaccine.

Murfreesboro Guardsman Helps with COVID-19 Pandemic Response

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- When COVID-19 began spreading across Tennessee in March 2020, Sgt. Justin Chambers, a combat with Smyrna's 208th Area Support Medical Company, was attending college at Middle Tennessee State University and working for the Rutherford County Emergency Management Service. 

15th MDG Increases Women's Access to Care

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- The 15th Medical Group opened the door to its first-ever contraceptive clinic June 7 aimed at easing access to educating female beneficiaries on contraceptives. 

Organ Donation: Give a Gift of Life to those in Need

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- April is National Donate Life Month and Brooke Army Medical Center celebrated Blue/Green Spirit Week April 10-16, promoting the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor. 

Army Public Health Experts say Vigilance still needed in COVID-19 Pandemic

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- With President Biden's goal of having 70 percent of American adults partially or fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 4, many Americans are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the COVID-19 pandemic.

New kiosks available for prescription pick-up

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Brooke Army Medical Center added another option for patients picking up prescriptions.

Sailors Render First Aid after Traffic Accident

SIGONELLA, Italy -- Daniele Motta, Mayor of Belpasso, and Moreno Pecorino, head of city road network, recognized two Sailors on May 17 for their heroic actions after a truck struck a pedestrian last month.

Lifestyle and Performance Medicine shows promising impact on Airman, Guardian readiness

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- A new medical approach is being offered to Airmen and Guardians, which has shown to improve and sustain medical readiness and health by taking a more patient-driven, whole body approach to care.

Medical Soldiers provide frontline COVID defense for Europe

SEMBACH, Germany -- For the past several weeks Soldiers from Regional Health Command Europe, Army Medical Activity Bavaria, Public Health Command Europe, Dental Health Command Europe and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center have been ensuring the safety and well-being of U.S. forces by conducting and processing COVID tests on newly arrived service members into the European theater.

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