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  • AMEDD Regiment Receives New Leadership

    Oct 1, 2012

    Lt. Gen Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General and Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command, presided over the Change of the Regiment held at Fort Sam Houston's AMEDD Museum on Friday, September 28, 2012.

  • Mexican Army doctors visiting Camp Bullis save man in San Antonio

    Oct 1, 2012

    Five visiting Mexican army doctors became local heroes Sept. 19, 2012, after helping save a local San Antonian during dinner at a landmark San Antonio restaurant.

  • Early intervention key to treating depression

    Oct 1, 2012

    October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. When feelings of sadness, anxiety or depression linger for long periods of time, it's possible that a person could be clinically depressed. Depression is a very common condition affecting more than 20 million adults in the United States each year.

  • Healthy sleep--a core foundation of performance

    Oct 1, 2012

    Do you get enough sleep? According to experts, adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each day. In addition to giving your body an opportunity for rest and recovery, scientists believe that sleep is the time when the brain sorts and stores information, replaces chemicals and solves problems. During deep sleep, the parts of the brain that control emotions, decision-making processes, and social interactions drastically reduce activity, suggesting that this type of sleep helps people maintain optimal emotional and social functioning while they are awake.

  • Preventing scary things on Halloween

    Oct 1, 2012

    Every Halloween there is an assortment of ghosts, pirates, super heroes and ballerinas running about with one of two things in mind--getting candy or going to parties. Roaming dimly lit neighborhoods is part of the fun for children, but it can also be dangerous. Studies show that the risk of a child getting injured as a result of being hit by a car doubles on that one night. And for adults, having the best costume and enjoying parties is just as fun. Halloween safety relies on seeing and being seen and both are important.

  • Top Medic Team Competition identifies region's best

    Sep 28, 2012

    Thirty-four medic Soldiers from Western Regional Medical Command put their skills to the test Sept. 17-20, 2012, during the Top Medic Competition, hosted by Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and Madigan Health Care System.

  • Battling suicidal thoughts: A Soldier's story

    Sep 28, 2012

    For Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Ferguson, the Army has been his life since he was 19 years old. After having his left leg amputated from injuries he suffered in Iraq, struggling through multiple surgeries and rehabilitation, he eventually found himself facing depression and considering suicide.

  • Warrior Country sets up suicide hotline

    Sep 28, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- A new 24-hour suicide prevention hotline has been established by U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud and Area I for anyone in Warrior Country considering suicide or trying to help someone who may be suicidal.

  • AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year announced

    Sep 28, 2012

    Following a week of intense physical and mental challenges, Initial Military Training, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command selected Sgt. 1st Class Delroy Barnett as the 2012 Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year at Fort Eustis, Va., Sept. 28.

  • CSA talks about suicide prevention

    Sep 28, 2012

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno opened the service-wide suicide prevention stand down Sept. 27, 2012, morning by announcing that 237 Soldiers have potentially taken their lives so far this year and that the Army will step up its resilience training to combat the problem.

  • Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho's Columbus Day Safety Message 2012

    Sep 28, 2012

    It has been 520 years since Christopher Columbus landed in the New World. Columbus Day marks the anniversary of this discovery. This visionary explorer led a courageous fleet of ships on an uncharted quest to find a trade route to Asia. Amidst potential mutiny, mechanical failures, and considerable self doubt, he chose to inspire and persevere. His fortitude and resilience began a century of exploration by seafarers to discover new lands and people.

  • Insect-repelling ACUs now available to all Soldiers

    Sep 28, 2012

    Beginning this month, Soldiers in the United States can purchase new Army Combat Uniforms treated with insect repellent that will help fight insect-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease and West Nile Virus.

  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Sep 28, 2012

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the nation. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in women. One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

  • October is National Depression Awareness Month

    Sep 28, 2012

    October is National Depression Awareness Month. On Oct. 11, organizations and communities across the United States will observe 'National Depression Screening Day' to educate people about the various signs and symptoms of depression and the availability of free anonymous behavioral health screenings. The Army theme for 2012 is "Redefining Strength -- Get Screened, Seek Care." Symptoms of depression include persistent sadness/anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, helplessness, difficulty concentrating, alcohol or substance abuse, and more.

  • Happy 18th birthday MEDCOM

    Sep 28, 2012

    The United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) celebrates its 18th anniversary on October 2. It all began with a ceremony held on the parade field at Fort Sam Houston, Texas on October 4, 1994. The establishment of the MEDCOM replaced the previously designated Health Services Command (HSC) which came into being in April 1973 under the command and control of Maj. Gen. Spurgeon H. Neel, Jr.

  • Patients Benefit From Paperless Health Portal

    Sep 28, 2012

    Behavioral Health (BH) patients will soon see improvements in their appointment process following the implementation of a paperless portal designed to reduce redundancy, improve patient-provider communication, and give providers 'real-time' access to critical information.

  • MEDCOM Speaks! Survey Results --The Next Step

    Sep 28, 2012

    LTG Patricia Horoho extends her thanks to all who participated in the 2012 MEDCOM Speaks! Employee Engagement Survey. A remarkable 35% of U.S. Army MEDCOM service members and civilian employees surveyed gave their feedback, providing valuable information on the state of MEDCOM and employee engagement. The data is currently being analyzed, and employees should expect to begin receiving communications about the survey results by the end of December.

  • Schofield health clinic hosts terrain walk, educates Army leaders on behavioral health services

    Sep 28, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- More than 90 of U.S. Army-Hawaii's battalion-level and above command team members took part in a terrain walk at U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks in order to learn about behavioral health and substance abuse services available to their Soldiers and families, Sept. 27, here.

  • USAARL celebrates 50 years of Army medical research

    Sep 27, 2012

    The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory is scheduled to celebrate 50 years of science Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Fort Rucker.

  • ''Performance Triad" to change focus of Army Medicine

    Sep 27, 2012

    In the dust and heat of Afghanistan, an idea that will change the face of Army medicine took root in the heart and mind of Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the Army surgeon general. It was transplanted to home soil and cultivated at a workshop held Sept. 18--21 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. As it matures, the idea will shift the focus of U.S. Army Medical Command from "a healthcare system to a system for health."

  • VA, DOD streamline disability exams

    Sep 27, 2012

    Injured Soldiers dread the uncertainty. Am I medically fit to stay in the Army? If I get out, what disability do I qualify for? What if I don't want my career to end? A few years ago, these questions would have consumed Soldiers and their time as they shuffled between the medical board appointments of the Army and later the disability exams offered by Department of Veteran Affairs -- a process that could stretch as long as 540 days. Today a new system has shortened the overlap between the two agencies giving injured Soldiers a streamlined approach to determining fitness for duty and a proposed VA disability rating all before leaving military service. The Integrated Disability Evaluation System is a collaboration between Department of Defense and the VA to make disability evaluation seamless, simple, fast and fair.

  • Tripler's EO observance gets physical, reminds everyone to be proud of their heritage

    Sep 27, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Tripler Army Medical Center's Hispanic Heritage Month observance filled Kyser Auditorium, Sept. 20, here. The monthlong observance, which pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society, began Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. It honors those with Hispanic heritage by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

  • Tripler hosts Pacific region's first behavioral health summit

    Sep 27, 2012

    Tripler Army Medical Center hosted the first behavioral health summit in the Pacific region, Sept. 13-14, 2012, in Honolulu.

  • Mass flu exercise brings services together

    Sep 27, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Installations around the island held a mass flu vaccination exercise, Sept. 18-20, with the goal of vaccinating as many Oahu-based active duty service members and emergency-essential civilians as possible. In previous years, each service would individually hold shot exercises where they would immunize their personnel. This year, all services coordinated together and held a mass joint immunization exercise.

  • LIVE EVENT: SMA Chandler to discuss Army Suicide Stand Down

    Sep 26, 2012

    Today at 12:30 p.m. Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III will participate in a bloggers/media roundtable to discuss the Suicide Stand Down and how the Army is working to reduce and eliminate stigma associated with seeking help for suicidal ideations and actions.

  • DOD to revise sexual assault prevention training

    Sep 26, 2012

    Calling sexual assault "an affront to basic human values," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little announced today that the Defense Department is revising its sexual assault prevention and response training requirements.

  • 7th Signal Command Suicide Awareness Video

    Sep 26, 2012

    Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison, commanding general, 7th Signal Command (Theater) and Command Sergeant Major Patrick Brooks, CSM, 7th SC(T), promote suicide awarenss.

  • ArmyMOVE! weight loss in Vicenza motivates Soldiers to get healthy, stay fit

    Sep 25, 2012

    ArmyMOVE! weight loss classes can lead to more than a better score on a PT test. The three-part classes, held over the course of a month at the Wellness Center on Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, help participants develop better exercise and nutrition habits that lead to a healthier diet, greater strength and flexibility, and a heightened sense of well-being, said Capt. Timothy Eckard, a physical therapist and chief of rehabilitation services at the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Vicenza. Positive results can be achieved and maintained with as little as 250 minutes of exercise per week - that's just a tad over four hours in the course of seven days.

  • Silver Caduceus Society welcomes Dr. Jonathan Woodson

    Sep 25, 2012

    The Fort Detrick, Md., chapter of the Silver Caduceus Society gathered for its quarterly meeting during a luncheon featuring the Honorable Jonathan Woodson, M.D., assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs, Sept. 14.

  • Protection from biological agents is Army scientist's mission

    Sep 24, 2012

    Biological agents remain a persistent threat to America and its Soldiers. U.S. Army scientists are researching new technologies to counter bioweapons in order to keep the nation safe.

  • Working dog reunites with handler during bedside hospital visit

    Sep 24, 2012

    JaJo the military working dog was reunited with his handler during a bedside hospital visit in Germany after they were both injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

  • Army Research helps firefighter recruits reduce injuries

    Sep 24, 2012

    Researchers at Natick's U. S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine have teamed up with the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow, Mass., in an effort to reduce injuries in recruits.

  • Off-duty injuries sideline Soldiers

    Sep 24, 2012

    Quick: Which of these activities injured more Soldiers in 2011: weapons firing, parachuting or off-duty sports?

  • Old Guard Soldiers stand together against suicide

    Sep 24, 2012

    Spc. Andre Whyne, infantryman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), credits his battle buddies and his unit for saving his life.

  • Warriors take adaptive sports to 'next level'

    Sep 24, 2012

    Several wounded warriors from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., competed in the London 2012 Summer Paralympics, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9, 2012.

  • Medical training saves lives

    Sep 24, 2012

    The initial treatment a person receives when they are injured often decides the outcome of their injuries. A Medical First Responder course that focuses on the first response to injuries began Sept. 19 as part of Keris Strike 12 on Camp Ulu Tiram, near Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

  • Trainers to help Soldiers 'optimize physical readiness'

    Sep 21, 2012

    The pilot course for the Army's new Master Fitness Training Program will hold its graduation ceremony, Sept. 21, 2012, at Fort Jackson, S.C.

  • US, German, British medical troops learn from one another during exercise

    Sep 21, 2012

    Operation Rhino Serpent was a multi-national medical field training exercise comprised of more than 550 U.S. Army Europe, German Armed Forces and British Armed Forces active duty Reservists and volunteers held at the Sennelager Training Area in Germany in September.

  • Army Suicide Prevention message from Maj. Gen. Ted Wong, commander of Southern Regional Medical Comm

    Sep 21, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Ted Wong, commander of the Southern Regional Medical Command, urges Soldiers and their Families to get help if they need it. Getting help early can prevent a problem from turning into a crisis.

  • WTB Soldiers paddle the boredom out of morning PT with water adventure

    Sep 21, 2012

    Fear knocked Staff Sgt. Lezlee Coursey out in the first round. But in round two, the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade (WTB) Soldier left fear on Lake Belton's shoreline while she donned a life jacket, picked up a paddle and met her new friend: an eight-foot, fire-engine red kayak. Her Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ) had begun, and Coursey was now paddling with confidence alongside 20 of her WTB water battle-buddies.

  • Stand Up! for suicide awareness

    Sep 21, 2012

    Soldiers of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade attended an all-day training event to increase suicide awareness, reduce suicidal and high-risk behavior, and improve the health and discipline of the force. "We will accomplish this in-part by educating the force of the warning signs, risk factors and the resources available to our Soldiers," said Maj. (CH) Edward J. Yurus, the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade's chaplain. The Department of the Army has designated September as Army Suicide Prevention Month, and on Sept. 27, the Army will conduct a suicide prevention day to focus on promoting good health, teammate involvement, risk reduction and resiliency.

  • WTB gatekeepers learning suicide intervention skills with ASIST workshop

    Sep 21, 2012

    Faced with an imminent move to a nursing home, Norma's elderly mother told her daughter the move wouldn't be necessary. She was going to die in her beloved home. When probed, Norma finally asked the question: "Mother, are you thinking of killing yourself?"

  • National prescription turn-in day set for Sept. 29

    Sep 21, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (Sept. 21, 2012) -- The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 29, here, and at other locations on Oahu and around the state.

  • Taking back drugs: What's the big deal?

    Sep 20, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Prescription drug abuse is a major problem in the United States and in the Army. It is defined as taking a prescription drug that is not prescribed for you, or taking it for reasons other than intended or in dosages other than as prescribed. Prescription drugs are now second only to marijuana and alcohol as commonly abused substances in America.

  • RACH to offer special healthcare days

    Sep 20, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Reynolds Army Community Hospital will hold a Healthcare Extravaganza for patients assigned to primary healthcare providers at the hospital. The dates are Oct. 5, Oct. 20 and Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the hospital.

  • Army medical facilities to become tobacco free

    Sep 20, 2012

    Army Medical Department treatment facilities will become tobacco free. Once the policy is in effect, tobacco use of any kind, to include smokeless tobacco, will be prohibited within Kimbrough facilities or on Kimbrough grounds.

  • Newest Army Wellness Center launched at Carlisle Barracks

    Sep 20, 2012

    The 4th continental U.S. Army Wellness Center officially opened Sept. 14 at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. It is among the first examples of a health initiative that will help Soldiers and their families take more responsibility for their own health. At Carlisle Barracks, the AWC serves the active-duty, civilian and retiree population surrounding the post and additionally introduces the Army's future leaders attending the Army War College to health promotion and prevention services. In four years, the same core services will be available to most U.S.-based Army beneficiaries.

  • Army Medicine: Focus on Prevention and Wellness

    Sep 20, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Ted. M. Wong, commander of the Southern Regional Medical Command, speaks with Gold Medical Home staff members in the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Sept. 18, 2012 Fort Campbell, Ky. During his visit, Wong spread Army Surgeon General Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho's vision for Army Medicine. Wong spoke with hospital staff members about the Medical Command's transition from a healthcare system to a system of health. The new system of health will have a greater focus on wellness, prevention and patients' overall health. Soldiers and their Families will benefit from this improved system at Blanchfield as clinics move to the medical home model with patients assigned to dedicated healthcare teams. Army Medicine will enhance patient education opportunities about the importance of healthy sleep, physical activity and balanced nutrition. (U.S. Army photo by Cpt. Jennifer Grier/Released)

  • It's baby central at Fort Bliss hospital

    Sep 20, 2012

    How much ice cream does it take to celebrate 151 births? For the staff of the Labor and Delivery Unit at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Fort Bliss, Texas, the creamy treat was just the cherry on top to a record-breaking number of births for the Army hospital. During an ice cream social for L&D held Sept. 7 -- a fun-filled celebration for the record-breaking birthdays, La-Shelle Foster, a licensed vocational nurse in the postpartum unit, said that she wanted all pregnant patients to know they will receive excellent and professional care at WBAMC. In August, WBAMC accommodated 151 deliveries.

  • Building resiliency in military children

    Sep 19, 2012

    With the constant moving, changing of schools and friends and having a parent who's deployed or geographically dispersed, being in a military family can, at times, be exceedingly stressful for children.

  • BJACH earns 'Top Performer' designation from Joint Commission

    Sep 19, 2012

    FORT POLK, LA--BAYNE-JONES ARMY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL today was named one of the Nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

  • Army announces greatest inventions of 2011

    Sep 19, 2012

    U.S. Army officials announced the winners of its 2011 greatest inventions competition, Sept. 19, 2012.

  • Army Medicine Hosts Performance TRIAD Workshop

    Sep 19, 2012

    A Performance Triad Workshop requested by Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho and hosted by leaders of the Western Regional Medical Command will convene September 18-21 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. The meeting brings together approximately 85 military, government and civilian experts to develop the structure for the phased roll out of what Horoho has termed the performance triad. This triad composed of - activity, nutrition and sleep will be foundational for Army Medicine's transformation to a system for health.

  • Army explores tactical 4G telemedicine

    Sep 19, 2012

    The U.S. Army explored whether real-time, electronic point-of-treatment care was possible or practical this summer at its integrated capabilities testbed at Fort Dix, N.J.

  • Commentary: Learning to cope when suicide hits at home

    Sep 19, 2012

    The last day of school of my freshman year in high school, I woke up to the phone ringing. It was very early and I heard my mom's voice talking to the person on the other end.

  • Suicide prevention stand down set for Sept. 27

    Sep 18, 2012

    In two days the Army will conduct a suicide prevention stand down worldwide to focus on promoting good health, teammate involvement, risk reduction and resilience training.

  • 3/399th Logistics Support Battalion dominate Lanes Training Competition

    Sep 18, 2012

    Three Army Reserve Soldiers from the 3/399th Logistics Support Battalion placed first, second and third during the Truck Rodeo portion of the 800th Logistics Support Brigade's Lanes Training Exercise at Fort Knox, Ky., Sept. 14-15, 2012.

  • World's largest PA program graduates three

    Sep 18, 2012

    The world's largest Physician Assistant program, the Interservice Physician Assistance Program, graduated three new PAs at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital on Sept. 7.

  • Corps of Engineers waives day-use fees Sept. 29

    Sep 18, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will waive day-use fees at its more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, 2012.

  • Unique course gives leaders new perspective

    Sep 18, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- As a platoon sergeant in charge of and involved in the lives of nearly 40 Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Anderson knows that self-confidence comes easier for some than it does for others. But after a five-day course offered by the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness-Performance and Resilience Enhancement Program on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., he also knows that improving confidence can sometimes be as easy as simply setting a goal.

  • Yellow Ribbon Program provides Soldiers, families resources 'they deserve'

    Sep 17, 2012

    Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Joseph W. Westphal visited Soldiers and their families, Sept. 8, 2012, at an Army Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program event in Kansas City, Mo.

  • New Walter Reed Bethesda chief of staff "Here to serve"

    Sep 17, 2012

    BETHESDA, Md. (Sept. 17, 2012) -- Army Col. Ramona M. Fiorey joined Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) July 5 as only the second Chief of Staff appointed to the nation's flagship military treatment facility.

  • Don't forget the house when preparing for winter

    Sep 17, 2012

    Cold weather is on the horizon, and as members of the Army Family begin their preparations for winter, officials want them to pay special attention to one area in particular - their homes.

  • 'Where's the beef?' -- DoD finds answers in osmotic dehydration process

    Sep 17, 2012

    The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate is now partnering with a commercial vendor in Cayce, S.C., to develop a meat product that uses an innovative dehydrating process.

  • "Flesh-eating" bacteria rare, important to know the signs

    Sep 17, 2012

    While flesh-eating bacteria, or necrotizing fasciitis, sounds like something from science fiction, it is a real condition, although uncommon.

  • GLWACH develops new method to detect stress fractures sooner

    Sep 17, 2012

    A new imaging protocol developed by the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Radiology Department can now find stress fractures in Soldiers far earlier than traditional x-rays.

  • General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital CoT video

    Sep 17, 2012

    CoT video featuring Col. Kirk Eggleston, GLWACH Commander, and staff.

  • Schofield's WTB beats Marine WWB in inaugural water polo tournament

    Sep 17, 2012

    The Pacific Regional Medical Command's Warrior Transition Battalion sponsored a joint service adaptive water polo tournament, Sept. 7, 2012, at Richardson Pool, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

  • Officer shares lessons after friend's suicide

    Sep 14, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 13, 2012) -- Second Lieutenant Noelle Edinger was home on leave in Wyomissing, Pa., in late April when a close friend of hers committed suicide -- an act that ended his life and changed hers.

  • Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying

    Sep 14, 2012

    All service members have a personal responsibility to intervene and stop any occurrences of sexual harassment, hazing or bullying.

  • Units push to reduce non-deployable personnel

    Sep 14, 2012

    During 2012, the medically non-deployable population at Fort Campbell, Ky., has increased to approximately 20 percent of the Division's overall assigned strength, according to medical profile data reported by Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the Integrated Disability Evaluation System. To enhance the readiness posture of the brigades, all units must continue to reduce the medically non-deployable population by half, no later than the end of 2013. In an effort to streamline the process and make as many Soldiers as battle-ready as possible, unit commanders will assist with reviews and revisions of policies, processes and training requirements that have caused the medical non-deployable rate to rise.

  • Tripler's Sleep Disorder Center earns AASM accreditation

    Sep 14, 2012

    Tripler Army Medical Center's Sleep Disorder Center earned accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Aug. 10, 2012.

  • Recent PA graduates from Tripler to serve at USAHC-SB

    Sep 14, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Tripler Army Medical Center's Interservice Physician Assistant Program Class 10-3 graduated in the chapel, Sept. 7, here.

  • Military couple avert Soldier's suicide attempt

    Sep 13, 2012

    One evening in late July, military police called Sgt. 1st Class Danny Licciardi saying that a Soldier whom he knew needed help.

  • Multi-national Medical Soldiers Strive for Elite Badge

    Sep 13, 2012

  • Army hospital helps to draw more psychologists to El Paso

    Sep 13, 2012

    William Beaumont Army Medical Center is now part of a multi-institutional collaborative formed to address and improve access to mental health services in the El Paso area. WBAMC along with the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso have formed the new El Paso Psychology Internship Consortium. The consortium will train at least six students per year as psychologists to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services in the U.S.-Mexico border region. This year, three of the intern candidates will work in various outpatient settings at WBAMC for one year. "The U.S. Army is proud to play an integral role in this visionary partnership," said Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander of William Beaumont Army Medical Center, during an Aug. 24 press conference formally announcing the consortium.

  • Prescription Take-Back Day offers easy meds disposal

    Sep 13, 2012

    The problem of prescription medication addiction is sweeping the nation, and Fort Rucker is supporting the campaign to help reduce abuse in the area by holding a Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 29.

  • Westphal: Leader development essential to Army of the Future

    Sep 13, 2012

    By the time the students in today's Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education class are leading the Army, the Army of the Future will already be here, the under secretary of the Army said last week.

  • Army, NFL report to Congress on brain-injury initiatives

    Sep 13, 2012

    The Army has made more progress in studying traumatic brain injury in the last 10 years than it made in the previous 50, said the service's vice chief.

  • Wounded warrior presents former president with Infantry Silver Dollar

    Sep 13, 2012

    An injured officer who battled to stay on active duty presented the U.S. Mint's commemorative Infantry coin to former President Bush following his speech at a leadership forum in Columbus, Ga.

  • World Rabies Day: Rabies threat should be taken seriously

    Sep 13, 2012

    September 28 marks World Rabies Day, a global health observance that seeks to raise awareness about rabies and enhance prevention and control efforts. After the death of a Soldier from rabies last year, Army public health officials are reiterating the need for Soldiers to stay vigilant and protect themselves from the deadly disease. They warn Army personnel to be aware of the risk of rabies during travel or deployments to less developed countries, and to seek prompt medical treatment if they have a bite or scratch from an animal while deployed.

  • A new fitness

    Sep 13, 2012

    Since the days of the Army most senior leaders are used to, physical training has come a long way. Twenty years ago, who could have imagined things like Crossfit and yoga making their way into the lives of Soldiers on a daily basis when the mentality then was more in favor of push-ups, sit-ups and running - and little else. But now it's easy to see military fitness has evolved leaps and bounds beyond that.

  • Suicide Prevention Week expanded to month of events

    Sep 13, 2012

    The Army has designated September as Suicide Prevention Month and joined the nation in observing National Suicide Prevention Week, which runs through Friday, and World Suicide Prevention Day, held Monday.

  • Scientist begins Army career, protects nation against chemical warfare agents

    Sep 12, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- A recent college graduate moved from Texas to Maryland so he could work with the best scientists in the field of chemical defense. Brandon Bruey, a chemist with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, said his position allows him the best opportunity to use classroom principles for real-world applications.

  • Resiliency required for successful soldiers

    Sep 11, 2012

    Soldiers are not just in the Army - they are the Army, and when they overcome personal hurdles, the Army is that much stronger from it. Resiliency training is just one part of the Army's holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to suicide prevention. Discussing theories and practical techniques to integrate into every day activities provides soldiers and their families essential tools for success.

  • Army scientist recalls six decades of inquiry, breakthroughs

    Sep 11, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- After more than 60 years as a researcher, educator and mentor, Harry Salem remains committed to advancing the field of science in the U.S. Army. Salem's talents and expertise led to an already distinguished career spanning three decades in pharmacology and toxicology -- including the development of the cold and cough remedies NyQuil and Contac as well as the extended-wear soft contact lens Permalens -- all before joining the Army as a civilian scientist in 1984.

  • Army ready with vaccine for flu season

    Sep 10, 2012

    The Army has ordered nearly 2 million doses of vaccine to immunize all Soldiers, their families, civilian employees and retirees for the upcoming flu season.

  • Birmingham Army Reserve medics set battle rhythm

    Sep 10, 2012

    Soldiers from the 926th Engineer Battalion Headquarters Company out of Birmingham, Ala., proved to be an integral component at Fort McCoy, Wis., in support of Combat Support Training Exercise 2012.

  • Increase in tick-borne diseases requires extra vigilance

    Sep 10, 2012

    Insects that carry human diseases are thriving thanks to a warm winter and the ongoing heat of this summer. While many people are on alert for mosquito bites because of the increasing prevalence of West Nile virus, none of us can afford to forget the health threats posed by ticks.

  • Serving to Heal...Honored to Serve Video

    Sep 10, 2012

  • Spartan Soldier earns USO's Volunteer of the Year award, selected among thousands of volunteers worl

    Sep 10, 2012

    The USO recognized its national Volunteer of the Year -- a Soldier from the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team -- during a ceremony held at the Eagle's Nest at the division headquarters, Sept. 7. Sgt. Richard Schuh, a gunner with the battalion's "Blackjack" battery, received an Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, Commanding General of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, as well as a certificate from the USO Headquarters acknowledging him as the top volunteer among thousands worldwide.

  • September 11, 2012--11 years later: Honoring the fallen - moving forward

    Sep 10, 2012

    For Americans, the date "September 11, 2001" evokes very distinct memories of that specific time in our lives when the world, as we knew it, changed forever. Our memories mark this day far more poignantly than any words ever will.

  • Mass flu vaccination exercise to improve health, readiness of force

    Sep 10, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Installations around the island will hold a mass flu vaccination exercise, Sept. 18-20, with the goal of vaccinating as many Oahu-based active duty service members and emergency-essential civilians as possible.

  • Paralympian sets stage for recovery - inspiring others through the sport of shooting

    Sep 9, 2012

    U.S. Army Veteran and member of the 2012 U.S Paralympic shooting team, Eric Hollen found success by using shooting as a tool for recovery. He has paved the way for others with disabilities to focus their energy on recovery through adaptive sports.

  • Suicide Prevention Month tri-signed letter

    Sep 7, 2012

  • New commander assumes authority of Warrior Transition Battalion

    Sep 7, 2012

    The new commander is responsible for ensuring Wounded Warriors on Fort Belvoir heal and return to normalcy.

  • Fort Bragg's WAMC trains nurses to treat patients' emotional, physical and legal needs

    Sep 7, 2012

    Womack Army Medical Center leads the way for patients who may be victims of sexual assault. WAMC is one of the few Army medical centers that offers a comprehensive program for victims of sexual assault. The specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners are a team of 18 nurses, primarily based in the Emergency Department and other clinical areas of Womack, who are specially trained to meet victims' medical, emotional and legal needs. Additionally, they ensure compliance with all laws and Army regulations.

  • Soldiers give time, hugs to children with heart conditions

    Sep 6, 2012

    It's not always about recruiting for four Sacramento recruiters who usually spend their time looking for Future Soldiers. In early August, the recruiters volunteered at the annual "When I Grow Up" event for children with heart conditions.....

  • Nutritionist provides Soldiers, Families tips for healthy living

    Sep 6, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The reminders are everywhere. Magazines, movies and TV, and shopping malls send messages that people should wear a certain size or weigh a certain amount.

  • September is Suicide Prevention Month, Use resources to help prevent a needless death

    Sep 6, 2012

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - -The longest war in America's history has stressed and strained service members like perhaps no other conflict. The psychological toll, and especially the soaring suicide rate, have caught the attention of the media, the public and leaders at the highest levels.

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