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  • Medics lend skills to Best Warrior Competition

    Oct 25, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 25, 2012) -- Each fall for the past nine years, military and civilian employees throughout Fort Lee have teamed up to support the Department of Army Best Warrior Competition -- an event that brings 24 of the service's top Soldiers together to test their military skills and mettle in a series of challenges that exude the highest Army standards.

  • Westphal: Maintaining connection with American public critical to future of Army

    Oct 25, 2012

    "Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army are critical in connecting our Army with the American public, " said Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal while discussing the future of the Army with 36 Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army during the 2012 CASA Fall Conference.

  • Landstuhl medics aid local woman after car crash

    Oct 24, 2012

    Sounds of a crashing car startled three Soldiers one recent evening as they ran up the steep Kirchberg hillside just west of town.

  • Cartoonist Visits Wounded Warrior at Landstuh Regional Medical Center

    Oct 24, 2012

    Paul Combs was one of six nationally acclaimed cartoonists who visited Wounded Warriors Oct. 23 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany

  • Surgeon general talks resiliency, mental health, at AUSA

    Oct 24, 2012

    Emotional pain is real, the Army surgeon general told a group of Soldiers, family members and family readiness group leaders in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23, 2012.

  • Army breast cancer vaccine research achieves multiple milestones

    Oct 23, 2012

    For more than 15 years, the U.S. Army's Cancer Vaccine Development Program has been conducting research on vaccines that target human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2/neu), a protein that is expressed by breast cancer cells.

  • San Antonio Military Medical Center Awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

    Oct 23, 2012

    Brooke Army Medical Center, which includes San Antonio Military Medical Center and its outlying clinics, has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalĀ® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

  • Tell me where it hurts: Army R&D improving translation technologies for OCONUS medics

    Oct 23, 2012

    Engineers from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, have spent the past year developing strategies and methods for improving machine foreign language translation software in support of military medical translation needs.

  • U.S. and Israeli medical researchers collaborate at Shoresh 2012

    Oct 23, 2012

    Representatives from U.S. and Israeli military medicine gathered at Fort Detrick, Md., to share information on current and future medical research at the 2012 Shoresh conference Oct. 15-17.

  • 'Fearless Felix' historic space jump has Natick ties

    Oct 22, 2012

    The Equivital Life Monitor that "Fearless" Felix Baumgartner strapped on before his 128,100-foot, record-breaking jump was supported and developed with the assistance of researchers at the U.S. Army research Institute of Environmental Medicine's Biophysical and Biomedical Modeling Division, in Natick, Mass.

  • Soldier shares her story, hopes to improve Breast Cancer Awareness

    Oct 22, 2012

    In May 2008, Sgt. First Class Samantha Green * was busy. A geographical bachelorette with a three-year old child, Green had her hands full preparing for a change of duty stations. She had to pack the house up, arrange for a management company to rent out her home, clear and pass everything to the operations noncommissioned officer because her replacement had not made it in time for a right-seat-ride.

  • Military, community partner for improved warrior care

    Oct 22, 2012

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.--Community and military leaders met at the 3rd annual Forward March Conference here Oct. 18-19 to strengthen the partnership between the civilian and military community and create more awareness of issues Soldiers and their Families face.

  • Medevac central: A glimpse at one of the busiest medevac locations in Afghanistan

    Oct 21, 2012

    Pasab averages 30 percent of all Category Alpha medevac missions in Regional Command-South, Afghanistan. The medevac crews at Pasab also see the worst injuries as they only respond to urgent medical calls, known as CAT-A missions. These are calls with injuries, such as a multiple amputee patients, that require a response from mission start to medical facility delivery of less than one hour - known as the golden hour.

  • Red Ribbon Run reinforces messages of healthy choices

    Oct 20, 2012

    Red Ribbon Week starts Oct. 22. It came early this year at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern. The Red Ribbon Run, an annual event in the Kaiserslautern Military Community, is attended by thousands. This year Kaiserslautern's substance abuse program was the winner of the 2012 Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Award. It beat out programs at Army bases around the globe and was the only overseas program among all the services to win top honors.

  • Wounded Warriors take aim in specialized deer hunt

    Oct 19, 2012

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Three Wounded Warriors with a passion for deer hunting were provided with a special opportunity through Hunters Helping Heroes, a non-profit organization. Hunters Helping Heroes organizes hunting excursions for service members, firefighters, police officers and Wounded Warriors as a small "thank you" for their service.

  • Medics on the move: NIE Soldiers receive healthcare in the field

    Oct 19, 2012

    The medics of Company C, also known as the Cobras, provide medical support to Soldiers in the most remote desert locations of El Paso, Texas, and Dona Ana, N.M., during Network Integration Evaluation 13.1.

  • 'Warhorse' brigade medically resets

    Oct 19, 2012

  • Taking Care of Soldiers Benefits Civilians Too

    Oct 19, 2012

    For over two centuries, the medical advancements of the U.S. Army have benefitted millions of warfighters and civilians.

  • Tripler takes home top award for healthy workplace environment

    Oct 19, 2012

    KANEOHE, Hawaii -- Tripler Army Medical Center was presented with a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a Hawaii Psychological Association's luncheon, Oct. 19 at the Koolau Ballrooms, here.

  • Medical personnel put in long hours, sweat, prepare to earn coveted badge

    Oct 19, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Nearly 30 medical personnel from various units and commands on Oahu have been meeting in the pre-dawn and post-dusk hours before and after work over the past several weeks.

  • Westphal: Roles of the Army Reserve and National Guard critical to the Army of the future

    Oct 18, 2012

    Under Secretary Joseph W. Westphal discusses the future of the Army with the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee's fall session at the Pentagon, 17 October, 2012, Washington, DC. The Committee is chaired by Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, Commanding General of the Militia of the District of Columbia National Guard, and meets quarterly to advise the Secretary of the Army on key issues regarding the roles of the Army Reserve and National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)

  • Keller orthopedic team earns $750,000 for continued ACL injury prevention research

    Oct 18, 2012

    The John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship program at West Point, N.Y., received a $750,000 grant to continue research in preventive medicine; specifically preventing Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries through the use of biomarker research.

  • KACC Soldiers recognized for emergency care

    Oct 18, 2012

    The U.S. Army Safety Guardian Award was presented Oct. 10 to Staff Sgt. Timothy Matz and Spc. Derek Miller of the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center for helping to save the life of a fellow Kimbrough employee in January.

  • Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho meets with Israel's Surgeon General, Brig. Gen. Yitshak Kreiss

    Oct 18, 2012

    Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, The Surgeon General and Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command, meets with Israel's Surgeon General, Brig. Gen. Yitshak Kreiss, Israel Defense Force.

  • USAARL celebrates 50 years of excellence, innovation

    Oct 18, 2012

    Soldiers and senior leaders of Fort Rucker came together at the Neel Aeromedical Science Center to celebrate the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory's 50th anniversary, and pay tribute to its buildings namesake, Maj. Gen. Spurgeon Neel.

  • Sports and life: Soldiers learn to adapt

    Oct 18, 2012

    An injury in the military can be a real game changer for a Soldier. But learning to adapt and cope, Warriors in transition are playing on a whole new court and lighting up the scoreboards.

  • Hunting trip = therapy for 6 wounded warriors

    Oct 18, 2012

    Six wounded warriors spent the day in the woods of central Texas hunting exotic game Oct. 11 as a therapeutic retreat. Five of the wounded warriors, from the Warrior Transition Battalion, along with a wounded warrior who serves with U.S. Army North, took advantage of an opportunity to hunt an exotic animal of their choice, and to fish for Florida Bass, on a private central Texas game ranch.

  • Battling West Nile, mosquitoes

    Oct 18, 2012

    Raymond Randle and his team from the William Beaumont Army Medical Center Department of Preventive Medicine conduct mosquito trapping and surveillance all over Fort Bliss, Texas, to test for WNV and other transmittable diseases.

  • Natick researcher, Reserve Soldier is true marathon woman

    Oct 16, 2012

    According to the old saying, life is a marathon, not a sprint. For Maria Urso, Ph.D, that's literally and figuratively true.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: Soldiers to compete for Army's best medic title

    Oct 16, 2012

    Sixty-two Soldiers from across the Army will compete in a grueling, continuous 72-hour two-Soldier team competition at Camp Bullis October 26 -- Oct 28 to earn the title of the Army's best medics.

  • DoD's top Doc visits Pacific Rim as preparations are made for strategic shift

    Oct 16, 2012

    HONOLULU -- As the national security strategy shifts to focus on the Pacific region, all of the Department of Defense's organizations are preparing to support. During his visit to the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility, Oct. 8-10, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and director, Tricare Management Activity, made his round to various organizations on Oahu, to include Tripler Army Medical Center.

  • Teen's wish to be military nurse fulfilled

    Oct 16, 2012

  • National Guard diversity council recognized among nation's best

    Oct 16, 2012

    The National Guard Bureau's Joint Diversity Executive Council was recognized as one of the top 25 diversity councils in the country by the Association of Diversity Councils in Arlington, Va., Oct. 4, 2012.

  • Vice Chairman visits wounded warriors in San Antonio

    Oct 16, 2012

    The nation's second highest ranking military officer honored two wounded warriors during a Purple Heart ceremony at the Warrior and Family Support Center here today.

  • Soldiers give life at Armed Services blood drive

    Oct 15, 2012

    The 15th SB hosted the blood drive at its brigade headquarters on Fort Bliss, TX, to help increase the emergency blood supply used for Servicemembers in need. To continue these life-saving measures the 15th SB is scheduled to conduct additional blood drives on Oct. 15 and 16 at its brigade headquarters.

  • Don't slip and trip your way into fall

    Oct 15, 2012

    Each year, numerous people are injured and killed from dangers lurking in the places they least expect - at home and at work. The culprit is slips, trips and falls.

  • 30th Medical Command Cases its Colors

    Oct 12, 2012

    The 30th Medical Command cased its Colors here, today, in preparation for its deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 30th MEDCOM will control all medical assets in Afghanistan.

  • Mass casualty drills make medevac plan more proficient

    Oct 12, 2012

    Simulated mortars hit Gorgas Army Airfield, as part of a field training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center near Fort Polk, La., Oct. 8, 2012, causing the number of casualties to exceed the hospital's capabilities to provide immediate medical care.

  • BAMC orthopedic team treats grateful Hondurans

    Oct 11, 2012

    A Brooke Army Medical Center team of orthopedic specialists treated nearly 75 patients during an annual medical readiness training exercise in Honduras.

  • Hood medics recognized as experts

    Oct 11, 2012

    During an emotional finale to a grueling 13-day course designed to identify those who possess the highest level of professional skill and proficiency, only a few had demonstrated that they earned the right to wear the Expert Field Medical Badge. A ceremony at Sadowski Field honored 22 Soldiers, from units throughout Fort Hood, who successfully completed the EFMB course Oct. 4. Of the 230 Soldiers to volunteer for the course, these few displayed the perseverance the course demanded.

  • Disability Awareness Month: Resources help veterans secure jobs

    Oct 11, 2012

    Brad Bellas has worked since he was 11 years old. He's worked for family-owned businesses, performed odd jobs to put himself through school and enlisted as a Soldier in the U.S. Army. So when the former sergeant was forced to leave the military due to medical issues last year, he faced the daunting task of securing a job in the civilian workforce.

  • Fort Drum wounded warriors face new challenges on the greens

    Oct 11, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Many Soldiers have spent their whole lives playing sports and being active. However, if they are injured in combat or contract a serious debilitating illness, they are often unable to enjoy the activities they did in the past.

  • Depression is real and it hurts

    Oct 11, 2012

    Clinical symptoms of depression, while important in diagnosing depression, do little to explain the true anguish felt by people suffering from depression.

  • Depression, anxiety: Flip sides of the same coin

    Oct 11, 2012

    Depression and anxiety can feel like a misery that will never end.

  • Mammograms: Make it routine

    Oct 11, 2012

    Christine Hutchison was 22 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. No family history, no knowledge of the bright pink ribbons that adorn store fronts and shirt lapels. Hutchison had no connection to breast cancer. "It was a shock," said the young Fort Bliss military spouse as she sat at a Power of Pink kick-off event Sept. 21 at Del Sol Hospital in El Paso. Hutchison's picture was proudly displayed among a row of other survivors -- she being the youngest member of the project. "You don't think about cancer when you're under 40," Hutchison said. "But it can happen to anyone."

  • Fort Bliss Soldier healing to transition

    Oct 10, 2012

    Spc. Hope Clark calls herself a broken Soldier. The Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas, just calls her a Soldier -- with goals, candor and an understanding of what transition opportunities for wounded warriors is really about.

  • Army to honor doctor for fighting deadly viruses

    Oct 10, 2012

    A retired Army doctor who helped develop vaccines to protect troops from meningitis, AIDS, hepatitis, diarrhea, and many other infectious diseases, will be among civilians saluted Oct. 11, 2012.

  • Bragg MPs stand up against suicide

    Oct 9, 2012

    In July, 38 soldiers took their own lives, setting a deadly record high for the Army. As of September, the total number of soldiers lost to suicide this year is 187. Army leadership prescribed mandatory training for every soldier and civilian member of the force. Fort Bragg's 16th Military Police Brigade held theirs Sept. 25.

  • Wounded Warriors renew 68W license

    Oct 9, 2012

    Wounded warriors of Brooke Army Medical Center trained to renew their Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician license at Fort Sam Houston Sept. 11.

  • San Antonio Military Health System celebrates first year

    Oct 9, 2012

    San Antonio Military Health System celebrated its one-year anniversary with a ceremony at San Antonio Military Medical Center Sept 14.

  • MASCAL drills make MEDEVAC plan more proficient

    Oct 9, 2012

    FORT POLK, La. (Oct. 9, 2012) -- Mortars hit Gorgas Army Airfield, as a field training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center near Fort Polk, La., Oct. 8, causing the number of casualties to exceed the hospital's capabilities to provide immediate medical care. Soldiers made a high-speed sprint to the closest place for adequate cover; when the "All Clear" sounded, all first responders and all participating parties helped to get the wounded personnel to immediate care.

  • USACE gives Wounded Warriors on Kandahar Airfield a little slice of home

    Oct 8, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees support recovering Wounded Warriors on Kandahar Airfield by donating items and voluteering to host Wounded Warriors on the Afghanistan Engineer District-South compound for movie night, game night, holiday celebrations and inpromptu get-togethers.

  • Army chemist provides expertise on unknown samples

    Oct 5, 2012

    Jennifer Exelby, a chemist, leads 10 chemical-agent handlers for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

  • WTB Soldiers find recovery through competition

    Oct 5, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Staff Sgt. Joseph Walker has been part of the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe for a little over a year, rehabilitating a litany of injuries from traumatic brain injury to severe back and joint pain. "I've been blown up 14 times by IED's," said the U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder Soldier. "But that doesn't stop me from competing."

  • Walking through the dark valley of depression

    Oct 5, 2012

    As autumn brings cooler temperatures and thoughts of holiday activities, I ask you to pause for a moment to reflect on how depression can wreak havoc in people's lives. Most of us know a relative, a loved one or a friend who struggles with depression. Sometimes, you or I might be the one experiencing an inner anguish. There are numerous factors that cause depression, including biochemistry, genetics, family history, substance abuse, being ill, diet and experiencing a difficult life event.

  • Smith takes command of PRMC as Gallagher retires

    Oct 5, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Soldiers, staff, family members and government civilians, along with local leaders, gathered at Tripler Army Medical Center, Oct. 4, to bid "a hui hou" to Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, outgoing commander of Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC, and to welcome the incoming commander, Col. J. Anson Smith.

  • Seasonal flu vaccinations now available for all Tricare beneficiaries

    Oct 5, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Seasonal flu vaccinations for all Tricare-enrolled beneficiaries in Hawaii are now available.

  • Suicide prevention: 'Even in the depths of crisis, you still have a choice'

    Oct 4, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "Remember, even in the depths of crisis, you still have a choice. Reach out. You are not weak. You are not alone. Look to your left. Look to your right. We are here. Shoulder to shoulder, Soldier to Soldier, ready to help." Those were the words of Jack Benson, a suicide prevention expert and a founder of the Veteran's Crisis Line, as he spoke before hundreds of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Soldiers at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center during Suicide Prevention Stand-Down Day, Sept. 20.

  • Lyster continues tradition of excellence

    Oct 4, 2012

    Fort Rucker is well known for its excellence in Army Aviation, but that excellence extends far beyond the airfield.

  • Flu shots offered through October

    Oct 4, 2012

    Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center is providing walk-in flu vaccinations.

  • Medical Recruiting Brigade Celebrates Five Years of Success

    Oct 4, 2012

    The Medical Recruiting Brigade has enjoyed success in a very difficult mission for the Army: recruiting medical professionals -- including physicians, dentists, veterinarians and nurses, as well as chaplains, warrant officers and Special Operations Soldiers.

  • Alaska paratrooper gives blood, saves Afghan man's life

    Oct 4, 2012

    A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the Alaska-based 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division gives the gift of life to a wounded Afghan man.

  • Expanded surgical services available at U.S. Army Health Center in Vicenza, Italy

    Oct 3, 2012

    An increase in staff and the helping hands of a traveling orthopedic surgeon have expanded same-day surgical services at U.S. Army Health Center Vicenza to the betterment of Soldiers and Family members alike. Surgical services presently available include general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, oral-maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry and some dermatological procedures. The availability of more same-day services in the Caserma Ederle-based health clinic saves patients both the time and hassle of travel elsewhere for the medical attention they need.

  • Everyone has a story: WTU Soldier overcomes life challenges

    Oct 3, 2012

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- From the moment U.S. Army Sgt. Hilton Hunter received his orders to his first duty station, he began to prepare himself for a journey that would take him from the football field to Afghanistan and beyond.

  • Flu vaccines ready at MACH

    Oct 3, 2012

    Martin Army Community Hospital has announced the 2012-2013 influenza immunization schedule.

  • ASC conducts suicide prevention 'stand down' with many events

    Oct 3, 2012

    The Army Sustainment Command conducted a variety of events in its "stand down" day Sept. 27 with the ultimate goal of preventing suicide amongst the force.

  • CPR/AED classes proven lifesavers

    Oct 3, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - More and more APG employees are registering for the monthly CPR/AED classes offered by the Directorate of Emergency Services and the emergency medical responders who conduct the classes could not be happier.

  • Army pharmacists: The medication experts

    Oct 3, 2012

    The profession of pharmacy is more than a "lick, stick, and pour" dispensary role. Pharmacists are often seen as the pill dispensers -- handing your prescription to you across the counter with instructions on how to take your medicine. Pharmacy professionals take great pride in giving their best to Soldiers, retirees and beneficiaries. The professionals review medication profiles for potential drug interactions, counsel and understand biochemical mechanisms of actions of drugs, drugs' uses, therapeutic roles, side effects and monitoring parameters.

  • A personal story about suicide, and suicide prevention

    Oct 2, 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.

  • Vaccines prevent spread of flu virus

    Oct 2, 2012

    The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. There are two vaccination options available for the flu virus. The inactivated (killed) vaccine is administered as an injection and can be given to people from six months of age and older. The live (weakened) vaccine is sprayed into the nostrils and is recommended for people between the ages of two through forty-nine, who are not pregnant, and in healthy condition. Both methods are effective in protecting against the virus for a year.

  • Ready & Resilient

    Oct 1, 2012

    Ready & Resilient is the Army's holistic approach to total healthcare for its Soldiers, family members, and civilians, both on and off the battlefield.

  • October is National Depression Awareness Month

    Oct 1, 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.

  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Oct 1, 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.

  • TSG Pays Tribute to the Legacy of "Army Medics"

    Oct 1, 2012

    The U.S. Army Medical Department Museum (AMEDD Museum) is now the home of the nation's first monument recognizing AMEDD recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General and Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command, spoke of the bravery and legacy of these "Army Medics" during the official dedication of the AMEDD Medal of Honor Walk held on Friday, September 28, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. on the grounds of the AMEDD Museum.

  • 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.

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