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  • Schofield health clinic honors, celebrates Native American traditions

    Dec 11, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Staff at U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks were treated to an array of talents during its Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month observance, Nov. 29, here.

  • Begin with the BASICS Video

    Dec 10, 2012

    Learn the history behind Begin with the BASICS.

  • Celebrate sensibly, not senselessly this holiday season

    Dec 10, 2012

    Typically, the holiday season is synonymous with celebration, but Army leaders want Soldiers, Civilians and Family members to make safety part of their plans.

  • Madigan snuffs out Tobacco

    Dec 10, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash.--For service members, Department of Defense contractors and civilian visitors on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, available places to smoke will become more limited after the new year.

  • Electronic form 'AIMs' for increased Concussive Care accuracy

    Dec 7, 2012

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers, community warned of dangers of steroid use

    Dec 7, 2012

    Servicemembers are taught to be very aware of their physical fitness. They train every duty day with their units, are kept aware of the importance of nutrition; and in some cases, train on their own to achieve a specific, desired physical result. It is their duty to remain in shape, and it is this professional distinction, that puts servicemembers at higher risk than most for anabolic-androgenic steroid abuse.

  • Community spirit blossoms at Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion

    Dec 7, 2012

    According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, the therapeutic benefits of a garden are proven throughout history like the ancient Zen gardens of Japan and monastic cloister gardens of Europe. Retired physician's assistant, Mike Newman understands the role of a positive environment in one's recovery from injury or illness. Newman, is one of many dedicated volunteers who are cultivating plants as well as happier and healthier Soldiers at the Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion tranquility garden.

  • Army Medicine Joins Enterprise Email

    Dec 7, 2012

    On January 7, 2013, the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) will begin full deployment of the Defense Enterprise Email (DEE) service provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In coordination with our mission partners at NETCOM, DISA, and Army CIO/G6, Defense Enterprise Email signals a new era for Army Medicine in the delivery of cloud computing as a service. Everyone in MEDCOM will migrate to enterprise email by March 31, 2013.

  • Army of Chile delegation visits Southern Regional Medical Command

    Dec 7, 2012

  • Kenner Wins Second Place in Best MTF Competition

    Dec 7, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Nov 30, 2012) -- Kenner Army Health Clinic recently clinched the runner-up title for the U.S. Army Medical Command's Business Excellence Competition or Biz Bowl and earned an additional $500,000 for the fiscal year 2013 operating budget. While the Fort Lee community braced itself for Hurricane Sandy, Col. Joseph S. Pina, KAHC commander; Lt. Col. Eric Poulsen, deputy commander for administration; Master Sgt. Douglas Schwab, sergeant major; and Jeff Kavanaugh, a health systems analysis and evaluation specialist, traveled to San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 29 to battle seven other military treatment facilities for the coveted 2012 title. For more than five years, MEDCOM has continued to advance a "performance-based adjustment model" of MTF funding that rewards and motivates facilities to improve in measures of importance to the Army including medical readiness, access, quality and cost effectiveness, said Poulsen. Last year, MEDCOM launched its Best MTF Competition which begins with selecting the 16 top performing facilities across the command. KAHC became eligible to compete this year after improvements across the "noble nine" metrics of military treatment facility performance, including patient satisfaction, productivity gains, quality and preventive measures, improvements in care continuity, reductions in emergency room usage and maintaining or exceeding enrollment and workload targets. The team from Kenner ended FY12 ranked as No. 3 out of 34 facilities across MEDCOM in these nine metrics. The competition began in early October when each of the 16 teams was given an exam and 60 minutes to answer 193 questions on a wide range of topics in the fields of health care administration, operations, readiness, quality and resource management, Pina said. "We scored 152 on the exam -- the highest score of all 16 teams," he said. "The test results were used to narrow the field to an 'Elite 8' teams that advanced to the final rounds of competition at Army MEDCOM." The team, working together against the clock, set out to divide and conquer the categories, said Kavanaugh. "We each answered specific questions relative to our strengths and expertise," he said. Each question was answered because there were no penalties for wrong answers, said Schwab. "We earned points for each of the questions we answered correctly so we made certain they were all answered," he said. Before traveling to San Antonio, the teams were given a complex case study to review and analyze from a fictitious Summit Army Community Hospital at "Fort Wannabee." Teams were given one week to analyze, prepare and send in a briefing that would be presented by only the final four teams in the third round. Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army Surgeon General and competition host recognized all of the teams and their accomplishments, Pina said. "Horoho emphasized that this competition is really about making sure we train and equip our MTFs with the right set of skills to bring the best quality, accessible health care to the Soldiers, Families and other beneficiaries," he said. The competition in round two kicked off in a "bowl" format with the top-seeded team from Fort Lee facing off against the eighth-seed from Camp Zama, Japan, led by Col. Vivian Hutson, prior commander of KAHC. After five sets of toss-up and bonus questions, the Fort Lee team advanced to the semi-finals, defeating the Camp Zama team by a score of 125-40. Other teams faced off head-to-head: Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo., defeating Bavaria Medical Department Activity, Germany; Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., defeating Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga., and William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas; and Fort Huachuca, Az., defeating Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. Kenner and the other clinic teams readied their case study presentations while Horoho introduced the panel of judges, including a former surgeon general and secretary of Veteran Affairs, the current deputy surgeon general, a former MEDCOM chief of staff and the current director, TRICARE Regional Office-South. Each team presented its case study briefings and presentations and in a unanimous vote, the panel selected Fort Lee's team to advance to the final round. In a close and split decision, the other finalist was announced as Fort Campbell and the stage was set. Fort Campbell's team was led by Col. Paul Cordts, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander, who last year led the Fort Stewart team to the final round only to lose to Bavaria. The final match played out in a Jeopardy-like head-to-head competition. "We held the lead early," Pina said. "The rest of the match-up went to Fort Campbell who won the final in convincing fashion." Schwab, whose career has mostly been field-based medicine, said he appreciated the opportunity to participate in the competition. "It was an eye-opening experience," he said. "During preparation for the competition, I looked deeper into the business operations of an MTF which helps me in my duties here." Not all was lost, though, as performance incentive checks ranging from $75,000 to $750,000 were distributed by the surgeon general to all eight MTF finalists. Both the winning team and runners-up received engraved trophies, too, Pina said. "As runner-up this year, Kenner brings home a check for $500,000 that can be reinvested into programs, services, facilities or staff to enhance our support of the Fort Lee community," Pina said. What's most important is that we thank our staff across Kenner and make sure they know that we wouldn't have even been a competitor without all of their combined efforts."

  • 2012 Karen Wagner Leadership Awards

    Dec 7, 2012

    The Karen Wagner Leadership Award was established in 2004 to honor Lt. Col. Karen Wagner's many contributions to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD).

  • Day of Remembrance ceremony connects families after loss

    Dec 7, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Approximately 30 moms, dads, children and Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center staff participated in the Day of Remembrance ceremony Thursday to honor babies who were lost to fetal demise.

  • It's always time to make a HEDIS "wellness check" appointment

    Dec 6, 2012

    The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America's healthcare plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. "HEDIS is a tool used to reduce the need for future reactive care," said Cindy Huff, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital HEDIS nurse. "An ounce of prevention is still better than a pound of cure," added Huff. "Benjamin Franklin's famous quote is as true today as it was long ago."

  • Army program aims to protect Soldiers' hearing

    Dec 6, 2012

    The U.S. Army is evaluating commercial-off-the-shelf options for a new hearing-protection system that will provide Soldiers with the situational awareness to increase mission effectiveness and the safety and survivability they need, officials said.

  • BACH earns national recognition for medical home

    Dec 6, 2012

    Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's community-based clinic, the Screaming Eagle Medical Home, recently earned the highest recognition attainable from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

  • Health Officials Focus on High Risk Persons

    Dec 4, 2012

    Health officials at Bavaria Medical Department Activity are observing a large amount of people getting a flu vaccine this season, but are acknowledging more works needs to be done to protect people from an influenza outbreak.

  • 70 years of service honored

    Dec 4, 2012

    Rocco "Rocky" Caponigro was recognized for 70 years of service to the country Nov. 21. The World War II veteran was presented the Gen. Brehon B. Somervell Medallion of Excellence by Maj. Gen. Larry D. Wyche, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, during a ceremony at the Cardinal Golf Club.

  • New Behavioral Health Data Portal launches patient-centered care effort at Fort Leonard Wood

    Dec 4, 2012

    The Behavioral Health Data Portal, slated for launch with select behavioral healthcare providers at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital this month, widens the scope of Army Healthcare's "Patient-centered care" concept. Patient-focused research has been a driving force in behavioral healthcare for over 10 years and is now taking a greater role as a result of BHDP implementation. BHDP is a tool designed to empower patients by giving them a greater voice in their treatment by connecting the patient, provider, and several other Army healthcare systems into a collaborative, web-based team solution.

  • Credentialing program helps service members excel

    Dec 4, 2012

    The command is helping to increase opportunities for sustainment Soldiers by developing credentialing programs for 27 of its 57 military occupational specialties. One of the ways CASCOM is supporting professional credentialing of its service members is through the U.S. Army Ordnance School's Allied Trade Specialist (91E) course.

  • Army under secretary optimistic about Army's future role

    Dec 4, 2012

    Building a strong partnership between the Army's conventional and special operations forces is one of the service's key areas of focus as it transitions from operations in Afghanistan and looks toward the future, said Army Under Secretary Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, during his visit to Fort Bragg, Dec. 4.

  • A step ahead: Wounded warriors offered exclusive access to job fair

    Dec 4, 2012

    For the many Soldiers filtering into the job fair at Cole Park Commons, Tuesday, the goal remained simple: make connections on the way to a new career. This goal is crucial for Fort Campbell's wounded warrior population, who received special treatment at the event with the first hour open exclusively for these Soldiers.

  • December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    Dec 3, 2012

    The holiday season is upon us and for some it means the stress and anxiety of battling last minute crowds at the mall, frantically cleaning for visiting in-laws and agonizing over preparing the perfect holiday meal.

  • Drive Responsibly--National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

    Dec 3, 2012

    The holiday season is the time of the year when drunk and impaired driving accidents are most prevalent. Drug and alcohol use impair judgment, delay reaction times, and can result in deadly consequences when driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drugs (for example, marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths. Drunk driving accidents account for 31 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, and thousands of drivers and passengers lose their lives each year because of drunk and drugged driving.

  • CRDAMC hosts Remembrance Ceremony for parents struggling with fetal demise

    Dec 3, 2012

    Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care will host a Day of Remembrance Ceremony Dec. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the CRDAMC chapel as part of an ongoing fetal demise bereavement support group effort.

  • U.S. Army Surgeon General's office recognizes Mother-Baby Unit

    Dec 3, 2012

    The Mother-Baby Unit at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital was honored for providing a higher satisfaction rate than at any other obstetrical unit in the Army in 2012. This prestigious U.S. Army Surgeon General's office recognition was based on almost 3 years of accumulated satisfaction surveys. Specifically, hard work and dedication, friendly, effective communication with patients, pristine facility, and excellence in care were categories evaluated by the Surgeon General's office.

  • Keller receives gold seal of approval

    Dec 3, 2012

    Keller Army Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

  • Cold weather survival for Soldiers

    Dec 3, 2012

    Winter has changed the course of many battles in history. Both Napoleon in 1812 and the Germans in the 1940s found Russia had a powerful ally: a giant, icy "sledgehammer" that stopped armies in their tracks.

  • Feeding your picky eater

    Dec 3, 2012

    Mealtime can be a frustrating and challenging experience for parents who worry about whether their children are eating enough, or getting the right nutrition. It's common for children to go through some stage of picky eating as they try new foods and develop independence.

  • Warrior Games to be held Dec. 7 in Heidelberg

    Nov 30, 2012

    Wounded warriors to compete for Commander's Cup bragging rights in Heidelberg next week.

  • A Momentary Lack of Good Judgment

    Nov 30, 2012

    As aviators and crewmembers, we are highly trained professionals. We do our job repeatedly to the point of muscle memory. The only thing that changes are the conditions or missions we fly. We are expected to operate with great attention to detail. But once we are off duty, why do we find ourselves taking risks that we might not take on duty?

  • Don't Toy with Safety

    Nov 30, 2012

    This Christmas, choose toys that will make the holidays safe and memorable for your children. Toys should be a source of fun and learning. Too often, however, children are injured -- or even killed -- by toys that are not age appropriate, poorly designed or in disrepair. When choosing a toy, make sure to match it to the child's abilities. A toy that is too advanced or too simple for a child may be misused, which can lead to injury.

  • Fort Hood WTB Soldiers go back to school during Veteran's Day celebrations

    Nov 30, 2012

    Warrior Transition Brigade Soldiers from Fort Hood returned to the classroom Nov. 9 for The History Channel's "Take a Vet to School initiative, which kicked off Central Texas Veteran's Day ceremonies

  • Fort Hood WTB Spa Day recharges caregivers' spirits during Warrior Care Month

    Nov 30, 2012

    The day-long spouse-pampering event was part of the WTB's observance of Warrior Care Month, which celebrates the resiliency of Soldiers and their Families in the healing and transitioning process of the Army's wounded, ill and injured. The theme for this year's campaign is: Success through Transition -- Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship."

  • Fort Hood WTB Soldier's dedication to disabled vets earns him DOD Disability Award

    Nov 30, 2012

    Staff Sgt. Donald Sistrunk is of two Army wounded warriors selected for DOD's 2012 Disability Outreach Award and will be honored Dec. 4 in the Pentagon's hallowed Hall of Heroes.

  • Red Cloud fitness room offers TRX, other workouts

    Nov 29, 2012

    CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- Soldiers and civilians at Camp Red Cloud can now perform the latest kinds of fitness workouts -- including cutting edge TRX or total resistance exercise, in a special workout space at the post gym.

  • Tomodachi registry aids Japan's DOD population

    Nov 29, 2012

    The U.S. Army Public Health Command played a significant public health role in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, Japanese earthquake and tsunami. USAPHC responders monitored radiation levels from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, checked the safety of water and food, and assessed search-and-rescue dogs coming into the country to assist in finding the missing.

  • War hero remembered as Soldiers' friend

    Nov 29, 2012

    Medal of Honor recipient retired Col. James Lamar Stone ignored hospice caretakers' advice, and attended a Change of Responsibility Ceremony to see his friend Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Darlington transfer his noncommissioned officer duties as the outgoing senior enlisted leader of the 90th Aviation Support Battalion. Less than a month later, Stone's family asked Darlington to eulogize the Korean War hero, who retired from the Army with more than 30 years, of service after he died from prostate cancer at age 89 in Arlington, Texas, Nov. 9, 2012.

  • Army expands prescription drug testing

    Nov 29, 2012

    On Nov. 15, the Department of Defense expanded military drug testing to include selected prescription drugs in the benzodiazepine class, which includes such familiar drugs as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Restoril, plus 31 others.

  • Fayetteville VA and Womack Army Medical Centers Combine Resources

    Nov 29, 2012

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- VA and DOD enrollees in the greater Fayetteville area can expect to see a new, $6.7 million state-of-the-art Community Rehabilitation Clinic. The Community Rehabilitation Clinic will provide outpatient services for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology. Fayetteville VA Medical Center (VAMC) together with Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) will proceed with site selection and leased space for the clinic with the expected move in date yet to be determined.

  • Military Docs Use Cutting-edge Device to Save Patient

    Nov 29, 2012

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Nov. 29, 2012 -- Doctors from San Antonio Military Medical Center here saved a young mother's life last month using cutting-edge technology historically reserved for infants and young children.

  • Fort Hood WTB hosts wheelchair basketball tournament

    Nov 29, 2012

    Fort Hood's Warrior Transition Brigade hosted a wheelchair basketball tournament Nov. 21 at Abrams Physical Fitness Center that involved teams of WTB Soldiers together with teams from the community.

  • Tripler JOC spreads holiday cheer, provides Thanksgiving fixings to local families

    Nov 29, 2012

    HONOLULU - The Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) Junior Officer Council (JOC) jumped into the spirit of giving this season by sponsoring a hospital-wide Thanksgiving Basket Competition.

  • Are you on drugs?

    Nov 28, 2012

    Are you taking Lortab? Wellbutrin? Topamax? Xanax? Demerol? Benadryl? Aspirin? Do you know how they interact with other drugs? Are they addictive? Should you operate a vehicle or go to the range? Can you drink a beer while taking any of them? People expect prescribed medicines to make them feel better, said Lt. Col. Stacey Causey, chief of the Department of Pharmacy at Martin Army Community Hospital. But are they compliant -- are they taking the medicine as it was prescribed?

  • TBI linked to range of vision problems

    Nov 28, 2012

    Traumatic brain injuries can result in many visual problems such as binocular vision dysfunction, light sensitivity, and visual field defects. Although progress has been made in recent years, the pathophysiology of these injuries is not well understood and continues to affect soldiers in their activities of daily living.

  • Hire a Veteran Audio News Release

    Nov 28, 2012

    This audio news release discusses the Army's "Hire A Veteran" education campaign designed to discredit myths that prevent the employment of disabled Veterans.

  • U.S. Soldiers, Kuwaiti paramedics share info, tactics during combat lifesaver course

    Nov 27, 2012

    Kuwait National Guard 1st Lt. Hashem Al-Refae and 1st Lt. Hamad Al-Shetail attended a recent combat lifesaver course at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov. 13-16, 2012, so they could see how the U.S. Army trains its non-medical Soldiers on tactical treatment of wounds.

  • Finally, a proven, sure-fire way to lose weight!

    Nov 27, 2012

    Everywhere we turn it seems there is always some new diet plan that promises successful weight loss. The weight loss industry has tried for years to find the ultimate diet plan or pill, but alas, there is no such diet plan or pill that causes rapid weight loss in a short period of time.

  • Knowing the signs of a concussion, TBI

    Nov 27, 2012

    A concussion can change the way a brain normally works and is a type of Traumatic Brain Injury, caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

  • Pharmacy Chief's presentation recognized at Joint Forces seminar

    Nov 27, 2012

    The officer in charge of the Pharmacy at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital was recognized at an all-service seminar recently.

  • Westphal, Austin visit wounded warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

    Nov 26, 2012

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Army Vice Chief of Staff General Lloyd J. Austin III visited wounded warriors, Nov. 23, 2012, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany.

  • Westphal, Austin visit Warrior Recovery Center

    Nov 26, 2012

    Westphal and Austin Visit

  • Under Secretary Westphal Visits LRMC Wounded Warriors

    Nov 26, 2012

    Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal included a visit with Wounded Warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, as part of his visit with Soldiers in Afghanistan during the Thanksgiving hoiday.

  • U.S. Army CID Pleads with Public, Warns Against Romance Scams, Female victims being cyber-robbed dai

    Nov 26, 2012

    Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are once again warning internet users worldwide, to be extra vigilant and not to fall prey to internet scams or impersonation fraud - especially scams promising true love, but only end up breaking hearts and bank accounts.

  • Westphal, Austin survey battlefield, present awards, thank troops for service

    Nov 25, 2012

    The Army's second highest ranking civilian and military leaders met with American and NATO leadership at regional commands, hospitals, forward operating bases, and support units throughout eastern and southern Afghanistan, and thanked service members, civilians, and contractors for their hard work and sacrifice during a three-day visit, Nov. 20-23, 2012.

  • Former Soldier now helps others make the transition

    Nov 20, 2012

    A few months ago, Morris Russell was an active duty Soldier assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe. A deployment to South America and three to Iraq had taken their toll and he was going through the process of being medically retired from the Army. Today, Russell is using that experience to help other transitioning Soldiers prepare for life as civilians by helping them get ready for the job market. At the same time, his work is therapy for him as well.

  • Warrior Transition Command launches 'Hire a Veteran' campaign

    Nov 20, 2012

    The Army's Warrior Transition Command unveiled its three-pronged Hire a Veteran education campaign plan Nov. 19, 2012, which aims to help employers understand that wounded warriors can bring a wealth of leadership experience and skills to the table and to their bottom line.

  • Tennessee Titans Quarterbacks visit Fort Campbell's TBI Center

    Nov 20, 2012

    Three Tennessee Titans quarterbacks visited a few Soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injuries as well as wounded, injured and ill Soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Fort Campbell's Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center.

  • Canadian nurse visits Smith Elementary School, talks music

    Nov 19, 2012

    An air evacuation nurse with the Canadian forces deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as part of the casualty support team recently visited children at Smith Elementary School on Smith Barracks but instead of focusing on her job Capt. Denise Olson talked to the children about bagpipes.

  • Partnership for Patients (PfP) Campaign

    Nov 19, 2012

    PARTNERSHIP FOR PATIENTS: BETTER CARE, LOWER COSTS

  • Privately owned weapons: Focus on the CAN, not the can't

    Nov 19, 2012

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- On Jan. 7, 2011, Public Law 111-383, also known as the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 or NDAA, was enacted.

  • Europe Regional Medical Command officer named Army Social Worker of Year

    Nov 19, 2012

    She helped first responders overcome the trauma of the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings, provided mental health treatment for Iraqi detainees, and helped Croatia improve their treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, all with just over five years in the Army.

  • 85th SC helps honor veterans during Chicago Bears Veterans Day game

    Nov 19, 2012

    CHICAGO -- The Army Reserve's 85th Support Command, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill., supported the Army Public Affairs midwest office in the annual Chicago Bears Veterans Day game highlighting the many service members of the Chicago-land community.

  • Tripler medic receives combatives' honor, sets sights on promoting MACP

    Nov 19, 2012

    HONOLULU -- "The adrenaline rush you feel is intense. I felt my heart beating in my stomach; like I was going to puke and then all at once I was enraged. I told my opponent that I was not going to fight for 10 minutes, either he was going to tap or I was," said Sgt. Dominique Ramos.

  • Army Launches "Hire a Veteran" Campaign to Debunk Myths

    Nov 19, 2012

    With more than 80,000 disabled Veterans expected to enter the workforce over the next five years, the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) launched a national education campaign to address employers concerns that currently impede the hiring of wounded, injured, and ill Veterans. During a press conference at the National Press Club on November 19, 2012, WTC launched "Hire a Veteran" to debunk the myths around Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, reasonable accommodations, and transferability of military skills.

  • Tripler hosts second annual diabetes health fair, aims to educate patients, family members

    Nov 19, 2012

    HONOLULU - More than 100 active duty and retired service members and their families braved the rainy weather and attended a diabetes health and wellness fair at Tripler Army Medical Center, Nov. 17, here.

  • Bragg doctor sets up world-class residency program

    Nov 16, 2012

    Col. (Dr.) Michael J. Sundborg knows women. And it's this knowledge that brought him back to Fort Bragg after a long professional absence.

  • Army releases October suicide statistics

    Nov 16, 2012

    In October, there were 20 potential suicides of active-duty Soldiers, bringing the total so far this year to 166.

  • Caregiver conferences held on post

    Nov 15, 2012

    The Warrior Transition Command and Dorn Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center want to make sure that wounded warriors and their caregivers have all the knowledge they need before leaving the military. To do so, the organizations hosted a conference for caregivers Nov. 5 at the Solomon Center.

  • Sill civilian survives son's suicide

    Nov 15, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- "When I talk about suicide, it is the only time I allow myself to feel," said David Rauls, a civilian employee at Fort Sill. National Suicide Survivor Day is Nov. 17, and David and Michelle Rauls know the pain of being survivors: their son, Nicholas, 13, took his life Feb. 7, 2010.

  • Space-based capabilities shaping Army of the future

    Nov 15, 2012

    The undersecretary of the Army received a detailed and succinct depiction of how the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command supports America's warfighters during a visit to Redstone Arsenal, Ala., Nov. 14, 2012.

  • Warrior Games assessment, selection clinics underway

    Nov 15, 2012

    The U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command Warrior Games assessment and selection clinics are currently being held throughout the United States to find the best athletes to represent the Army during the annual Warrior Games.

  • Operation War Fighter internships assist transitioning Soldiers with civilian careers

    Nov 15, 2012

    Across the Army, wounded, ill and injured Soldiers assigned to Warrior Transition Units prepare for transition -- some back to their units but many to the civilian world. Approximately 50 percent of Soldiers assigned to WTUs will ultimately undergo this transition, and most are eager to gain skills in preparation of joining the civilian ranks.

  • USAARL: 50 years of research for Army air, ground Warriors

    Nov 15, 2012

    The U.S. reported a decline in the number of aviation mishaps during fiscal year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011). The decrease in numbers from 237 mishaps in FY10 to 189 mishaps during FY11 may be due, in part, to the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker, Ala., which helps save lives by testing helicopter equipment for the Army.

  • Service Excellence and the PEBLO Program Part of Army Medicine Transformation

    Nov 15, 2012

    "You are important, your job is vital to the success of our Soldiers," stated Mr. Fred Larson, Special Assistant to the Army Surgeon General and Program Coordinator for the Begin with the BASICS program to every Contact Manager he trains within the PEBLO program.

  • Beyond protection: Army Research Laboratory investigates next-level pelvic, groin protection

    Nov 14, 2012

    New ballistic research areas are filling a critical gap in troop pelvic protection systems, said U.S. Army Research Laboratory engineers.

  • U.S. Army South shares medical operations lessons learned with Chilean partners

    Nov 14, 2012

    Col. (Dr.) James Sheehan, U.S. Army South deputy chief of staff for medical, addressed more than 200 military medical students and doctors at the Hospital Militar de Santiago in Santiago, Chile, Nov. 6, 2012.

  • Syringes, needles will no longer be accepted at RWBAHC

    Nov 14, 2012

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center will no longer accept used syringes, needles or lancets, also known as household sharps, from patients after Nov. 30. Household sharps are typically used in the home for insulin injection. They are also used for administering medications to treat other medical conditions, including the prevention of blood clots, and may become contaminated with blood-borne diseases including Hepatitis B and C, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

  • RWBAHC Behavioral Health Services opens in new location

    Nov 14, 2012

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - With the snip of a ribbon on Nov. 8, Behavioral Health Services, or BHS, at Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Clinic, RWBAHC, officially opened their new $2.5 M, 9,350 square-foot location on the second floor of the building.

  • ADA-compliant changes implemented on FH

    Nov 14, 2012

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Additional Americans with Disabilities Act-related changes have been made on Fort Huachuca over the past month.

  • Army units and individuals rewarded for safety efforts

    Nov 14, 2012

    Twelve Army units and individuals have been named recipients of the Director of Army Safety Risk Management Award for their efforts in reducing accident rates and promoting safety awareness.

  • MEDEVAC in action

    Nov 13, 2012

    Soldiers of C Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Briagde are charged with the crucial task of providing medical evacuation to Regional Command East.

  • Sustainers visit Afghan military hospital

    Nov 13, 2012

    Members of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and Joint Sustainment Command - Afghanistan visited the Kandahar Regional Military Hospital on November 8, 2012. The Sustainers visited the facility to get a better understanding of the Afghan's medical processes and procedures.

  • Travel planning matters

    Nov 13, 2012

    If you're driving slowly past the big rigs parked alongside the interstate because of snow and ice, you know you're in a situation.

  • 'Red Dragons' open fully functional aid station

    Nov 13, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- "We needed an environment where we can maintain our medical personnel on current training, care of patients and break in new medics," Capt. David Marcoux said.

  • FGR2: Meeting of the minds to achieve Force Readiness

    Nov 13, 2012

    Check out video clip for our interviews with Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commanding general, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Maj. Gen. Luis R. Visot, deputy commanding general for operations, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and Lt. Col. Philmore Williams, deputy commanding officer, 302nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

  • 3 Army veterans honored with Purple Heart medals

    Nov 12, 2012

    Sgt. Ralph Cipriati, Sgt. Sean Hook and Spc. Miguel Ramos, three former Soldiers assigned to the Keller Army Community Hospital Warrior Transition Unit, were presented Purple Heart medals Thursday, during a Warrior Care Month banquet hosted by the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at the West Point Club.

  • November 11, 2012--America's enduring obligation: Honoring Soldiers for Life

    Nov 11, 2012

    As we celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I, we remember the fallen, and show our solemn pride for the heroism, strength, and dedication of those still among us -- the veterans we know as our friends, neighbors, and relatives.

  • Humphreys breaks ground on state-of-the-art hospital, dental clinic

    Nov 9, 2012

    Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at Camp Humnhreys, South Korea, Nov. 7, 2012, on the future site of the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital and the Camp Humphreys Dental Clinic.

  • Awareness, prevention key to stopping spread of RSV

    Nov 9, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Even with Hawaii's moderate temperatures, the fall and winter seasons usher in an increase in colds and respiratory infections, to include respiratory syncytial virus, a common infection that can cause more serious illness in some patients.

  • Get smart about antibiotics

    Nov 8, 2012

    Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide public health problem. Resistance occurs when bacteria can no longer be killed by a previously effective antibiotic and the bacteria continue to grow. According to the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, if resistance to treatment continues to spread, our globally connected world may find itself back in the dark ages of medicine--before today's miracle drugs existed.

  • Secondhand Smoke: A Danger in the Air

    Nov 8, 2012

    The U.S. Surgeon General estimates that living with a smoker increases a nonsmoker's chances of developing lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 3,400 non-smokers die from lung cancer each year. Some research also suggests that secondhand smoke may increase the risk of breast, nose and throat cancers, as well as leukemia.

  • Wounded warrior reenlists after amputation

    Nov 8, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are the values that the Army expects all Soldiers to exemplify.

  • Fort Lee clinic wins second place in MEDCOM's Biz Bowl

    Nov 8, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Nov. 7) -- Kenner Army Health Clinic recently clinched the runner-up title for the U.S. Army Medical Command's Business Excellence Competition or Biz Bowl and earned an additional $500,000 for the fiscal year 2013 operating budget.

  • Stidley addresses flight medic course graduates

    Nov 8, 2012

    Seventeen Soldiers and two Sailors joined the ranks of specialized medics when they graduated from the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine's Flight Medic course, Class 13 - 500, here Nov. 2.

  • Duty with Fort Hood WTB -- An Incredible Journey for Former Commander

    Nov 7, 2012

    Major Jason Good observes Warrior Care Month by reflecting on his own experience as cadre at the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade.

  • Rifleman radio completes key operational test at NIE

    Nov 7, 2012

    An advanced lightweight radio that will connect troops on the front lines to the Army's tactical communications network has completed its operational test.

  • Franconia installations plan Nov. 14 drug take back

    Nov 6, 2012

    Installations across the Franconia Military Community will have a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at pharmacies in Bamberg, Illesheim, Katterbach and Schweinfurt from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

  • Culture of Trust comes to LRMC

    Nov 6, 2012

    The focus for hospital staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center this month is trust. Senior leaders, supervisors and employees will devote more than 13,000 training hours in support of a Culture of Trust program initiated by the Army surgeon general.

  • ASC Soldier runs half-marathons for cancer charities

    Nov 6, 2012

    An Army Sustainment Command headquarters Soldier hit the pavement in what was supposed to be a family affair as he chalked up another competition in the Savannah Rock'n'Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon.

  • Army hosting events during Warrior Care Month

    Nov 6, 2012

    This month, the Army and other services are observing Warrior Care Month with a number of activities that will benefit wounded, ill or injured service members and help them with transitioning to civilian life if that is the route they are going.

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