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  • Early, centralized and responsive support among aims of the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord 'Modul

    Apr 30, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Veterans of deployments to combat zones can attest to the elation and frustrations surrounding reunions with loved ones. Expectations run high among Soldiers and family members who have counted the hours to emotional returns. With six major subordinate commands returning in the coming months from Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are working to help military members deal with the surprises that can occur during reintegration - surprises that can devolve quickly into problems.

  • Wounded Warriors find freedom through scuba

    Apr 30, 2010

    He always found freedom in the water, whether floating on rivers or lakes or diving in the ocean. Under-water, the calm settles in while the rest of the world is shut out, said Staff Sgt. Scott Frazier, a Warrior with Charlie Company. "It's just one of the best things in the world," said Frazier, a medic who is also the assistant program manager for the scuba program, a collaborative effort between the Warrior Transition Battalion and Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors.

  • Fort Carson wounded warriors: most satisfied with treatment

    Apr 30, 2010

    Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, Army surgeon general and commander of Army Medical Command, led a media roundtable from the Pentagon - with Fort Carson leadership linked by teleconference - to address a New York Times article's claim that Soldiers in the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Carson were "warehoused," overmedicated and hidden away from the post population.

  • Womack provides specialized care for babies

    Apr 30, 2010

    Babies who are born before their due date require special care and attention that some hospitals may be unable to provide. Womack Army Medical Center has a neonatal infant care unit dedicated to caring for babies who decide to come a little early. The NICU provides specialized, neonatal care to babies with 30 weeks and greater gestation. The unit centers care on the Family, with the parents making all the decisions in the infant's care.

  • 44th Medical Command inactivates, reactivates as 44th Medical Brigade

    Apr 30, 2010

    The Dragon medics of the 44th Medical Command held a one-of-a-kind ceremony at Fort Bragg April 21. The unit was inactivated and reactivated as the 44th Medical Brigade and they held a change of command as well as a commander's retirement ceremony.

  • Medics test their ability to respond to mass casualties

    Apr 30, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla. - On the morning of April 7, 2010, rocket exhaust billowed across the early sky and Spc. Derek Kirkman smiled. Following the fading ember, his head turned, and then back again as the second rocket fired, completely obscuring the launcher in a deadly cloud of hot vapors. As a human resources specialist with HHB, 214th Fires Brigade, Kirkman witnessed a side of the Army he had never seen before, and became a little better acquainted with the field artillery mission. However, things were about to become much more intimate.

  • Knox physician finds military life a good fit

    Apr 30, 2010

    FORT KNOX, Ky. -- While the age limit on active duty Army Soldiers has been expanded, few are allowed to enlist after age 42.

  • Soldiers learning to ASIST potential suicides

    Apr 30, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- If the Soldiers in the chapel looked relaxed, wearing civilian attire, with coffee and other refreshments in the back, the scene belied their somber expressions. Threatening to leap to his death, the chaplain of the 168th Brigade Support Battalion, Chap. (Capt.) Jeremy Plevka, hesitated expectantly. Someone had to say something, and say it quickly. Time out. All eyes turned toward Chap. (Maj.) Milton Johnson, the 214th Fires Brigade chaplain, as he explained some of the finer points of connecting with individuals in crisis. Game on.

  • WINN Warrior Transition Battalion chosen pilot site for Army's Service Dog Training

    Apr 30, 2010

    Winn Army Community Hospital's Warrior Transition Battalion is the chosen pilot site for the Army's Service Dog Training Program.

  • Golf course makes game accessible to disabled vets

    Apr 30, 2010

    Never an easy game, golf becomes even more difficult for those with physical challenges. For years, the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in nearby Lakewood has made the game accessible to disabled veterans with its innovative programs. With the opening of its new $1.3 million Rehabilitation and Learning Center, the course will improve that access.

  • WINN's Warrior Transition Battalion Chosen For Army's Service Dog Training Program

    Apr 29, 2010

    WINN's WTB Chosen as Pilot Site for Army Service Dog Training

  • Medical exercises begin in Haiti

    Apr 28, 2010

    Lines of people seemed to come out of nowhere as hundreds of Haitians living in the Roche au Boteaux area lined the road, waiting for the opening ceremony of the Medical Readiness Training Exercise, or MEDRETE, to be completed and the make shift medical clinic to officially open April 26.

  • Surgeon general: Nothing to hide at WTUs

    Apr 27, 2010

    The Army surgeon general invited members of the press, politicians and especially parents and families of Soldiers now assigned to the Army's "Warrior Transition Units" to see for themselves what conditions exist there.

  • Army Battlefield Medical Records Program Director Earns Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service

    Apr 27, 2010

  • Army dentists create smiles in Nicaragua

    Apr 27, 2010

    In support of U.S. Army South's Beyond the Horizon mission, the Army Reserve's 307th Dental Company from Vallejo, Calif., returned from Mateare, Nicaragua, after providing dental services for over 1,200 Nicaraguans from April 12 - 22.

  • Sexual assault impact is detrimental to Army family

    Apr 27, 2010

    The message reinforced the theme for April, which is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month: 'What hurts one, affects all. Preventing sexual assault is everyone's duty.'

  • Army medical researchers in Kenya mark World Malaria Day 2010

    Apr 27, 2010

    Hundreds of local people gathered Sunday at Kit Mikayi primary school to mark World Malaria Day 2010 with educational skits, songs and dance.

  • Renovations raise the bar for Presidio community member medical care

    Apr 26, 2010

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Presidio of Monterey's medical clinic, run by the California Medical Detachment, is in the final phase of a $22-million upgrade.

  • Bringing closure to wounded Veterans

    Apr 26, 2010

    "They had me hidden in the sergeant major's office," said Staff Sgt. Julio Arredondo, "They told me he was looking all around." Moments later, the governance noncommissioned officer with the 486th Civil Affair Battalion emerged and surprised his brother, Sgt. (Retired) Juan Arredondo, both natives of Coachella, Calif., during a welcoming ceremony at the al-Faw Palace in Baghdad, April 5, 2010.

  • Creation of the U.S. Army Public Health Command

    Apr 25, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command has directed the establishment of a U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC) as a subordinate command. The creation of the USAPHC will integrate select missions from the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine and the U.S. Army Veterinary Command (VETCOM) to form the core of the USAPHC. The USAPHC became provisional on Oct. 1, 2009, and includes all of the USACHPPM missions and services. Select missions (levels III-V) of VETCOM will become part of the USAPHC (Prov) in spring of 2010 and fully integrate by Oct. 1, 2010.

  • Adm. Mike Mullen visits Pittsburgh about veterans' benefits

    Apr 25, 2010

    Adm. Mike Mullen's visit to Pittsburgh and panel discussion at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum at the University of Pittsburgh about veterans' benefits.

  • Wounded Warriors return to Iraq to share experiences

    Apr 23, 2010

    The April 9 visit offered the Soldiers -- some still active, some medically retired -- the opportunity to go full-circle regarding the wounds that precipitated their sudden, and unexpected, return home. Their day here included a visit to the 1st Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, where they had the opportunity to check out the Army's state-of-the-art armored vehicles

  • Warrior transition unit commander speaks to healthcare professionals

    Apr 23, 2010

    A unit at Fort Benning, Ga., is using technology to develop an enhanced comprehensive transition plan for all wounded warriors.

  • 44th MEDICAL COMMAND INACTIVATES, REACTIVATES AS 44TH MEDICAL BRIGADE

    Apr 22, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The Dragon medics of the 44th Medical Command held a one-of-a-kind ceremony here today. The unit were inactivated and reactivated as the 44th Medical Brigade, and they held change-of-command as well as a commander's retirement ceremony.

  • MEDDAC fields intramural marksmanship team

    Apr 16, 2010

    The New Year brought a new addition to Martin Army Community Hospital with the fielding of the first USA Medical Department Activity Intramural Marksmanship Team. "Why did we form a team - because we didn't have one," said SSG Micah Smith, the team captain and NCO in charge of the hospital's Mother and Baby Unit. But the team's mission is more than just competing for the MEDDAC in a variety of sanctioned shooting events - the team members are also committed to helping improve marksmanship and combat readiness of MEDDAC Soldiers. Smith, a longtime shooter and "gun nut" was looking for opportunities to compete in a number of open invitational matches held throughout the year. In mid-January, he found four other Soldiers interested and willing to shoot. The team first competed in the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning Pistol Championship Feb. 3-5 and in the All-Army Small Arms Championships held on post Feb. 20-27. Among the obstacles the team faced were coordinating their hospital work schedules and finding weapons to shoot with. Since the hospital has no armorer, no arms room and no weapons, MEDDAC Soldiers borrow weapons from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to use for qualification.

  • Wounded Soldiers seek growth at Warrior Games

    Apr 16, 2010

    Each of the 200 disabled veterans and wounded servicemembers training for next month's inaugural Warrior Games has demons to battle and obstacles to overcome.

  • MACH nurse returns from Haiti mission

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - CPT Manuel Galaviz is a Soldier with two jobs. In his first, he's the company commander for A Company, Martin Army Community Hospital Troop Command. In his second, he's the brigade nurse for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, the unit currently tasked as the country's Global Response Force.

  • Inaugural Walk for Autism

    Apr 15, 2010

    Over 400 participants came together for Fort Campbell's first official Walk for Autism April 10 at the Division Parade Field.

  • Surgeon general says new centers to help with blast injuries

    Apr 15, 2010

    The Army surgeon general told members of Congress, April 13, that the Defense Centers of Excellence, especially for psychological health and traumatic brain injury, provide great promise for wounded warriors.

  • Still time to get H1N1 vaccines

    Apr 15, 2010

    Non-active duty TRICARE Prime enrollees face a deadline at the end of this month if they want to get vaccinations against H1N1 influenza from a non-network provider without a referral from their primary-care managers.

  • Reserve Medical Soldiers Rise to Become the Army's Top Medic Team

    Apr 15, 2010

    Two Army Reserve Soldiers were named the top medic team in the Army during the 7th Annual Expert Field Medical Competition (EFMC).

  • Warrior Games athletes train in archery

    Apr 15, 2010

    Swish ... thunk! A line of Soldiers sends arrow after arrow into a series of round targets 30 meters away. Their true targets, however, are much higher, for these are warriors recovering from injuries. They hope to bring home medals from the first Warrior Games and, beyond that, to show that their injured bodies can still be successful at physical endeavors.

  • Holistic fitness, a family affair

    Apr 14, 2010

    The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program takes a holistic approach to fitness by optimizing five dimensions of strength: Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual and Family.

  • Military Veterinarians in Iraq Tracking Animal Care Electronically

    Apr 14, 2010

    In January, military veterinarians in Balad began documenting animal care electronically using the same system used by providers to chart the care for Soldiers-Medical Communication for Combat Casualty Care (MC4).

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord WTB medevac team ready to help

    Apr 13, 2010

    It starts with waiting, on a near-empty tarmac, for the patients to arrive at the next stop on their medical journey. Most of them were medically evacuated from Iraq or Afghanistan, had spent time in Germany and the East coast, and have been on the move for the last 24 hours. Although receiving continuous medical care, many of their lives are tumultuous, as they wait to find out what will happen with their health, careers, and future overall. And the staff with the Warrior Transition Battalion's medical evacuation platoon are just the ones to help.

  • New commander of Western Region Medical Command visits Madigan

    Apr 13, 2010

    Western Regional Medical Command Commanding General Maj. Gen. Philip Volpe visited Madigan Healthcare System on a rainy Monday in late March as part of his command orientation tour.

  • Madigan honors returning Warriors with coming home ceremony

    Apr 13, 2010

    The hard work and dedication of Pates and 14 other Soldiers were recognized March 31 at a Warrior Recognition Ceremony at Madigan Army Medical Center. Ceremonies are held quarterly to honor Madigan Soldiers who are deployed individually or in small groups through the Army Medical Department's Professional Filler System.

  • Education, awareness are essentials for TBI treatment

    Apr 13, 2010

    Sgt. Shane Sherer was 12 days from leaving northern Afghanistan when a mortar round tore through a nearby vehicle and exploded about seven to 12 feet away from him. Sherer shared his story as part of a presentation at Madigan Army Medical Center recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month, a national event that cultivates understanding about brain injuries.

  • Healing is a team effort for Madigan social workers

    Apr 13, 2010

    About 70 members of Madigan Army Medical Center's Department of Social Work spent a recent afternoon at the downtown Tacoma YMCA, but they didn't go to exercise. Instead, they were taking part in team-building tasks to celebrate National Social Work Month.

  • Prostate cancer clinic provides patients one-stop shop for treatment options

    Apr 13, 2010

    To help reduce the shock and fear associated with cancer, these two departments created a Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic to provide a simple one-stop shop for prostate cancer patients to discuss their treatment options, answer questions and get one-on-one face-time with the doctors and nurses who will have complete oversight of their care.

  • Madigan employees are engaged community partners

    Apr 13, 2010

    Employees at Madigan Healthcare System take part in many different community events, but some employees go above and beyond to give back to the South Sound community.

  • Madigan throws party for 4-year-old fighting cancer

    Apr 13, 2010

    It wasn't her birthday, however it was a party to honor Abigail's fight for her life. After almost a year of treatments at Madigan Army Medical Center for rhabdomyosarcoma, a muscle cancer, Abigail has ended chemotherapy and is now in remission.

  • Iraqi medics take flight with MEDEVAC training

    Apr 13, 2010

    A few hundred meters from the Iran-Iraq border, sentries from the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement conducted medical evacuation training with U.S. Advisors attached to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

  • Healing Wounds

    Apr 13, 2010

    Wounded Warriors visit 1st Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade

  • Madigan focuses behavioral health efforts on redeploying Stryker brigades

    Apr 12, 2010

    Madigan Army Medical Center is gearing up for the return of 12,000 Soldiers from three Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigades and will call in extra providers from other military treatment facilities to help screen each Soldier for behavior health issues.

  • Journalist brings to life story of Jewish-American Army Nurse Corps nurse

    Apr 12, 2010

    Welch spoke recently at Madigan Army Medical Center to celebrate the 109th Army Nurse Corps anniversary. His book describes Slanger's persistence in becoming a nurse, which was not a widely accepted profession for a Jewish woman in the 1930s. She was declined admission to the Boston City Hospital School of Nursing, and had to reapply before finally being accepted.

  • World War II Soldier reflects on liberating concentration camp during holocaust remembrance ceremony

    Apr 12, 2010

    For 65 years, Leo Hymas has been haunted by what he witnessed just outside of the German town of Weimar during World War II. In his short military career of 11 months, Hymas had already lost his best friend in combat and disobeyed orders to kill two German prisoners of war, but discovering the Buchenwald concentration camp was something Hymas wasn't prepared to find.

  • A mission to save lives

    Apr 9, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - They are on a mission to save lives. The blood team from Madigan Army Medical Center's Armed Services Blood Bank Center, Pacific Northwest recently conducted a blood drive at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif.

  • Former Heisman winner discusses his struggle with mental health

    Apr 9, 2010

    Herschel Walker told a group of Soldiers from the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Meade, Md., that he was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder after his football career ended, the reaction of many Soldiers was not one of surprise, but of admiration.

  • Soldiers on profile still do PT

    Apr 8, 2010

    FORT SILL, OKla.--Physical fitness and the Army go together like diets and bikini season. You really shouldn't have one without the other. Even broken Soldiers need physical training to maintain health, strength and stamina. Brigade leaders were noticing the lack of treatment of Soldiers on physical training profiles and decided to make a change.

  • Healthy processes prevent prostate problems

    Apr 8, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- One in six men develop prostate cancer in their lifetimes, and even more experience enlarged prostate problems.

  • Haines succeeds Travis as WTB commander, "appreciates challenge"

    Apr 8, 2010

    Change of command story of a unit still evolving in the warrior transition system. New commander spent three years as a patient before returning to active duty. See related story: WTU Battalion commander walks the talk with leadership approach to wounded warriors

  • WTU Battalion commander walks the talk with leadership approach to wounded warriors

    Apr 8, 2010

    Photo of the change of command ceremony

  • It's SAFE to Say: New Training Program a Success

    Apr 8, 2010

    USAMRIID held its first annual Safety Awareness for Everyone training March 8. Designed to be accessible to everyone in the Institute-not just laboratory personnel-the training captured 652 of USAMRIID's 800 or so employees. It was directed and supported by the USAMRIID command team.

  • Lynch: 'We know the stress, strain our Army family is going through'

    Apr 8, 2010

    "The Army isn't going to break because of its Soldiers, but it may break because of our families," said Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for installation management.

  • Ten Soldiers earn coveted Expert Field Medical Badge

    Apr 8, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Forty-five Soldiers began the quest toward earning the Expert Field Medical Badge March 15; but only 10 were awarded the coveted insignia April 2 during a ceremony at Camp Bullis.

  • MEDDAC Soldiers train in room-clearing procedures

    Apr 8, 2010

    FORT LEE, Va. (April 1, 2010) Spc. Thomas Blackston's thoughts were pretty much direct and to the point: kicking in doors and searching for bad guys are more to his liking than sitting in a cubicle.

  • Army public health strengthened by transformation

    Apr 8, 2010

    The Army's public health capabilities are being integrated to form a new U.S. Army Public Health Command. The integration is part of the Army Medical Command's transformation from a "sick-care" system to a "health-care" system-one that emphasizes prevention and sustaining good health.

  • Army public health strengthened by transformation

    Apr 8, 2010

    The Army's public health capabilities are being integrated to form a new U.S. Army Public Health Command. The integration is part of the Army Medical Command's transformation from a "sick-care" system to a "health-care" system-one that emphasizes prevention and sustaining good health.

  • Gates says TRICARE won't be affected by healthcare reform

    Apr 6, 2010

    Servicemembers and retirees enrolled in one of the several forms of TRICARE won't have to buy additional health insurance and won't see a change in their healthcare coverage in the near future, according to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

  • 85th Medical Detachment Deploys to Iraq to Combat Stress

    Apr 6, 2010

    After months of training, Soldiers from the 85th Medical Detachment, 1st Medical Brigade, said their farewells in a ceremony Mar. 25 before leaving for Iraq two days later. The 85th Med. Det. is a combat stress control unit. In Iraq, the Soldiers of the 85th will help troops deal with the stresses of combat through various methods, including using man's best friend...

  • Wounded Soldiers aim for Warrior Games

    Apr 5, 2010

    Wounded Soldiers from throughout the Army came to Fort Benning, Ga., and the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit March 29-April 1 to learn from the military's best shooters in preparation for the inaugural Warrior Games.

  • Medical exchange helps Third Army stay ready for no-notice deployment

    Apr 5, 2010

    Third Army and the Uzbekistan military came together March 22-26 for an information exchange on biomedical equipment repair. The exchange played a key role in Third Army's mission to stay ready for no-notice deployment while being able to seamlessly work with partner nations on U.S. and NATO humanitarian relief missions.

  • Program helps Families cope with stress

    Apr 2, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Soldiers and Family members have a free and anonymous resource to help manage military lifestyle issues to include building resiliency, deployment stress, transition and reintegration.

  • 115th Combat Support Hospital 'bubbles up'

    Apr 2, 2010

    The 115th Combat Support Hospital will not be caught unprepared for a chemical or biological attack whether an enemy in the field attacks with mustard gas, blister agents or anthrax.

  • Medics Teach Afghans to Help Themselves

    Apr 2, 2010

    Green Berets are teaching Afghans to take care of themselves with a unique program.

  • Close ties to the Army bring rapport for social workers

    Apr 1, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla.--Drawing on close family ties to the Army, Cheryl Kottke and Nancy Jo McLeod, outreach social workers for social work services, have an immediate rapport which they constantly seek to bolster with Fort Sill Soldiers and family members. Social work services, a program unique to Fort Sill, was the brainchild of an Army major who developed the concept from a program that used active-duty combat operations stress control teams that worked with Soldiers down range. Instead of using green suiters, SWS employs civilian professionals to work with Soldiers and their families in garrison.

  • BAMC celebrates National Occupational Therapy Month

    Apr 1, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- To commemorate April as National Occupational Therapy Month, occupational therapy practitioners at Brooke Army Medical Center host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. April 15 at the main occupational therapy clinic in BAMC's medical mall.

  • USAMITC cuts ribbon for new IT support center

    Apr 1, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Medical Information Technology Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 25 officially opening the Enterprise Service Desk support center in the newly renovated Building 2272 on post.

  • Treating PTSD with effective counseling

    Apr 1, 2010

    Maj. Joseph Geraci, an instructor in the Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point, N.Y., is conducting a study with West Point cadets and 10th Mountain Division Soldiers to find an effective method of treating PTSD patients through one-on-one counseling.

  • Medics of 3-1 Cav apply healing hands

    Apr 1, 2010

    The call for aid came early in the evening, March 28, 2010: an Iraqi officer needed help from U.S. Soldiers in treating a burn victim. What made this particular request unusual was that the patient was a 2-year-old girl.

  • Record keeping may be responsible for prescription spike

    Mar 31, 2010

    A change in reporting methods may be partially responsible for a spike in prescription drug use among Soldiers, according to the Army surgeon general.

  • 'Play It Safe' this summer

    Mar 31, 2010

    The summer season is fast approaching and the Army is continuing its commitment to safeguarding Soldiers, Army Civilians and their Families with the launch of the 2010 Safe Summer campaign.

  • Mom's advice finds way into Army thinking

    Mar 31, 2010

    The old adage is right. A good night's sleep is the foundation to a better tomorrow. And that is not just good advice from your mother but also from top medical personnel in the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command.

  • High School Students Learn Combat Medic Skills

    Mar 30, 2010

    On most occasions, when interacting with students and teachers through an Adopt-a-School program, Soldiers from the 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion conduct math tutoring and leadership courses twice a month. But students from the Edwards Academy High School, out of Temple, Texas, got a unique field trip experience Mar. 23 at the Fort Hood Medical Training Simulation Center...

  • Army Master Resilience Training course provides valued instruction

    Mar 29, 2010

    The Army is continuing to enhance its warfighters with something more powerful than new artillery weapon systems, night vision scopes and expensive gadgets.

  • New National Effort for Better Trauma Care

    Mar 29, 2010

    There is a New National Effort for Better Trauma Care. The National Trauma Institute, based in San Antonio, Texas, seeks to discover if there is a slight change in the way a wounded service member was first treated could lead to a better long-term recovery.

  • Iraqi, U.S. veterinarians partner to help Baghdad zoo animals

    Mar 29, 2010

    After receiving the call for help March 24, Degeyter, a doctor of veterinary medicine assigned to 1st Armored Division, U.S. Division-Center, quickly made his own calls to other U.S. Army veterinarians to visit the Baghdad zoo.

  • Army Medical Command competition comes to Hawaii

    Mar 29, 2010

    Honolulu, HI - Primed from numerous noncommissioned officer and Soldier competitions earlier in the year, 20 of the Army Medical Command's best of the best looked forward to claiming the title of "Best Warrior" for 2010 in a competition held March 13-19 on Oahu. Staff Sgt. Adam Sahlberg, 26, with seven years active duty and the noncommissioned officer in charge at the Mary E. Walker Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., took honors as the Army Medical Command's 2010 NCO Best Warrior.

  • Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion gets new fitness center

    Mar 26, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Fort Bragg Soldiers have long boasted about its 13 physical fitness facilities available to take care of their fitness needs.

  • Research Lab in Thailand Uses Battlefield Medical Recording System

    Mar 26, 2010

    A military research lab in Thailand is using the deployed MHS medical recording system (MC4) to track occupational health records. LTC John McNally, deputy commander of the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS), cites improvement in record-keeping via MC4 as opposed to pen and paper, and suggests the system could be useful in larger research efforts, like the HIV study they just completed in coordination with Walter Reed Army Medical Center and others in the U.S.

  • Army emphasizes alcohol-awareness program

    Mar 25, 2010

    The Fort Benning Army Substance Abuse Program will kickoff Alcohol Awareness Month with two informational workshops Thursday.

  • Army to stem overuse of prescription drugs, Congress told

    Mar 25, 2010

    Overuse of prescription painkillers by Soldiers -- as reported recently in the civilian press -- may be the result of seemingly unrelenting deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Teens provide fun, physical activities for preschoolers during spring break

    Mar 25, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- During spring break, preschoolers swarmed the Middle School and Teen Center racing around the gym, coloring in the craft room and hung out waiting for a treat from the kitchen. Teens from the Torch Club, Sports Club, the Smart Girls and Passport to Manhood clubs planned and implemented activities for the Child Development Center preschoolers March 16 and 18 as a way to accumulate community service hours.

  • Eat Up!: Feed the troops

    Mar 25, 2010

    LabTV: Michelle Richardson and other food scientists at an Army research lab in Natick, Mass., ensure that the vitamins, minerals and calories in each ration meet the required levels in MREs for Soldiers.

  • Army Wounded Warrior Community Support Network

    Mar 23, 2010

  • New York Army National Guard Artillery Medics Practice for Mass Casualties

    Mar 22, 2010

    As the New York Army National Guard battalion's firing batteries conducted training and gunnery exercises on the M119A2 howitzer, the unit's medical section ran a simulation of an enemy artillery round impacting in the headquarters battery's operating area.

  • USAPHC (Prov) helps those helping in Haiti

    Mar 22, 2010

    We have all seen photos of the devastation in Haiti caused by the recent earthquake and asked ourselves how we could help. Well, Frank Carcirieri, an environmental scientist and USAPHC (Prov) liaison to U.S. Southern Command, immediately reached out to offer help to those working in the aftermath of the disaster.

  • EPA award presented to USAPHC (Prov) scientists

    Mar 22, 2010

    U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional) health physicists David Alberth and Gerald Falo received the EPA's Bronze Medal for commendable service. The award was presented on March 1 at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., by Elizabeth Craig, EPA deputy assistant administrator for air and radiation.

  • EPA award presented to USAPHC (Prov) scientists

    Mar 22, 2010

    U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional) health physicists David Alberth and Gerald Falo received the EPA's Bronze Medal for commendable service. The award was presented on March 1 at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., by Elizabeth Craig, EPA deputy assistant administrator for air and radiation.

  • Stress dogs can be a Soldier's best friend

    Mar 22, 2010

    It can be difficult for some Soldiers to open up after a traumatizing event, or even if they are having problems at home while they are overseas. But the 85th Medical Detachment, 1st Medical Brigade, a combat stress control unit, is learning to work with some very unique ice breakers...

  • Patient air shuttles get wounded Polk Soldiers to needed care

    Mar 22, 2010

    Patient air shuttle flights are operated by the National Guard and began in September 2007 as a way to get wounded Fort Polk Soldiers to BAMC faster while maximizing their comfort. They have ferried more than 1,456 Soldiers since the program's inception.

  • Tricare meets health care bill's standards, Gates says

    Mar 22, 2010

    The Tricare military health plan meets the standards set by the health care reform bill the House of Representatives passed last night.

  • 'Grand Rounds' in Strpce/Shterpce focuses on restoring breathing

    Mar 19, 2010

    A multi-ethnic crowd of health professionals learned about techniques to restore breathing at a "Grand Rounds" event here March 16. Capt. Eugene Vajna, Orlando, Fla., spoke at the event about the emergency use of drugs to help open airways. Vajna is the nurse anesthetist for Multi-National Battle Group-East and provides all anesthesia services at Camp Bondsteel's hospital.

  • Herschel Walker shares personal challenge with Guard members

    Mar 18, 2010

    Sports superstar Herschel Walker visited Army National Guard members to share his story about overcoming a mental illness and to help others understand the stigmas surrounding mental health disorders.

  • Resilience school to open in April: Fort Jackson at forefront of Army's new mental fitness prog

    Mar 18, 2010

    When Staff Sgt. Keith Allen, an instructor at Victory University, was selected to participate in the Master Resilience Training pilot program at the University of Pennsylvania in August, he was skeptical, at best.

  • Army graduates new Master Resilience Trainers

    Mar 17, 2010

    About 200 Soldiers join the ranks of the Army's first several hundred master resilience trainers as they graduate today from the Army's new Master Resilience Training program.

  • Patient Safety Takes Training, Teamwork

    Mar 17, 2010

    Billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives are lost annually nationwide to medical mistakes that could have been prevented by patient safety practices.

  • Patient Safety Takes Training, Teamwork

    Mar 17, 2010

    Billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives are lost annually nationwide to medical mistakes that could have been prevented by patient safety practices.

  • Fort Bliss Soldiers have integrative medicine options

    Mar 16, 2010

    The Army remains committed to providing the best Soldier care by staying on the forefront of new medical research and procedures. It has also expanded its spectrum of care to include integrative medicine or holistic healing.

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