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  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Taught at Provider Chapel to 13th ESC Chaplains and Ass

    Dec 9, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Fort Hood, Texas, held an all 13th ESC Resiliency Counseling Training Conference for chaplains and chaplain's assistants at the Provider Chapel Dec. 1-4 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Blue Grass Army Depot Hosts Wounded Warriors Deer Hunt

    Dec 9, 2009

    BLUE GRASS ARMY DEPOT, Ky. - Drowned out by the roar of a dozen motorcycles from the Patriot Guard Riders, a police escort and the commander's Humvee, the Soldiers shouted and waved as they met their escorts just off of Interstate I-75 on a dark cold night on Nov. 19. Thirteen wounded warriors were then escorted to Blue Grass Army Depot for a free weekend of food, fun, deer hunting and camaraderie.

  • Soldier use movie spoof, laughter to address difficult topic

    Dec 9, 2009

    Members of the 38th Combat Aviation Brigade out of Shelbyville, Ind., put their own spin on the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," addressing suicide while making their audience laugh Dec. 4, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Shinseki discusses Sesame Street TLC initiative

    Dec 8, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- In 2006, Sesame Workshop launched a groundbreaking, bilingual (English/Spanish), multiphase, multimedia initiative for young children and their military families called "Talk, Listen, Connect (TLC)."

  • MEDCOM Equal Opportunity Advisor of the Year

    Dec 7, 2009

    Master Sgt. Matthew Crown was named the Equal Opportunity Advisor of the Year for U.S. Army Medical Command on Dec. 4, during the command's Human Capital Distribution Plan conference in Washington, D.C.

  • Suicide intervention training aids JBB chaplains, assistants

    Dec 5, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Soldiers practiced conversing with suicidal Warfighters in mock scenarios during suicide intervention training Dec. 1 through Dec. 4 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • AFP and JSOTF-P Unveil Shrine and Conduct MEDCAP

    Dec 5, 2009

    SULU, Philippines- Hundreds of residents of Barangay (community) Danag now have a restored shrine and access to free medical care due to the collaborative efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Marine Battalion Landing Team-5 (MBLT-5), Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines and local residents who partnered for both projects in the region Nov. 28.

  • Army updates suicide-prevention guidance

    Dec 4, 2009

    The Army has updated its suicide-prevention guidance, including the Army Health Promotion regulation (AR 600-63), Army Suicide Prevention pamphlet (PAM 600-24) and FM 6-22.5, the Combat and Operational Stress Control Manual for Leaders and Soldiers.

  • Flu shots advised for pregnant women

    Dec 4, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - With flu season in full swing, Martin Army Community Hospital healthcare providers are encouraging people to take preventive measures seriously, especially pregnant women.

  • Family Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training

    Dec 3, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> The U.S. Army created a Suicide Prevention Task Force in the ongoing effort to decrease the number of suicides in the Army. One of the goals of the task force is to increase the number of available training programs, to include families. This family training is strictly voluntary, which includes the challenges of getting the training to families. Research shows families are aware of this training, but some have not attended the sessions.

  • '90 Minutes' Is Message Of Hope And Healing

    Dec 3, 2009

    There's an old saying that "dead men don't talk." But this is a story about a dead man who did plenty of talking -- and living and breathing - after a car crash that became the impetus for his bestselling book "90 Minutes In Heaven - A True Story of Death and Life." Don Piper is, indeed, a walking miracle, even if some may find it hard to believe he actually went to heaven after a car crash with an 18-wheeler and then returned to life to share his story. That accident crushed nearly every bone in Piper's body, severed two of his limbs and caused emergency personnel to pronounce him dead at the scene. He shared his story with an audience of more than 100 at Redstone Arsenal's Bicentennial Chapel on Nov. 17. "I believe God answers prayers. I believe God is in the miracle business," Piper said. "I'm standing here at Redstone Arsenal because a lot of people prayed and God said 'Yes.' "Sometimes God says 'No.' Sometimes he says 'Maybe.' Sometimes he gives us more than we ask for. But no matter what, He wants to hear from us and that's what prayer is. Prayer is not just asking for stuff. It's about talking to God. God wants to hear from his children." Piper's story is riveting, curious, inspiring and, downright, heavenly. Piper, who grew up in a military family, captivated the Bicentennial Chapel audience as he recounted his experience of that fateful day in January 1989.

  • NCO Soldier wins 2010 AMEDDC&S Best Warrior competition

    Dec 3, 2009

    The 2010 Army Medical Department Center and School Best Warrior Competition winner, Sgt. 1st Class Hector Santiago-Perez, represented the Noncommissioned Officer Academy for the third year. Santiago-Perez is an instructor with the Senior Leaders Course.

  • New annex dedicated for Marine wounded warriors

    Dec 3, 2009

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony opened the Marine Annex at Brooke Army Medical Center Nov. 23 for wounded, injured and ill Marine warriors, Family members and the Marine Patient Affairs Team as a place to call their own.

  • Army approves suicide-intervention training for leaders

    Dec 3, 2009

    The Army has approved two-day and five-day workshops for unit leaders on Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, known as ASIST.

  • Early filing speeds VA ratings

    Dec 3, 2009

    In response to an issue raised during October's Army Family Action Plan conference, Army Career and Alumni Program staff encourages Soldiers to learn the Veterans Affairs' disability ratings process before they separate or retire from the service. During the conference, some Soldiers told AFAP committee members it took up to 18 months to receive their disability ratings, far too long in their opinions, ACAP Transition Services Manager Bryan Tharpe said.

  • Be a 'flu fighter' -- Handwashing key to staying healthy during cold season

    Dec 3, 2009

    The old phrase, "whistle while you work," can also apply to proper hygiene. Post health officials stress making cleanliness a priority during Handwashing Awareness Week, Monday through Dec. 12, and say humming a few tunes along the way can help.

  • Parting shots: MEDDAC steps up H1N1 vaccinations

    Dec 3, 2009

    Fort Jackson's fight against H1N1 is in full swing, and all Soldiers are expected to be vaccinated against that strain of the flu virus by block leave, health officials said this week.

  • New spray may help stop battlefield bleeding

    Dec 2, 2009

    Researchers are developing a new, sprayable liquid wound dressing that forms a tough hydrogel in seconds.

  • Unit schedules its first all-female MEDEVAC team

    Dec 2, 2009

    In the three days before Thanksgiving, one of the on-alert crews for Task Force Keystone made history at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, as the first all-female MEDEVAC crew ever for their company.

  • Suicide prevention: Soldiers learning to help save lives

    Dec 1, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - One suicide intervention program compares suicidal thoughts to a strong river current that can sweep people into dangerous drop-offs.

  • Department of Veterinary Science begins surveillance food laboratory manager's course

    Nov 30, 2009

    The Department of Veterinary Science, in conjunction with the Department of Defense Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory launched the Surveillance Food Laboratory Manager Course Nov. 16. In development for more than two years, the week-long course intended for Veterinary Corps officers, noncommissioned officers and civilians, teaches laboratory managers how to oversee food testing laboratories and unit-level laboratory programs to make sure the laboratories are established and testing results support worldwide veterinary missions.

  • U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton visits Sgt. Daniel Biskey on Thanksgiving

    Nov 30, 2009

    U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) visits Army Sgt. Daniel Biskey on Thanksgiving at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. Skelton and fellow Congressmen visited patients and shared Thanksgiving dinner at LRMC after presenting a Congressional tribute to LRMC staff members for their support to Wounded Warriors from Afghanistan and Iraq. Biskey, who was injured by an anti-personnel mine while on patrol in Afghanistan, is assigned to the 2-1 Infantry from Fort Lewis, Washington. LRMC is the largest American hospital outside of the United States, serving more than 245,000 U.S. military personnel and their families within the European Command. LRMC is also the evacuation and treatment center for all injured U.S. servicemembers and civilians serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Disabled Soldiers play golf

    Nov 25, 2009

    When retired Sgt. Maj. Juan Garcia left Fort Stewart in 2003, he never thought he'd return to a military installation to play golf as a double amputee. On Nov. 16 and 17, Garcia returned to Hunter Army Airfield's driving range for the "First Swing" workshop, offered by the National Amputee Golfers Association. Joining him were disabled Soldiers from the Warrior Transition Unit, along with about 20 golf professionals and occupational therapists, who came to learn how to encourage and teach the disabled to play.

  • Fort Hood shooting task force visit wounded Soldier

    Nov 24, 2009

  • Fort Hood Shooting Task Force Members Visit Wounded Soldier

    Nov 24, 2009

  • 120th Infantry Brigade trains and saves Soldiers

    Nov 24, 2009

    Leaders and trainers of the 120th Infantry Brigade at Fort Hood provide for the safety and security of other Soldiers every day by training them to perform their missions with a high degree of skill and professionalism. Beyond that mission, they provide for other troop's welfare with a well-rounded slate of community support activities. As autumn swept through Fort Hood, they helped save lives and limbs by conducting an Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) blood drive.

  • Corps of Engineers builds facilities for 'Warriors in Transition' at Fort Drum

    Nov 24, 2009

    New barracks and facilities will benefit Warriors in Transition program that helps injured Soldiers returning from conflicts overseas.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: FORSCOM Fitting Families into the Equation

    Nov 24, 2009

    Army Family members will now be part of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, a new Army-wide holistic initiative focused on building resilience.

  • Army joins with mental health institute to study suicides

    Nov 24, 2009

    The Army is collaborating with the National Institute of Mental Health to launch the largest study ever undertaken of suicide and mental health among military personnel.

  • Fort Hood's WTB Taking Care of its Soldiers

    Nov 23, 2009

    Warrior Care Month: Col. William Salter, commanding officer of Fort Hood's Warrior Transition Brigade, chats with Carolyn Gillard, a certified nursing assistant at the Warriors in Transition Clinic, located inside the Thomas Moore Health Clinic. With Salter is Dr. Jose Aguero, the clinic's former officer in charge who accepted a position in Aviano, Italy. One of the benefits of Fort Hood's Warriors in Transition Clinic is that it provides a comforting and quiet environment for the Soldiers, and, with its own entrance, convenient access.

  • Warfighters on the move need meals on the go

    Nov 23, 2009

    Collaborations are huge within the U.S. Medical Research and Materiel Command. Case in point, meals on the go have just gotten better thanks to the U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, co-located on the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center. The First Strike Ration and the MORE are new rations that some deploying units will start to see in their deployments in 2010.

  • Keeping Soldiers safe from Malaria

    Nov 23, 2009

    This story focuses on the relationship between USAMMDA, WRAIR, FDA, and Sigma-Tau Industries in developing a safe treatment for the severest form of the tropical disease malaria. Our troops are deploying in some regions where Malaria rates are high. It's the duty of the U.S. Medical Research and Materiel Command and its subcommands like USAMMDA to provide them with the best healthcare products.

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in action at LRMC

    Nov 23, 2009

    Doctors and nurese from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany attend a newborn.

  • Stay Army Strong-Fight Novel A (H1N1) Influenza

    Nov 22, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> Novel A (H1N1) influenza virus is a new strain of influenza virus that first appeared in Mexico and the United States in April 2009 and has since spread globally. Just like the seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus is contagious and can spread through respiratory droplets from person to person when a person coughs or sneezes; or touches something with the flu virus on it and then touches their own eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Doc makes journey from Vietnam to U.S. Army

    Nov 20, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Following the fall of Saigon in 1975, many Vietnamese immigrants saw the United States as a beacon of hope as they escaped their war-torn nation.

  • WTB Soldiers embark on Olympic torch run

    Nov 20, 2009

    More than 20 runners from the Warrior Transition Battalion embarked on a journey last week on Fort Benning, Ga., to run an Olympic torch six miles across post.

  • Project provides medical supplies to Iraqi veterinarians

    Nov 20, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - Agriculture, agribusiness and related industries comprise the majority of the economic activity in the province of Kirkuk, according to the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team. In an effort to improve veterinary services and increase agricultural production, representatives from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, distributed medical supplies to Iraqi veterinarians in Kirkuk, Iraq, Nov. 17.

  • 'Giving blood saves lives'

    Nov 20, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - Without blood donations from the American Red Cross, SSG(R) Vernon and Dr. Cheryl Swanier would have lost three of their four children.

  • U.S. Army medical researchers from Kenya offer mentorship in Nigeria

    Nov 20, 2009

    A team of medical experts from U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya recently visited Nigeria to offer their expertise in malaria microscopy.

  • Wounded Warriors receive 'suite' victory from Seattle Seahawks

    Nov 19, 2009

  • Madigan remembers life of Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman

    Nov 19, 2009

  • Madigan Healthcare System earns Gold Award for outstanding stroke care

    Nov 19, 2009

  • Education, simple changes to lifestyle can prevent diabetes

    Nov 19, 2009

  • Buffalo Soldiers honor past, influence future

    Nov 19, 2009

    Members of the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association celebrated the achievements of their namesakes at the San Antonio National Cemetery Veterans Day, Nov. 11 in their vintage blue and yellow uniforms. The gathering has been an annual event for the last ten years at the National Cemetery honoring the 281 Buffalo Soldiers interred there. The original site, part of San Antonio's burial ground, was donated to the U.S. government by the city in 1867. Although the original deed was misplaced and the transfer never recorded, a new deed was executed in 1871 of approximately 1.89 acres.

  • Soldiers learn skills critical to sustaining Army health in coming years

    Nov 19, 2009

    About 30 Fort Jackson Soldiers and civilians were part of the first group of people in the Army family to learn about building resilience and enhancing performance, both of which are viewed as fundamentally necessary to sustain the force over the coming years.

  • Warrior Care: Scuba Diving - Equal Parts Rehab, Adventure

    Nov 18, 2009

    Warrior Care: Scuba Diving - Equal Parts Rehab, Adventure

  • A salute to returning warriors

    Nov 17, 2009

    TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Hawaii - When it came time to ease into retirement last year, following nearly three decades in the Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Tom Bookman discovered what many veterans learned long ago.

  • Suicide numbers may top 2008, but progress being made

    Nov 17, 2009

    The suicide rate among Soldiers serving on active duty in 2009 is expected to exceed that of 2008 -- a statistic the Army doesn't take lightly, said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli.

  • Reserve Medics Train Next to Civilian Counterparts

    Nov 17, 2009

    A new training program brought Army Reserve medical Soldiers to the Radisson Nashua Convention Center for their combat medic sustainment training. Held in conjunction with the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses' (NFLPN) convention, healthcare specialists (68W) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs, 68W-M6) gathered to receive part of their mandatory, bi-annual medical training in October.

  • Stuttgart substance abuse program named best in Army

    Nov 17, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - Community members can probably recite them by heart: "DUI... it's not worth it. Call a cab!" and "Choose your ride: Don't Drink and Drive."

  • Tumor doesn't stop WTB troop from reaching goals

    Nov 13, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - A lemon-sized brain tumor ended SPC Henel Blaise's dream of a military career but, with the help of Fort Benning's Warrior Transition Battalion, Blaise is finding a new path.

  • 201st MIB trains in the field for deployment

    Nov 13, 2009

    The 201st Military Intelligence Battalion conducted more training here Oct. 26-29 in preparation for its deployment overseas next year.

  • Wounded Warrior takes another step towards his goal

    Nov 12, 2009

  • MSTC promotes combat lifesaver training and Soldier skills

    Nov 12, 2009

  • Fort Stewart's Warrior Restoration Center Open for Business

    Nov 12, 2009

    Fort Stewart and Winn Army Community Hospital took another step forward in the treatment of Soldiers when the Warrior Restoration Center was officially opened, Nov. 3. .

  • U.S. Army research unit marks four decades in Kenya

    Nov 8, 2009

    Soldiers and Army civilians assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya are celebrating 40 years of research in East Africa.

  • USGA Miami sponsors babysitting, CPR class

    Nov 6, 2009

    MIAMI, Florida -- A babysitting and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation class sponsored by the USAG-Miami Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation office and taught by the local Red Cross is giving local teenagers marketable skills and making homes safer. Jorge Medina, a local Red Cross instructor, recently took ten students, 13 to 19-years-old, through a rigorous program designed to produce confident, capable babysitters who can be trusted to watch over the most precious thing military parents have.

  • New treatment facility, new approach to care

    Nov 6, 2009

  • Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention

    Nov 5, 2009

    <i>What is it' </i> The Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention (HPRRSP) was signed on April 16, 2009 and is executed through the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force with oversight from the Army Suicide Prevention Council, both of which report to the Army Vice Chief of Staff, General Peter W. Chiarelli. The Campaign Plan takes a holistic approach to suicide prevention by identifying and mitigating those factors most likely to lead to suicidal behavior.

  • Co-Op program helps wounded warriors transition

    Nov 5, 2009

    White Sands Missile Range has initiated a Wounded Warrior Co-Op Program to help expedite recruitment efforts while at the same time helping Soldiers transition to civilian life.

  • 418th Medical Logistics Company deploys in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

    Nov 5, 2009

    Family, friends, and comrades gathered at the Army Community Service Center Nov. 3 to bid farewell to more than 80 Soldiers assigned to the 418th Medical Logistics Company who are deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Soldier receives Purple Heart, becomes U.S. citizen

    Nov 5, 2009

    Spc. Williams Martinez was honored and recognized for his bravery with a Purple Heart at the Fort Sam Houston Warrior and Family Support Center courtyard Oct. 30. A native of Santiago, Chile, Martinez was also naturalized as a U.S. citizen during the ceremony. Martinez was sworn in by U.S. District Judge John Primomo, who officially validated his citizenship. Primomo said it is not every day he presides in a naturalization ceremony for someone who has fought for our country before becoming a citizen.

  • Medic hopes her stress story can help others

    Nov 5, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Megan Krause's words come out in a rush, as if she wants everyone to hear and learn from her story.

  • Pentagon sends H1N1 vaccine to Central Command area

    Nov 5, 2009

    U.S. Central Command has received half of the vaccine needed to inoculate its forces against the H1N1 virus.

  • Winn Army Community Hospital Wants You To Know...

    Nov 4, 2009

    Winn Army Community Hospital Wants You To Stay Healthy! Other than receiving a Flu vaccine, washing your hands will keep you healthy. PLUS Take 3 -- Keep your hands away from your Mouth, Nose and Mouth.

  • Winn's Warrior Restoration Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

    Nov 4, 2009

    Winn's Warrior Restoration Center officially opened the doors to its newest facilities and services specifically established to address traumatic brain injuries. Though services targeted at concussion, PTSD, and pain management have existed for some time at major military medical treatment facilities, the need to provide these services at Fort Stewart, so that our Soldiers can recover at home through the extended support of their Military Families and units, resulted in the inception and ultimate reality of these facilities and collaboration of specialty services.

  • Warrior Care Month - November 2009

    Nov 4, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> Warrior Care Month is a concerted effort by the Army's Warrior Transition Command (WTC) to educate wounded, ill,and injured Soldiers and their families about the transition assistance programs available to them during and after their assignment to a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU)-or as an Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Soldier. Throughout November, WTUs and AW2 will be conducting a variety of local events and activities to educate and motivate Warriors in Transition (WTs) to take advantage of education, employment and internship opportunities that promote a successful transition back to duty or into civilian life as a productive veteran.

  • Suicide awareness guide now available for leaders

    Nov 4, 2009

    The Army's newest guide book is small enough to fit in a pocket, but big enough to save lives, according to officials.

  • Like body armor, flu vaccine aims to protect troops

    Nov 4, 2009

    Like protective equipment issued to troops downrange, the H1N1 flu vaccine is a measure the Defense Department is taking to safeguard U.S. military forces.

  • JTF doctor's family ties to Israel

    Nov 4, 2009

    For one U.S. Army Europe Soldier here participating in exercise Juniper Cobra 2010, Israel means more than just another place to train -- it is also the country where his family lives.

  • Germany-based medical team participating in Israel exercise visits local hospital

    Nov 4, 2009

    When U.S. service-members deploy outside the borders of the nation in which they are based to take part in joint and combined exercises and operations, one of the main issues is where to take American forces personnel if they become ill or injured.

  • Madigan teams up with UW to improve patient safety

    Nov 3, 2009

  • Madigan pharmacy making improvements to enhance patients' experience

    Nov 3, 2009

  • Medical team participating in JC10 visits Israeli hospital

    Nov 3, 2009

    When executing a joint exercise in a foreign country, one of the main issues is where to take American servicemembers if they become ill or injured.

  • Madigan uses patient safety techniques to improve health care

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Fort Lewis Fisher House more than just a place to stay

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Fort Lewis Fisher House gets landscaping upgrade

    Nov 2, 2009

  • Madigan commander advances new hospital customer service strategy

    Nov 2, 2009

    Blog posting from the new Madigan commander on improving hospital customer service

  • Arsenal's protectors -- a stitch or shot in time

    Nov 2, 2009

    Long before the fires in a fuze manufacturing building in 1847 that killed an elderly man and a boy Aca,!aEURc both Arsenal employees Aca,!aEURc the Arsenal workforce knew their work to support the nation's warfighters was nothing short of perilous. Therefore, the value of individuals with unique skills, such as a military doctor or nurse, was exponentially raised and their skills were essential to maintaining the morale and welfare of the workforce.

  • Military will have enough H1N1 vaccine, officials say

    Nov 2, 2009

    As shipments of some 3.7 million doses of H1N1 vaccine ordered by the Defense Department continue to arrive from the manufacturer, more than enough will be available for all military personnel and their beneficiaries.

  • Forward Surgical Team demonstrates calm, swift precision

    Nov 2, 2009

    The Soldiers of the 160th Forward Surgical Team deployed to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels, Germany recently to polish their skills and gain valuable experience training together while also working closely with the 212th Combat Support Hospital. The exercise enabled the Soldiers of the FST to assemble their three-tent, Level II facility, and be prepared to receive patients during the notional events taking place around the JMRC training area.

  • 212th CSH Soldiers test skills, support Reserve troops

    Nov 2, 2009

    Headquartered out of Miesau, the 212th CSH deployed to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels recently, to demonstrate the readiness of the unit and to exercise the crucial tasks involved with deploying to a field site, establishing a hospital and conducting various sustainment operations. Also, preparing TF Med Falcon for their upcoming deployment to Kosovo.

  • 223rd Medical Detachment holds field sanitation course

    Oct 31, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq -Soldiers learned how to protect themselves from diseases, non-battle injuries and insects including spiders and scorpions, and how to keep them out of food, water and clothing at a field sanitation course at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

  • Soldier, Airman rescue hit-and-run victim

    Oct 30, 2009

    Two NCOs, one from the Army and the other from the Air Force, rescued a civilian in Colorado Springs, who was hit by a car Oct. 16.

  • Fort Carson WTU Soldiers work, heal in wildlife program

    Oct 30, 2009

    Wounded warriors work with Fort Carson Wildlife Management Office and the US Fish and Wildlife Service as part of their recovery therapy.

  • Curation Project Creates Jobs

    Oct 30, 2009

  • Purple Heart Mosaic

    Oct 30, 2009

  • Combat Medic Challenge: Soldier Medics tested physically, mentally during Expert Field Medical Compe

    Oct 30, 2009

    Two Soldiers from the Medical Department Activity in Heidelberg, Germany, claimed the title of "Best Medics in the Army" during the Expert Field Medical Competition at Camp Bullis, Oct. 19-23. Staff Sgt. Bjoern J. Pietrzyk, a healthcare specialist and Sgt. Charles Smith, a radiology specialist earned best scores in the combat medic lanes and road march, and were the overall winners for the competition. Pietrzyk and Smith represented the Europe Regional Medical Command in the event.

  • WFSC participates in 'Make a Difference Day' building PETs

    Oct 30, 2009

    The Warrior and Family Support Center jumped on the band wagon Oct. 24 and participated in "Make a Difference Day" a national, annual event where neighbors help neighbors by participating in a project that will help the community. Volunteers at WFSC built Personal Energy Transportation vehicles, hand-craned wheelchairs with solid rubber tires for use on dirt and grass. Known as PETs the wheelchairs are shipped to less fortunate disabled people in other countries allowing them better mobility in areas without sidewalks or paved roads.

  • 'It's Not Easy Being Green' conference hopping success

    Oct 30, 2009

    The first "It's Not Easy Being Green" Spouse's Conference was held with about 22 people in attendance seven years ago. This year's conference, Oct. 15-16 at Dodd Field Chapel, was a hoppin' good time had by more than 60 attendees. "It's Not Easy Being Green" is designed to celebrates spouses' lives in the military, while also helping them to strengthen community ties, form new friendships and develop skills essential to military life.

  • Wearing Title Of Breast Cancer Survivor With Pride

    Oct 30, 2009

    Becky Feehan had never considered herself a "survivor." Now, she wears that descriptive title with pride. At age 31, Feehan became a breast cancer survivor. With the help of God, her husband, and her family and friends, she quickly responded by having surgery and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, and she won a fight that threatened her life. "When we got the news, my husband told me I had to fight," she said. "He said 'I know you don't have a mean bone in your body, Becky. But you've got to get mean to fight this.' And I was ready to fight." For Feehan, the discovery of breast cancer came at a point in her life when the future held a lot of promise and happiness. Just a couple months earlier, she had married the love of her life, now Air Force Brig. Gen. Terrence Feehan, and the two were settling into their home at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. "In March 2003, we were brand new newlyweds," she said. "But it was my very first trip to the base clinic when the cancer was discovered ... "The possibility that this disease could take my life was not so much frightening as it was disappointing. Terry and I had finally found each other less than a year before, and we were planning a full and joyful life together. It just didn't seem fair to me that this dream could be ending even before it had really begun."

  • Inspirational speaker addresses challenges, opportunities for individuals with disabilities

    Oct 30, 2009

    In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, U.S. Army South hosted a program Oct. 20 for a large crowd of Soldiers, civilians and veterans at Army Community Service. "The number of individuals with severe disabilities working in government has dropped every year since 1994. Today individuals with severe disabilities represent only one percent of the total population working in government workforce," said Col. Mary Garr, commander, U.S. Army Garrison, who provided opening remarks for the event. "We can do better, and we must do better."

  • Mind Fitness: Improving Operational Effectiveness and Building Warrior Resilience

    Oct 30, 2009

    Today's complex, fluid, and unpredictable operational environment both demands more from the military in terms of mission requirements and exposes troops to more stressors and potential trauma than ever before. On the one hand, situational awareness, mental agility, and adaptability are characteristics that the military wants to cultivate to succeed in such complex environments. In part, this complexity comes from the number and nature of the different missions the military must concurrently fill. The military needs to be able to mix offensive, defensive, and stability operations conducted along multiple lines of operations, without the benefit of a clearly demarcated "frontline." Many Soldiers liken this complexity and unpredictability to "the faucet," that is, needing to adjust to situations that could change from cold to hot instantaneously.

  • What to do if you suspect you have the flu

    Oct 30, 2009

    Tips on when to seek medical care for seasonal or H1N1 flu, prevention and self-care

  • Army Surgeon General visits HMEDDAC "Best Medics"

    Oct 30, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, U.S. Army Surgeon General, visited the Heidelberg Medical Department Activity headquarters Wednesday to offer personal congratulations to two HMEDDAC Soldiers. The two Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Bjoern J. Pietrzyk and Sgt. Charles L. Smith, were recently named the Department of the Army's "Best Medics" during the Expert Field Medical Competition at Camp Bullis, Texas, Oct. 19-23.

  • Webcam complements health care services

    Oct 30, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - Tricare is now offering a new web-based behavioral health care service. Beneficiary must have access to a Skype account to use the service. The main goal of the program is to use new technologies to enhance beneficiaries' health care experience

  • Winn Rockin' & Rollin' During Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

    Oct 29, 2009

    Winn Army Community Hospital hosts a Drive Thru Flu Clinic Oct. 27-30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., for 3rd ID Family members as well as Retirees and their Family Members. So far more than 800 Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Vaccines have been administered to healthy individuals between the ages of 2-49.

  • Fort Carson Soldier helps save hit-and-run victim

    Oct 29, 2009

  • 260th QM Soldiers Run, 'Paint the Town Pink'

    Oct 29, 2009

    On and off the battlefield, servicemembers came together to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their brethren, and the Hunter Army Airfield Soldiers of the 260th Quartermaster Battalion shouldered the distress call from one of their own. Soldier's voices rang out as they sang in cadence, "Paint the town pink," an intonation they wrote especially for the run. As the Soldiers passed supportive citizens along the streets, children stood outside of schools and daycare centers along the route and held pink, red, white and blue balloons while cheering for the troops. The Paint the Town Pink initiative run was an effort to bring awareness to Soldiers, their Families, and those in the community about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

  • U.S. Army Medical Command Reorganization

    Oct 28, 2009

    <b>What is it' </b> The U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) is currently engaged in a four-phased reorganization designed to optimize the delivery of health care support to the Army, Soldiers,family members and all other eligible Military Health System beneficiaries. The reorganization reduces MEDCOM's Regional Medical Commands (RMCs) and Regional Dental Commands (RDCs) from four to three in CONUS and aligns them with their TRICARE regional office boundaries.

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