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  • 1st AD makes first aid realistic

    Oct 9, 2009

    1st AD makes first aid realistic

  • Post officials plan 'absolutely gorgeous' hospital

    Oct 8, 2009

    Fort BenningAca,!a,,cs new $333 million hospital will be an architectural icon that incorporates the latest technological advances in medical facilities and equipment and elevates the quality of life for Soldiers, veterans and their families, the projectAca,!a,,cs resident engineer said.

  • Extreme sports help combat veterans cope

    Oct 8, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - With specks of paint dotting the side of his face, SPC David Tuiteleleapaga could do nothing but laugh when he was the first Soldier eliminated during a second round of paintball Sept. 29 with troops from the 988th Military Police Company. A few minutes later, the rest of Tuiteleleapaga's team was defeated and they marched out of the woods at Fort Benning's Woodlands Paintball Area covered in orange and purple paint. Despite losing for the second time in a row against the red team, the yellow team was all smiles.

  • Fighting the flu with fist bumps

    Oct 8, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - For the workplace, the most common form of spreading germs through contact is via handshake. A handshake usually signals agreement or acquaintance, or it can function as a professional way to say hello or goodbye. In ancient times, it meant you werenAca,!a,,ct concealing a weapon in your hand.

  • Combat medic course concludes year's stay at Fort McCoy

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Post fights flu with prevention, education

    Oct 8, 2009

    Health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated against both the seasonal and H1N1 strains of the influenza virus.

  • MRICD breaks ground on new building

    Oct 8, 2009

  • Education key to overcome PTSD stigma

    Oct 7, 2009

    The author of "Collateral Damage: How Can the Army Best Serve a Soldier with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," spoke at an Association of the U.S. Army forum about the recommendations he made in his paper that he hopes will aid in better understanding how to care and treat mental health problems for Soldiers and their families.

  • Army plans resiliency training to deal with stress

    Oct 7, 2009

    Over the next few months, the Army will place renewed emphasis on its suicide-prevention training and Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, two generals who head the programs said during the Family Forum at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting Tuesday.

  • Chiarelli: Mental wounds 'no phantom issue'

    Oct 7, 2009

    The "signature wounds of this war" are post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday.

  • Filling up on energy drinks can have harmful side effects

    Oct 7, 2009

    Quick, canned energy is now available to soldiers in almost any environment, but does that caffeinated surge come with a price' SPC Adam Ross has information from inside those cans of instant energy, and how to avoid their possibly harmful side effects.

  • Task Force 30th MEDCOM, Deployed to Afghanistan, Celebrates 76th Anniversary with Run

    Oct 7, 2009

    Task Force 30th MEDCOM celebrates its 76th Anniversary with a 5K run around Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

  • Resiliency training to be given Army-wide

    Oct 6, 2009

    Officials describe Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and its implementation throughout the Army during a forum at the Association of the United States Army conference on Oct. 5, 2009.

  • 1st ACB medics focused on crucial training

    Oct 6, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - In the midst of battle, with wounded and injured Soldiers in need of crucial medical help, aviation medevac teams will always be there to save lives.

  • Healthy Army Families enhance individual Soldier readiness

    Oct 5, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C.(Oct. 5, 2009) - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and his wife Sheila addressed an audience of about 800 people, at least half of which were U.S. Army Forces Command Family Readiness Group leaders, during the commencement of the 2009 Association of the United States Army Family Forum sessions today. The husband and wife team were the first Army senior leaders to speak at today's Family forum session themed Army Family: The Strength behind the Soldier. This session is one of three scheduled during the AUSA Convention.

  • Drill Sergeant determined to return Army Strong

    Oct 5, 2009

    A sudden accident may have cost Staff Sgt. Luis Elias his hand, but it hasn't stripped him of his positive attitude or impacted his plans for the future.

  • Double amputee inspires troops in Europe

    Oct 5, 2009

    Double amputee Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, who is still on active duty, spoke to troops in Europe in September.

  • Army must beat suicide stigma, general says

    Oct 2, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Mark Graham and his wife Carol shared with a Forces Command gathering their personal story of losing their son Kevin to suicide in June 2003.

  • Fort Bragg Wounded Warriors set to cycle 20 miles across post

    Oct 2, 2009

    For the second year in a row, Special Operations Recruiting Battalion will support the Wounded Warrior Project with a bike ride across Fort Bragg.

  • Army Family Covenant: Lieutenant insignia special for Family

    Oct 2, 2009

    Second Lt. Molly James is embarking on a new life since her husband, 2nd Lt. Luke James, was killed in Iraq and she was left with a 6-week-old baby. On Friday, Sept. 25, at the Marriott Hotel in front of her Family and friends, Molly took the oath of enlistment from her father-in-law, retired Army Maj. Bradley James and is on her way to becoming a physical therapist in the Army.

  • Army Community Covenant: Down syndrome buddies walk to raise awareness

    Oct 2, 2009

    Grey skies and rainy weather finally gave way to a beautiful morning Sept. 26 for Family, friends and community supporters, who congregated on MacArthur Parade Field at Fort Sam Houston to walk for awareness at the ninth annual Down syndrome Buddy Walk. To further strengthen ties between the local community and military members under the Army Community Covenant developed to improve Soldiers' and their Families quality of life, Fort Sam Houston opened its doors to more than 4,000, who walked the one-mile loop at the BG Johnson track to bring awareness and acceptance to Down syndrome.

  • Winn's Warrior Transition Battalion Enhances Physical Training Program

    Oct 2, 2009

    Partnering with the U.S. Paralympic Military Committee, Winn Army Community Hospital's WTB hosted a Train the Trainer clinic to assist with setting-up a Sports and Recreation program for injured 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers. Training included aquatics-based activities; adapted track; sitting and standing volleyball; power cycling/spinning; and core strengthening.

  • Stories, anecdotes: conversation with Joe Galloway

    Oct 2, 2009

    A consummate storyteller, Joe Galloway began his speech during the U.S. Army Medical Leadership Call, Blesse Auditorium Sept. 17 with an anecdote. "There are two MOSs that have got to stand up when the (bullets) start to fly and everybody else hits the ground; that's medics and photographers," he said.

  • Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Strong Minds, Strong Bodies

    Oct 1, 2009

    Today, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh announced the formal beginning of an Army-wide implementation of a $125 million program focused on enhancing the performance and improving the overall strength and resilience of Soldiers, Family members, and Army civilians. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) is a holistic fitness program offering mental and physical resilience assessments and training that increase physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family strengths.

  • Winn Army Community Hospital's WTB Enhances Physical Training Program

    Oct 1, 2009

    Warrior Transition Battalion squad leaders, platoon sergeants, occupational therapists, and physical therapists from Forts Stewart, Eustis, Polk, Leonard Wood, Bliss, Knox, Meade and the Warrior Transition Center in Virginia converged on Winn Army Community Hospital's Warrior Transition Battalion for a Train the Trainer Clinic, Sept. 21-23.

  • Madigan establishes seasonal, H1N1 flu vaccination program

    Oct 1, 2009

  • "Fort Knox" strip inspired by post

    Oct 1, 2009

    The story is about a comic strip that's based on the illustrator's real life experiences as an Army brat. He loved living at Fort Knox and loved the winter weather he knew little about as a kid. The strip is named 'Fort Knox' and the characters in the strip are based on Boscacci's real Army family, although his father is now retired from active duty.

  • ARMY MAJOR GENERAL SHARES PERSONAL STORY TO BATTLE SUICIDE STIGMA

    Oct 1, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Mark Graham and wife, Carol, agreed to share their personal story as a closing to Army Suicide Prevention Month, having lost their son Kevin to suicide in June 2003. Seven months later, the Grahams lost their other son Jeffrey, who was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Khaldiyah, Iraq.

  • Ironhorse medics adapt, never rest

    Oct 1, 2009

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Adapting to new environments can be part of a Soldier's everyday life -especially when deployed to Iraq.

  • Wounded warrior, wife, share experiences with Schweinfurt community

    Oct 1, 2009

    One hundred twenty-nine pints of blood poured into Lt. Col. Greg Gadson's body in the single night that Soldiers, doctors and a vast team of others brought together by a roadside bomb fought together to save his life.

  • Chief outlines Comprehensive Soldier Fitness at Landstuhl

    Sep 30, 2009

    During a visit with wounded warriors in Germany, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. discussed challenges his Soldiers and their families have successfully faced in the last few years, and explained initiatives underway to help -- one of them scheduled to begin over the next month.

  • Soldiers telling PTSD stories will decrease treatment stigma

    Sep 30, 2009

    It will take Soldiers telling about their successful treatment of post traumatic stress disorder to begin breaking down the stigma that prevents other troops from seeking care, said Brig. Gen. Colleen McGuire.

  • Surgeon General emphasizes access to care

    Sep 30, 2009

    The medical care provided in Army hospitals and clinics is regarded as among the best in the world. All entitled beneficiaries want to receive the care they have earned, and sometimes that means demand exceeds supply, especially when Army medics also must support an Army at war.

  • Surgeon General emphasizes access to care

    Sep 30, 2009

  • Surgeon General emphasizes access to care

    Sep 30, 2009

  • Mannheim clinic hosts first health fair, rededicates facility after million-dollar renovation

    Sep 30, 2009

    The Coleman Barracks Health and Dental Clinic held its first ever health fair Sept. 25 at its newly renovated facility in Mannheim, Germany.

  • NASCAR drivers make pit stop at Walter Reed

    Sep 29, 2009

    On their way to Dover International Speedway for Sunday's AAA 400, NASCAR drivers made their annual pit stop at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Sept. 24, to thank troops and the families for their service and sacrifice for the nation.

  • Ole! Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    Sep 29, 2009

    Warriors from 2nd Battalion, Warrior Transition Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Army promotes awareness of depression

    Sep 29, 2009

    With a theme of "One of the bravest acts ... is to ask for help when you need it," the Army is using National Depression Education and Awareness Month activities in October to combat a stigma associated with behavioral-health care and teach Soldiers and their Families how to recognize depression and get help for it.

  • Army Suicide Prevention Month: Fighting an unseen enemy

    Sep 28, 2009

    FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. - One look at the Army's current suicide rates makes it clear that Suicide Prevention Month could not fall at a more appropriate time: in the past seven months there have already been more reported active duty suicides than during the same period in 2008. Released Sept. 10, the Army's statistics show 11 potential active duty suicides for the month of August, bringing the tally up to 110 since January.

  • Fox's Retiring Spokesman Enjoys 'Blessed Time'

    Sep 25, 2009

    Fifty-mile drives and new computer technology were the challenges that Melba Moody faced when she first reported for work Sept. 20, 1989 at what is now Fox Army Health Center. That was 20 years ago and Fox was a full-blown hospital, with an emergency room, surgical facilities and hospital rooms. Moody's plan was to work for the hospital for a year or two and then return to her family farm in Lawrence County. Those plans changed. "I've spent so much time here that this is like family," she said. But another part of her family - her husband, a daughter and son and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and a host of other relatives - are pulling more strongly than her Fox family these days, and Moody has decided it's time to retire. A retirement reception in her honor is scheduled for Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at Fox. "I'm excited. I'm anxious. I'm going to miss the people here terribly," she said. "When I first started, I had been driving for about a month and I thought to myself 'I don't know if I can do this for a year.' Now I don't think anything about the drive. I have loved working at Fox. I love the people, the patients, and I have loved my work. I didn't know it was going to be so rewarding."

  • First Army Social Worker training class graduates

    Sep 25, 2009

  • 'Swift and Sure' Brigade Lives up to its Motto

    Sep 25, 2009

    Kerry Rodriguez, the mayor of Fort Hood's McNair Village, contacted the ASBP's Robertson Blood Center at Fort Hood to arrange a blood drive in support of deployed troops and their family members. She understood that with many Soldiers deployed from Fort Hood, family members could help ensure troops have all the supplies they need by donating blood.

  • U.S. Army sponsors first HIV vaccine trial to show some effectiveness in preventing HIV

    Sep 24, 2009

    A Phase III clinical trial involving more than 16,000 adult volunteers in Thailand has demonstrated that an investigational HIV vaccine regimen was safe and modestly effective in preventing HIV infection. According to final results released by the trial sponsor, the U.S. Army Surgeon General, the prime boost combination of ALVACR HIV and AIDSVAXR B/E lowered the rate of HIV infection by 31.2% compared with placebo.

  • Hiring Heroes helps match employers with job seekers

    Sep 24, 2009

    About 400 job seekers braved the rain Sept. 22 to attend the Hiring Heroes Career Fair at the Sam Houston Club. The Hiring Heroes program was established in 2004 to help wounded service members and their Family members find employment opportunities.

  • Army Community Covenant: Paralympics sports camp helps active, retired military recognize capabiliti

    Sep 24, 2009

    The U.S. Olympic Committee hosted nearly 50 active duty and retired military men and women with physical injuries at a Paralympic Military Sports Camp at Fort Sam Houston, Sept. 16 to19. The camps introduce Paralympic sport to military men and women with physical injuries. All sport clinics are conducted at an introductory level. If participants have an interest in competing in a particular event, U.S. Paralympics will connect them with a program in their community so they can begin to train.

  • Nature Conservancy, U.S. Army partner to protect endangered birds near Camp Bullis

    Sep 24, 2009

    The Nature Conservancy of Texas and the U.S. Army entered into a formal cooperative agreement Sept. 17 to identify and protect habitat for endangered species surrounding Camp Bullis, one of the nation's most important military medic training facilities. The agreement, known as an Army Compatible Use Buffer, will permanently conserve important undeveloped areas of habitat outside of the Camp for the golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered songbird, and help Camp Bullis continue its critical Department of Defense medical and combat training operations.

  • Vaccine shows promise in preventing HIV

    Sep 24, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 24, 2009) -- An Army-sponsored study has shown that administration of a specific combination of vaccines can reduce the potential to contract HIV by 31.2 percent.

  • Army chaplains ready to provide assistance for those contemplating suicide

    Sep 24, 2009

    Stopping the suicide crisis drives the Ministry and Pastoral Care chaplains assigned to Madigan. Multiple deployments, break-ups, and death are just a few of the stresses that can lead Soldiers, retirees, Family members, Department of the Army civilians, or contractors - anyone with a tie to the military - to have suicidal thoughts. When someone commits suicide, it doesn't just affect close Family and friends, but the larger community as a whole. This is why Brzezinski, a Presbyterian chaplain, believes his job, his calling, is to communicate and educate everyone about suicide through the words of religion.

  • Vanguard 'Top Medics' Prep For Army-Wide Competition

    Sep 24, 2009

    Two Vanguard Soldiers will represent the 3rd Infantry Division and take a stab at becoming the Army's Top Medic Team for 2009 at an Expert Field Medical Competition, Oct. 19-24.

  • Soldiers can strengthen their behavioral health through SELF

    Sep 24, 2009

    The new initiative, called Soldier Evaluation for Life Fitness, is a post-deployment screening tool that evaluates the physical, mental and spiritual health of every returning Soldier. The program works in conjunction with the Army's Periodic Health Assessment program, which requires Soldiers to have an annual physical exam and regularly see a provider to evaluate their deployability.

  • Temporarily-disabled veteran looks to rejoin Army

    Sep 24, 2009

  • Customer service guru speaks to Madigan leaders

    Sep 24, 2009

    Frank Pastizzo, a nationally-recognized public speaker and comedian, spoke to Madigan Army Medical Center senior leaders Sept. 15, addressing the need for Madigan staff to provide excellent customer and human services at all times to one another and our patients.

  • TRADOC commander on flu prevention

    Sep 24, 2009

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and Col. Karen O'Brien, TRADOC surgeon, explain how to help mitigate the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.

  • Army Wounded Warrior Program Turns Five

    Sep 23, 2009

    Local community groups that want to help severely wounded soldiers have a new way they can get involved. The U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), which turns five this year, launched a new program that provides information to local groups that want to help. Background AW2 started with a few hundred soldiers and now numbers more than 5,000 soldiers severely wounded since 9-11. At the foundation of the program is the AW2 Advocate, someone who provides personalized support to soldiers, veterans, and their families for as long as it takes. Severely wounded soldiers, veterans, and their families will need to adjust and re-adjust to the effects of their injuries for their entire lifetime.

  • USAREUR leaders join Wiesbaden NCOs for Suicide Prevention Training

    Sep 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A sea of green stared down at Sgt. 1st Class Lori Luster as she stifled a sob. In front of Gen. Carter Ham, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army commander, and a crowd of 800 Soldiers, mostly noncommissioned officers, Luster fought to keep her composure.

  • Army Birthday at the Robertson Blood Center

    Sep 22, 2009

  • Great experience

    Sep 22, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas (ASBP, September 1, 2009) - Sergeant James Borders is a frequent and welcome visitor to the Robertson Blood Center at Fort Hood. The non-commissioned officer generator mechanic stopped by the Robertson Blood Center at Fort Hood to donate blood and had a pleasant surprise. His phlebotomist, another non-commissioned officer, Sergeant First Class Ramon Quinones, was exceptionally skilled. "This is the first sergeant I've seen that could get a needle both in and out of me without me feeling it." As a regular donor at the donor center on Fort Hood, Sgt. Borders received an email through the online web application (www.militarylifeforce.com) letting him know there was a new shirt design available for donors. "I want the shirt but really, I feel like I am obligated at a time of war." Sgt. Borders serves with the 289th Quartermaster Co., part of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, an oft-deployed unit at Fort Hood. After donating, the blood is processed, tested, and shipped to support military personnel deployed around the world. To find out more about the ASBP or to arrange a military blood drive, visit the official web page at www.militaryblood.dod.mil.

  • Ft. Detrick Volksmarch for the Prevention of Suicide

    Sep 22, 2009

    Over 350 Soldiers, family members and Army Civilians gathered at Nallin Pond Sept. 3 for a two-mile Volksmarch for the Prevention of Suicide. Major Gen. James K. Gilman, Commander, Medical Research and Material Command spoke to the crowd before the volksmarch, and highlighted the need for a holistic approach to combat rising suicide rates in the Army. The march had fourour checkpoints along the route where participants could find resources covering Behavioral Health, Physical Health, Spritual Fitness and Environmental Health.

  • 7th CSC medical experts lend helping hand in Swaziland

    Sep 22, 2009

    Army Reserve Soldiers Col. Morgan M. Gray, the commander of the Medical Support Unit-Europe in Mannheim, Germany, and Capt. Charles A. Pastor, a medical doctor assigned to the MSU-E, recently took part in MEDFLAG 09, an exercise designed to share the Army's medical expertise with Swaziland military leaders and Ministry of Health officials.

  • Loss of Soldiers to suicide too high a price to pay

    Sep 21, 2009

    The JRTC and Fort Polk commander's commentary about suicide prevention.

  • New MEDEVAC fleet lands at Fort Polk

    Sep 21, 2009

    Fort Polk's U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment, 5th Aviation Battalion, now has three brand new, fresh-from-the-factory, medevac-configured Lakota UH72A Light Utility helicopters in its fleet.

  • Saving Soldiers from suicide: Army seeks to stamp out stigma

    Sep 21, 2009

    A phone call devastated his world, crumbling to dust his hopes and dreams for the future. He only survived because of an aware and caring battle buddy.

  • Cav medics train Iraqi first responders

    Sep 21, 2009

    BAGHDAD - Iraqi Security Forces are on the front lines when it comes to defending the Iraqi people, but the first responders - firefighters and emergency medical technicians - are on the front lines of public safety.

  • EFMP energizes exceptional education

    Sep 21, 2009

    To aid Families with special needs children, Fort Rucker Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) staff will offer a special education workshop Sept. 21, focusing on individual education plans (IEPs) tailored to studentsAca,!a,,c specific requirements.

  • AW2 launches new Web site, Blog

    Sep 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program launched a redesigned Web site and blog Thursday as part of the program's realignment under the Army's Warrior Transition Command.

  • 'We've Found Ways To Channel Our Grief'

    Sep 18, 2009

    He asked for understanding and patience. He apologized for his tissue and prepared speech, both tools he uses to help hold back his own tears. And he touched the hearts of the 650-plus employees who heard his message of sorrow, loss, bewilderment, faith, hope and love. Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, deputy chief of staff of the G-3/5/7 at Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Ga., told his heartbreaking story of the death of his two sons - one from suicide, the other from an improvised explosive device in Iraq - to a packed Bob Jones Auditorium and to other Redstone Arsenal employees via closed circuit television Thursday. The event was hosted by the Garrison's Employee Assistance Program in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week and National Suicide Prevention Month. "I can hardly get through this and I've done this many times," he said of his speech. "Two of my sons are dead and it is hard for me ... My sons died fighting different battles. The loss of both sons was beyond comprehension."

  • Prevention Key to stopping spread of flu

    Sep 18, 2009

  • Hotline helps wounded Soldiers, Families resolve issues

    Sep 18, 2009

    Originally opened March 19, 2007, the Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline continues to offer wounded and injured Soldiers and Family members a way to resolve medical issues and channel information directly to senior Army leadership in order to improve Army services for the medical needs of Soldiers and their Families. Soldiers and Families wishing to use the hotline to address issues dial 1-800-984-8523, the stateside DSN is 328-0002, and the overseas DSN is 312-328-0002.

  • U.S. Army Recognizes Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2008

    Sep 18, 2009

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- U.S. Army Materiel Command Commander Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Commander Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, and other senior Army science and technology leaders will recognize the U.S. Army's "Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2008" in an awards ceremony September 21 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va.

  • Vaccination is your best protection against influenza

    Sep 18, 2009

    This year health officials are preparing for the Novel H1N1 flu - initially known as Aca,!A"swine fluAca,!A? when it was widely publicized last year - in addition to the seasonal flu vaccinations to which military personnel are accustomed.

  • Current Fort Benning Flu Condition Level: Orange

    Sep 15, 2009

    ORANGE: Novel or unexpected flu-like activity Aggressive implementation of preventative measures. Heightened awareness/surveillance in cooperation with non-DOD Federal, State and local agencies. Active planning/preparation for FLUCON RED or BLACK.

  • He ministers to returning warriors- Chaplain reaches out to soldiers who have questions about faith

    Sep 14, 2009

    He ministers to returning warriors- Chaplain reaches out to soldiers who have questions about faith upon return from war

  • H1N1 Latest Information

    Sep 14, 2009

    H1N1 Updates, Frequently Asked Questions, Fact Sheets, General Information and Guidance for Professionals

  • TF 30th MEDCOM Medical Synchronization Conference, Bagram, Afghanistan

    Sep 12, 2009

  • FFID Soldier saves fellow Soldiers life

    Sep 11, 2009

    BGen. Keith Walker, Director of the Future Force Integration Directorate presents Spc Ramona Dunlap with an Army Commendation Medal for her actions in preventing a fellow soldier from taking their own life.

  • High-angle training gets Madigan Army Medical Center Soldiers out of the hospital, into the mountain

    Sep 11, 2009

    60 enlisted Soldiers from Madigan Army Medical Center spent a week in August at Iron Horse State Park near North Bend, Wash., learning the ins and outs of high-angle mountain rescue procedures to prepare hospital Soldier-medics for the rigors of saving lives in the violent terrain of Afghanistan.

  • Though Wounded in Combat, First Strike Soldier Continues to Strive

    Sep 11, 2009

    Though Wounded in Combat, First Strike Soldier Continues to Strive

  • BJACHAca,!E+combats flu season with drive-through clinic

    Sep 11, 2009

    Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital's appointment line is buzzing with parents who are calling and requesting appointments with the drive-thru flu clinic.

  • Cognitive and Caregivers Boot Camp (CCBC) Certificate Program

    Sep 11, 2009

    Cognitive and Caregivers Boot Camp (CCBC) Certificate Program Available for free to Soldiers through AVOTEC Available for free to Spouses through MyCAA

  • Madigan Army Medical Center sergeant hits bull's eye with prestigious American Legion volunteer

    Sep 11, 2009

    Sgt. Michael, Ros, a 38-year-old Desert Storm veteran from Reedsburg, Wis., represented Madigan Army Medical Center and the U.S. Army in receiving the accolade during the American Legion's 91st National Convention Aug. 25, in Louisville, Ky. Ros received the award for his "countless hours" of volunteer work in establishing a local youth-centered archery program.

  • WWII medic, prisoner of war shares experiences with medical community

    Sep 10, 2009

    As part of the 1st Infantry Division, 16th Regiment, retired Master Sgt. Charles Shay was part of the initial assault at Normandy on D-Day. He was there at three o'clock in the morning when they were ordered to debark into small landing crafts; He was there at five o'clock in the morning when the orders came to proceed to the beach; And he was there at six o'clock in the morning when they hit the first obstacles the Germans had left in the water. This is the experience Shay shared with the Soldiers at the Europe Regional Medical Command's Non-Commissioned Officer Conference held in Garmisch, Germany, last month.

  • Tour raises awareness of mental illness

    Sep 9, 2009

    Ambassadors from the land of Hollywood visited Multinational Division - Baghdad Soldiers, here, Sept. 4.

  • Shared promotion in honor of the Year of the NCO

    Sep 8, 2009

    Mr. William H. Thresher, director of TRICARE Regional Office South promotes Col. Michael S. Heimall, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) deputy commander for administration. Col. Heimall shared his promotion ceremony with Sgt. Crystal Jarrell in honor of the Year of the NCO. Heimall said, "I cannot think of a better Soldier to share my promotion ceremony with than Sgt. Jarrell."

  • Tripler's volunteer therapy dogs, handlers make the rounds

    Sep 6, 2009

    TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Hawaii - Mac McDaniel is very proud of his Welsh terrier, Baxter. Besides being a rare breed of dog in Hawaii, Baxter is also part of an elite team serving in the Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) Human Animal Bond program, which uses friendly canines and other animals to boost the spirits of patients, families and staff.

  • Learning to cope: Annual World Burn Congress gives burn patients support hope for future

    Sep 4, 2009

    Twenty-seven Soldiers, Sailors and Marines undergoing treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center joined 850 survivors at the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors' 21st Annual World Burn Congress Aug. 27-29 in New York City to share experiences and practical advice about the road to recovery.

  • 42nd Medical Detachment Optometry Soldiers deploy to Iraq

    Sep 4, 2009

    A deployment ceremony was held Aug. 28 at Army Community Service for six Soldiers from the 42nd Medical Detachment Optometry and their Families. "There are typically five optometry teams in Iraq at any given time ... between 11 and 13 optometrists and just over 40 supporting eye technicians and opticians are basing in Iraq each year. These teams are currently at 11 Forward Operating Bases; each team provides support for over 15,000 service members," said guest speaker Lt. Col. Scott Fischer, commander, 264th Medical Battalion

  • Battlemind for Spouses enhances resiliency

    Sep 4, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - The main goal of Battlemind for Spouses is to make spouses aware of potential issues or concerns that may arise from the reunion with their Soldiers. It addresses issues or concerns the spouse may have when the couple reunites.

  • 14th CSH Soldiers remember 'mentor, friend'

    Sep 3, 2009

    FORT BENNING, GA - SPC Richard Allyn Walters made a lasting impression on the troops of 14th Combat Support Hospital, who gathered Friday at Sightseeing Chapel to pay final respects to a man they called a father figure, mentor and friend.

  • Study points to fats, carbs as 'brain food'

    Sep 3, 2009

    A high-fat diet, at least for a few days, could enhance mental performance, according to a study unveiled Tuesday.

  • DeWitt begins seasonal flu vaccination

    Sep 3, 2009

    Health care providers from DeWitt Army Community Hospital begin administering seasonal influenza vaccines Wednesday at the Fort Belvoir Community Center. Only beneficiaries of the hospital - active-duty members, retirees and family members - can receive either the FluMist or injectable vaccines.

  • Army expects H1N1 vaccine in October

    Sep 3, 2009

    Soldiers and families can expect to get two flu shots this year. In addition to the conventional flu shot administered each fall, the H1N1 or "Swine Flu" vaccine should be available by mid-October.

  • Troops to receive H1N1 Flu vaccinations

    Sep 2, 2009

    All military personnel will be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus, and the vaccine will be available to all military family members who want it, a Defense Department health affairs official said Tuesday.

  • Soldier gets his chance to mentor in Africa

    Sep 1, 2009

    Just 15 months ago, when Pfc. Daniel Bateson was hanging drywall with his family's home improvement business, the Connecticut-native never dreamed he would visit Africa.

  • Medical exercise in Swaziland ends successfully

    Sep 1, 2009

    Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF), U.S. Army Africa, and U.S. Africa Command (USARAF) concluded the two-week MEDFLAG 09 exercise with a closing ceremony at USDF headquarters in Manzini, Swaziland on August 14, 2009.

  • Soldiers on road to recovery at BAMC: First Team visit boosts troop morale

    Sep 1, 2009

    FORT HOOD, Texas - On the fourth floor, just above the windows that offers a panoramic view of its recovery and rehabilitation facilities, hangs the latest photographic testaments of one group of warriors. They have returned from battle with missing limbs, but were strong enough to overcome their challenges and take back their lives while inspiring others.

  • Soldier overcomes suicidal ideations, encourages others to reach out, get help

    Sep 1, 2009

    Capt. Emily Stehr is in the business of healing. But five months after returning from Iraq, she was struggling with her own internal wounds of war that had not healed. She decided to kill herself.

  • Europe Regional Medical Command announces health fair dates

    Sep 1, 2009

    Europe Regional Medical Command a key player in annual healthcare benefits awareness month

  • MEDDAC inducts NCOs: New leaders reflect, step up

    Aug 31, 2009

    A feature in Honor of the Year of the NCO. MEDDAC inducted NCOs at a recent ceremony. The Fort Polk Guardian sat down with these NCOs to find out how these Soldiers feel about joining the NCO ranks.

  • Big surprises can come in pretty, little packages

    Aug 31, 2009

    Fort Polk Guardian editor is bitten by a tick which results in two-week illness.

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