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  • Secretary Geren awards 9 Soldiers at Walter Reed

    Oct 23, 2008

    Nine Soldiers received the Purple Heart and one of them the Bronze Star Medal with Aca,!A"VAca,!A? device from Secretary of the Army Pete Geren during a ceremony Oct. 23 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • MASCAL tests readiness of Area 1 medics

    Oct 22, 2008

    Area 1 Soldiers and Civilians participated in an Adaptive Focus Antiterrorism Exercise along with Service members from United States Forces Korea and civilian Fire Emergency Services Response units Oct. 15-16.

  • Gates Promises Continued Commitment to Wounded Warrior Care

    Oct 21, 2008

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2008 Aca,!" Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates assured participants in the first Wounded Warriors Family Summit here today he will Aca,!A"continue to press forward with a sense of urgencyAca,!A? to provide top-level care and support for wounded warriors in a way that lays groundwork for the next administrationAca,!a,,cs leaders to build on.

  • Army launching effort to hire more wounded warriors

    Oct 20, 2008

    Army personnel officials are launching an outreach program as part of a push to hire more wounded warriors and their spouses as civilian employees.

  • Army medicine improves with new dressings

    Oct 17, 2008

    The Army continues to improve medical care on the battlefield by sending two new first-aid products into theater that will potentially save more SoldiersAca,!a,,c lives, said Army medical officials.

  • Wounded Warriors receive upgraded living quarters

    Oct 10, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES AIR BASE, Belgium Aca,!" The U.S. Army Garrison Benelux opened the doors to its new Warrior in Transition barracks rooms Oct. 9.

  • Fisher House provides home away from home

    Oct 9, 2008

    HONOLULU Aca,!" The Pacific Ocean created a breathtaking backdrop for the annual FounderAca,!a,,cs Day at the Fisher House here, Sept. 26. Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from Punahou High School kicked off the day with the presentation of colors as the National Anthem rang softly in the background. Chaplain (Capt.) Tim Wilson, Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), then led the crowd in prayer.

  • Tripler Army Medical Center Humanitarian Mission

    Oct 9, 2008

    One article, 3 photos As part of a humanitarian outreach program and the Pacific CommandAca,!a,,cs (PACOM) mission to strengthen relationships and set conditions for regional security and prosperity, Tripler Army Medical Center sent specialized surgical teams to three Southeast Asia countries this year. The Department of Defense has a large number of humanitarian programs ongoing worldwide ranging from medical missions to fresh water projects to building schools.

  • Tripler Army Medical Center Ear, Nose, Throat Docs

    Oct 9, 2008

    One article and two images. As part of a humanitarian outreach program, Tripler Army Medical Center sent specialized surgical teams to three Southeast Asia countries this year. Tripler Army Medical Center is the Department of DefenseAca,!a,,cs tertiary referral medical center for Asia and the Pacific. The missions were part of the Pacific CommandAca,!a,,cs (PACOM) mission to strengthen relationships and set conditions for regional security and prosperity.

  • Ready Army: Preparedness is a year-round effort

    Oct 9, 2008

    Preparing is a year round task

  • Base Realignment Brings Physician Issues to Light

    Oct 8, 2008

    Base Realignment and Closure activities occurring at Redstone Arsenal mean more than new buildings, additional Army civilian employees and a growing North Alabama community. They also mean new services throughout Huntsville and the surrounding area as local leaders work to make North Alabama more attractive to potential transferees. And that can only mean good things for current local residents as improvements also better their quality of life. This is most evident in one area that the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee has addressed during the past year. In November 2007, the committee learned that Army Materiel Command transferees were concerned about the perceived inability to locate available physicians in Huntsville. Aca,!A"What we are trying to do is if we hear of an issue for transferees we try to resolve it,Aca,!A? said Joe Ritch, chairman of the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee. Aca,!A"We were hearing multiple stories from multiple groups of transferees having trouble with finding physicians.Aca,!A?

  • Combatives Tourney Caps Off "Best Warrior"

    Oct 3, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Julian Wiggins, U.S. Army Medical Command, and Staff Sgt. Francisco Gutierrez, U.S. Army Reserve Command, square off in a combatives tournament. This was the final event in the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lee, Va. Photo by Anthony Brown, Fort Lee Public Affairs

  • MEDCOM Soldier Engages in "Best Warrior"

    Oct 3, 2008

    U.S. Army Medical Command's Spc. Daniel Farrier moves a casualty along before engaging targets during the Alternate Firing Event Oct. 2. He was one of 24 Soldiers competing in the 2008 Department of the Army Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Aca,!A"Best WarriorAca,!A? Competition held Sept. 28-Oct.3 at Fort Lee, Va. (Photo by T. Anthony Bell)

  • Getting Ready for "Best Warrior"

    Sep 30, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Julian Wiggins, U.S. Army Materiel Command competitor, checks the sling on his M16, while Sgt. 1st Class Darnyell Parker, Fort Lee Warrior Training Center instructor observes. The pre-combat checks and inspections were scheduled Sept. 30 during the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • At Ease Before the Board

    Sep 29, 2008

    Spc. Daniel Horner, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, smiles while listening to his sponsor as they wait for the board apperance Sept. 28 during the 2008 Deptartment of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Before the Board

    Sep 29, 2008

    Spc. Daniel Farrier, U.S. Army Medical Command, listens to Sgt. 1st Class Doug Klein instruct him on entering the board room, Sept. 29, during the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • 'They brought me back to life'

    Sep 25, 2008

    Spc. Wesley Hixon never set out to get a Purple Heart or to be a hero when he left for Iraq. But on Sept. 18, hundreds of his family members, friends, fellow Soldiers and medical staff packed into the Letterman Auditorium at Fort LewisAca,!a,,c Madigan Army Medical Center to hear the story of how he ended up fighting for his life while fighting for his country.

  • Vaccinations upcoming as flu season approaches

    Sep 24, 2008

    All military members are required to be vaccinated against the flu each year. Flu immunizations are mandatory for all active duty, National Guard and reserve personnel. The Department of Defense has established a goal of having 90 percent of these people vaccinated by Dec. 31.

  • Going over the wall

    Sep 23, 2008

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Aca,!" Members of the Army's Special Response Team (SRT) navigate an eight-foot wall during the Army sponsored SWAT team competition, Sept. 16. Teams from Schofield Barracks, Tripler Army Medical Center, Maui and Marine Corps Base Kaneohe competed here for top bragging rights in Hawaii Sept. 16-18.

  • Medics receive battlemind training to help fellow Soldiers

    Sep 19, 2008

    Hundreds of Fort Drum Soldiers received training last week on one aspect of war that does not always take precedence: the battle of the mind.

  • Fort Rucker gets Ready

    Sep 19, 2008

    Fort Rucker community gets Ready.

  • 129th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Medicine)

    Sep 16, 2008

    The 129th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Medicine,) U.S. Army Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, is a self-contained and deployable veterinary animal treatment facility. It is one of only three mobile veterinary clinics in the U.S. Army regularly conducting field exercises.

  • Team SMDC/ARSTRAT in Training

    Sep 15, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Christopher Barber, the SMDC/ARSTRAT NCO of the Year, and Spc. Michael Moore, the SMDC/ARSTRAT Soldier of the Year, train to compete in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition later this month.

  • Altitude sickness research prepares Soliders in the field

    Sep 15, 2008

    Looming in the distant skyline of Colorado Springs, Co., PikeAca,!a,,cs Peak is one of the nationAca,!a,,cs most popular tourist destinations, hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors on its 14,110 foot summit each year. What most vacationers donAca,!a,,ct know as they peer across the serene landscape is that just a few hundred feet away researchers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine are sharing the summit to advance military medicine. For years research physiologists from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel CommandAca,!a,,cs USARIEM and research volunteers have spent their summers above the tree line to study ways of improving servicemembersAca,!a,,c capabilities in high altitude environments at the Maher Memorial Altitude Laboratory.

  • Useful Links, Contacts, and Facts for Wounded Soldiers & Vets

    Sep 12, 2008

    Resource links for Warriors in Transition, Wounded warriors, veterans, and their families

  • 212th CSH Gives Free Healthcare at Small Bulgarian Village

    Sep 10, 2008

    U.S. Army healthcare specialists treated about 90 children, adults and senior, in a small Bulgarian town Sept. 1 and 2, delivering free care in support of Joint Task Force EastAca,!a,,cs humanitarian mission. Members of the 212th Combat Support Hospital, out of Kaiserslautern, Germany, offered the treatment in the temporary facility they set up at the local primary school.

  • Installation Warrior in Transition Gets Extensive Vehicle Makeover Courtesy of 'NASCAR Angels&#

    Sep 10, 2008

    Hundreds of thousands of viewers nationwide will have the opportunity to see a Fort Lee Soldier get a vehicle makeover. Spc. Josh Grant, assigned to the postAca,!a,,cs Warrior Transition Unit, had his model year 2004 pickup truck refurbished courtesy of the nationally syndicated TV show, Aca,!A"NASCAR Angels.Aca,!A?

  • Fort Eustis goes country

    Sep 10, 2008

    Aaron Tippin, country music star, visits Soldiers at Fort Eustis, Va.

  • Commentary: All in Army must work to prevent suicides

    Sep 8, 2008

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Aca,!" The loss of any Soldier's life is a great tragedy, regardless of cause or reason. In the case of suicide, a preventable tragedy, the aftermath for Soldiers and family members can be devastating.

  • Employees walk for the battle against cancer

    Sep 8, 2008

    Sierra Army Depot joins with the local community to Celebrate, Remeber, and Fight Back, to help raise money for the American Cancer Society in its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue.

  • Combat Medic Receives Bronze Star with Valor

    Sep 5, 2008

    Spc. Ryan Martinette earned a Bronze Star with Valor while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom two years ago. More importantly, he learned to give of himself, learned what it is to be a Soldier and found out what it means to be a combat medic.

  • Cooking With Pena and the ROK

    Sep 5, 2008

    Pvt. Genifer Pena, a food service specialist with the 106th Medical Detachment, prepares potato salad with Sgt. Nam, Jae Min, the senior chief food specialist with the 1st Military Working Dog Center, Chuncheon, South Korea. For 9 days she was imbedded with the ROK cooks as the 129th Medical Detachment deployed and provided veterinarian assistance to the MWDC. Her mission was to prepare an American dish with every meal for both the ROK and U.S. Soldiers.

  • 129th Medical Detachment, South Korea

    Sep 4, 2008

    Maj. Michelle Franklin, commander of the 129th Veterinary Medicine Medical Detachment, and 1st Lt. Park, Sung-gu, a veterinarian with the 1st Republic of Korea Military Working Dog Center, operate on Kase, a 5-year-old German shepherd while Pvt. 1st Class Jo, Sung-ha, 1st ROK MWDC records the operation for training purposes at the ROK MWDC. The 129th Veterinary Medicine Medical Detachment, a self-contained and deployable veterinary animal treatment facility, deployed to the ROK MWDC, Chuncheon, South Korea, Aug. 23 - 31 to conduct combined veterinarian-care operations.

  • Army Stands Against Suicides

    Aug 28, 2008

    The Army has incentive to participate in national Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 7-13. Aca,!A"The suicide rate is up in the Army,Aca,!A? Ruby Turner, alcohol and drug control officer in the GarrisonAca,!a,,cs Human Resources Directorate, said. Aca,!A"And I think this is why they want to focus on this, so we can prevent it and recognize it. And itAca,!a,,cs aimed at reducing suicide in the Army. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre having an increase in suicides (Armywide). A lot of people coming back from Iraq are having, I would say, adjustment problems,Aca,!A? she said. The ArmyAca,!a,,cs theme for this observance is Aca,!A"Shoulder-to-Shoulder: No Soldier Stands Alone.Aca,!A?

  • Nurse honored to take care of Soldiers

    Aug 25, 2008

    ThereAca,!a,,cs nothing like looking after the health of Soldiers and their families. Since going to college on an ROTC scholarship, Maj. Elizabeth Vinson has faced challenges, overcome obstacles and stretched her own abilities to provide the best nursing care possible to Soldiers. SheAca,!a,,cs served in Germany, Kosovo and Afghanistan, and at various installations in the U.S.

  • DAR Presents Army Nurse Corps Officer Prestigious Award for Helping Save Lives

    Aug 25, 2008

    Helping save lives and restore health for critically burned Soldiers has earned a prestigious award for Maj. Elizabeth A. Mann. The Daughters of the American Revolution presented her the Anita Newcomb McGee Award, which is given to one Army Nurse Corps officer each year. Mann was honored for outstanding work as clinical nurse specialist for the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, which operates the famed Army Burn Center at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • Afghan CSM Talks Shop with Top CHPPM NCO

    Aug 25, 2008

    It sounds like a medical NCOAca,!a,,cs professional dream-come-true Aca,!" in the army five years, only 32 years old, and requested by name to be the command sergeant major at army medical headquarters. The senior enlisted medic of the Afghan army is living that dream. And while itAca,!a,,cs not all a proverbial bed of roses, Command Sgt. Maj. Mohammed Shakir Noori finds himself possessed of the rare opportunity to build an organization from the ground up, set training and professional standards for his countryAca,!a,,cs enlisted medical corps, and help make a real difference in the lives of AfghanistanAca,!a,,cs civilian population.

  • Army medical logistics manager recognized by civilian industry

    Aug 20, 2008

    The Medical Research and Materiel Command's Bill Howell was selected above many of his civilian peers by the Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry as being one of the most notable people in his field.

  • Military's premier medical trauma conference brings scientists, docs together

    Aug 20, 2008

    Scientists and battlefield medical clinicians shared their unique knowledge and experiences to advance medicine during the military's premier trauma care conference.

  • Wounded warrior gets back in the saddle

    Aug 19, 2008

    Purple Heart recipient Spc. Jake Lowery officially launched the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Sports Program with an inspirational team-roping performance in Las Cruces, N.M.

  • Remodeled Fort Irwin, Calif., dental clinic opens

    Aug 15, 2008

    Shuttleworth Dental ClinicAca,!a,,c at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Calif., reopened for business on August 14, 2008, following a $4.8 million renovation that began May 16, 2007. Improvements included adding 10 treatment rooms, an oral surgery recovery room. Energy efficiency was increased with installation of new energy saving windows and a modernized heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system.

  • Army Strong Against Cancer Team Supports American Cancer Society Event

    Aug 11, 2008

    Sierra Army Depot's team, Army Strong Against Cancer, participates in the American Cancer Society's signature event, Relay for Life.

  • Family works to bring something positive from pain

    Aug 8, 2008

    Aug. 23, 2003, began as an ordinary day for the Cavalet Family, but it turned to tragedy.

  • Injured Soldier's perseverance inspires others

    Aug 8, 2008

    After he lost his leg in an explosion, Sgt. 1st Class Roy Mitchell had a choice: give up or thrive in life. He chose the latter.

  • Top medical officer in Iraq garners first star

    Jul 29, 2008

    It wasnAca,!a,,ct until his high school years in Honolulu that Joseph Caravalho Jr. realized he wanted to be a physician. Fast forward more than thirty years and that same man is the top medical officer in Iraq; one with a new star on his chest, as Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr. was promoted July 28 to his current rank here, with his family witnessing via video teleconference.

  • SF Medic Receives Second Highest Medal

    Jul 24, 2008

    A 20-year veteran, Master Sgt. Brendan O'Connor, formerly a senior medic on a 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Operational Detachment Alpha, was presented the Distinguished Service Cross for valorous actions during Operation Enduring Freedom.Four other members of the team received the Silver Star, the Army's third-highest award for valor. Binney recovered from his wounds after treatment at Walter Reed and Womack Army Medical Centers, and now is a pre-medical student at the University of Arizona.

  • Reserve, Guard Medics Train at Fort Hood

    Jul 24, 2008

    Rocket and improvised explosive device attacks, dust-covered ambulances full of injured Soldiers and civilians screeching to a halt, bloody, noisy operating rooms and round-the-clock operations were all part of the most comprehensive medical post-mobilization training ever conducted by First Army. When the last patient was bandaged and the last scalpel was sterilized and stored, the 345th Combat Support Hospital (CSH), the 312th Medical Logistics Company and the 441st Ground Ambulance Company were validated and ready to deploy to save lives and mitigate the suffering of friend and foe alike.

  • Preventive Dentistry Keeps Teeth Fit to Bite

    Jul 24, 2008

    The Preventive Dentistry Course at the AMEDD Center and School equips Soldiers with the skills to provide dental hygiene support, with a focus on Soldiers deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

  • Care and Compassion

    Jul 24, 2008

    SGT Catherine Olivarez looks over a toddler during a medical civil action program at a village school in Goubetto, Djibouti. Olivarez is a medic with the 345th Civil Affairs Brigade working with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Navy and Marine Corps medical teams from the USS Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group joined with their Army counterparts during the six-day project.

  • Bataan Marchers Pay Tribute to Heroes

    Jul 24, 2008

    Wounded warriors led an all-time record of more than 4,400 marchers in the 19th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Twenty-eight wounded warriors who served in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq participated in the annual march. The event honors the 75,000 Filipino and U.S. Soldiers who surrendered to Japanese forces in World War II and were forced to march about 100 kilometers from Bataan Peninsula to Camp O'Donnell, a prison camp, in the scorching heat through the Philippine jungles. Thousands died, and the survivors endured years of brutal captivity.

  • U.S. Army Hospital Renamed in Honor of Col. Brian D. Allgood

    Jul 23, 2008

    The United States Army Garrison, YongSan, Korea, renamed the Army hospital there in honor of Col. Brian D. Allgood in a memorial ceremony June 30. In recognition of his outstanding service and significant contributions to the Army Medical Department and the U.S. Army, this medical treatment facility was officially memorialized and became the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital.

  • Ceremony marks start of $30 million steam sterilization plant project

    Jul 22, 2008

    Fort Detrick added a critical link in the chain leading to the National Interagency Biodefense Campus today. A small crowd of state and local dignitaries, Fort Detrick leaders and Soldiers gathered today at the future site of the fort's new steam sterilization plant for a groundbreaking ceremony.

  • USAMRIID scientist selected for unique leadership position

    Jul 10, 2008

    Leonard A. Smith, Ph.D., a world renowned scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, has been selected to fill one of just 42 elite positions in the U.S. Army. He is the InstituteAca,!a,,cs newest Aca,!EoeAca,!EoeST,Aca,!A? a designation given to scientists and engineers who combine world-class technical expertise with demonstrated scientific leadership. An ST position is equivalent to a civilian Senior Executive Service position or the military rank of brigadier general.

  • Chemical defense collaboration protects nation

    Jul 10, 2008

    What was once a barn for goats is now a place for scientists on the forefront of chemical defense research to test their theories to help in protecting and healing the nationAca,!a,,cs warfighters. A sturdy 6,800-square-foot structure made of concrete blocks, the barn was transformed into the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical DefenseAca,!a,,cs Collaborative Research Facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground, part of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

  • Fort Detrick safety office tapped for MEDCOM award

    Jul 10, 2008

    U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick's safety office received signal honors recently at the AUSA medical conference in San Antonio, Texas. Safety director Rudy Spencer accepted the the Medical Command Safety Excellence Award June 12 at the conference. The award was presented by Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker and Command Sgt. Maj. Althea Dixon. In addition to a plaque, the office won a $10,000 check for the garrison.

  • Medics Battle for Title as MEDCOM's Best Warrior

    Jun 17, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Julian R. Wiggins and Spc. Daniel Farrier are winners of the 2008 Best Warrior competitions for Medical Command. Wiggins, noncommissioned officer in charge of the Fort Jackson, S.C., Veterinary Treatment Facility, and Farrier, a pharmacy technician at Stuttgart, Germany, Army Health Clinic, emerged victorious from a grueling five days of physical and mental challenges. The competition was held at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, Texas. All competitors first passed a 100-question written test and wrote an essay about current events. They passed the Army Physical Fitness Test, were questioned by boards of senior NCOs and demonstrated marksmanship with M-16 rifles. They negotiated an urban orienteering course both by day and night and completed an obstacle course. In tactical scenarios, they treated and evacuated simulated casualties of a roadside bomb, then cleared a building under fire. Finally, the competitors squared off in a combatives tournament. Aca,!A"It was tough, one of the best IAca,!a,,cve ever been to. You had to be in shape,Aca,!A? said Wiggins. Aca,!A"There was a lot of rucking. You had to be physically and mentally tough,Aca,!A? agreed Farrier. Corporals and higher ranks were in the NCO competition while specialists and lower ranks competed as Soldiers. Competition actually began last year when local units selected their best Soldiers and NCOs. Local winners competed in each of six regional medical commands. The regional winners then joined representatives of Dental Command, Veterinary Command, the AMEDD Center and School and Medical Research and Materiel Command for the finals at Fort Sam Houston. Aca,!A"We conduct these competitions to recognize the best Soldiers, but it is primarily about training Aca,!" it is not just a competition. We expect each candidate to be well trained when they come, and better trained when they leave. They should take what they learn here back to their units,Aca,!A? said MEDCOM Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Althea C. Dixon. Dixon was Soldier of the Year of the old Health Services Command in 1983. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs tougher and much more realistic than when I was here,Aca,!A? she said. Aca,!A"These Soldiers are being tested on situations they might actually encounter.Aca,!A? Aca,!A"I want to lead by example for my Soldiers,Aca,!A? said Wiggins. Aca,!A"IAca,!a,,cm going to send them to war, I wanted to show them I had done this.Aca,!A? Wiggins has been in the Army 11 years and is Air Assault and Combat Lifesaver qualified. He lists combatives as one of his hobbies, and it showed as he won the NCO tournament. Farrier has been in the Army three years and has qualified as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. He keeps in shape by boxing and playing Rugby for his post team. Farrier said winning the title was a personal challenge he set for himself. He said anyone competing at this level has to have a plan and stick to it. Aca,!A"DonAca,!a,,ct let anyone tell you that you canAca,!a,,ct do it,Aca,!A? he added. Wiggins and Farrier each received an Army Commendation Medal, a trophy, a $1,000 Savings Bond, MEDCOM coins and certificates and the right to request their assignment of choice. They will compete in the Army Best Warrior competition later this year.

  • Vets Help Donkey Power Drive Iraqi Brick Factory

    Jun 17, 2008

    An industrial complex in Iraq has quadrupled its employment and productivity, and a team from Multinational Division Center is helping the companies keep their labor force healthy. Capt. Rory Carolan, senior veterinarian and agriculture advisor with the 3rd Infantry Division's civil affairs team, and Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, treated more than 250 donkeys employed in the absence of motorized vehicles at the Narhwan Brick Factory Complex.

  • Trailblazing Career Earns Award for Dietitian

    Jun 17, 2008

    Col. Vivian T. Hutson has broken new ground several times during her career as an Army dietitian, so it seems fitting that the Department of Defense honored her with one of its first "Female Trailblazer" awards. She is among 14 military women composing the first group selected for this award, which recognizes women in the military with significant accomplishments in their fields.

  • Nurse Finds Rewards through Iraq Service

    Jun 17, 2008

    Capt. Jody BrownAca,!a,,cs barely 5-foot-tall stature easily is dwarfed by the sea of infantrymen. The Army nurseAca,!a,,cs body armor and helmet make her look almost childlike, and her M4 rifle is more than half her size. Brown, a registered nurse, supports the 25th Infantry DivisionAca,!a,,cs 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat TeamAca,!a,,cs units with immunizations and travels to wherever the Soldiers are Aca,!" even outside the wire.

  • Lean Six Sigma Project Helps Madigan Make Money

    Jun 17, 2008

    A Lean Six Sigma project in Madigan Army Medical CenterAca,!a,,cs OB/GYN clinic generated an extra million dollars in revenue for the clinic in Fiscal Year 2007, despite a reduced patient population.

  • Aeromedical Heroes Get DUSTOFF Honors

    Jun 17, 2008

    Sgt. Heather Springer stands with the equipment she carried during missions in Iraq as a flight medic with Company C (Air Ambulance), 2nd-135th General Support Aviation Battalion. Springer was named DUSTOFF Medic of the Year.

  • Hello, Baby

    Jun 17, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Erik Lloyd and his son Blake meet for the first time two weeks after Blake's birth, through the technology of Brooke Army Medical Center's RP-7 robot.

  • Father Commissions Son

    Jun 17, 2008

    Col. Gary Vroegindewey, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and director of the DoD Veterinary Service Activity, commissions his son Staff Sgt. Andrew Vroegindewey (68E - Dental Tech) to second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. Together, father and son have more than 42 years of military service.

  • Rubenstein First Medical Service Corps Chief to be Major General

    Jun 17, 2008

    Maj. Gen. David A. Rubenstein was sworn is as Chief of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps on Jun. 9 in San Antonio, Texas, becoming the first MSC Chief to wear two stars. He was promoted to major general on April 14, 2008, and also serves as the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Deputy Surgeon General. He was selected for these leadership positions because of his considerable command experience at every level of the U.S. Army medical system.

  • Military children focus of summit

    Jun 13, 2008

    Medical, social work and education professionals gathered at McChord Air Force Base last week for a summit on taking care of military children. Madigan Army Medical Center hosted the three-day event, called Aca,!A"Military Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and Well-Being During Wartime and Beyond,Aca,!A? to Aca,!A"bring together military families, youth and medical experts in various areas to focus on solutions that will enhance the quality of life for military children,Aca,!A? according to a MAMC press release. There has been little official research during previous conflicts on how deployments and wartime affect children, said Maj. Eric Flake, a developmental pediatrician at MAMC. Flake was also the principal investigator for a research study titled Aca,!A"Psychosocial Effects of Deployment on Military Children,Aca,!A? which found, in part, that military support was an influential factor in how much stress a family experienced during a deployment. The more supported a family felt, the less stress it experienced, Flake said.

  • Pacific Medical Team Prepares Northern Marianas For Bird Flu

    Jun 11, 2008

    More reality-based than reality show, a U.S. Pacific partnership tested the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas IslandsAca,!a,,c ability to deal with overwhelming disaster May 22, the first exercise of its kind.

  • Fort Bragg Neuro Center

    Jun 9, 2008

    A Fort Bragg unit is healing the minds of battlefield soldiers. Air Force Master Sgt. Angie Sarchet reports.

  • New child care facility to open in November

    Jun 5, 2008

    Once again the Army Family CovenantAca,!a,,cs focus to provide more and better services to families is making a significant difference on Fort Lewis. Army spouses of deployed Soldiers will soon have an hourly child care facility available when they go to medical appointments.

  • Warrior Day offers change of pace for WTB Soldiers

    May 30, 2008

    The weather was changing but there were plenty of bright spots May 20 as Warrior Day kicked off at Cowan Stadium. The Warrior Transition Battalion and Madigan Army Medical Center teamed up for a friendly competition for WTB Soldiers.

  • Turkey Hunt - Pt. 2

    May 16, 2008

    Wounded warriors return to the field, thanks in part to some Army environmental staff members at Letterkenny Army Depot. James Williams reports from Chambersburg, Pa.

  • American Hospital Association Honors Two for Service

    May 15, 2008

    The American Hospital Association's Section for Federal Hospitals presented Col. Jimmie O. Keenan and Lt. Col. Dawn Garcia with awards recognizing outstanding service in health care. Garcia, head nurse of the combined intensive care unit of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, received the 2007 Special Achievement Award. Keenan is the recipient of the 2007 Award for Excellence. She is chief of staff for the Army Medical Action Plan team at the Office of the Surgeon General. Keenan and her staff developed and structured the AMAP and reduced redundancy, achieved greater unity of effort, and optimized resources for improved delivery of care.

  • Aviators Honor 2007's Best

    May 15, 2008

    The Army Aviation Association of America has honored Capt. Bryan Johnson of 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment with its 2007 Army Aviation Medicine Award; Staff Sgt. Fred A. Osgood of 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment with its 2007 Army Aviation DUSTOFF Flight Medic of the Year Award; and the 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment with its 2007 Army Aviation Air/Sea Rescue Award.

  • 68Ds Keep Operations Running Smoothly

    May 15, 2008

    The Army's 68 Delta operating-room specialists are responsible for everything from holding retractors and passing instruments to sterilizing equipment and preparing specimens for the lab. Their tasks may sound simple compared to a surgeon's, but, in their case, looks are deceiving.

  • USAMRIID Nurse Adopts Daughter from Orphanage in Republic of Georgia: Girl with Cleft Palate 'W

    May 15, 2008

    For Karen Sellers-Myers, Christmas of 2007 was more memorable than usual. She and her husband Curtis spent the holiday in the Republic of Georgia, far from their Pennsylvania home, and they came back with a very special gift Aca,!" a four-year-old adopted daughter named Sophia. Sellers-Myers, a nurse with the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, has made nine trips to the region since 2004 to train Georgian scientists in the latest research techniques.

  • Expert Advice

    May 15, 2008

    Tony Moore of the Texas Veteran's Commission counsels a National Guard Soldier during a post-deployment health reassessment at Camp Mabry, Texas. The PDHRA helps identify health issues that arise several months after Soldiers return from deployment.

  • WRAMC Staff Appreciation Day

    May 14, 2008

    When the team works hard, they deserve a little credit. Russell Zill takes us to Walter ReedAca,!a,,cs staff appreciation day to find out how the staff is rewarded for improving patient care.

  • Fort Riley's Warrior Intern Program First in Army

    May 9, 2008

    Fort RileyAca,!a,,cs Warrior Internship Network is well into its pilot stage. The WIN program, a home-grown concept developed at Fort Riley, focuses on Soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion to find them job internships within the Greater Fort Riley Community.

  • Army Medicine Raises Mental Health Awareness with Programs to 'Get Connected'

    Apr 30, 2008

    The Army is joining in promoting mental health during May, which is celebrated as Mental Health Month under the sponsorship of Mental Health America, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association. The theme for 2008 is Aca,!A"Get Connected,Aca,!A? emphasizing the valuable support people gain by connections with family, friends, community and mental health professionals.

  • Combat Medic Training

    Apr 29, 2008

    A Soldier's selfless goal to preserve life on an unforgiving battlefield. Sgt. Kim Williams takes us to combat medic training. (The photo accompanying this description is a simulation with a dummy).

  • Honest communication preserves Army Families throughout deployment

    Apr 23, 2008

    Fort Rucker community supports Families during deployment

  • Fort Sill offers prenatal exercise class

    Apr 17, 2008

    Fort Sill's Rinehart Fitness Center offers prenatal fitness classes to women.

  • U.S. Army Medical Command Chooses Best Warriors

    Apr 15, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Julian R. Wiggins and Spc. Daniel Farrier are winners of the 2008 Best Warrior competitions for U.S. Army Medical Command. Wiggins, noncommissioned officer in charge of the Fort Jackson, S.C., Veterinary Treatment Facility, and Farrier, a pharmacy technician at Stuttgart, Germany, Army Health Clinic, emerged victorious from a grueling five days of physical and mental challenges.

  • New Commissary Opens on Detrick

    Apr 8, 2008

    Fort Detrick, Md. Aca,!" A crowd of hundreds gathered on Fort Detrick today to celebrate the grand opening of a new commissary facility for active, reserve component and retired military members and their families. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and other congressional representatives joined the crowd of anxious shoppers.

  • Veterans' Clinic Opens at Fort Rucker

    Apr 2, 2008

    New health clinic at Fort Rucker brings Wiregrass veterans convenience, saves driving time, money

  • Tripler Soldier saves life enroute to honor for saving lives

    Mar 27, 2008

    En route to his own recognition ceremony for helping save lives, an alert pediatric healthcare specialist and two of his colleagues are credited with saving a manAca,!a,,cs life by intervening during the initial stages of a heart attack Jan. 25.

  • Inter-agency partnership brings excess Defense Department flu shots to Pacific Islands

    Mar 25, 2008

    An on-going partnership between the U.S. Army, local airlines and other federal and non-governmental agencies yielded the Defense DepartmentAca,!a,,cs entire stock of excess seasonal influenza vaccinations to benefit U.S.-affiliated islands in the Pacific March 24.

  • Post Deployment Health Reassessment Program

    Mar 24, 2008

    320,000 Soldiers and counting have been screened as part of the Post Deployment Health Reassessment Program which began three years ago this month.

  • Tripler exhibits art of dealing with cancer

    Mar 14, 2008

    Ricky LumangAca,!a,,cs red tears are the pain of leukemia, the chemotherapy turning his smooth head a much darker shade against the choppy, crayon-colored blue sky. Nine-year-old RizelleAca,!a,,cs portrait of her fatherAca,!a,,cs struggle with bone-marrow cancer was part of an art exhibit here March 7-8 entitled Aca,!A"Oncology on Canvas,Aca,!A? TriplerAca,!a,,cs version of an international exposition encouraging those touched by cancer to relate their emotions through art.

  • Candid Lunch with Army IG on Menu for Tripler Wounded Warriors

    Mar 6, 2008

    U.S. Army Inspector General Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb talks candidly while eating lunch with Soldiers from Tripler Army Medical CenterAca,!a,,cs Warrior Transition Unit at the Schofield Barracks' dining facility March 5.

  • New Tattoo Policy Allows for More Military Blood Donations

    Feb 29, 2008

    The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) has implemented a new policy regarding tattoos that may allow more donors to give blood to the military. This new policy, which went into effect Nov. 30, 2007, allows donors with new tattoos to give blood again after just one week, instead of the previous one-year deferral period; provided the tattoo was acquired in a state-regulated tattoo parlor. This new policy allows the ASBP to accept donations from more individuals wishing to contribute to the militaryAca,!a,,cs blood supply for combat areas and at home.

  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Visits Wounded Warriors at Tripler

    Feb 27, 2008

    Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped by Tripler's Command Suite Feb. 20 to talk to Wounded Warriors. Mullen presented each Soldier with a coin after spending about half an hour talking with them. Mullen's visit to Tripler was only one of many stops he and his staff made visiting military installations across the island.

  • Health Care Improvements

    Feb 26, 2008

    Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker talks about health care improvements one year after WRAMC suffered scrutiny over Wounded Warrior care. Sgt. Courtney Thomas reports.

  • Tripler's Scenic View Includes Glimpse of Military Medicine's Future

    Feb 25, 2008

    High above the shimmering Honolulu skyline flanked by Diamond Head crater in clear sight to the east, perhaps a more impressive view from the hospital atop Moanalua Ridge is inside an unassuming office on the sixth floor and offers a glimpse into the future of military medicine. Doctors in the intensive care unit here are using telemedicine technology called Aca,!A"electronic ICU,Aca,!A? or eICU, to care for critically ill patients at U.S. military bases thousands of miles across the Pacific, helping save lives and reduce medical evacuation costs in the process.

  • Pediatric Specialists Save Life En Route to Honoring Colleague for Saving Lives

    Feb 25, 2008

    En route to his own recognition ceremony for helping save lives, an alert pediatric healthcare specialist and two of his colleagues are credited with saving a manAca,!a,,cs life by intervening during the initial stages of a heart attack Jan. 25. The fast action of Spc. Warren Frazier, Renee Araujo and Sheila Robinson-Bird is a big reason Navy veteran Calvin Cavaness is still alive, according to the on-call emergency room physician.

  • Tripler's Chief Provost Marshal Is Not Who You Might Think

    Feb 25, 2008

    A conversation with Tripler's chief provost marshal can be like listening to a loose jazz ensemble with wandering, unique riffs that end up together neatly in rhythm, then unlink again. When in rhythm, Don DevaneyAca,!a,,cs stories reveal that he is a product of his thirty-year Army provost marshal career that took him from Japan during the Korean War to combat experience in Vietnam and beyond.

  • OD Deaths Growing In Military

    Feb 25, 2008

    The military is investigating a number of deaths by accidental prescription drug overdose among Soldiers. Harry Smith speaks with Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker. Used with permission, courtesy of CBS "The Early Show". Direct link can be found at

  • Tripler's scenic view includes glimpse of military medicine's future

    Feb 20, 2008

    High above the shimmering Honolulu skyline flanked by Diamond Head crater in clear sight to the east, perhaps a more impressive view from the hospital atop Moanalua Ridge is inside an unassuming office on the sixth floor and offers a glimpse into the future of military medicine.

  • Secretary Geren at WRAMC Warrior Clinic

    Feb 20, 2008

    Secretary of the Army Geren at the opening of the new Warrior Clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

  • Warrior Transition Brigade Update

    Feb 20, 2008

    Spc. Bradley Buckland, a Warrior in Transition, describes how the WTB has affected his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Crystal Park reports.

  • TBI Task Force

    Feb 19, 2008

    Medical Editor, Col. Paul Little reports on the Army Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force working to better identify, treat, prevent and then care for Soldiers and their families.


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