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Publio Gonzalez, a biologist with the Gorgas Institute, holds a bat in Meteti, Panama, June 6, 2018. Gonzalez and U.S. military doctors were participating in an Emerging Infectious Diseases Training Event, in which they received informational lectures from Panamanian infectious disease experts and field studies of possible virus-carrying wildlife and insects. The event took place during Exercise New Horizons 2018, which is a joint training exercise where U.S. military members conduct training in civil engineer, medical, and support services while benefiting the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen) Emerging infectious disease training event bolsters medical readiness
A team of U.S. military doctors, public health specialists and members of various other career fields participated in a week-long Emerging Infectious Diseases Training Event June 4-8, 2018, in Panama during the New Horizons 2018 humanitarian training exercise. The event, aimed at enhancing attendee cultural competencies and professional knowledge, consisted of briefings, lectures and a day of field study.
0 6/12
2018
Default Air Force Logo Airmen trust training, save child
It was chaotic. People were screaming. There was smoke coming out of the large sports utility vehicle that was smashed against a tree at the in front of a forest. A frantic woman clenching a child panics and cries for help near the vehicle. Miraculously, three Moody Airmen with life-saving medical knowledge were in the traffic the accident caused and rushed in to help. “I ran into the woods and on the ground was this young two-year-old, just laying in the wooded area, struggling to breathe,”
0 6/08
2018
377th MDG uses SIF 377th MDG uses Squadron Innovation Fund to improve quality of care for Airmen
In February 2018, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein announced that Air Force squadrons would receive funding to be used for Airmen-led innovations that increase readiness, reduce cost, return time back to Airmen or enhance lethality of the force. The Squadron Innovation Fund was designed to reduce resource barriers preventing ingenuity, according to Goldfein, and serve as seed money for squadron-level innovation initiatives.
0 6/07
2018
Staff Sgt. Laura Ibanez, 386th Expeditionary Medical Group public health technician, was one of 40 Airmen selected this year for the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program. NECP offers Airmen the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing at a college or university with an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment or a college or university with a "cross-town agreement." Applicants who are accepted are required to attend school year-round in a resident-based program for up to 24 consecutive calendar months, where they are required to complete classes, in-residence training, and ROTC requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz) 386th EMDG Airman accepted for Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program
Only 40 applicants were accepted into the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program this year. Staff Sgt. Laura Ibanez, 386th Expeditionary Medical Group public health technician, was one of them.
0 6/05
2018
Default Air Force Logo 386th ECES emergency management team responds to real-world HAZMAT material
The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management team responded to unknown chemicals in unmarked barrels, May 29 and 30, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
0 6/04
2018
Default Air Force Logo Embedded care teams work to improve Airman resiliency
For Airmen at the 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, stress is an occupational hazard. Pressing deadlines, a heavy workload and constant pressure are requirements of the mission. They are also one of a growing number of units combating those stressors with an embedded care initiative, known as an Airman Resiliency Team, which fully integrates medical and spiritual support teams into the unit.
0 5/15
2018
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: May 4
On this look around the Air Force, a C-130 Hercules crash is being investigated, medical Airmen get real world experience in Panama, and Air Mobility Command holds their biannual Phoenix Rally Summit.
0 5/04
2018
Master Sgt. Geoffrey VanDyck, 707th Force Support Squadron first sergeant, views an image of the tumor found on his auditory nerve. In May 2005, VanDyck was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, a noncancerous, normally slow growing tumor that develops on the main vestibular nerve that leads from the inner ear to the brain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Veronica Pierce) First Sergeant continues career after tumor, hearing loss
More than ten years ago, while stationed in Hawaii, Master Sgt. Geoffrey VanDyck, had the constant feeling of water in his ear. He knew something was wrong. Nothing seemed to relieve the feeling, so his medical provider sent him to an ear, nose and throat specialist. After an MRI, the cause of his pain and discomfort was found: a golf ball-sized tumor, an acoustic neuroma.
0 5/02
2018
The “High Bay” at the USAFSAM lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 25, 2018. The 711th Human Performance Wing trains new Critical Care Air Transport Team crew members using two C-130 and one C-17 training airframes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Richard Eldridge) Air Force ramps up flying ICU teams
When the U.S. military needs to transport critically injured patients by air, it calls on Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams. The Air Force is increasing CCATT capabilities to meet the needs of the warfighter.
0 5/01
2018
Lt. Col. Elizabeth Erickson (first row, second from right), a U.S. Air Force physician, poses for a photo with Afghan women healthcare providers and Staff Sgt. Sarah Saelens when she worked on the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team. The PRT worked closely with local healthcare providers to improve the health and wellbeing of Afghan women. (Courtesy photo) Female physician builds partnerships through Global Health Engagements
A career in the Air Force is often a truly global experience. For Lt. Col. Elizabeth Erickson, her experiences in military health outreach around the world allows her to build strong partnerships.
0 3/28
2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force releases 2018 enlisted to medical degree prep selections
The Air Force has selected eight enlisted Airmen to participate in the Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program, or EMDP2, beginning in July 2018.
0 3/26
2018
Maj. Linda Jones, U.S. Air Force Pediatric Medical Director with the 628th Medical Operations Squadron works with a patient in Nepal in July 2017. Jones is just one of the International Health Specialists (IHSs) supporting U.S. Pacific Command’s (PACAF) capacity-building efforts by providing medical, dental, optometry, and engineering assistance to their citizens. (U.S. Air Force photo) International health specialists employ unique skills to build medical capabilities with partner nations
Healthcare is a critical avenue to strengthen partnerships with U.S. allies around the globe. The Air Force International Health Specialist program takes highly trained Air Force health personnel with unique skill sets, and puts them in Global Health Engagements around the world. There, they share their experiences and work to improve the health infrastructure in their partner nation.
0 1/24
2018
Aeromedical Evacuation: Flying Ambulances Flying ambulances: Aeromedical evacuation
The morning starts early with an alert about four hours before takeoff. Members of the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron begin several mandatory tasks before boarding the aircraft. Nurses go over mission details, as medical technicians pack more than a thousand pounds of equipment on a flatbed that is ready to load onto the plane. They must take all their usual gear including bandages, intravenous fluid, regulators, defibrillators, suction units and various other pieces of medical equipment. They take these supplies partially as a precaution, as they don’t know what they may need to keep patients stable in the air above the Middle East.
0 1/11
2018
U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps Officer, Maj. Stephanie Proellochs (center), works with two of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s physical therapists in Bethesda, MD, Nov. 8, 2017. Kyla Dunlavey (right) and Alyssa Olsen (left) work with the rest of Proellochs’ medical team throughout her amputation recovery.  Proellochs was diagnosed with a metastatic tumor in her left foot in January 2017, which resulted in having her foot amputated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karina Luis) Living with an attitude of gratitude – An Airman’s story of resiliency (Part 3)
After only taking her first steps in November, Proellochs, a Medical Service Corps officer and recent amputee, was already thinking of how she would be able to run and eventually snowboard with her family.
0 1/11
2018
Default Air Force Logo AF releases results of CY17A medical, dental central selection boards
The Air Force has selected 556 active-duty officers for promotion to colonel, lieutenant colonel and major during the calendar year 17A Medical and Dental Corps central selection boards.
0 1/04
2018
Is there a medic onboard? Is there a medic onboard?
While returning from leave, an Osan Air Base Airman sprang into action, saving the life of a fellow passenger mid-flight, Nov. 11, 2017.
0 1/02
2018
Airman seeks to build a generation of lifesavers Airman seeks to build a generation of lifesavers
Senior Airman Selina N. Okyere has one goal in her life. “I’m trying to teach the whole nation (of Ghana) to know basic life-saving skills,” said Okyere.
0 11/28
2017
The 386th Expeditionary Medical Group, with support from the 386th Expeditionary Operation Group, expanded mental health services to Airmen at an undisclosed location supporting ongoing operations in Syria, Oct. 24 and 25. Mental health expands services, reaches more Airmen
The 386th Expeditionary Medical Group, with support from the 386th Expeditionary Operation Group, expanded mental health services recently to Airmen at an undisclosed location supporting ongoing operations in Syria.
0 11/09
2017
Default Air Force Logo Benefits Delivery at Discharge program redesigned for faster results
The Benefits Delivery at Discharge program was recently redesigned to allow most service members to receive disability benefit decisions the day after their discharge.
0 11/06
2017
A longshoreman guides a truck carrying cargo onto the USNS Brittin (T-AKR-305) Oct. 29, 2017, at Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station, S.C. Partnership enables JB Charleston sealift relief efforts to Puerto Rico
The first humanitarian relief supplies sealifted from Joint Base Charleston to Ponce, Puerto Rico departed Oct. 31, 2017. In the hours following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, JB Charleston C-17 Globemaster IIIs responded delivering more than 1,700 tons of aid, supplies and medical teams to affected areas. Although the C-17’s have the ability to get to austere locations quickly, the amount of cargo it can carry is limited.
0 11/02
2017
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