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  • Air Force transitions all U.S. military treatment facilities to DHA administration and management

    This October, U.S.-based Air Force military treatment facilities transferred administration and management to the Defense Health Agency. Congress directed this transfer in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Establishing an integrated Military Health System will standardize health care delivery and business operations across all military treatment facilities.
  • 366th MTF leads the way teaching Tactical Combat Casualty Care

    The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Tactical Combat Casualty Care course was adopted by the 366th Medical Treatment Facility, Mountain Home Air Force Base medics, back in February 2019. It was then adapted into a condensed version that has since become the standard medical course for all Airmen in the 366th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command and the Defense Health Agency.
  • 319th Medical Group to reorganize base clinic

    Grand Forks Air Force Base’s Medical Group is preparing to reorganize the base clinic into two separate squadrons to simultaneously focus on medically-ready warfighters and providing world-class care to beneficiaries.
  • Shaw medical squadron redesignates, appoints new commander

    The 20th Fighter Wing Medical Operations Squadron became the 20th Healthcare Operations Squadron during a change of command and redesignation ceremony, June 21, 2019.
  • Virtual training platform maintains, improves military surgeon’s skills

    It is vital for medical Airmen to continuously maintain and improve their skills. To access more training opportunities, military surgeons are looking to virtual training platforms. The Air Force is working with sister services to study a virtual training platform called Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills, or C-SATS. C-SATS provides specialized training for surgeons to further improve their specialized skills.
  • Mental health providers, leadership partner for deployment resiliency, readiness

    Deployed mental health providers work closely with leadership to help maintain warfighter resiliency and readiness. Service members are away from their usual support systems during deployment, and because the environment and stress puts them in unusual situations, they require innovative and flexible forms of mental health care.
  • Deploying mental health care downrange

    Deployed mental health providers play a vital role in delivering medical care downrange, ensuring the health of the warfighter and the mission. Even though service members who deploy are medically ready, both physically and mentally, the rigors of deployment can take a toll.
  • USAFSAM readies operational mental health care providers

    The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine has set up Air Force’s first operational training program for embedded mental health care providers and technicians, preparing them to join Integrated Operational Support teams. Since May, Air Force mental health care providers, technicians and social workers going into IOS positions can receive specialized training at USAFSAM, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The goal is to provide the skills needed to support the squadron and their commander.
  • Robotics key to medical Airmen recruitment, retention, readiness

    With surgical robots becoming the standard of care across many specialties, the Air Force Medical Service is keeping up with the latest advancements to provide the best patient care and maintain Airman readiness. Robotics has been the standard for years in the private sector, especially in OB-GYN and urology,” said Maj. Joshua Tyler, director of robotics at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. “The Air Force is bringing those same advancements in surgical robotics and technology that we see in the private sector into the hands of our surgeons and operating room medics.” Access to surgical robotics can also help surgeons treat a higher volume of patients, which also improves readiness.
  • ANG medics maintain readiness with University of Kansas Health System

    Air National Guard Airmen are key to supporting Total Force readiness. Training agreements with civilian hospitals are vital to helping them achieve this support. The 190th Medical Group, part of the 190th Kansas Air National Guard Air Refueling Wing, has a partnership with The University of Kansas Health System to provide Airmen with opportunities to maintain currency.
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