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  • Prince Sultan Air Base conducts trauma response exercise

    On July 14, the 378th Expeditionary Medical Squadron conducted a trauma response exercise to practice its response, mitigation, treatment and evacuation of critically injured patients at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Bringing the fight to COVID-19: Creech conducts serology testing

    Photo Essay: Medical personnel from the Creech Medical Clinic and the 99th Medical Group conducted a blood draw for COVID-19 serology testing on July 7, 2020 at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, . The objective of serology testing is to determine if the test can identify personnel who had COVID-19 but were asymptomatic or not diagnosed, or if the saliva test is sufficient for evaluation. The results of these tests will serve as a metric for medical professionals to determine the percentage of the Creech population, who were infected by the virus and now have antibodies. Research from Joint Base Langley-Eustis suggests that swab tests have a sensitivity of 70-80% and that serology has a 98% sensitivity.
  • Air Force provider burnout - pouring from an empty cup

    Air Force medics are on the front lines against COVID-19, and maintaining their mental well-being is critical to keeping them in the fight. Delivering medical care in a pandemic or other crisis creates new mental health challenges, and makes existing challenges more serious. Medics should be aware of the increased risk to their well-being, and how it could affect their work caring for patients. One of the biggest risks for providers is burnout, or compassion fatigue.
  • Tigers redeploy amidst COVID-19

    Airmen assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron and the 79th Fighter Generation Squadron, also known as the “Tigers”, as well as other Team Shaw units, redeployed from U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, late May to early June.
  • Guarding the Gateway

    Spanning from donning facial coverings to new work locations at home station, the deployed environment is no different. The area of responsibility has adapted to meet the needs of the mission in an ever-changing expeditionary landscape. For the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group, adapting has meant bringing in Airmen to screen the service members seeking transit through Cargo City.
  • Prioritizing sleep vital as Airmen adjust to new normal

    The COVID-19 epidemic affects every aspect of life, but a full night’s sleep remains vital to overall health and function. Continued lack of sleep can be detrimental to an Airman’s job performance, their ability to fight off infections, and their overall readiness and wellbeing.
  • Rain, shine or pandemic: 99th MDSS supports Team Nellis

    Driving past a little girl holding her mom’s hand while clinching a doll, is nothing out of the ordinary. Taking a second glance, you realize everyone is wearing face masks and the little girl’s doll is no exception, it’s sporting one to match the fashionable outfit chosen for today. This surreal scene encapsulates how COVID-19 has affected the world’s current state and the new way of life it has created for future generations.
  • Air Force International Health Specialists bring experience to pandemic response

    International Health Specialists' experience in global health engagements proved important to support the Department of Defense’s relief efforts to state health care systems fighting COVID-19. The Ninth Air Force-led Task Force-Southeast provided defense support of civil authorities within Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, regions III and IV. The task force’s largest mission was delivering support to a COVID-19 alternate care site set up at Temple University in Philadelphia that served as an overflow medical facility. Several International Health Specialists brought experience in global health engagements to support the task force’s establishment and mission.
  • Remotely piloted aircraft crews maintain mission readiness during COVID-19

    COVID-19 cannot stop the dedicated Airmen who fly remotely piloted aircraft in support of global operations. COVID-19 has now increased health awareness for everyone, and RPA pilots are no exception.
  • How Recce Town’s Laboratory professionals are helping in the fight against COVID-19

    The impact that Recce Laboratory professionals provide to Beale and its communities cannot be understated, especially during a pandemic where rapid test results can directly impact the spread. It takes a lot to get an Airman trained in all of the functions within the Lab, said Tech. Sgt. Michael LaMonica, 9th Healthcare Operations Squadron (HCOS) Diagnostics and Therapeutics flight chief.
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