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Retired Air Force Col. Andrew Kowalski and Tech. Sgt. Durward Swanson, survivors of the 1941 attack on Hickam Field, attend the 15th Wing’s Remembrance Ceremony, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 2017. The 15th Wing sponsored the ceremony to remember the 76th anniversary of the attacks that claimed the lives of 189 Army Air Corps Airmen and civilians and injured 303 others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman) Honor, Salute, Remember: 15th Wing hosts December 7 Remembrance Ceremony
Seventy-six years after a date that will live in infamy, the 15th Wing hosted a December 7 Remembrance Ceremony in commemoration of the attack on Hickam Field, in 1941.
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From the first moments of the attack until the close of the day, Hickam's small new hospital, which had opened only a few weeks before, was the focal point of activity on the base. Medical memories from Dec. 7, 1941: Attack on Pearl Harbor
From the first moments of the attack until the close of the day, Hickam's small new hospital, which had opened only a few weeks before, was the focal point of activity on the base. Capt Frank H. Lane, the acting hospital commander, was an Army Air Forces flight surgeon who lived with his wife, Carmen, and their two sons in family housing located only a short distance from the Pearl Harbor boundary. He awoke shortly before 0800 that Sunday morning to take his family to church and had just finished dressing when he heard a loud explosion. His first thought was that one of the oil storage tanks on the hill just inland from Pearl Harbor had exploded. When he looked out the bedroom window, a cloud of black smoke in that direction seemed to confirm his guess.
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This Month in AFMS History: 60th anniversary of Lackland Air Force Base hospital dedication This Month in AFMS History: 60th anniversary of Lackland Air Force Base hospital dedication
Sixty years ago, in November 1957, Lackland Air Force Base dedicated its new, nine-story, 500-bed hospital, making it the largest hospital in the Air Force.
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Caribbean Air Command Emblem This Month in AFMS History: Caribbean Air Command
For more than 20 years, the Caribbean Air Command was one of the smallest Air Force Major Commands in terms of personnel and resources, although it effectively covered one of the largest geographical areas of operations in the world. Air Force Medical Service personnel were key players in the overall success of the mission and their legacy lives on.
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This month in AFMS history: Spotlighting Lt. Gen. Alexander “Rusty” Sloan This Month in AFMS History: Spotlighting Lt. Gen. Alexander “Rusty” Sloan
Dr. Alexander “Rusty” Sloan never entertained the idea of becoming the Air Force Surgeon General. Throughout his career, Sloan even tried to avoid serving at the Pentagon; however, he excelled at every assignment, pushing him quickly up into the ranks and putting him on the path to becoming the 14th Air Force Surgeon General.
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Portrait of Lt. Col. (Dr.) Theodore C. Lyster, Chief Surgeon, Aviation Section of the Signal Corps and often called the father of aviation medicine. World War I and the beginnings of aviation medicine
United States involvement in World War I began April 6, 1917. For the U.S. military, aviation medicine began in May 1917 when the U.S. Army appointed Lt. Col. (Dr.) Theodore C. Lyster, often called the father of aviation medicine, as the first service member dedicated to aviation-related medicine. Lyster’s assignment was to take charge of aviation work in the Surgeon General's Office.
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Maj. Malcolm C Grow, Flight Surgeon for the 1934 Alaskan Flight. This Month in AFMS History: Malcolm Grow and the 1934 Alaskan Flight
Before Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Malcolm C. Grow became the first surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force, he was already well-known for his medical activities.  Grow was a recognized leader in creating unique equipment, such as armored vests and electric gloves, to help the flyers during World War II.  He was most influential in the establishment of an
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A Member From The Personal Equipment Office Inspects The Oxygen Equipment Worn By A Pilot Of The 353rd Fighter Group, Based In England. 27 May 1945. Creation of the first Central Medical Establishment in World War II
In the early days of World War II, Eighth Air Force Surgeon, Col. Malcolm C. Grow, grew concerned about the mental and physical well-being of aircrews within the command. To address these concerns, he first created a ‘Care of the Flyer’ section on his staff. Shortly thereafter, with the help of Col. Harry G. Armstrong, Grow stood up a medical research, development, and training facility in Great Britain to study additional ways to keep flyers in the air, eventually called the first Central Medical Establishment.
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A team of emergency medical technicians carries a bombing victim to safety during the 27th Special Operations Medical Group’s Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo Aug. 9, 2017, at Melrose Air Force Range, New Mexico. Twenty-one teams from Air Force bases around the world visited MAFR and Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, to participate in the EMT Rodeo, giving the technicians a wide assortment of scenarios to test their knowledge and training in the medical field. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Dickens/Released) Eglin medical Airmen win emergency medic competition for the second year
A team of medical technicians from the 96th Medical Group won the Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico for the second consecutive year.
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Special Operations Surgical Team Portraits in Courage: SOST
While deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, this Special Operations Surgical Team (SOST) provided care for more than 750 patients, managed 19 mass casualty events, performed 16 life-saving surgeries, and cared for casualties exposed to chemical weapons.The team moved by ground convoy through unsecure territory to an abandoned residence
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