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International Health Specialists

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The International Health Specialist Program, established in 2000 by former Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Paul K Carlton Jr., extends the operational reach of the Joint Forces. This cadre of health professionals bring diversified international skills and knowledge of military and civilian health disciplines to full time advisor roles within Combatant Commands, Major Commands and Air Force Component Commands in support of Global Health Engagement strategies.

There are more than 300 Air Force International Health Specialists at military treatment facilities around the globe, ready to respond to global health engagement assignments, humanitarian assistance operations and major disasters.

Vision: To be the DoD’s go-to global health resource.

Mission: To optimally shape conditions through health-related opportunities that align with the National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, and National Military Strategy as expressed in CCMD campaign plans throughout all phases of conflict.

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Telephone: 703-681-8128

DSN: 312-761-8128

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Celebrating 20 years of IHS

The International Health Specialist Program has led global health engagements for the past 20 years. The capabilities developed during these engagements continue to be utilized in real world scenarios.

Please view the videos below for more information.

Airmen helping Airmen: Suicide Prevention
432nd Wing Public Affairs
Video by Master Sgt. Lisa Carlson
Sept. 14, 2017 | 0:45
In support of National Suicide Prevention Week and Month, Airmen from Creech AFB, Nev., 14 Sept 2017, show their wingmanship for the cause. More