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International Health Specialists

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The International Health Specialist Program, established in 2000 by former U.S. 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.

“We rely on Airmen... with language skills, cultural awareness, and keen political-military understanding to build relationships and represent us.”

– Kaleth O. Wright, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

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 to learn more.

Video by Spc. S Maloney
Task Force-Southeast Surgeon General and Public Health
Defense Department Support to FEMA COVID-19
May 2, 2020 | 2:34
Members of the Task Force-Southeast (TF-SE) Surgeon General and Public health team explain their mission and purpose at TF-SE, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 30, 2020. TF-SE provides defense support to civil authorities in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regions III and IV on behalf of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 response. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to the FEMA to help communities in need. (U.S. Army Video by Spc. S Maloney)

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Email: usaf.pentagon.af-sg.mbx.ihs-program-office@mail.mil

Telephone: 703-681-8128

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