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  • WHMC medic named one of the AF's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

    Disbelief. That's one of the feelings Senior Airman Linn Aubrey, a laboratory technician at the Lackland Blood Donor Center, remembers feeling when officials at Randolph AFB made an announcement on June 14. Airman Aubrey had been selected as one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of 2007. "I've never joined a club or volunteered for anything with the
  • Brooks Airman recognized with new AF Combat Action Medal

    A Brooks aeromedical evacuation instructor was among the first to receive the new Air Force Combat Action Medal in a ceremony presided over by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley at the Air Force Memorial June 13. Staff Sgt. Daniel Paxton, currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, received the award for his
  • 'Life skills' renamed 'mental health'

    All Air Force "life skills support centers" will be renamed "mental health clinics" effective immediately. After a poll of subject matter experts, first sergeants, command chief master sergeants and mental health patients, it was determined that the name "life skills" was confusing and did not appropriately reflect the mission of providing mental
  • Health Affairs secretary, AF/SG visit troops returning to Andrews

    The Honorable S. Ward Casscells, M.D., the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and Lt. Gen. James G. Roudebush, Air Force surgeon general, visited wounded troops returning from overseas to Andrews June 26. Dr. Casscells was given a brief tour of Malcolm Grow Medical Center's Aeromedical Staging Flight by Brig. Gen. Gar. S. Graham, the
  • Refractive surgery program policy changes

    Air Force officials have changed the policy to allow people applying for aviation and aviation-related jobs to have had LASIK surgery. The change became effective May 21. The change also removes the altitude and high-performance aircraft restrictions for people who have had LASIK. The decision to make these changes was based on studies that showed
  • Joint Commission awards Wilford Hall full accreditation

    Wilford Hall Medical Center was recently granted full accreditation from The Joint Commission for both their hospital and home health programs. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's
  • Ophthalmology Residency Program top in nation

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently ranked the Ophthalmology Residency Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center as one of the top residency programs in the nation. The ranking is based on high scores on an in-training ophthalmology exam called the Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program. The exam measures each resident's performance and
  • Health study uses data from war on terrorism

    When a landmark Defense Department-sponsored health study was launched six years ago, one of its goals was to evaluate the impact of future deployments on long-term health. The investigators did not know how timely the project would be. Today, the Millennium Cohort Study has enrolled tens of thousands of participants who have deployed in support of
  • Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Dougherty ends 27-year career

    The driving force behind Keesler Medical Center's dramatic recovery from the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina retired from the Air Force June 8. Brig. Gen. (Dr.) James Dougherty, 81st Medical Group commander, was honored during a formal retirement ceremony in front of Keesler Medical Center after 27 years of service. Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Charles
  • Wilford Hall/BAMC graduate 260 healthcare professionals

    The San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium graduated 260 healthcare professionals in a ceremony June 8 at the University of Texas Health Science Center. One of the largest graduate medical education programs in the nation, SAUSHEC maintains a close partnership with San Antonio's University of Texas Health Science Center, Wilford