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  • Department of the Air Force remains focused on suicide prevention

    In 2019, the Department of the Air Force suicide count and rate were the highest in recent history.
  • Women leaders say military health care offers limitless opportunities

    Formal mentoring programs exist for women in the military, but the need for ad hoc networking, personal communication, and informal mentoring still appear to be the strongest threads among female military health care professionals. During National Women's Month, we highlight some of these leaders' opinions.
  • ARNORTH to oversee military vaccination support to FEMA at five new locations

    At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approximately 860 Department of Defense military medical and support personnel deployed to Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia, and will deploy to Indiana and Missouri, to support state-run, federally supported Community Vaccination Centers. U.S. Army North, the Joint Force Land Component Command of U.S. Northern Command, will oversee the multi-service military COVID-19 response operation in support of the states and the federal vaccination pilot.
  • Entire force may be vaccinated for COVID-19 by early summer

    Depending on the rate at which the Defense Department can get vaccines, and the uptake rate, it's possible that by early summer, every person in the DOD could be vaccinated, the director of the Defense Health Agency said.
  • Respiratory care practitioner career field named 2021 Chief Richard L. Etchberger Team of The Year

    This year, the 2021 Chief Richard L. Etchberger award has been granted to the Air Force respiratory care practitioner career field for the incredible achievements made by the enlisted Airmen. The Department of the Air Force award, named after Medal of Honor recipient Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger, recognizes the selfless service of Airmen in an enlisted career field. This year, respiratory care practitioners are being recognized for their dedication, innovation and critical action amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Air Force dedicated to successful transition of medical facilities to Defense Health Agency

    The Air Force Medical Service remains dedicated to the successful transition of military treatment facilities to the Defense Health Agency, working in partnership with them and sister services.
  • Nothing can stop an IDMT

    The Air Force is full of medical specialists who dedicate their lives to one specific aspect of care in order to ensure the well-being of service members and their families. There is one medical career field, however, that really does it all: that of an Independent Duty Medical Technician.
  • When two worlds collide

    On Feb. 6, 2021, Senior Airman Louis Shackelford’s civilian and military worlds collided.
  • Top Defense official calls military's COVID effort 'phenomenal'

    Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks praised the military's work in both the mission to protect DOD people and readiness, and the mission to support federal, state and local officials.
  • Deployed Flight Surgeon returns to 332nd AEW amidst COVID-19 response

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Russell Tontz, the oldest of 10 siblings, finds his way to the wing through a circuitous route.