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AFMS recognizes Biomedical Sciences Corps Week

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  • Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs
The Air Force is recognizing the achievements of the men and women who comprise the Biomedical Sciences Corps by designating Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, 2019, as BSC Week.

The roots of the BSC date to 1917, when the Army established the Army Sanitary Corps to combat infectious diseases. The Army Medical Administrative Corps followed three years later. In 1949, the Air Force Medical Service was officially established and continued to expand over the next two decades. In 1965, the BSC was born. Since then, the BSC continued to expand its range of personnel to include a wide variety of medically-trained professionals.

The BSC mission is to provide full-spectrum Allied Health support to optimize all we serve. With more than 2,400 officers supported by 1,000 civilians and 5,800 enlisted members encompassing 16 distinct professions, the BSC is one of the most diverse corps in the Air Force Medical Service. Generated from their breadth of expertise, the BSC motto is, “Proud to be…BSC!”

The BSC includes physical therapists, optometrists, podiatric surgeons, physician assistants, audiologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, aerospace and operational physiologists, dietitians, bioenvironmental engineers, public health officers, medical entomologists, pharmacists, biomedical laboratory officers, and health and medical physicists. BSC officers also serve at every level of medical command within our military treatment facilities, major commands and forward operating agencies. Additionally, the BSC is heavily invested in research and a host of other vital roles to meet the demands of the Air Force mission.

Please join the Air Force in celebrating BSC Week and recognizing the contributions of these outstanding professionals who dedicate their careers to delivering trusted care, and improving the health and lethality of our most vital resource, the human weapon system.