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  • Operation Allied Force and Shining Hope: The making of the new expeditionary AFMS

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Air Force Medical Service’s involvement in Operation Allied Force and the humanitarian support in Operation Shining Hope, and the first deployment of the Air Force’s Expeditionary Medical Support System, or EMEDS.
  • BATDOK improves, tailors to deployed medical Airmen

    For more than three years, researchers with the Air Force Research Laboratory have continuously refined the Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit, or BATDOK, improving how combat medics deliver care in austere environments using an adaptable smartphone program.
  • Air Force hones skills with emerging infectious diseases training

    Exercise New Horizons 2018 is a joint military training exercise between the U.S. and Panama. During the exercise, U.S. Air Force doctors, public health specialists and other personnel collaborated with the Gorgas Institute at the University of Panama and the Panamanian Ministry of Health to conduct an emerging infectious disease training event.
  • Baltimore C-STARS partnership prepares Airmen for battlefield medicine

    Civilian partnerships are a vital readiness resource for the Air Force Medical Service, refreshing medics on trauma skills and taking lessons learned to deliver life-saving trauma care downrange. The Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills program in Baltimore, Maryland, prepares medical Airmen for deployment through immersive training at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
  • Canadian nurse partnered with USAF to save lives in Afghanistan

    Maj. Steven Pirie was assisting with brain surgery on a young Afghan girl at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, when the early alert siren went off. An enemy rocket was closing in.Pirie, a Canadian Armed Forces nurse, and the neurosurgeon he was assisting, had to choose a course of action. They could move into a bombproof shelter, lie prone on the
  • EMEDS Training at Exercise Maroon Surge

    To project forward medical capability into deployed settings, the Air Force uses Expeditionary Medical Support System.
  • Readiness, trauma at heart of C-STARS Baltimore partnership

    The Air Force Medical Service partners with civilian trauma centers to provide additional opportunities for Air Force medics to maintain readiness and clinical currency on skills needed during deployment. One such partnership is with the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland, through the Center for the Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills.
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