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  • Critically ill COVID patient delivers baby while on heart-lung bypass

    A Marine Corps spouse and mother of five was 28 weeks pregnant when she caught a “mild case” of COVID-19 in June 2021. Ashley Savidge Hernandez felt tired but wasn’t too concerned until she began to have trouble catching her breath. Alarmed for their baby, retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hernandez drove his wife to Brooke Army Medical Center’s emergency room just to be safe. Ashley had no idea she and her baby were about to embark on a month-long battle for their survival.
  • DAF authorizes pass for COVID booster

    “We strongly encourage all Airmen, Guardians, and DAF federal employees to receive a booster. As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, we need to do everything possible to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities—that means getting a booster,” said Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones.
  • At the forefront: 137th AES commander reflects on lessons learned during major wartime, disaster and pandemic aeromedical responses

    Col. Darcy Tate was the first woman in her family to join the Air Force, enlisting in the Air National Guard in 1988. Since then, her career has taken her to the forefront of some of the most major military and aeromedical response events in recent U.S. history. She is now one of two women who are commanders at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base. Her time at the base and in the military showed her the potential she had to succeed in a career she loved, and now she can support others in doing the same.
  • DAF processes religious accommodations requests

    Each request is individually reviewed by Religious Resolution Teams at the wing, garrison, major command and field command levels, which are made up of chaplains, medical providers, judge advocates, and other subject matter experts.
  • NY National Guard sends 120 troops to fill gaps in long term care staffing

    The New York National Guard has deployed 120 Army medics and Air Force medical technicians to 12 nursing homes and long term care facilities located across the state to help ease staffing shortages. The mission was directed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul and announced on Dec. 1, 2021.
  • COVID-19 booster shots: Check your eligibility

    Are you wondering if you’re eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot? The answer is yes, if you’re age 18 or older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots as further described below.
  • Department of the Air Force releases COVID-19 policy

    The Department of the Air Force released its policy today outlining the way forward for Total Force military members serving in the Air Force and Space Force who have requested separation or retirement prior to Nov. 2, 2021, or whose COVID-19 medical exemption or religious accommodation was denied.
  • Department of the Air Force reaches 95% Total Force vaccination rate

    This final deadline for Department of the Air Force service members to be fully vaccinated resulted in more than 95% of the total force having at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
  • ARNORTH military hospital support to FEMA begins in Colorado, Minnesota, expands in Montana

    At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approximately 100 military medical personnel will deploy in five, 20-person teams- one team to Colorado, two teams to Montana and two teams to Minnesota- to support civilian healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients in local hospitals.
  • Air Force Medical Service demonstrates reliable trifecta supporting patients, nation, world

    When most people think of the Air Force Medical Service they probably imagine staff in the various clinics at the local military treatment facility, and they would be correct. Whether working behind the glass barrier of the pharmacy, the private room of the mental health clinic, or in the lab, medics take care of the vital mission of keeping beneficiaries healthy and service members ready. However, there is much more Air Force medics do.