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  • 633rd MDG pilots new COVID surveillance testing procedure

    Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, health care professionals have had to find ways to maintain access to medical care and adopt emerging technologies quickly. The 633rd Medical Group at Joint Base Langley-Eustis has led the way for the Air Force, piloting a variety of new lab tests that are helping the military keep its total force safe and prepare for the flu season. The latest of these pilots is known as Sentinel Surveillance testing, and it provides bases the capability to identify undiagnosed prevalence of COVID-19 in asymptomatic base populations.
  • Dover AFB first in AMC to host new medical exercise

    Dover AFB is the first Air Mobility Command base to conduct Readiness Exercises and Assessments in a Goal-oriented Learning Environment (Ready EAGLE) since the COVID-19 outbreak Oct. 8-9, 2020.
  • Operation Warp Speed makes swift progress

    Unprecedented progress has been made recently on Operation Warp Speed - the effort by the Defense Department, Health and Human Services, other federal agencies and private industry to develop a coronavirus vaccine, an HHS official said Oct. 9.
  • AFICC increases COVID-19 testing capabilities at 42 medical centers

    A new $33 million contract, awarded by the Air Force Installation Contracting Center’s 773rd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, is increasing COVID-19 testing at 42 military treatment facilities. The contract, awarded Sept. 30 to BioDefense LLC of Salt Lake City, enables the firm to triple its manufacturing capacity of coronavirus tests and ensures timely delivery of test panels to meet the Air Force demand of 7,000 tests per week.
  • AFMC begins phased COVID-19 surveillance testing

    Air Force Materiel Command began a phased roll-out of COVID-19 surveillance testing Oct. 1, 2020.
  • Air Force lab surpasses 130K COVID-19 tests in 6 months

    This number equates to about 17% of all samples of COVID-19 that have been tested across the Department of Defense. And as the demand fluctuated and continues, laboratory personnel remain agile.
  • Air Force continues combat patient evac amidst pandemic

    Air Force aeromedical evacuation delivers lifesaving global patient movement, and even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains a no-fail mission for warfighters in a combat zone. Patients with either suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses are safely transported via the Transport Isolation System and the Negatively Pressurized Conex. These systems have been specifically designed to transport patients with highly infectious diseases while limiting potential exposure and spread to the aircrews.
  • COVID-19 amplifies importance of Trusted Care culture

    Preparing for the unexpected has long been an essential part of the military ethos. While you can never fully prepare for something like a global pandemic, the best alternative is having a culture in place that empowers your team to adapt and respond to heightened uncertainty. For Air Force Medicine, this is the Trusted Care culture.
  • Air Force partners in medical logistics to support US

    The Air Force is working with civilian partners and sister services to ensure personal protective equipment and other pandemic-related supplies are delivered wherever they are needed, whether to military treatment facilities or civilian hospitals. In early April, the Air Force stood up its first master ordering facility based out of Port San Antonio, Texas, to streamline supply processes.
  • COVID-19 patients can give back

    With flu season fast approaching and no approved vaccine developed for COVID-19, supplies of life-saving measures such as blood and plasma are being put under strain. To help hold back the tide, the Defense Department has established a goal of obtaining 10,000 units of donated COVID-19 convalescent plasma by Sept. 30, 2020, to combat the potential rise in cases.
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