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  • Air Force discusses future of medicine at annual workshop

    Leaders across the Air Force Medical Service met virtually and in-person for an annual Senior Leadership Workshop in Leesburg, Virginia, December 7-9, sharing ideas focused on recalibrating operational readiness.
  • Air Force Medical Service hosts innovation summit, prepares for future challenges

    Leaders across the Military Health System and partner federal agencies met for the inaugural Operational Air and Space Medical Innovation Alliance Summit on October 29.
  • 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.
  • Air Force adoption of water fluoridation in 1954 led to dental improvements

    On September 22, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force posted images to its social media page as part of a story about one of the crewmembers of Lt. Col. Charles “Deacon” Miller’s B-29, Deacon’s Disciples II, whose last flight in World War II set a record for the fastest non-stop trip from Hawaii to Washington, DC. As fate or social media algorithm would have it, a photo of a crewmember’s dental survey displayed first, in at least one instance, revealing the undeniable impact Air Force dentists and the push for fluoridation would have on preventive dental health care.
  • Medical readiness training through the pandemic

    The 59th Medical Readiness Training Center continues to provide the highest level of training for medics across the Air Force Medical Service prior to deployment as well as ensuring skills remain current.
  • Growing the Flowers family business: Longest-serving Airman promotes son to brigadier general

    U.S. Air Force promotions are significant moments in every Airman’s career, but for Brig. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers, Jr., Air Force Medical Service Manpower, Personnel and Resources director, his promotion also means continuing in the Flowers family business. On September 7, Flowers, Jr. pinned on his current rank by retired Maj. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers, Sr., who is the longest-serving Airman in U.S. Air Force history.
  • 16 years later; A look back at the AFMS response to Hurricane Katrina

    The Air Force Medical Service played a significant role in the federal response to the devastation wrecked upon the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005 and her successor, Rita, three weeks later.
  • AFMS Readiness and the Korean War

    Each year on July 27th we recognize National Korean War Armistice Day, which marks the anniversary of the day in 1953 when hostilities during the Korean War came to an end. This provides a timely occasion for the Air Force Medical Service to reflect upon the challenges of readiness in the face of unexpected major operations.
  • The Hawley Board and the establishment of the Air Force Medical Service

    The Air Force Medical Service celebrates its 72nd birthday on July 1 thanks in part to the “Hawley Board” and the “Hoover Commission,” the earliest joint panels that advocated for greater centralization within the Military Health System while also providing venues for ideas in favor of a separate medical service.
  • Nurse and Tech Week: Battle-tested and ready

    This time last year, as the world was trying to wrap its head around an unknown and unforgiving new enemy, Air Force nurses and medical technicians found themselves on the front lines of COVID-19. This week, the Air Force Medical Service recognizes the continued contribution, sacrifice and dedication of its nurses and technicians. These Airmen continue to raise the bar on what it means to serve as an Air Force medic.