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  • Transition Spotlight: Col. Beatrice Dolihite, Keesler AFB

    The 81st Medical Group at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, transitioned to the Defense Health Agency on October 1, 2018, one of the first military treatment facilities to transfer to DHA management. The U.S. Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs Office spoke with Col. Beatrice Dolihite, the 81st MDG director and service commander to reflect on her experience as the commander of one of the first MTFs to move to DHA. Dolihite also offered some advice for other commanders and medical Airmen as their MTFs prepare for the transition.
  • SAIGE Military Meritorious Service Award winner fosters resilience, culture

    Mooneyham is proud of her Native American heritage which taught her resilience and enabled her to win the 2019 Society of American Indian Government Employees Military Meritorious Service Award for her dedicated work in her community as well as supporting the Defense Department mission.
  • Robotic surgery training takes on 100th surgical team

    The Institute for Defense Robotic Surgical Education program celebrated a significant milestone, training the 100th team on robotic surgery at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, on July 23. This milestone is significant for Keesler’s InDORSE program, showing how far the curriculum has come since the program first stood up in March 2017 with just one robot. Now, InDORSE has acquired a second robot, allowing them to train more military surgical teams across the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA).
  • Keesler sees efficiencies, improved care under Defense Health Agency

    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Ronald J. Place, Defense Health Agency (DHA), Director for the National Capital Region Medical Directorate, visited Keesler Medical Center, Feb 12-13.
  • 81st Training Wing

    The 81st Training Wing is in a constant state of transition. It is comprised of several Wing staff agencies and three large groups of squadrons. The groups are: the 81st Training Group, the 81st Medical Group, and the 81st Mission Support Group.
  • Virtual training platform maintains, improves military surgeon’s skills

    It is vital for medical Airmen to continuously maintain and improve their skills. To access more training opportunities, military surgeons are looking to virtual training platforms. The Air Force is working with sister services to study a virtual training platform called Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills, or C-SATS. C-SATS provides specialized training for surgeons to further improve their specialized skills.
  • Robotics key to medical Airmen recruitment, retention, readiness

    With surgical robots becoming the standard of care across many specialties, the Air Force Medical Service is keeping up with the latest advancements to provide the best patient care and maintain Airman readiness.
  • Keesler Mammography Clinic raises the bar for patient care

    With the high rate of breast cancer, the mammography clinic at Keesler Medical Center set out to earn the Breast Center of Excellence certification, the first and only in the Air Force.
  • AFNORTH wraps up EMEDS exercise

    Air Forces Northern Surgeon General’s office members wrapped up their evaluation of an Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS) confirmation field exercise, April 20.
  • AFNORTH surgeon general team evaluates DSCA medical response capabilities

    Two members of Air Forces Northern’s Surgeon General’s office are watching months of their planning efforts unfold here during an Expeditionary Medical Support confirmation field exercise, April 16-21, as they evaluate the 81st Medical Group’s response to simulated tornado aftermath.
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