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  • Top Air Force enlisted medic retiring after three decades, praises Airmen

    For the past three years, Chief Master Sgt. G. “Steve” Cum has served as the Chief, Medical Enlisted Force, bringing with him three decades of Air Force service, leadership, and dedication to the success of the 34,000 enlisted medical Airmen and the Air Force Medical Service.
  • DoD launches effort to collect 8,000 units of COVID-19 convalescent plasma

    Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may hold treatment in their veins that could help others who are critically ill with the respiratory infection.
  • Air Force Surgeon General authorizes 5-year shaving waivers

    In a memorandum dated June 18, 2020, Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg authorized five-year shaving waivers for Air and Space Professionals diagnosed with Pseudo Folliculitis Barbae, effective immediately. Driven by feedback from the field, the change is intended to provide more time for skin to heal and prevent recurrence.
  • A passion for helping and leading: Nurse leads Air Force Medical Service

    A profession that faces disease and trauma and requires long hours on their feet may deter some, but for nurses, this profession was chosen to serve and ensure the health of those who live in their communities.
  • Nurse and tech week: Heroes among us

    Air Force nurses and medical technicians are answering our nation’s call, and now more than ever, during this pandemic, we know they are heroes one and all.
  • Airmen must resist complacency, adhere to social distancing guidelines

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. One-in-five cases in the U.S. requiring hospitalization are people between the ages of 20 and 44. A portion of Department of Defense cases are in the hospital. All Airmen are vulnerable, and overcoming this threat requires our entire Air Force working together. Airmen must do everything possible to protect themselves, others in their local community, and their Wingmen.
  • An AFMS look back at March 2020

    This month’s photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting the Air Force medical mission.
  • The Air Force is protecting Airmen while protecting the nation

    How do you stand “shoulder to shoulder” in a time of COVID-19? For the United States Air and Space Forces, and indeed the entire United States military, this is no small question. It is so pressing, in fact, that the Air Force’s medical staff, in collaboration with experts nationwide, have been working nearly around the clock to answer it. It’s not hard to understand why.
  • USAF medics maintain proficiency through practice, persistence & partnerships

    The Air Force accomplished an unprecedented mission in August 2019 when medics from across the force came together for an 8,000 mile, non-stop evacuation of a critically injured Soldier. With a C-17 Globemaster III crew and refueling aircraft positioned along the way, 18 medics, including a Critical Care Air Transport Team, moved the patient direct from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. At every stage and under strenuous conditions, Airmen delivered exceptional care to save a life. While the length of this mission was challenging and unprecedented, this is the type of mission the Air Force prepares to execute every day, delivering ready medical support to operational forces. Air Force medics stay ready to answer that call and “fight tonight” by maintaining clinical currency and proficiency through treating patients and readiness training.
  • Air Force Surgeon General briefs Congress on value of military medicine

    Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, testified Thursday, March 5, before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense at a hearing on Defense Health Program funding.
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