• This Month in AFMS History: Operation Christmas Kidlift

    In mid-December 1950, Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Russell Blaisdell knew the deadly fate his orphans faced. When North Korean troops overran the South Korean capital in June 1950, it was widely reported that the North Korean army indiscriminately killed civilian men, women and children. Now, the

  • This month in AFMS history: The birth of flight medicine

    In 1917 Lt. Col. (Dr.) Theodore C. Lyster was appointed the first chief surgeon of the aviation service of the U.S. Army, and flight medicine was born. Through his work, Lyster brought awareness to the unique physiological issues affecting pilots. Considering the high pilot death rate of the time,