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  • This Month in AFMS History: 75th Anniversary of the first body armor suits delivered to Eighth Air Force

    During World War II, small fragments of high-explosive shells traveling at relatively low velocities caused the majority of bomber air and ground crew casualties.
  • Malcolm Grow legacy still strong in Air Force medicine

    A pioneer in flight medicine, Malcolm Grow was a strong proponent of an independent Air Force Medical Service. He was the first Air Force Surgeon General, when the AFMS came into existence in 1949. Grow was a pioneer of military medicine, and one of the earliest and most effective advocates for moving medicine out of the clinical, textbook setting, and responding to the real needs of warfighters.
  • This Month in AFMS History: Malcolm Grow and the 1934 Alaskan Flight

    Before Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Malcolm C. Grow became the first surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force, he was already well-known for his medical activities.  Grow was a recognized leader in creating unique equipment, such as armored vests and electric gloves, to help the flyers during World War II.  He was most influential in the establishment of an
  • Creation of the first Central Medical Establishment in World War II

    In the early days of World War II, Eighth Air Force Surgeon, Col. Malcolm C. Grow, grew concerned about the mental and physical well-being of aircrews within the command. To address these concerns, he first created a ‘Care of the Flyer’ section on his staff. Shortly thereafter, with the help of Col. Harry G. Armstrong, Grow stood up a medical research, development, and training facility in Great Britain to study additional ways to keep flyers in the air, eventually called the first Central Medical Establishment.
  • Trusted Care: Duty to Speak Up to Make a Difference

    An elderly patient came to the Emergent Care Center  at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center on Joint Base Andrews.  She complained that she could not take off her rings and her finger was very swollen. This patient, who had recently buried her husband who was a WWII POW vet, said she started wearing one of his rings in memory of him, in
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