• 6th MDG advancing medical readiness training with augmented reality

    Manikin-based training is currently the mainstay of military medical readiness training, however, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed some limitations to large-scale in-person training during times of social distancing. The introduction of augmented reality training increases the availability of

  • Reducing the stigma and encouraging mental health care in the military

    In the military, the stigma of mental health is grounded in the cultural misperception that a service member must have "zero defects" to be mission ready.While the Department of Defense strives to identify and eliminate barriers to care that service members face regarding mental health treatment,

  • Military medicine heroes recognized for COVID-19 pandemic response

    The COVID-19 pandemic will have a lifetime impact on how military medicine is conducted, Defense Health Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place told the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) for the Advancement of Military Medicine "Heroes of Military Medicine" awards ceremony May 6, in

  • Decide + Be Ready, supporting today’s modern service woman

    The average woman has a vast array of contraceptive options available to her and her partner. However, for our service women, who are often in unique military environments, contraceptive options may not feel as plentiful. Enter Decide + Be Ready, an evidence-based mobile app that was developed to

  • DOD experts explain: The science behind the COVID-19 vaccines

    Almost six weeks after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for the first two COVID-19 vaccines, many questions have arisen concerning their efficacy in attacking the SARS-CoV-2 virus and deadly COVID-19 disease.To better understand how COVID-19 vaccines work, MHS

  • DOD vaccinating personnel worldwide against COVID-19

    A little more than a month after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines Dec. 12 and Dec. 17, respectively, vaccines have been increasingly and successfully distributed and administered to Department of Defense

  • DOD medical officials outline COVID-19 testing approach

    Though the rate of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among those in uniform is lower than that of the nation's civilian population, the most junior service members have a slightly higher rate than that of their civilian counterparts, the medical advisor to the Defense Department's coronavirus task

  • DHA selects first female AFMES director

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Alice Briones, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System deputy director, has been named director of AFMES, effective February 21, 2020, making Briones the first female director.

  • Air Force Surgeon General, medical enlisted force chief visit Hill AFB

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, and Chief Master Sgt. G. Steve Cum, Chief, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps Chief, visited Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Feb. 11-13, to get a better understanding of the base’s 75th Medical Group and the missions it serves.

  • DoD to restructure 50 hospitals, clinics to improve readiness

    The Department of Defense today announced plans to restructure 50 military hospitals and clinics to better support wartime readiness of military personnel and to improve clinical training for medical forces who deploy in support of combat operations around the world.

  • Coronavirus: What providers, patients should know

    With news of the contagious and potentially deadly illness known as novel coronavirus grabbing headlines worldwide, military health officials say that an informed, common sense approach minimizes the chances of getting sick.

  • Transition Spotlight: Maj. Nicole Ward and Capt. Matthew Muncey (Part 2)

    The U.S. Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs Office spoke with two Airmen deeply involved with the process of standing up DHA’s new capabilities to manage MTFs, ensuring this process is as smooth as possible for personnel and patients. Maj. Nicole “Nikki” Ward and Capt. Matthew “MC” Muncey are

  • Virtual care: Trusted care anytime, anywhere

    In the middle of Nebraska at a missile alert facility, an Airman gets a fever and needs to see a doctor but the Airman’s options are limited until now. Maj. Michael Vernale, 90th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, mental health flight commander, in partnership with the 90th Missile Wing