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  • Growing Air Force’s space medicine culture

    As space continues to play an increasingly critical role in our nation’s defense, the need for the space medicine specialty grows. Medical Airmen within U.S. Air Force Space Command are making sure space operators are ready for future readiness requirements. “Space is no longer a neutral, docile domain,” said Col. Walter “Sparky” Matthews, AFSPC Command Surgeon. “It has become a contested environment where many state and non-state actors actively seek to disrupt U.S. space capability.”
  • This Month in AFMS History: First Space Medicine Symposium

    On November 12, 1948, Air Force Brig. Gen. Harry Armstrong, commandant of the School of Aviation at Randolph Field, Texas, convened the first Air Force symposium on space medicine.
  • This Month in AFMS History – February 2017 – Establishment of Department of Space Medicine at USAFSAM

    In 1949, the AFMS began to develop its skills in space medicine, when Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Harry G. Armstrong, the second USAF Surgeon General, inaugurated a program of Air Force medical support to manned space exploration.  On February 9, 1949, General Armstrong established the Department of Space Medicine within the U.S. Air Force School of Aviation
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