• “Truly an honor.”: SOST member recognized as Air Force OAY

    U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brandon Blake, a special operations surgical team member assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, is set to be recognized as one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year at the 2022 Air, Space & Cyber Conference Sep. 19-21.

  • For many nurses, saving lives means risking their own

    Nurses in the Military Health System understand that providing care may mean risking their own lives. On July 10, 2007, Army Capt. Maria Ortiz died in Iraq, marking the first time since the Vietnam War a military nurse had been killed in combat.

  • SOST members earn Bronze Star Medals

    The brightly lit, inviting atrium of UAB Hospital is a far cry from the two room, concrete-walled farmhouse in the Middle East where the United States Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team, based out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, deployed in 2016. During their four-month tour at

  • Portraits in Courage: SOST

    While deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, this Special Operations Surgical Team (SOST) provided care for more than 750 patients, managed 19 mass casualty events, performed 16 life-saving surgeries, and cared for casualties exposed to chemical weapons.The team moved by ground convoy