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  • This Month in AFMS History: February 2018 marks 75th anniversary of the first formal graduation of U.S. Air Force flight nurses

    Seventy-five years ago, on February 18, 1943, the School of Air Evacuation held its first formal flight nurse graduation. Organized at Bowman Field, Kentucky, on October 6, 1942, the school trained flight surgeons, flight nurses, and flight technicians to care for patients during aeromedical transport.
  • This Month in AFMS History: Lt Elsie Ott and the First Official Aeromedical Evacuation Flight

    In January 1943, 2nd Lt. Elsie S. Ott, a 29-year-old Army nurse with barely a year of military service, took on a mission to demonstrate the value and feasibility of aeromedical evacuation. Ott, serving in Karachi, in what was then India, was selected to escort five seriously ill patients from India to Walter Reed Hospital near Washington, DC.
  • 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: 60th anniversary of Lackland Air Force Base hospital dedication

    Sixty years ago, in November 1957, Lackland Air Force Base dedicated its new, nine-story, 500-bed hospital, making it the largest hospital in the Air Force.
  • This Month in AFMS History: Caribbean Air Command

    For more than 20 years, the Caribbean Air Command was one of the smallest Air Force Major Commands in terms of personnel and resources, although it effectively covered one of the largest geographical areas of operations in the world. Air Force Medical Service personnel were key players in the overall success of the mission and their legacy lives on.
  • This Month in AFMS History: Spotlighting Lt. Gen. Alexander “Rusty” Sloan

    Dr. Alexander “Rusty” Sloan never entertained the idea of becoming the Air Force Surgeon General. Throughout his career, Sloan even tried to avoid serving at the Pentagon; however, he excelled at every assignment, pushing him quickly up into the ranks and putting him on the path to becoming the 14th Air Force Surgeon General.
  • World War I and the beginnings of aviation medicine

    United States involvement in World War I began April 6, 1917. For the U.S. military, aviation medicine began in May 1917 when the U.S. Army appointed Lt. Col. (Dr.) Theodore C. Lyster, often called the father of aviation medicine, as the first service member dedicated to aviation-related medicine. Lyster’s assignment was to take charge of aviation work in the Surgeon General's Office.