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Introduction

This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the 75th anniversary of the School of Air Evacuation, marking a century of commitment to preparing medical Airmen to meet and exceed readiness requirements.

Caring for service members, from difficult and austere environments to higher levels of care, is possible due to the continued advancements in aerospace medicine and the dedication of Airmen trained to deliver that care.

Since the beginning, USAFSAM has been a leading training platform, ensuring a ready medical force, improving en route care capabilities, and revolutionizing battlefield medicine.

Read about the school's contribution to Air Force Medicine in the following articles.

History

  • 100th anniversary of first flight surgeon school

    100th anniversary of first flight surgeon school

    On May 8, 1918, U.S. Army Aviation Branch, Col. Theodore Lyster created the first ever course for flight surgeons, at the Medical Research Laboratory, Hazelhurst Field, New York. Learn more.

  • The evolution of aeromedical evacuation capabilities help deployed medicine take flight

    The evolution of aeromedical evacuation capabilities help deployed medicine take flight

    The Air Force’s Aeromedical Evacuation system has been a staple of evacuating and transporting wartime casualties since World War II. Learn more.

  • The “Cadillac of medevac”: The C9A’s lasting mark on the aeromedical evacuation system

    The “Cadillac of medevac”: The C9A’s lasting mark on the aeromedical evacuation system

    Making its debut in August of 1968, the C-9A was the U.S. Air Force’s first specially designed aeromedical evacuation aircraft. Learn more.

  • February 2018 marks 75th anniversary of the first formal graduation of U.S. Air Force flight nurses

    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. Learn more.

Training

  • Air Force ramps up flying ICU teams

    Air Force ramps up flying ICU teams

    When the U.S. military needs to transport critically injured patients by air, it calls on Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams. The Air Force is increasing CCATT capabilities to meet the needs of the warfighter. Learn more.

  • Care in the air: Teams deliver patient care in challenging environments

    Care in the air: Teams deliver patient care in challenging environments

    The back of an aircraft is a challenging place to deliver medical care. For Air Force medical crews, treating patients in the air is just part of the job. Learn more.

  • Care in the air: USAFSAM’s Flight Nurse and Aeromedical Evacuation Technician Course grounded in reality

    Care in the air: USAFSAM’s Flight Nurse and Aeromedical Evacuation Technician Course grounded in reality

    On Jan 29, 2018, the situation aboard a C-130H, configured for Aeromedical Evacuation, was uneventful. Learn more.

  • USAFSAM brings BLAST live to train leaders

    USAFSAM brings BLAST live to train leaders

    USAFSAM offers AFMS mid-level leaders a new Basic Leader Airman Skills Training course to empower the total force with the skills needed to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered care. Learn more.

Innovation

  • USAFSAM, 88 FSS first in DOD to use injury and human performance prediction equipment

    USAFSAM, 88 FSS first in DOD to use injury and human performance prediction equipment

    USAFSAM is the first research facility in the DoD to use new Dynamic Athletic Research Institute 3D biomarkerless technology to predict injuries before they happen. Learn more.

  • Air Force supports improved method for transporting traumatic brain injury patients

    Air Force supports improved method for transporting traumatic brain injury patients

    Scientists with USAFSAM are playing an important part in the testing and evaluation of a novel aeromedical evacuation stretcher. Learn more.

  • Directed energy weapons research a new frontier for Air Force Medicine

    Directed energy weapons research a new frontier for Air Force Medicine

    The rise of directed energy weapons is creating a need to understand the medical effects of these weapons, and medical researchers are studying these questions. Learn more.

  • Health assessments ensure F-35 crew chiefs are fit to fight

    Health assessments ensure F-35 crew chiefs are fit to fight

    Ensuring a healthy environment is the first concern for the Air Force and could mean the difference between aircraft flying or static displays. Learn more.

  • USAFSAM visits JBER for genome sequence testing

    USAFSAM visits JBER for genome sequence testing

    Two scientists from USAFSAM visited the 673d Aerospace Medicine Squadron Public Health Flight at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, to further test genome-sequencing technology. Learn more.