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Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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How to Host a Blood Drive

Fact Sheet
2/6/2023

This fact sheet explains how to host an Armed Services Blood Program Blood Drive.

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Armed Service Blood Bank Fellowship Bulletin

Publication
2/6/2023

The Armed Services Blood Bank Fellowship is an 18-month program founded in 1958 and mandated in 1972 by the Department of Defense (DOD) to accomplish the mission of maintaining an adequate military blood program. This bulletin provides details about the fellowship.

Cancer Moonshot

Spotlight
2/3/2023
Cancer Moonshot

In February 2022, President Biden reignited the 2016 White House Cancer Moonshot initiative, an effort across multiple federal agencies aimed to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50 percent over the next 25 years. The initiative is also focused on improving the experience of people and their families living with and surviving cancer, with a goal to ultimately end cancer.

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Lt. Gen. Crosland Promotion

Photo
2/3/2023
Lt. Gen. Crosland Promotion

Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland, the Defense Health Agency’s fourth director and first African American DHA director, takes the oath of office after her promotion to Lieutenant General Jan. 20, 2023. (Photo by Robert Hammer)

Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland and Family

Photo
2/3/2023
Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland and Family

Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland, the Defense Health Agency’s fourth director and first African American DHA director, poses with family and friends after she was promoted to Lieutenant General on Jan. 20, 2023. (Photo by Robert Hammer)

Defense Health Agency Director Promoted to Lieutenant General

Article
2/3/2023
Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland, the Defense Health Agency’s fourth director and first African American DHA director, poses with family and friends after she was promoted to Lieutenant General on Jan. 20, 2023. (Photo by Robert Hammer)

The new Defense Health Agency director pinned on her third star during a ceremony at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel, Virginia, on Jan. 20, 2023.

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Wright-Patt doctor finds treatment path for military child with rare neurological condition

Article Around MHS
2/3/2023
Reeve completes a 2022 summer triathlon. Reeve was assisted by Lt. Col. Cassandra Burns, 88th Medical Group pediatric neurologist, after being diagnosed with a rare case of cerebral folate deficiency at four years old, along with being diagnosed with down syndrome at birth. (Courtesy Photo)

For the Anderson family, protecting their 8-year-old son, Reeve, has proven to be the fight of his lifetime. Reeve, born with Down syndrome, lived as a normal kid until he started to develop curious symptoms. His parents, Shana and Jason, were completely surprised and knew they weren’t normal.

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Sesame Workshop Rolls Out Self Care Content for Military Families

Article Around MHS
2/3/2023
A video still shows the Muppet Elmo and his father looking toward the camera.

Sesame Workshop has launched new digital resources for military parents and children that offer simple strategies for mental health and self-care. The resources include videos demonstrating the importance of finding the little wins, being flexible with routines, meal planning and even learning how to be still and quiet.

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Remembering A Navy Legacy during the Tet Offensive

Article Around MHS
2/3/2023
Honoring a Navy legacy…retired Chief Boatswain Mate Jerry Irvine was surprised with a shadow box by Naval Hospital Bremerton command leadership and Chief’s Mess – presented to him by Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Tom Countryman - to honor his years of service, which included three tours in Vietnam and extensive duty during the Tet Offensive which started 55 years ago, January 31, 1968.  (Official Navy photo by Douglas H Stutz, NHB/NMRTC Bremerton public affairs officer).

He wasn’t a Navy doc, nor nurse, or hospital corpsman. Yet on the field of battle, his concern for others saved many a life. Long before retired Chief Boatswain Mate Jerry Irvine was delivering salty quips when receiving medical care at Naval Hospital Bremerton, the grizzled veteran was providing his own type of health care during a bitterly contested combat campaign.

Defense Health Board Open Meeting Agenda March 22 2023

Meeting Reference
2/1/2023

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P&T Meetings 2022

Meeting Reference
2/1/2023

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Military Medical Treatment Facility Retiree (and other eligible groups)-At-Cost Hearing Aid Program

DHA Publication
7/12/2019

Policy Number: 6025.12

Establishes common and uniform guidelines, standards, and procedures for all DOD MTFs providing hearing health services to beneficiaries through RACHAP.

Meeting Minutes Defense Health Board Nov. 30, 2022

Meeting Reference
1/31/2023

Meeting Minutes Defense Health Board November 30 2022

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Cold Chain Management of Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine

Fact Sheet
1/31/2023

This information paper describes the cold chain management of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine

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Navy Medicine Shifts to Expeditionary Focus, Prepares for Future Fight

Article Around MHS
1/31/2023
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Dante Horner, a corpsman with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, performs tactical combat casualty care during Spanish FLOTEX-22 near Rota, Spain, June 9, 2022. This exercise features tactical level actions ashore, combined with joint training and planning, aimed at increasing overall bilateral interoperability between nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Megan Ozaki)

Through coordinated, enterprise-wide efforts synchronized across the Navy and Marine Corps, Navy Medicine will focus on effectiveness in force development and force generation to assure readiness for strategic competition, crisis, and conflict.

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