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U.S. Space Force Details Holistic Health Approach, Continuous Fitness Assessment Study

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6/5/2023
The U.S. Space Force becomes the first service component to use wearables to keep track of their Guardians fitness and other measures of readiness, with the introduction of the holistic health approach. (Graphic by U.S. Space Force)

The U.S. Space Force is implementing a holistic health approach for uniformed Guardians, including a voluntary two-year continuous fitness assessment study to assess and validate a new fitness concept using wearable devices for the service.

Operationalizing Army Medicine in the Pacific

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6/2/2023
U.S. Army Maj. Nekkeya McGee, a clinical operations blood operations consultant with the 18th Medical Command, discusses medical logistics with a Land Forces Pacific Symposium and Exposition 2023 attendee in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 16, 2023. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Hughes)

More than 2,000 senior U.S. Army leaders, military allies and partners, government representatives, and industry partners participated in the Association of the United States Army’s Land Forces Pacific Symposium and Exposition 2023. A major theme was operationalizing the National Defense Strategy.

Preparing your Pet for a Permanent Change of Station Move

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6/1/2023
Dr. (Maj.) Meghan Louis, Director of Veterinary Services at Public Health Command-Pacific, greets chocolate lab Sadie, prior to her appointment at Fort Shafter Veterinary Treatment Facility. (Photo by Kathryne Gest, U.S. Army Pacific Public Health Command)

U.S. Army Maj. (Dr.) Meghan Louis, Director of Veterinary Services at Public Health Command-Pacific, explains how U.S. Army veterinarians are critical in providing the necessary documents for travel and are committed to providing expert advice, based on scientific knowledge, on animal health and welfare when it comes to traveling with pets.

Transformed U.S. Army Pharmacy Readiness Training Course Enhances Force Sustainment for Future Combat Operations

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5/31/2023
U.S. Army Capt Lauren Kaminski of Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rosalinda Bermea-Arriaga from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, log controlled substance medications in the pharmacy at the training field hospital at Camp Bullis, Texas. Proper management of controlled substances is vital to the safety, security, and legal compliance of our forces. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Army pharmacists and pharmacy specialists from across the country traveled to Camp Bullis, Texas, this week to participate in a 40-hour deployment readiness course hosted by the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence. The course is designed to prepare personnel to provide efficient pharmaceutical in an austere, multi-domain, large-scale operating environment.

Armed Forces Wellness Centers Help All to Improve Lifestyle, Health Outcomes

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5/30/2023
The spouses of military enlisted leaders visit the Armed Forces Wellness Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. They are, from the left to right: U.S. Army Col. Kathy Spangler, director of Alexander T. Augusta Military Medical Center, Rahn Bass, Evelyn Honea, Carol Jones, Nicole Leth, director of the Armed Forces Wellness Center, Janet Colon, Stacie Black, Alexandria Grinston, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Dedraf Blash, senior enlisted leader at Fort Belvoir.

Maintaining fitness is often a challenge for service members and their families, but COVID-19 wreaked havoc with fitness routines. The Defense Health Agency would like to get people back on track. The Armed Forces Wellness Center is a key to ensuring better health to all who use it.

Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit Rotations Provide Ongoing Support in the Middle East

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5/30/2023
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Freeman Morrison, a biomedical technician, left, and U.S. Navy Lt. j. g. Andrew Mappus, an emergency room nurse, right, assigned to Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit 10- Gulf, Rotation 13, are monitoring an U.S. Army Medic Task Force Buckeye, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as he draws blood from an soldier on Dec. 20. (Photo by U.S. Navy Capt. Jerrol Walla)

The 30-member team conducted enhanced shore-based activities at Erbil Air Base in Iraq, where they provided life, limb, and eyesight-saving care to the U.S. armed forces, Department of Defense, civilian contractors, and multi-national coalition forces. They also provided critical support to facilities in the Eastern Syria Security Area.

Walter Reed Expert Shares Five Ways to Prioritize Mental Health

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5/26/2023
Dr. Diaz discusses the importance of mental fitness with U.S. Army Pvt. 2 Kaliyah Rowan at the Mental Fitness Information table during Staff Resiliency Week at Walter Reed. Diaz says prioritizing mental health is key to building resilience, and shared five ways staff members can do just that in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse Sharpe, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)

In today's fast-paced health care environment, it's more important than ever to prioritize mental health to build resilience, and in honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month and Staff Resiliency Week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Dr. Kristine Diaz, a personnel psychologist, shares five ways staff members can prioritize their mental health to unlock resilience.

More than 363 Military Health Care Providers Graduate on Armed Forces Day

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5/25/2023
Defense Health Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland addressed more than 360 uniformed and civilian health professionals on May 20 as the guest speaker of USU's commencement ceremony. (Photo credit: Tom Balfour, USU)

During a ceremony steeped in tradition, the director of the Defense Health Agency, Army Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland, addressed more than 360 uniformed and civilian health professionals on May 20, Armed Forces Day, as they received their medical, graduate nursing, biomedical science, public health, and clinical psychology degrees from the Uniformed Services University.

From the Farm to the Hospital: Former Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Driven by Life’s Challenges

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5/25/2023
Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Clara Leach Adams-Ender poses for a photo at her home in Lake Ridge, Virginia, Oct. 31, 2021. She spent 34 years as an Army nurse overcoming all the challenges that came her way. (Photo by Michael A. McCoy)

As a young Army nurse at her first duty station in the intensive care unit at Fort Dix, New Jersey, then U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Clara Leach would go home each day and think about ways to improve her job performance. She was struggling at the time to get her work done and didn't understand why.

U.S. Naval Lt. Receives Virginia Beach Mayor's Lifesaving Award

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5/25/2023
U.S. Navy Lt. Paul Strunc, a critical care nurse at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, poses for a photo after being presented the Virginia Beach Mayor’s Lifesaving Award by Mayor Bobby Dyer at City Hall, May 8. Strunc was recognized for administering lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a civilian at the beach on Oct. 2, 2022. Through his rapid intervention and emergency response, the person was stabilized until ambulatory services arrived on the scene. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Nube Macancela)

U.S. Navy Lt. Paul Strunc, a critical care nurse at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, was presented the Virginia Beach Mayor’s Lifesaving Award by Mayor Bobby Dyer at City Hall, May 8.

Ensuring Sight for Flight at Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor

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5/23/2023
Ocular trauma training with a focus on foreign body removal was conducted at Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor’s Optometry by U.S. Navy Lt. Courtney Rafferty, clinic optometrist, assisted by U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Christopher Cruz. The training covered such optical concerns as removing metallic foreign bodies from the eye. The techniques used were part of ensuring competency to provide comprehensive eye and vision care needed for optimal – and ocular - mission readiness (Courtesy Photo)

May is recognized by the Defense Health Agency as Health Vision and Hearing Month, U.S. Navy Lt. Courtney C. Rafferty, Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor optometrist, explains the critical importance attached to the monthly theme.

Uniformed Services University Nursing PhD Graduates Make Profound Impact in Nursing Science

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5/22/2023
Uniformed Services University alumni pictured are, from left to right: Dr. Christine Engstrom, a 2007 Ph.D. in Nursing Science program graduate, Retired Army Col. Richard Ricciardi, a 2006 graduate, and Dr. Roberta Lavin, a 2008 graduate. (Courtesy Photos)

The Uniformed Services University’s Ph.D. in Nursing Science program was established in 2006. The program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was established at the request of Federal Nursing Service Chiefs to help train military nurse scientists to conduct research that supports the warfighter and DOD operational missions.

New Mental Health Care Initiative Improves Access to Care and Readiness

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5/22/2023
A room plaque for the 341st Operational Medical Readiness Squadron mental health flight is pictured inside the base clinic June 23, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. The mental health flight offers mental health services to active duty members and manages the Family Advocacy and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heather Heiney)

For more than a year, the Air Force Medical Service has been rolling out Mental Health Targeted Care, an initiative that helps Airmen and Guardians understand all of the available options for support and connects them to the right resource either in a mental health clinic or outside the military hospital with another supporting agency that best meets their need.

Navy Medicine at War: Stories of Service and Sacrifice at the Battle of Coral Sea

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5/19/2023
Throughout the Battle of the Coral Sea, U.S. Navy medical personnel serving shipboard played important roles keeping sailors in the fight while providing life-saving medical care under the severest of conditions. (Courtesy Photo)

The Battle of the Coral Sea was fought primarily by carrier-based planes across this marginal sea off the northeast coast of Australia from May 4 to 8, 1942. Throughout the battle, U.S. Navy medical personnel serving shipboard played important roles keeping sailors in the fight while providing life-saving medical care under the severest of conditions. These are some of their stories.

Occupational Medicine, Industrial Hygiene Work Together to Protect DOD Workers

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5/17/2023
Defense Centers for Public Health-Aberdeen industrial hygienist Emma Bieniek and U.S. Army Spc. Jeremy Rohrer use a Q-Trak direct reading instrument to assess indoor air quality parameters at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. DCPH-A’s occupational medicine and industrial hygiene specialists work together to understand what issues Department of Defense civilian and military staff are facing in the various workplaces. (Photo by Graham Snodgrass, Defense Centers for Public Health-Aberdeen)

One of the advantages of working in an organization like the Defense Centers for Public Health – Aberdeen are the synergies created by having professionals from multiple disciplines working together to support service member and government civilian worker health.

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