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The Military Health System (MHS) is an interconnected network of Service Members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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Good plan, right materials essential to effective Military Health System

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12/2/2016
Dr. Karen Guice, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, performing the duties of the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, listens during a discussion at the AMSUS (the Society of Federal Health Professionals) 2016 meeting at National Harbor near Washington, D.C., Dec. 1. Guice led the panel and was joined by (from left to right) Army Lt. Gen. Nadja West, Army surgeon general; Air Force Lt. Gen. Mark Ediger, Air Force surgeon general; Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency; Navy Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general (not pictured); and Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, Joint Staff surgeon (not pictured).

Military Health System leadership compared building the MHS to constructing a skyscraper

USS Oklahoma 75 Years later: DNA is not just science, it's personal

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12/2/2016
Todd Weiler, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, and Ronald Keohane, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy; listen to Deborah Skillman, Director, Casualty, Mortuary Affairs and Military Funeral Honors from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, explain the display board of confirmed USS Oklahoma remains identified by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory Nov. 4, 2016, at Armed Forces Medical Examiner System on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Weiler and Keohane received briefings and met with personnel at the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, AFMES and the Joint Personal Effects Depot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Display board created by DoD DNA Registry analyst dedicated to the history of the USS Oklahoma

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AMSUS session explores ways to have military medics and corpsmen transfer to civilian service

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12/1/2016
Dr. Vivek Murthy (left), U.S. Surgeon General, chats with (clockwise from top) Navy Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general; Dr. Richard Thomas, president at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, before a session at the AMSUS (The Society of Federal Health Professionals) 2016 meeting on Nov. 30, 2016, at National Harbor near Washington, D.C.

Two of the largest job specialties in the military are the services’ medics and corpsmen, the troops who serve as emergency medical technicians of the battlefield

Guice, DHA director, service surgeons general talk ‘raising the bar,’ building MHS at AMSUS

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12/1/2016
(Left to right) Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency; Air Force Lt. Gen. Mark Ediger, Air Force surgeon general; Navy Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general; Army Lt. Gen. Nadja West, Army surgeon general; and Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, Joint Staff surgeon, partake in a discussion on how the Military Health System was and continues to be built at the 2016 AMSUS meeting.

Nomadic nature of the military necessitates a health record just as mobile

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11/30/2016
(Left to right) Dr. Paul Cordts, the Military Health System’s functional champion in the development of MHS GENESIS, the military’s new electronic health record keeping system, Stacy Cummings, program executive officer for the Defense Healthcare Management Systems, and Army Col. Richard Wilson, a division chief in the Health Information Technology directorate at the Defense Health Agency, talk about the development and deployment of MHS GENESIS at AMSUS 2016 on Nov. 29, 2016.

Military Health System leaders discussed how the mobile nature of the military necessitated an electronic health record able to keep pace

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Warrior Aircraft Program takes flight at WRNMMC

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11/30/2016
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

The Warrior Aircraft Program was granted the only waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly small aircraft

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Air Force pararescuemen hone edge with realistic training

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11/29/2016
“Guardian Angels” of the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron carry a patient by litter for evacuation during a mass casualty exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Training scenarios are based on real-world situations that have been encountered in past operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

The 83rd ERQS team spends twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week on constant alert for any type of complex search and rescue scenario that may need their immediate response

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Heck tells AMSUS attendees: There is no higher calling than military health care

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11/29/2016
Rep. Joe Heck (right) of Nevada, member of the House Armed Services Committee, addressed those attending the AMSUS (The Society of Federal Health Professionals) 2016 meeting at National Harbor near Washington, D.C.

Rep. Joe Heck (right) of Nevada, member of the House Armed Services Committee, addressed those attending the AMSUS (The Society of Federal Health Professionals) 2016 meeting at National Harbor near Washington, D.C.

Leaders aim to raise the bar for healthcare

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11/29/2016
The 2016 AMSUS Continuing Education Meeting is underway

The 2016 AMSUS Continuing Education Meeting is underway at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor

Air Force supports improved method for transporting TBI patients

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11/28/2016
Cornerstone Research Group’s aeromedical evacuation stretcher is shown during a compatibility test on a KC-135 aircraft. (Courtesy photo)

Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine scientists are testing and evaluating a novel aeromedical evacuation stretcher designed to safely transport traumatic brain and spinal injury patients in air and ground vehicles

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Traumatic Brain Injury | Warrior Care | Innovation | Technology

Stay fit during the holidays

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11/28/2016
Navy Chief Petty Officer Eduardo Medero, right, takes height and weight measurements from Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Rodney Good during a physical fitness assessment weigh-in. Experts say to keep weight in check. Weigh yourself in the morning, at least once or twice a week, during the holidays. This should enough to notice any slight increase from the week and to keep you in check for the weekend and vice-versa. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Theron J. Godbold)

It seems as if the Thanksgiving-to-New Year's holiday season is one long, tempting food-fest designed to make you gain weight

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Collaboration is key to military health system

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11/25/2016
Army Brig. Gen. Ronald T. Stephens

Collaboration between the services improves access to care, removes unnecessary redundancies, reduces variation in care, and will ultimately improve patient experiences

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New peer-support service launches

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11/25/2016
BeThere Call and Outreach Center logo

The DoD “BeThere” peer support call and outreach center is staffed by peers who are veteran service members and family members of veterans

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Tips to treat tendonitis

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11/25/2016
Nearly 90 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps freshman midshipman candidates stretch their legs during their introduction to unit physical training at Camp Navajo, Arizona, during joint New Student Orientation.

Tendonitis is a common, chronic overuse injury

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Cold Turkey Trot brings laughs, support and encouragement to DHHQ

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11/23/2016
Air Force Lt. Col. William Malloy, military assistant to the deputy director of DHA, joined in on the fun and provided motivation to fellow participants by dressing as a turkey for the race.

As part of the Great American Smokeout, DHA shows support for tobacco cessation through annual Cold Turkey Trot outside of DHHQ

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