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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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DoD makes plans to combat Coronavirus

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3/4/2020
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak to reporters at the Pentagon, March 2, 2020. (DoD photo Lisa Ferdinando)

The number one priority remains to protect our forces and their families

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METC combat medic training unveils new EMT sim labs

Article
3/3/2020
A team of combat medic trainees attend to a "patient" in the EMT warehouse lab.  Students engage in various scenarios in the newly designed EMT simulation labs that resemble real environments that expose students to lifelike patient encounters. (U.S. Army photo by Lisa Braun)

The sim labs have really come a long way

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World Hearing Day shines light on global hearing loss

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3/2/2020
Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Finigan, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulics systems journeyman, puts on a second layer of hearing protection over his dual in-ear headset at RAF Mildenhall, England. The headset enables communication by transmitting sound waves through the bones in the user's ear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Hearing loss declines among service members, DoD civilians

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Brain Injury Awareness Month raises awareness of TBI in the military

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3/2/2020
The Department of Defense and the Military Health System recognizes March each year as Brain Injury Awareness Month to increase awareness of traumatic brain injuries, and the Department’s efforts to improve its ability to identify, care for, and treat service members and veterans who are affected by TBI. (MHS graphic)

A division of the Defense Health Agency Research and Development Directorate, DVBIC is the DoD’s TBI center of excellence

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First female takes command as AFMES director

Article
2/28/2020
Air Force Lt. Col. Alice Briones, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System deputy director, has been named director of AFMES, effective February 21, 2020, making Briones the first female director. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Defense Health Agency director, selected Briones after she served as deputy director of AFMES since April 2017.

Briones enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic in 1990

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McCaffery offers MHS view with Blue Star Families panel

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2/28/2020
Thomas McCaffery (center) participated in the Blue Star Families Panel at American Red Cross National Headquarters Feb. 26. He is seen here with Amy Goyer (left), family and caregiving expert at AARP, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Patty Horoho (right), CEO of OptumServe. The panel discussed timely, quality health care for service members and their families. (Photo by MHS Communications)

The Honorable Thomas McCaffery participated in the Blue Star Families panel to discuss MHS transformation for families

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Experts dish out 9 tips for heart health

Article
2/28/2020
Naturally occurring phytochemicals in plants provide color, aroma, and flavor to fruits and vegetables. Different colors provide different nutrients, so eating a range of colors is essential for heart health. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales)

Earlier this month, the MHS showed why heart health is important; Here is how you look out for yours

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Dating violence has consequences for teen victims

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2/28/2020
Midori Robinson, Kyleigh Rose and Keisha McNeill paint their hands so they can put a handprint on the “Love is Respect” mural during the Camp Zama Youth Center Teen Dating Violence Awareness Lock-In at Camp Zama. (U.S. Army photo by Winifred Brown)

Resources available to help military families respond

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9 Ways to RUIN your dental fitness

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2/27/2020
Army dentist, Capt. Cierra Diamse, a general dentist assigned to the Wiesbaden Dental Clinic, performs dental work on a soldier during a field training exercise held recently at Baumholder, Germany. Following the 9 Ways to RUIN Your Dental Fitness assures a scene like this downrange. (U.S. Army photo by Kirk Frady)

Dental and nutritional fitness go hand in hand; Here is how the Military Health System is addressing both

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Joint Staff doctor explains TBI diagnosis procedures

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2/26/2020
An Airman searches for salvageable items after missile attacks at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 12, 2020. At a Pentagon news conference, Air Force Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Paul Friedrichs, the Joint Staff Surgeon, said 110 service members have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries from the attack. Most have returned to duty, while 25 returned to the United States for further treatment, he said, and six more are still undergoing testing. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Derek Mustard)

A TBI takes time to diagnose, and the process is involved

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DHA Director discusses vision for future

Article
2/25/2020
Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, Director, Defense Health Agency, visits with the staff of the Stuttgart Army Health Clinic in Germany.  Since becoming DHA Director, Lt. Gen. Place has focused on creating great outcomes for the beneficiaries who rely on the Military Health System for their health care.

DHA is providing a more integrated system of readiness and health

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Caregivers sometimes unaware of support available

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2/21/2020
Caregiver Stacey Rivera and Navy Wounded Warrior staff canoe around Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam during the Military Caregiver Workshop. (Photo by Gabrielle Arias, Peer Support Coordinator, DHA Recovery Care Program, San Diego)

February 21 is National Caregivers Day

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Spit smokeless tobacco out – for good

Article
2/20/2020
Smokeless tobacco is not a healthier alternative to smoking. Links exist to its use and several cancers – not to mention leathery patches in the mouth, stained teeth, and bad breath. Users can take advantage of the Great American Spit Out Feb. 20 to begin their path to a tobacco-free lifestyle. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)

Many forms of help available to become tobacco-free

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McCaffery announces upcoming changes to military hospitals, clinics

Article
2/19/2020
The Honorable Tom McCaffery, DoD's assistant secretary of defense for health affairs emphasized DoD's priority is to focus on wartime readiness while ensuring continued beneficiary access to quality health care. (DoD photo)

McCaffery emphasized DoD's priority is to focus on wartime readiness while ensuring continued beneficiary access to quality health care

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Careful, deliberate changes ahead for select MTFs

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2/19/2020
The Department of Defense today announced plans to restructure 50 military hospitals and clinics to better support wartime readiness of military personnel and to improve clinical training for medical forces who deploy in support of combat operations around the world. Of the 343 facilities in the United States initially screened for this report, 77 were selected for additional assessment, with 21 identified for no changes. (DoD file photo)

The DoD’s top health official shared plans to restructure 50 military hospitals and clinics, emphasizing changes will prioritize the warfighter and force readiness

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