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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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Farmers market

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11/16/2015
The Guide for Farmers Markets on Military Installations provides military commanders with effective ways to bring local agricultural products into the diets of service members and their families at installations across the country. (Courtesy photo)

The Guide for Farmers Markets on Military Installations provides military commanders with effective ways to bring local agricultural products into the diets of service members and their families at installations across the country. (Courtesy photo)

Heart health

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11/16/2015
While active-duty women do get regular health check-ups, women who leave active duty, and dependents need to make sure they remain diligent about keeping track of their health. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Charity Washko (right), a health services technician, wraps a blood pressure cuff around Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly’s arm. The vitals check information includes blood pressure, pulse and temperature which is recorded in a service member's medical record for every visit to a clinic. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally)

While active-duty women do get regular health check-ups, women who leave active duty, and dependents need to make sure they remain diligent about keeping track of their health. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Charity Washko (right), a health services technician, wraps a blood pressure cuff around Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly’s arm. The vitals check information includes blood pressure, pulse and temperature which is recorded in a service member's medical record for every visit to a clinic. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally)

Warrior regional

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11/16/2015
Army Spc. Cupid Hyman, Walter Reed Warrior Transition Battalion, competes in the swimming event at the Warrior Games Regional Trials. Active duty and retired warrior athletes representing warrior transition units around the Atlantic region competed for a chance to represent the U.S. Army at the Department of Defense Warrior Games. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara Stalvey)

Army Spc. Cupid Hyman, Walter Reed Warrior Transition Battalion, competes in the swimming event at the Warrior Games Regional Trials. Active duty and retired warrior athletes representing warrior transition units around the Atlantic region competed for a chance to represent the U.S. Army at the Department of Defense Warrior Games. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sara Stalvey)

Bono: Military Health System takes ‘whole-of-government’ approach in global health

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11/13/2015
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono (right), director of the Defense Health Agency, talks about a whole of government approach when engaging other countries, while Thomas Cullison, the senior adviser for the Uniformed Services University’s Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance, listens. The two were part of a panel discussion at the Strategic Health Diplomacy conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, 2015.

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono (right), director of the Defense Health Agency, talks about a whole of government approach when engaging other countries, while Thomas Cullison, the senior adviser for the Uniformed Services University’s Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance, listens. The two were part of a panel discussion at the Strategic Health Diplomacy conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, 2015.

art therapy

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11/13/2015
Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Meadows and Jackie Biggs discuss a painting during an art therapy session at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital's traumatic brain injury clinic at Fort Belvoir, Va., Dec. 19, 2014. Meadows, assigned to Fort Belvoir's Warrior Transition Battalion, suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2012 when his vehicle rode over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Biggs is an art therapist, and manages the program for Wounded Warriors in the TBI clinic. DoD photo by Marc Barnes

Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Meadows and Jackie Biggs discuss a painting during an art therapy session at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital's traumatic brain injury clinic at Fort Belvoir, Va., Dec. 19, 2014. Meadows, assigned to Fort Belvoir's Warrior Transition Battalion, suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2012 when his vehicle rode over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Biggs is an art therapist, and manages the program for Wounded Warriors in the TBI clinic. DoD photo by Marc Barnes

Qatar

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11/13/2015
Medical teams assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group care for patients during a mass-casualty exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The exercise provided medical teams with an opportunity to provide care for patients in a mass-casualty situation. Teams were evaluated on set up, patient movement and communication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

Medical teams assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group care for patients during a mass-casualty exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The exercise provided medical teams with an opportunity to provide care for patients in a mass-casualty situation. Teams were evaluated on set up, patient movement and communication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

MHS Innovation TCCC

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11/13/2015
Dr. Steve Steffensen, MHS chief of innovation, solicits novel ideas from students in a preventive medicine course during his recent visit to DHA’s medical training facilities in San Antonio.

Dr. Steve Steffensen, MHS chief of innovation, solicits novel ideas from students in a preventive medicine course during his recent visit to DHA’s medical training facilities in San Antonio.

JACKSONVILLE S2M2

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11/13/2015
Matthew Alderman (center), a Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts student, observes Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Daniel Anderson (right), of Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s physical therapy department, performing lower-back therapy on Allyson VanHook. Alderman is participating in the hospital’s annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program. The program allows selected students to receive real-world experiences in patient care areas—from the operating room and emergency department to pharmacy and physical and occupational therapy.  (U.S. Navy file photo by Jacob Sippel).

Matthew Alderman (center), a Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts student, observes Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Daniel Anderson (right), of Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s physical therapy department, performing lower-back therapy on Allyson VanHook. Alderman is participating in the hospital’s annual Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program. The program allows selected students to receive real-world experiences in patient care areas—from the operating room and emergency department to pharmacy and physical and occupational therapy. (U.S. Navy file photo by Jacob Sippel).

Medical Field Practicum 202 - Operation Bushmaster

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11/13/2015
Medical Field Practicum 202 - Operation Bushmaster

Each fall, the USUHS School of Medicine and Graduate School of Nursing conduct a full-scale medical field exercise, nicknamed "Operation Bushmaster," at an Army National Guard training base in central Pennsylvania. Military health care providers fly in from around the country to teach and grade participants as part of the Military Contingency Medicine course.

KUNSAN Medevac

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11/12/2015
Air Force and Army medical personnel participated in a medical evacuation exercise as a part of the Vigilant Ace 16, a peninsula-wide exercise at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The medical evacuation exercise, or medevac, tested the 8th Medical Group’s ability to safely and quickly get injured personnel the help they need through air transportation provided by the Army. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Gardner)

Air Force and Army medical personnel participated in a medical evacuation exercise as a part of the Vigilant Ace 16, a peninsula-wide exercise at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The medical evacuation exercise, or medevac, tested the 8th Medical Group’s ability to safely and quickly get injured personnel the help they need through air transportation provided by the Army. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Gardner)

Marine muscle

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11/12/2015
A Sailor with Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, tends to a simulated causality during a mass-casualty drill on the flight deck of the USS Essex. The Marines and Sailors honed their skills to become quicker and more efficient should a situation arise where medical attention is needed. The 15th MEU is currently deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to promote regional stability and security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey)

A Sailor with Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, tends to a simulated causality during a mass-casualty drill on the flight deck of the USS Essex. The Marines and Sailors honed their skills to become quicker and more efficient should a situation arise where medical attention is needed. The 15th MEU is currently deployed in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to promote regional stability and security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey)

Dog chip

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11/10/2015
Scout, an 18-month-old German Shepard, left, and Chip, a 3-year-old Labrador, are service animals brought to work by U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command employee, James Joyner, a teleconference production specialist. The dogs serve as canine "battle buddies" to Joyner. (U.S. Army photo by Carrie David)

Scout, an 18-month-old German Shepard, left, and Chip, a 3-year-old Labrador, are service animals brought to work by U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command employee, James Joyner, a teleconference production specialist. The dogs serve as canine "battle buddies" to Joyner. (U.S. Army photo by Carrie David)

Oral cancer

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11/10/2015
Army Colonel Richard Asami, a staff dentist for the 34th Infantry Division, cleans the teeth of Army Sgt. 1st Class Denise White-Phillips. During routine dental exams and cleanings like this one, cases of oral cancer can be discovered. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Spencer Case)

Army Colonel Richard Asami, a staff dentist for the 34th Infantry Division, cleans the teeth of Army Sgt. 1st Class Denise White-Phillips. During routine dental exams and cleanings like this one, cases of oral cancer can be discovered. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Spencer Case)

FORT BELVIOR

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11/10/2015
Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, addresses healthcare leaders from across the National Capital Region Multi-Service Market at the Fall Quality Training Symposium on Fort Belvoir Nov. 10. The all-day event featured several civilian and military healthcare professionals presenting on the symposium theme, "Perfecting the Patient Experience and Culture of Quality." (DoD photo by Reese Brown)

Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, addresses healthcare leaders from across the National Capital Region Multi-Service Market at the Fall Quality Training Symposium on Fort Belvoir Nov. 10. The all-day event featured several civilian and military healthcare professionals presenting on the symposium theme, "Perfecting the Patient Experience and Culture of Quality." (DoD photo by Reese Brown)

OSAN lab

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11/9/2015
An Air Force laboratory technician holds up a blood culture sample that was placed in a controlled environment in the laboratory.

An Air Force laboratory technician holds up a blood culture sample that was placed in a controlled environment in the laboratory.

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