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Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) is committed to being the Department of Defense’s (DoD's) leader in providing medical-legal services and emerging technologies essential for the readiness, sustainability and survivability of our service members. AFMES provides the DoD and other federal agencies comprehensive forensic investigative services, to include forensic pathology, DNA Forensics, forensic toxicology, and medical mortality surveillance. AFMES is not only the single worldwide medical examiner system, but it also supports the entire U.S. federal government.

Official seal of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner SystemMission 

Investigate deaths, Identify the fallen, Improve readiness

Vision 

Be the global leader in comprehensive and innovative medicolegal services enhancing the readiness, sustainability, and survivability of those we serve.

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Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner plays a vital role in death examinations

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7/18/2016
Dr. Howard Harcke, Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner forensic radiologist, looks at a CT scan for diagnostic clues at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

Every service member and American citizen who dies in a combat zone must have a medical-legal examination performed by an Armed Forces Medical Examiner

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Armed Forces Medical Examiner System unveils new seal

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6/6/2016
Service members from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System stand poised as they uncover the new official seal during an unveiling ceremony May26, 2016, at AFMES on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

Service members and civilians celebrated the unveiling of the new official seal of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner Systems

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AFMES Form 25: Histology Request and Specimen Storage

Form/Template
6/1/2016

Use this form to obtain information/specimens needed for histology tissue processing and/or specimen storage.

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Next generation DNA sequencing

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3/24/2016
DoD DNA Registry, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory Supervisory DNA Analyst, Kerriann Meyers, places samples in a cartridge before loading it on the Next Generation DNA Sequencing instrument.

The DoD DNA Registry, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory is working with the newest innovation in Forensic DNA science, Mitochondrial DNA Hybridization Capture and Next Generation DNA Sequencing

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2016 Team Dover Honorary Commander inducted

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2/8/2016
The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System Director, Army Col. Ladd Tremaine (left) welcomed Dr. Megan Williams (right) as the 2016 Honorary Commander during a ceremony, Feb. 6, 2016, at the Air Mobility Command Museum on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System welcomed Dr. Megan Williams as the 2016 Honorary Commander

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Busy 2015 looks to give way to even busier new year for Defense Health Agency

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12/21/2015
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The AFMES Military Working Dog training aid laboratory is “Ruff”on narcotics

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12/9/2015
Military Working Dog “Johny,” locates a training aid, created by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System Military Working Dog Laboratory, in a storage room during a weekly training exercise.

The MWD Laboratory manufactures, distributes and, after use, destroys controlled substance training aids for DoD MWD units on military bases worldwide

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DoD Instruction 5154.30: Armed Forces Medical Examiner System AFMES Operations

Policy

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction for forensic medicine activities throughout DoD In accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5124.02, and provides for the continued operation and governance of AFMES, a component of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) under DoDD 5136.13, in carrying out assigned functions, including those under Section 1471 of Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.).

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