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Marines with combined anti-armor team conduct weapon familiarization training June 3 at the North Training Area at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji. It was the first time for many of the Marines to fire the AT-4 light anti-armor weapon. The Marines are with the CAAT of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, which is currently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program. The combat correspondent captured the photo at a shutter speed of 1/160th of a second, creating a multiple-exposure effect of the AT-4 gunner, as well as capturing the dust being shaken from the Marines’ helmets as a result of the shockwave created from the concussion of the weapon’s back-blast. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Adam B. Miller/Released)
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Warfighter Brain Health Hub

In June 2022, the Department of Defense launched the Warfighter Brain Health Initiative to bring together the operational and medical communities in a more unified approach toward optimizing service member brain health and countering traumatic brain injuries.

Our Focus

  • Optimizing cognitive and physical performance.
  • Identifying, monitoring, and mitigating brain exposures.
  • Preventing, recognizing, and minimizing the effects of traumatic brain injury.
  • Reducing or eliminating long-term or late effects of brain injury.
  • Advancing warfighter brain health science.

Our Commitment

  • Understanding.
  • Preventing,
  • Accurately diagnosing, and
  • Promptly treating blast overpressure and its effects.

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Read full statement from Dr. Lester Martinez-López, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

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