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The Military Health System 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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Physicians of the Nation's Youngest Warriors Present Research Work at Pediatric Conference

Article Around MHS
1/22/2024
Army Maj. (Dr.) Christopher Stark (with backpack), a neonatology fellow at Walter Reed, joins with other military providers during training in military-specific transport for neonates at the Conference on Military Perinatal Research (COMPRA) in San Antonio in November. (Courtesy Photo)

Walter Reed provides safe and quality care to all its beneficiaries, including the youngest warriors – children of the men and women who serve in uniform.

National Blood Donor Month highlights Vital Need for Donations

Article Around MHS
1/22/2024
January is National Blood Donor Month (DHA Graphic)

January is National Blood Donor Month, an observance to encourage people to consider donating blood and platelets. Because of the holidays, inclement weather, and cold and flu season, the winter months often experience reduced donations and an increased risk for blood shortages for many health care facilities.

Naval Medical Center San Diego Corpsman Exemplifies Lifelong MLK Honoring Service

Article Around MHS
1/22/2024
 “With a family legacy of military service dating to the time of my grandparents, it was instilled in me from an early age the importance of service to our community,” said Hospital Corpsman First Class Jameka Jackson, NMCSD Critical Care Nursing leading petty officer and NMCSD Diversity Committee chairman.  (Photo By Marcelo Calero)

As Naval Medical Center San Diego celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one corpsman has long been honoring King and abiding by his vision of strengthening the values of the communities we serve for the betterment of all people.

New Hampshire Guardsman Named Air National Guard Public Health Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year

Article Around MHS
1/19/2024
U.S. Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Sarah Davidson, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the public health office with the 157th Air Refueling Wing, poses for a portrait in the 157th Medical Group on Jan. 10, 2023, at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire. Davidson was selected as the 2023 Air National Guard Public Health NCO of the Year. (Photo by U.S. Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Victoria Nelson)

The public health office with the 157th Medical Group has seen its most challenging years in decades. One non-commissioned officer leads the way to ensure the health and well-being of the base population and the local community.

Military Health System Stabilization: Rebuilding Health Care Access is ‘Critical to the Wellbeing of our Patients’

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1/19/2024
U.S. Army Col. (Dr.) Frank Valentin, chief of ophthalmology, checks a patient for double vision and convergence at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Recruiting qualified health care providers across the MHS is the first step in the stabilization of MHS, aligning with the MHS Strategy.  (U.S. Army photo by Jason W. Edwards)

On Dec. 6, 2023, the Deputy Secretary of Defense signed a memo directing the stabilization of the MHS, adding the capacity to reattract beneficiaries, improve access to care in military hospitals and clinics, and increase opportunities to sustain military clinical readiness for our medical forces.

Uniformed Services University Medical Students Invent Rapid Glove Applicator for Emergency Care

Article Around MHS
1/18/2024
Medical students at Uniformed Services University invented the crescent -shaped device to keep several layers of nitrile gloves open. This allows a health care provider to insert their hand and have multiple layers on in a few seconds. (Courtesy Photos/U.S. Air Force)

Uniformed Services University medical school students 2nd Lt. Andy Bayne 2nd Lt. Noah Smith invented and patented the Multilayer Glove Loader, a pocket-sized, crescent-shaped device, that helps health care providers put on multiple gloves at one time.

Military Global Health Engagement Contributes to National Security

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1/17/2024
Military Global Health Engagement Contributes to National Security

Over the course of several decades, the Department of Defense’s global health engagement strategy has evolved to better equip its allies for health and human security.

MHS GENESIS Fully Mobilized at Yokota Air Base

Article Around MHS
1/17/2024
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholette Drew, 374th Healthcare Operation Squadron immunizations technician, cares for a patient at the 374th Medical Group immunizations clinic at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 9, 2024. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alexzandra Gracey)

After 18 months of preparation, MHS GENESIS finished its implementation stage and has entered a period of sustainment at the 374th Medical Group at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for 3 Counties in Connecticut due to Flooding

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1/16/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for 3 Counties in Connecticut due to Flooding

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in 3 counties in Connecticut may receive emergency prescription refills now through Jan. 24, 2024, due to flooding.

Yokota Sustains 24/7 Air Medical Transport

Article Around MHS
1/16/2024
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeovany Vasquez, 374th Operational Support Squadron, UH-1N Huey instructor flight engineer surveys a landing zone during a patient transport drill. (Photo: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Manuel G. Zamora)

The 459th Airlift Squadron performed a trial run of a new readiness posture for medical transport on Dec. 18, aiming to offer 24/7 airlift support, streamlining the patient transfers from the 374th Medical Group at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to other medical facilities in the region.

Walter Reed Gains New Momentum in 2024 Supporting the Defense Health Agency's Sustainability Initiative

Article Around MHS
1/16/2024
Walter Reed's Sustainability Team excels in meeting the Defense Health Agency's vision for promoting greenspaces and using more eco-friendly products. (Courtesy Photo)

A new generation of leaders committed to sustainability takes the helm at Walter Reed, anxiously accepting the invitation from the Defense Health Agency to find creative solutions to creating greenspace, managing hospital resources and disposing of waste in more environmentally friendly forms.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for 8 Counties in Maine due to Flooding

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1/12/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for 8 Counties in Maine due to Flooding

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in 8 counties in Maine may receive emergency prescription refills now through Jan. 22, 2024, due to flooding.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Rhode Island due to Flooding

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1/12/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers  for Rhode Island due to Flooding

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in Rhode Island may receive emergency prescription refills now through Jan. 22, 2024, due to flooding.

Pharmacist Spotlight – U.S. Public Health Service Rear Adm. Taylor Reflects on His Career

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1/12/2024
Pharmacist Spotlight – U.S. Public Health Service Rear Adm. Taylor Reflects on His Career

A career in the Public Health Service has taught Defense Health Agency Public Health Director U.S. Public Health Service Rear Adm. Brandon Taylor many lessons.

Love, Death, and Regrowth

Article Around MHS
1/12/2024
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alex Briley, a perianesthesia technician assigned to the 673d Surgical Operations Squadron, poses for a portrait at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Briley uses her personal experiences to help advocate for improved mental health, suicide awareness, and resilience amongst service members. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patrick Sullivan)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alex Briley met the love of her life shortly after arriving at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, her first duty station. After her husband died by suicide, her path to wellness wasn’t a quick or easy one, but she was able to find support in the people and resources around her.

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Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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