Articles from ARMY Magazine, Headline News, and AUSA News on medical treatment of U.S. Soldiers, Retirees, Veterans, and Military Families

Future Fight Poses Big Challenges for Army Medicine

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Maj. Gen. Michael J. Talley, Commanding General of the United States Army Medical Center of Excellence, speaks during the Warriors Corner at AUSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (Jeromie Stephens for AUSA)
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Future Fight Poses Big Challenges for Army Medicine

The Army has a lot to learn and a lot to develop to prepare for large-scale, high-casualty and remote wars. 

In an Oct. 11 Warriors Corner discussion at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Exposition, medical leaders said they are sharply focused on caring for future casualties on distant battlefields from which quick evacuation isn’t possible.  

Army Seeks Life-Saving Capabilities for Future Fight

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Army Seeks Life-Saving Capabilities for Future Fight

Army medical researchers are working to develop new capabilities as the force prepares for a more lethal but austere future battlefield, a senior medical officer said.

Working with the expectation that battlefield casualties will need life-saving care farther forward for longer periods of time, the Army is looking for new capabilities suited for use in austere environments and will leverage emerging capabilities such as unmanned vehicles. 

Military Support Increases for Civilian Hospitals

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Military Support Increases for Civilian Hospitals

Six more military medical teams will be mobilized to help civilian hospitals stressed by a spike in COVID-19 cases, President Joe Biden announced Jan. 13.

Hundreds of medical service members are already augmenting hospital staffs across the country, in addition to thousands of National Guard troops who are supporting COVID-19 efforts in 49 states.

COVID-19 is “one of the most formidable enemies America has ever faced,” Biden said. 

Medical Force Generation is High Priority

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Medical Force Generation is High Priority

Preparing for the tough and more lethal battlefields of the future requires today’s Army medical community to look to its schoolhouses and its logistics and research commands, a panel of experts said at an event hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Army Medicine Adapts, Prepares For Emerging Threats

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Army Medicine Adapts, Prepares For Emerging Threats

As the Army prepares to face growing global threats, its trauma and skills initiatives will ensure that troops are healthy enough to sustain the fight, senior military medical experts said. 

In particular, the next conflict will require troops to be much more dispersed and mobile and an Army medical force that is ready to follow suit, said Col. Jason Seery, trauma surgery consultant to the Army surgeon general. 

Multidomain War Presents New Medical Challenges

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Multidomain War Presents New Medical Challenges

The ability to quickly return to duty wounded or sick soldiers in a multidomain operations environment will be one of the top priorities for Army medical personnel, a senior medical officer said.

Big Changes Coming for Army’s Busy Medical Force

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Big Changes Coming for Army’s Busy Medical Force

The Army surgeon general said he’s both “incredibly proud” and concerned about the Army medical community, one that is hardworking and dedicated but on the cusp of big changes. 

Speaking Dec. 7 at an Association of the U.S. Army Medical Hot Topic titled “Holistic Health and the Soldier,” Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle said it is important that troops have confidence “to do things a normal man would not do” because they can depend on Army medicine to look out for them. 

AUSA Hosts Hot Topic on Army Medicine, Soldier Health

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AUSA Hosts Hot Topic on Army Medicine, Soldier Health

Registration is open for the Association of the U.S. Army’s Hot Topic event Dec. 7. 

“Holistic Health and the Soldier: An Army Medical Hot Topic” is an in-person, daylong event that will take place at AUSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Throughout the day, attendees will be able to participate in a professional dialog with Army leaders, industry and academia as they explore Army medicine’s support of the service’s operational missions and readiness.

NCO Honored for Superior Leadership During Pandemic

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Staff Sgt. Margot Gebers receives award
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NCO Honored for Superior Leadership During Pandemic

A combat medic stationed in Hawaii was honored Nov. 17 for her superior leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Staff Sgt. Margot Gebers, who enlisted in 2016, is assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center at Schofield Barracks, where she ensures that units are medically ready to deploy or redeploy, works with the reserve component and processes incoming soldiers. 

She was honored at the Angels of the Battlefield Awards, an annual event hosted by the Armed Services YMCA.