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May 9, 2024

AF Audiologists transform life journeys into expertise

For U.S. Air Force Captains Emily Lee and Jacqueline Anderson, life experiences highlighting the significance of being able to hear - one of the five senses many people may take for granted - led them to their current roles as Audiologists at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. While perhaps difficult to imagine for someone with a Doctoral

April 27, 2024

Alcohol Awareness Month 5K: ADAPT raises awareness on alcohol misuse

To acknowledge Alcohol Awareness Month, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program organized a 5K at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. Over 20 service members and their families participated in the race, which featured an interactive activity where they could wear drunk goggles and ride quadcycles simulating the effects of inebriation while driving to promote awareness and understanding of alcohol misuse.

April 26, 2024

Empowering survivors: Confronting sexual assault, supporting healing, and promoting awareness

As April marks Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, it's important to acknowledge the issue at hand. A study conducted in February 2018 by RALIANCE, a national partnership dedicated to ending sexual violence, found that nationally, 81 percent of women and 43 percent of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and, or, assault in their lifetime. These alarming statistics underscore the urgency for increased awareness and proactive measures to combat sexual violence. Remember, no matter your needs, you are not alone. Let's all speak out when we see something, raise awareness about sexual assault, and support survivors. For more information and resources contact your local JBSA SAPR Office and see the DOD SAPR Office. For immediate assistance, you can contact the JBSA SAPR Hotline at 210-808-7272 or DOD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247.

March 25, 2024

59th Medical Wing collaborates with Mayo Clinic to develop a temporary vascular shunt for vascular injury and disease

The 59th Medical Wing, the U.S. Air Force’s largest medical wing and functional medical command for Joint Base San Antonio, announced it has entered into a patent license agreement with Mayo Clinic to develop an advanced temporary vascular shunt for the operative management of vascular injury and vascular disease.Temporary vascular shunts have been

March 25, 2024

"Calm Under Pressure": Lackland Pharmacy teams operate through nationwide cyberattack

Last month, a reported cyberattack on the nation’s largest commercial prescription processor impacted military clinics and hospitals worldwide, as well as some retail pharmacies. In response, the 59th Medical Wing's Pharmacy team at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland implemented emergency plans to continue serving patients and provide medical support

March 15, 2024

New Feature of MHS GENESIS Patient Portal Allows Prescription Refills

The Defense Health Agency has launched a new feature that lets you request prescription refills through MHS GENESIS.

March 15, 2024

59th MDW DEIA Committee Marks One-Year Milestone in Inclusion Efforts

Amidst the changing tides of social consciousness and policy directives, Col. Aquilla Highsmith-Tyler stands at the forefront of the 59th Medical Wing’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee. With unwavering dedication, she leads a charge to transform the military landscape into one that values every individual's unique identity and experiences. Inspired by President Joe Biden's Executive Order 14035, Highsmith-Tyler and her team aim to cultivate a workplace where mutual respect and understanding reign supreme. Through education and awareness initiatives, they seek to dismantle barriers that hinder inclusivity and diversity within the organization, believing that embracing differences will only strengthen their mission capabilities and elevate patient care standards.

March 12, 2024

From Smiles to Service: Airman Kinley Noel's first year in Military Dentistry

Eager to explore her passion, Kinley joined the U.S. Air Force in May 2023, seeking opportunities for professional growth and financial assistance for schooling. Throughout her training, she discovered her love for dental assisting and found fulfillment in creating positive experiences for patients. Now stationed at Dunn Dental Clinic, Kinley embodies resilience, determination, and the transformative power of pursuing one's passions.

March 8, 2024

Passion, Purpose, and Dental Care: Capt. Anna Olson's Odyssey

The story follows Capt. Anna Olson's remarkable journey from her Southern roots to becoming a dedicated dentist serving in the United States Air Force. Inspired by her grandfather's military service, Olson's passion for dentistry was ignited during her formative years. Through unwavering dedication and a commitment to serving others, she pursued her dream, supported by mentors like Col. Casey Campbell. After completing her education, including dental school and commissioning as a Captain, Olson eagerly looks forward to furthering her expertise in a periodontics residency. Alongside her professional achievements, Olson finds joy in home renovations and acknowledges the unwavering support of her husband. As National Dentist Day and Women's History Month are celebrated, Olson stands as a beacon of inspiration, leaving an indelible mark through her dedication, compassion, and unwavering service to both her patients and her country.

Feb. 16, 2024

59th MDW transitions to TRICARE website

In a strategic move to consolidate military healthcare, the 59th Medical Wing has undergone a realignment under the Defense Health Agency. As part of this transformation, all medical treatment facilities have transitioned from their previous Air Force websites to a unified TRICARE website. The new TRICARE site marks a significant step forward, streamlining our efforts by maintaining a singular platform dedicated to providing comprehensive information for patients, military treatment facility details, and insight into our medical mission. This alignment underscores our commitment to the overarching mission of DHA.

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