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Fixing relationships: How US Army Futures Command is working with small biz, academia7/25/2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Army Futures Command is laying the groundwork to strengthen collaboration with academia and small businesses to solve some of the service’s most major problems.

The Army has struggled with relationships outside of the established defense industry, particularly with small businesses and Silicon Valley.

Small businesses have expressed concerns about working with the government, mostly in regard to the time it takes to secure a contract award as well as the complex and cumbersome government-contracting process.

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Robotic surgery training takes on 100th surgical team7/24/2019

​KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The Institute for Defense Robotic Surgical Education program celebrated a significant milestone, training the 100th team on robotic surgery at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, on July 23.

This milestone is significant for Keesler’s InDORSE program, showing how far the curriculum has come since the program first stood up in March 2017 with just one robot. Now, InDORSE has acquired a second robot, allowing them to train more military surgical teams across the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA).

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Clinics, patients turn to hyperbaric medicine7/17/2019

​BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Texas -- “We call it the fog. It's like they’ve been awake for a few days straight,” said Col. (Dr.) Michael Richards, 59th Medical Specialty Squadron Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine section chief.

“His wife had to finish his sentences. He could no longer take care of himself, really. He couldn’t manage his finances, he couldn’t drive, he couldn’t take care of his children. He couldn’t make decisions, even on small things like choosing what kind of milk to buy at the grocery store.”

For this patient, a fighter pilot, suffering from arterial gas embolism, a condition that causes gas bubbles to enter the blood stream and prevent blood flow - “the fog” was a career ender. Or would have been, without the use of hyperbaric medicine.

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Care in the Air6/13/2019
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Dangers are always present in today’s world. Whether it is a category 5 hurricane hitting the East Coast leveling everything in its path or an intense fire fight in the heartland of Afghanistan, every day could be someone’s last. However, there is a squadron always ready at a moment’s notice to do whatever it takes to bring someone.

The 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron is one of four active duty AE units in the Air Force comprised of 122 members. Units like the 375th AES are the ones who transport the wounded from the frontlines to higher-stage medical facilities while providing life-saving care at 30,000 feet in the air.

“We are sort of a flying hospital,” said Master Sgt. Angel Curiel, 375th AES Standards and Evaluations flight chief. “We can do medical care on the plane to ensure they are safe, and they are getting everything they need until they can get back to an [higher-stage] hospital on the ground.”
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"National Stop the Bleed Day" Crowd Learns Life Skills, Life-Saving Lessons5/31/2019

​After a deployment to Iraq, a ten-year stint in the Special Forces, and countless hours of medical training sprinkled in between, Joe Ogershock knows how to save a victim of traumatic bleeding.

"First thing's first," said the Senior Medical Trainer for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command during the second annual "National Stop the Bleed Day" event on May 23, "you've got to find the wound and then put pressure on it as fast as you can to slow the blood flow."

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