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86 OMRS mental health flight supports military, evacuees

86 OMRS mental health flight supports military, evacuees

During Afghanistan evacuation operations, the 86th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron’s mental health flight has been targeted to care for the military and evacuees. Many Airmen have been working longer hours than usual — often outside their career fields — assisting in food distribution, donation deliveries, tent build-ups and trash collection […]

September 24, 2021 ×

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Connect to protect during Suicide Prevention Month in September

Connect to protect during Suicide Prevention Month in September

How do you connect with others, and why is that important? Research shows that social connection improves physical, emotional, and mental health. It can also reduce the likelihood someone will consider or attempt suicide. “We need those genuine, physical face to face interactions,” said Lathan Newkirk, Suicide Prevention Manager for […]

September 17, 2021 ×

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeffery Rueben, center, left, 52nd Medical Readiness Squadron physician assistant, and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Tremel, right, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency independent medical technician, provide a medical check-up for an evacuee at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 31, 2021. Ramstein provides safe, temporary lodging for evacuees from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge over the course of the next several weeks. Medical technicians are available around the clock to provide assistance for evacuees in case of illness or injury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Slater)

Saving lives and starting lives: Medical efforts in OAR

The medical Pods at the temporary Joint Mobility Processing Center at Ramstein Air Base are just the first stop for medical care for newly arrived evacuees during Operation Allies Refuge.

September 17, 2021 ×

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Public health keeps pods sanitary during OAR

Public health keeps pods sanitary during OAR

During Operation Allies Refuge, public health technicians from the 86th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron have been keeping the pods sanitary at Ramstein Air Base. Public health technicians go through each pod three times a day to inspect and identify any health risks and hazards. “We walk around the whole area […]

September 3, 2021 ×

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Barnes, 48th Healthcare Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, helps a patient at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 27, 2021. Service members from the 48th HCOS work with Ramstein personnel to provide medical care to evacuees during the operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

More than medical care: EMEDS prescribes hope

In less than 24 hours, medical and logistics personnel transformed Ramstein’s Southside Fitness Center Annex into an expansive Expeditionary Medical Support System during Operation Allies Refuge.

September 3, 2021 ×

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You are not alone — current events trigger strong emotions

You are not alone — current events trigger strong emotions

Troop withdrawals and evacuations from Afghanistan coupled with the upcoming 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have had a triggering effect on many veterans, active duty service members, civilian employees and their families. Within the 21st TSC area of operations, those triggers may be amplified as units support evacuation […]

September 3, 2021 ×

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Ensuring health and wellness

Ensuring health and wellness

August 27, 2021 ×

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Medical Minute: Doc Mihata bids farewell

Medical Minute: Doc Mihata bids farewell

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the entire community as I write this last Medical Minute. It has been an absolute honor serving with all of you through this global pandemic. On August 11, I will turn the group over to Col Richard McClure. It is only through […]

August 6, 2021 ×

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Blood donors needed at mission essential blood drives

Blood donors needed at mission essential blood drives

  As summer travel and PCS season picks up, we need your help more than ever to save lives within the military. Our thanks to everyone who has already signed up to give blood and spread the word! Give blood, save lives, get free snacks and gifts: Military, Civilians*, Retirees, […]

July 30, 2021 ×

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Optional: How to get EU COVID VAX Digital Certificate in Germany

Optional: How to get EU COVID VAX Digital Certificate in Germany

By Sidney Sullivan
U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Public Affairs

When U.S. personnel are vaccinated against COVID-19 on the installation, military health clinics issue patients an official vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This card is U.S. proof of vaccination and is widely accepted.

However, some U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria community members express interest in voluntarily signing up for the EU COVID VAX Digital Certificate to ensure additional methods of proof while traveling in the European Union. This electronic certificate is equivalent to the German physical yellow vaccination booklet known as an “Impfpass.”

July 22, 2021 ×