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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.”