Public Health Command-Pacific News

PHC-P develops new Pre-Exercise Vector Surveillance program
Staff Sgt. Matthew Pascual, noncommissioned officer in charge of entomology for Public Health Command-Pacific in Japan, collects mosquito specimens from a surveillance light trap to test for vector-borne pathogens of human concern on Camp Zama, Japan, Feb. 25, 2021. Collecting vector samples allows for PHC-P scientists to analyze areas of interest for potential vector-borne diseases that could impact the health of the force.
Feb. 26, 2021 - This spring, Public Health Command-Pacific’s Entomology and Environmental Molecular Biology Laboratory service lines will launch the first ever Pre-Exercise Vector Surveillance program for the Indo-Pacific region. The new...

MCAS Miramar VTF overcomes adversity to get the mission done
Spc. Jessica Bonner, a veterinary food inspection specialist, cares for a military working dog at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Veterinary Treatment Facility, Calif., Oct. 2020. Bonner was trained in the role of an animal care specialist by the Miramar VTF staff to provide assistance during a manning shortage. Bonner’s ability to learn the animal care specialist’s core tasks allowed the VTF to remain operational to support the MWD mission, as well as support more than 7,000 privately-owned animals in the local military community. (Courtesy photo)
Feb. 17, 2021 - The staff at the MCAS Miramar Veterinary Treatment Facility are no strangers to overcoming adversity and finding creative solutions to keep the mission going. For the last three years the team has conquered one operational...

Iwakuni VTF wins Impact Award
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Lance Lewis, center right, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, hands an award to U.S. Army Capt. Austin Sorrels, center left, officer-in-charge of the Iwakuni Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) during a ceremony aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Jan. 7, 2021. The ceremony was held to present the VTF the Impact Iwakuni award for the impact they have made aboard the air station during the month of December. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Triton Lai)
Jan. 28, 2021 - Congratulations to our team at the Iwakuni Veterinary Treatment Facility! They were awarded with the Iwakuni Impact Award, Jan. 7, by U.S. Marine Corps Col. Lance Lewis, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS)...

SARS Team Six wins 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Wolf Pack Awards
Lt. Col. Matthew Levine, commander of Public Health Activity-Japan, presented representatives of SARS Team Six, Maj. Bradley Kearney, a biochemist and former Public Health Command-Pacific Laboratory Sciences director, and Gary Crispell, a PHC-P microbiologist, the 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Wolf Pack Awards for their support as the lead clinical testing team for COVID-19 for U.S. Forces Japan during a virtual ceremony Jan. 20, 2020, at Camp Zama, Japan. The Wolf Pack Award recognizes exceptional teamwork by an integrated group of military and civilian team members focused on excellence in support of Army Medicine. (Photo by Momoko Shindo)
Jan. 20, 2021 - SARS Team Six was formally recognized with the 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Wolf Pack Awards for their support as the lead clinical testing team for COVID-19 for U.S. Forces Japan during a virtual ceremony Jan. 19...

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Regional Health Command-Pacific News

7/29/2021
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. — The Puget Sound Military Health System (MHS) becomes the latest to certify as a MHS market. This marks the next step i...
7/28/2021
The Defense Health Agency (DHA) formally established the Hawaii Market, a critical milestone in once-in-a-generation Military Health System reform effor...
7/27/2021
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Historic Watkins Field here was the site July 26 as Regional Health Command-Pacific received its new commanding genera...
7/23/2021
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Four Soldiers assigned to Regional Health Command-Pacific units are competing this week in the U.S. Army Medical Comma...
7/23/2021
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Four Soldiers assigned to Regional Health Command-Pacific units are competing this week in the U.S. Army Medical Comma...

U.S. Army Public Health Center News

7/29/2021
APHC experts created a new on-line resource for workplace vibration exposure measurements to help reduce musculoskeletal and other vibration injuries.
6/30/2021
Approximately 180 people go to the emergency room every day with firework-related injuries in the month around the 4th of July.
6/28/2021
Sexually transmitted infection rates have risen during the last six years, reaching all-time highs when last reported in 2019.
6/23/2021
Members of the Army Public Health Center COVID-19 Task Force were presented with the Army Medicine Wolf Pack Award in a virtual ceremony June 17.
6/17/2021
There is a renewed focus on the stressors and challenges experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members and their families.

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