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U.S., Russia Propose Voluntary Bering Strait Shipping Routes > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article


By Walter Ham, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters



WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 —

In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea.

The nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the International Maritime Organization to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas.

Located in U.S. and Russian Federation territorial waters off the coasts of Alaska and Russia’s Chukotskiy Peninsula, the routes are being recommended to help ships avoid the numerous shoals, reefs and islands outside the routes and to reduce the potential for marine casualties and environmental disasters.

Voluntary Routes

The proposed two-way routes will be voluntary for all domestic and international ships.

No additional aids to navigation are being proposed to mark the recommended two-way routes and the routing measures do not limit commercial fishing or subsistence activities.

“Over the past decade, the U.S. and Russia have both observed a steady increase in Arctic shipping activity,” said Mike Sollosi, the chief of the U.S. Coast…

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Air Force Biomedical Science Corps Celebrates 53rd anniversary > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Each year the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) celebrates Biomedical Science Corps (BSC) Appreciation Week to honor the hard work, dedication and diversity of BSC Airmen all over the world.

This year’s celebration, held Jan. 22-26, marks the 53rd anniversary of the corps’ inception. The BSC was created in January of 1965 when, by Special Order CA-5, AFMS removed scientific and engineering personnel from the Medical Service Corps and combined them with the Medical Specialist Corps.

Over the past 53 years, the BSC has grown to become the most diverse of the five corps in the AFMS and includes 15 different Air Force jobs.

Across the 36th Wing, BSC Airmen can be found engaged in a wide range of duties, such as providing trusted medical care, analyzing blood samples, performing neurocognitive testing, inspecting food establishments and even testing the water we drink. The ten career fields represented at Andersen AFB include: optometry, clinical psychology, clinical social work, bioenvironmental engineering, pharmacy, biomedical laboratory, physical therapy, dieticians, physician assistants and public health officers.

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E-records Enhance Patient-Doctor Communication — Veterans Health Administration

A staff member at the Washington DC VA Medical Center introduces the My HealtheVet program to a Veteran.

by John Crawford, VA Research Communications

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Veterans with online access to their health records reported better communication with their doctors and higher levels of overall satisfaction with their care, according to a VA-sponsored study. The study was published earlier this year in The Journal of Medical Internet Research. The findings confirmed prior research that showed the benefits of shared electronic health records for both patients and their caregivers.

Between 2000 and 2010, nine VA facilities in Oregon, Florida, New York, and Washington, D.C., recruited nearly 7,500 Veterans to enroll in My HealtheVet when it was still a pilot program. Once enrolled, patients could access clinical notes, problem lists, vital signs, medications, allergies, appointments, and laboratory results, among other personal medical data.

Dr. Susan Woods and her team conducted the study at the Portland, Ore., VA Medical Center, as it had the highest rate of patient enrollment, 72 percent. Their goal was to determine what, if any, impact access to health data would have on…

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New ID Cards for Vets Enrolled in VA Health Care — Veterans Health Administration

Your new card has additional security features and a different look and feel.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Monday, February 24, 2014

NOTE: A new story on this topic was published in September, 2014. See the latest VHIC story

VA is introducing a new, secure identification card called the Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was introduced in 2004.

VA is committed to providing the high quality, safe and effective health care Veterans have earned and deserve, and part of this effort includes ensuring the personal security of Veterans.

As part of a phased rollout, on February 21, 2014, VA began issuing the newly designed, more secure VHIC to newly enrolled and other Veterans who were not issued a VIC. Starting in April VA will begin a replacement effort to automatically mail the more secure VHIC to Veterans who have the old VIC.

All Veterans who are enrolled and have the old card should have their new replacement card by July.

VA expects to complete mailings of the replacement VHICs by July. To ensure receipt of the new VHIC, enrolled Veterans should make sure that VA has their correct mailing address.

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Mattis Describes North Korea Regime as ‘Threat to the Entire World’ > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article



WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2018 —

The regime of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un remains a danger to the world, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday in Honolulu, while emphasizing diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

The goal remains the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Mattis told reporters at U.S. Pacific Command‘s headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with South Korea Minister of Defense Song Young-moo.

“The Kim regime is a threat to the entire world,” Mattis said. “It’s an international problem that requires an international solution.”

He noted three unanimous United Nations Security Council Resolutions on North Korea.

“Our response to this threat remains diplomacy led, backed up with military options available to ensure that our diplomats are understood to be speaking from a position of strength,” the secretary explained.

U.S.-South Korea ‘Ironclad and Irreplaceable’ Alliance

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Mattis Describes North Korea Regime as ‘Threat to the Entire World’ > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

WASHINGTON —

The regime of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un remains a danger to the world, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday in Honolulu, while emphasizing diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

The goal remains the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Mattis told reporters at U.S. Pacific Command’s headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with South Korea Minister of Defense Song Young-moo.

“The Kim regime is a threat to the entire world,” Mattis said. “It’s an international problem that requires an international solution.”

He noted three unanimous United Nations Security Council Resolutions on North Korea.

“Our response to this threat remains diplomacy led, backed up with military options available to ensure that our diplomats are understood to be speaking from a position of strength,” the secretary explained.

U.S.-South Korea ‘Ironclad and Irreplaceable’ Alliance

Mattis and Song reaffirmed the strength of their countries’ alliance and America’s pledge to defend South Korea and maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

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Veteran Celebrates 30 Years with Transplant Heart — Veterans Health Administration

Survivor — Veteran James Hill (Left), who received his new heart 30 years ago, shares a moment with Dr. Szabolcs Szentpetery, the VA surgeon who performed the transplant operation.

by Tom Cramer, VA Staff Writer

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sixty-one-year-old James L. Hill, an Army Veteran, is now one of the longest living heart transplant survivors in the world.

Hill received his new heart 30 years ago, back in 1984, at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va. He was 31 back then and the hospital’s 27th heart transplant patient. The hospital now has more than 300 heart transplant operations to its credit.

“I feel great,” Hill told a Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter during a January 7 ceremony to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his life-saving operation. “I just thank God for the doctors who did the surgery and the nurses who put up with me…

“I’ve been very well taken care of in the heart program here at McGuire,” he added. “And I am very thankful I’m still alive 30 years following my heart operation!”

Dr. Szabolcs Szentpetery, who served in Vietnam, performed Hill’s transplant operation three decades ago. Now 75, he’s still with the McGuire…

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Working to Achieve Safe Care for Veterans — Veterans Health Administration

Patient Safety is a job we do with one person in mind — the Veteran.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seven Days of Recognition — 365 Days of Commitment to Safe Care

March 2-8 is Patient Safety Awareness Week — an opportunity to learn about the wide range of actions VA has taken to improve patient safety.

To learn more about VA’s patient safety priority, visit the National Center for Patient Safety website.

The VA National Center for Patient Safety was established in 1999 to develop and nurture a culture of safety throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

There are patient safety managers at 151 VA hospitals and patient safety officers at 21 VA regional headquarters.

VA’s goal: the reduction and prevention of inadvertent harm to our patients. Reducing or eliminating harm to patients is the real key to patient safety.

VA’s patient safety program is based on a systems approach to problem solving — focused on prevention, not punishment.

The idea is not to target people or participate in the “name and blame” culture of the past.

One of the most important ways to do this is to learn from close calls, sometimes called “near misses,” which…

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DoD Honors Life, Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article



WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 —

The words and actions of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. changed a nation and resonate to this day with inclusiveness, equality and acts of service, speakers at the Pentagon’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance noted today.

“Fifty years ago, Dr. King shared some very powerful words up at the National Cathedral,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told the gathering at the Pentagon auditorium.

Those words, Shanahan said, are: “We are all tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”

Shanahan said those were very powerful words for the time and powerful words for today. He lauded King’s work and legacy and said he is grateful to work at the Pentagon, where inclusiveness and cohesion are standard.

Obligation to Service

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Marcia M. Anderson, the first African-American female major general in the Army Reserve, delivered the keynote speech.

The federal holiday honoring King, which falls on the third Monday in January, should be a national day of service, she said. The day can also be a springboard for a commitment to…

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