A Public Affairs Publication of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery February 2012 MEDNEWS Items of Interest February is women’s heart health month. To learn more about heart attack signs and risk factors, watch the video: http://www. nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/ video/tht-video-risk-factors.htm. March 3 marks the Navy Medical Corps 141st birthday. Watch Vice Adm. Nathan’s leadership video on Navy Medicine’s YouTube page: http://youtu.be/Fmy_1OER0EA. Navy Weeks 2012 - Navy Medicine will be participating in the following 2012 Navy Weeks: New Orleans (April 16-23), Nashville (May 7-13), Baltimore (June 13-19), Boston (June 29-July 6), Chicago (Aug. 13-20) and Buffalo (Sept. 10-17) From Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The top medical officer for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps highlighted the key role his medical forces play in support of the operating forces to a capacity crowd at the 2012 Military Health System Conference held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Feb. 1. Navy Surgeon General, Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, told an audience of more than 1,000 U.S. military and federal health care professionals that the main mission of Navy Medicine is to keep the nation’s naval forces medically ready to operate around the world in support of U.S. national objectives. “Our job in Navy Medicine is to support the forward deployed force and provide readiness,” said Nathan. “When the world dials 911, it’s not to make an appointment.” Nathan highlighted the Navy’s global mission of being forward deployed to provide a power projection and deterrence role while also being ready to respond to humanitarian assistance and disaster response requirements. “We are a global force for good,” said Nathan. “We build our Navy for war. But we operate our Navy for peace.” The annual conference allows all the stakeholders in the U.S. military health system, including the representatives from all branches of service, TRICARE Management Activity, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to come together and share lessons learned and See WARFIGHTER, Page 3 Find us on Facebook. U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, follow us on Twitter @ Navy Medicine, read our publications on Issuu, check out our photos on Flickr, watch our videos on YouTube and read our blog on Navy Live. best practices throughout the military medicine field. During his presentation, Nathan discussed the Navy medical role in battlefield trauma care and the successes the joint medical forces have achieved in caring for those wounded during the past Photo by Johnny Bivera/Released Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general, speaks during the second day of plenary sessions during the 2012 Military Health System Conference held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 1, 2012. The MHS aims to ensure the medical readiness of U.S. service members, and to provide a ready medical force.