PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Members of a U.S. Navy organization dedicated to supporting Navy and Marine Corps aviation units hosted the U.S. Navy Aeromedical Conference Jan. 14-17 aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Fleet-wide operational Aviation Medicine Technicians (AVT), flight
surgeons, and aerospace physiologists from U.S. Navy and Marine Corps
units - as well as U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and
National Guard service members, attended the U.S. Naval Aeromedical
Conference, a forum for flight surgeons, physiologists and AVTs to
discuss matters important to their community.
Attendees also attended lectures from experts in particular areas of
aviation medicine and shared ideas, something Naval Aerospace Medical
Institute (NAMI) Officer-in-Charge Capt. Charles Ciccone said is
integral to the continued success U.S. Navy aeromedical personnel have
"The theme of the conference, 'Distance Medicine and En-Route Care,'
provided an outstanding opportunity for a joint learning environment and
provided a critical update to our joint aeromedical operational forces
who are directly supporting overseas contingency operations for the
global war on terrorism," he said.
Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and Deputy Surgeon
General Rear Adm. Michael Mittelman and Commander, 81st Medical Group
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Kory Cornum also attended the three-day event
Ciccone said NAMI is the Navy's recognized expert in aerospace medicine
and provides aeromedical consultation services, develops aeromedical
standards and provides training to Navy, joint, and allied aeromedical
personnel. NAMI hosts the event to ensure communication between members
of the aerospace medicine community.
"We train commissioned and enlisted aeromedical personnel for naval
aviation," Ciccone said. "The U.S. Naval Aeromedical Conference allows
us to update our aeromedical personnel on the latest and best advances
and allows us to remain on the cutting edge of aerospace medicine."
The conference showcased a series of open-forum lectures as well as
breakout sessions including topics such as Radiation Health and Nuclear
Field Duty, Aviation Safety Perspectives in Aeromedical Transport and an
update from the U.S. Army's Flight Paramedic Program. The conference is
one of the few military conferences specifically tailored toward
Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) Commanding Officer
Capt. James Norton said the conference underscores the important role
aviation medical personnel play in global operations on a daily basis,
citing the specific and often difficult tasking with which these men and
women often face.
"Naval aviation's role in contingency operations has remained at the
forefront of conflicts for the past several decades," he said. "U.S.
Naval flight surgeons and aerospace physiologists who clear the pilots
to fly these missions, train them on aviation sensory and acceleration
physiology, life-support systems, egress and water survival. They
provide a service that directly impacts each and every naval aviator.
This is a highly specific and demanding area of Navy Medicine, and the
service members who are part of this community are some of the best in
Navy aerospace physiologists are involved in survival training,
research, development, testing and evaluation to improve aviator
performance and aircrew survivability, and aeromedical operational and
NAMI is a component of NMOTC, the recognized global leader in
operational medical and aviation survival training, which reports to
Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC) which manages Navy
Medicine's formal enlisted and officer education and training programs,
medical operational training for medical and medical support personnel
deploying worldwide, and training that prepares aviators and flight
crews to survive in land and water mishaps.
NAMI, NMOTC and NMETC are all part of the Navy Medicine team, a global
health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who
provide high-quality health care to more than 1 million eligible
beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines
worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air,
under the sea and on the battlefield.