FALL 1996
The deadline for next year's panel at AsMA 97 is approaching. Please submit abstracts to AsMA by 31 Oct 96 with an info copy to me.

Our theme in Chicago is Night Vision Goggles. Dr. Chuck Antonio has volunteered to organize this part of the panel. He thinks we will justify two sessions, so if there are papers on other topics, we can give you the usual 10+5 minute format for your presentation. Be aware, though, that the usual criteria for acceptance apply to individual papers. Be good science ... or be elsewhere! Seriously, a few of the papers we review each year are rejected for lack of science or for duplicating another paper.

If you haven't presented before, please do. Most often, we have the highest attendance and most interesting, current topic of any AsMA panel. Operational findings, especially those concerning night vision, will enhance our panel and educate other aerospace medicine physicians.

If you have some research brewing, write the abstract now!


Geoff McCarthy

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Greetings from San Antonio! I very pleased to report that I have run into LtCol Bob Munson a couple of times around Brooks AFB and that he seems to have survived the trip back from Farnborough in one piece. While he's happy to be back home, he says he misses the flying already. I've invited him to go with me in the Mooney but, outside of helping him shop for a plane of his own, there isn't much else I can do to help him.

I'm getting the Fall newsletter out early because I need to reach everyone about the upcoming scientific program in May. Please see the letter above from Col McCarthy in the Scientific Program Chair Section.

Look for the Winter Newsletter in February. I take the Aerospace Medicine Board Exam in November and follow it with a TDY to Dallas to work with American Airlines for two months. In the month of January I will be in Seattle working with Boeing at Renton Field courtesy of Dr. Fred Tilton. I must say that the Occupational Medicine Residency Year of the Aerospace Medicine Residency has some exciting rotations. I'm currently at Kelly AFB for a two month rotation in the Occupational Medicine Clinic. I have been very impressed with the teaching available there. Other electives include the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Region 8 of the Texas Department of Health, a public health elective and four months of clinical electives at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. The Occupational Medicine Year has been given accreditation by the ACGME and really is a world class program leading to U.S. Board Certification in Occupational Medicine.
Col (Sel.) Rodger Vanderbeek, USAF is currently TDY to Little Rock AFB in Arkansas, U.S.A. for training as a MC-130 aircraft commander. He is now stationed at Hurlburt Field in Florida where he serves as the Command Surgeon for the United States Air Force Special Operations Command. He reports that instruction in the MH-53 will follow his introduction to the MC-130. His new E-mail is

EDITOR'S NOTE: I've asked for a brief article to print in an upcoming newsletter so stay tuned.

Major William 'Bill' Tarver reports that he has completed the USAF residency in Aerospace (and Occupational) Medicine and is now assigned as the Chief, Aeromedical Services for the 8th Medical Group at Kunsan Air Base. For those of you familiar with the traditions of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, he reports that he has been initiated into the 'Wolfpack' and is looking forward to flying the F-16D. His E-mail is I'm sure that he would appreciate some mail. The weather report from Kunsan is 'hot and humid.' We wish him the best. Fortunately, the tour is a one year assignment.

Second Lieutenant William Hallier has moved now that he has started his third year at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

He has completed a rotation in OB-GYN at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and Psychiatry at Andrews AFB in Camp Springs, Maryland. He continues at Malcolm Grow in Outpatient Internal Medicine and is looking forward to Inpatient Internal Medicine at Wright-Patterson AFB in mid-November. He likes clinical medicine a whole lot more than the lecture hall. To quote him, 'I think clinical medicine is a blast and definitely makes sitting in a lecture hall for two years worthwhile.' He is looking forward to taking the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course at Brooks AFB next winter. His E-mail is

Major Philip J. Lavallee is a first year resident in aerospace and occupational medicine at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas and is currently studying for a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas School of Health.

Major William B. Klein reports that he has moved from Mountain Home AFB to Europe.

CAPTAIN Bruce K. Bohnker, USN has moved to the Executive Officer billet at the Naval Hospital in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He says it is, 'One of the 'flying a big metal desk'; equivalents that I always heard about. He was 'underway' during the May AsMA meeting and regretfully reports the loss of two crews in a CH-46 mid-air collision with an AH-1T. 14 crew and passengers died in that mishap. He notes that mishaps like this remind him of the importance of his flight experience and the insights it provides him. His E-mail addresses (two) are: or
Dr. Robert H. Huxter, M.D. is currently serving as the Regional Coroner for Metropolitan Toronto.
Major Elliot Rosenberg reports that he is currently assigned as the Chief, Human Factors Section, Flight Safety Branch, Israeli Air Force Aviation Safety Inspection Directorate. He recently completed a Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency in Israel, authored an Aviator Fatigue Countermeasures Guide and a new human factors magazine titled 'Heart of the Envelope' in Hebrew for the Israeli Air Force. His E-mail address is:
Now I'll put on my treasurer hat and provide the current financial status of the IAMFSP. As of today, 25 September 1996, we have $1,209.95 in savings and $1,442.01 in checking. This will decrease slightly with the cost of this newsletter. I don't have the latest bill for the homepage but it is only $10/month.
Each September, with the publishing of the AsMA directory issue, the Secretary-Treasurer scrubs the address list against the AsMA addresses. Please update any changes promptly. Unless I hear differently, I will preferentially use the AsMA address of record. Please take the time to fill out and return the attached membership information update page if you have experienced any change. I also would like to have any news of members that you would like to share.
The following members are delinquent in dues of $10 per year after the year posted by their names. We are not doing badly, only 34 of 82 members are delinquent and 10 of the 34 are only one year out.
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