INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MILITARY FLIGHT SURGEON PILOTS
IAMFSP NEWSLETTER SPRING 2005
Lt Col Mark Adams, Headquarters Director Army Aviation,
Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 8DY, UK
(and a few extra notes about our history/people as we close in on the 20 year mark)
As I sit here at my laptop in the Spring of 2005, the calendar says it is time to write my last President’s message to you. As I do so, I cannot help but to think back over nearly 20 years of the history of this organization and the fine people in it. The officers I have served with in this organization, past and present, are among the finest people I have ever known in my life, and I am grateful for your friendship, support, leadership and vision. I’ll never forget the day that fellow Virginia Tech graduate then-Colonel (Dr) Tom Travis took a chance and called and asked me to serve as his Secretary/Treasurer. Later, I served in various roles under excellent IAMFSP President’s Cols Malcolm Braithwaite and Pete Mapes. With Dr Frank Austin’s direct support and guidance behind the scenes as a former AsMA President and long-time IAMFSP supporter, we all pressed ahead and became a Constituent Society of AsMA during Col Braithwaite’s tenure, which lead to us directly impacting the last three AsMA President’s and various VP slots through the Nominations Process. Now, we proudly have an IAMFSP member, Dr Mike Bagshaw, as our next AsMA President! I might add that IAMFSP President-elect CAPT (Dr) Dave Hiland has done a super job representing us on the Nominations Committee the past few years and as been a true partner and leader helping IAMFSP and AsMA through the last year, as has our fine Newsletter Editor L/C (Dr) Mark Adams, Treasurer CDR (Dr) Kris Belland, and Secretary/Webmaster CDR (Dr) Ed Park. I also want to recognize L/C Shepard Stone, since he has contributed significantly to helping us start our Endowment Fund to build up our long-term reserves. We are going to have four or five offices opening up for IAMFSP members to step into as the current terms expire at the May Meeting —I hope that some of our members out there will “step up” to the challenge.
…Just sitting here recalling all of these years… I may be the last IAMFSP President that will serve that was at the first “official” Charter Meeting of IAMFSP in Nashville, TN in 1986. The year before, at an AsMA Meeting, Founding President CAPT (Dr) Jim Baker, USN (ret) and CAPT (Dr) Frank Austin, USN (ret) (along with other Naval/Air Force officers) had agreed to form the IAMFSP organization, so we will soon enter our 20th year--at least informally-- as an organization. I sat as a very young guy in that room amazed at the talent that surrounded me (and, am STILL amazed at all of our people’s many talents, BTW). The discussions and debates at that first meeting-- such as should IAMFSP let people become full members in the organizations besides “just” pure Pilot-Physicians, for example-- framed many of our discussions for the next 10-15 years. Just before that first meeting, I had met a guy that knew USN Dual Designator CDR (Dr) “Sonny” Carter while I was touring Patuxent River at the USN Test Pilot School “open house.” Sonny Carter immediately wrote me and told me that the best way to “combine flying and science” was as a pilot-physician, or something similar with alternate pathways. He stayed in touch with me, then put me in touch with then CAPT (Dr) Jim Baker, and I was invited to the meeting in Nashville. There I met longtime members Bill Miller, Jack Shields, Chuck Antonio, and many others during those few days. CAPT Baker ran the first official meeting at the Annual Scientific Meeting of AsMA in 1986, and they decided to officially form IAMFSP from the shadow group that had met informally the year before. About fifteen years later, I became the first reserve instructor for the new Crew Systems Analysis curriculum that Dr Jim Casler and I developed in the USN Test Pilot School at Patuxent River in 00-01, thanks to the path and advice that IAMFSP members Sonny Carter and Jim Baker gave me throughout the years. Both Jim and Sonny had been in the Test Pilot School at Pax at different times in their careers. Former Navy CDR John O’Connor is there still running, upgrading this curriculum at USN TPS, and doing an excellent job.
Since then those first days, IAMFSP has sponsored or co-sponsored over 30 scientific sessions at AsMA, beginning with our first one in 1988 that CDR Sonny Carter and B/G Rufus DeHart co-chaired-- and for years our panels were on the “hit parade” of the top 3-to-5 requested panels for tapes sales from the annual AsMA Scientific Programs. IAMFSP has also received high marks for the quality of our panels for years, with some years having standing-room-only when the AsMA Conference was really full, and our IAMFSP sessions were really “creative” and particularly relevant.
We have done some good things as well—IAMFSP connections have helped to save a few flying careers in recent years from medical disqualification by the proper referrals. Socially, we have improved IAMFSP functions for members beginning in the late 1990’s when we started a light dinner and open bar after our Annual Business Meeting, so that we could socialize more with each other while at AsMA Meetings to build camaraderie, and that has been a solid move for this group. I clearly remember then-President Col (Dr) Tom Travis, USAF wholly supporting any new and good ideas for IAMFSP, and he enthusiastically supported us having our first “social” of dinner and drinks after the Business part of the meeting was concluded (FYI—He is now our Commanding Brigadier General here at the 311th Human Systems Wing!).
We have lost a few good IAMFSP members through the years, and now is a good time to remember them and mark the time that has passed. Maj (Dr) Tom Koritz was killed in action flying in Iraq in an F-15E near Basra in Gulf War I. My friend and mentor CDR (Dr) Sonny Carter was flown into the ground during an approach to an airport on the coast of Georgia in a civilian aircraft (as a passenger) while on duty as a NASA Astronaut in about the same time period. CAPT (Dr) Dave Brown, USN perished on Columbia, and just last year right after our meeting, our webmaster Dr Harry Hoffman passed away due to an unexpected massive MI after waging a “darn heroic” battle against a cancer with new high-tech magic bullet chemo-therapy that only a few of us knew about.
Harry Hoffman’s daughter Shelia Hoffman wrote me last week and said this about her father:
“I have no doubt he left Alaska [AsMA Meetinglast year] happy, in fact giddy. He called his girlfriend when he got home and told her he couldn't wait to tell her about his trip and show her his award [for his IAMFSP Webwizard work that we gave him]. His suitcase was not fully unpacked and the award you [IAMFSP] gave him was still sitting on his kitchen table when I walked into his house [after his passing], it was the first thing I saw.”
Shelia Hoffman went on to say how much he appreciated our IAMFSP Award, just days before his passing. As I write this last President’s note thinking back over about 20 years of our organization, I think of these members’ great attributes that we have lost—but that have given us so much-- including the infectious enthusiasm of Sonny Carter, the focus of Tom Koritz, the eclectic and space-dedicated Dave Brown, and the service to many organizations of Harry Hoffman.
Sometimes, until something like this happens, it is hard to realize how important it is for us to just stop a minute and say “thank you” to our loyal members for their years of service, support and friendship.
Just 2 days before CAPT Dave Brown was lost on Columbia, I was on the phone with his flight surgeon Dr Smith Johnston at NASA, and Smith exchanged messages between me and Dave (former IAMFSP President), who was in orbit. The last thing I said to Dave Brown was that “…the IAMFSP Pilot-Physicians were with you in spirit, and praying for your safe return.” He thanked me for that, and signed off. Dave Brown was the IAMFSP President that originally started our website, before they were really the “rage.” Truly, a visionary fellow.
I also think of my good friend and our Founding President CAPT Jim Baker, his mentor and friend Dr Frank Austin—with Frank now having serious health issues. I also think of one of our oldest members Dr Fred Kelly that received the highest award from the Space Medicine Branch last year for service as a NASA Flight Surgeon in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle programs, and am grateful to hear from him this month that he has very successfully battled cancer with a recent operation and is recovering very nicely in Oregon near his family.
Please try to come to our business meeting/social gathering this year on Wednesday night at 6:00 PM in Kansas City, as we enter our 20th year, and honor and thank Jim Baker, Frank Austin, Ed Park, and Kris Belland for their past and recent contributions to IAMFSP-- and to remember our organization’s history, accomplishments, and friendships. There may never be a better time to reflect back on where we have been, with the hope and great future for IAMFSP and its members that lies ahead, since we still have many of our senior founding leaders with us. We are, in fact, in a unique position to help change the world for the better.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve with you these years as an officer of this exceptional organization. And, I THANK YOU, my chain of command at Brooks (particularly Col’s Glenn Hover and Lex Brown), and our present/past members and officers, for the dedicated support you have given IAMFSP in our programs, panels, and the other work that we have accomplished together these many years. It has been a pleasure working with you all.
Ad Astra (“To the Stars”—meant in several ways).
Capt Dwight Holland, Ph.D., USAFR
Brooks City Base, TX
VICE PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
IAMFSP Vice President Spring 2005 Newsletter
We will soon be at the 2005 conference. Col Pete Mapes, our Program Chair, and IAMFSP President, Dwight Holland, have been working hard to ensure that we again have a great scientific program. We have 2 sessions on Tuesday, and I hope to see you there. During the annual business meeting this year we will be honoring some of our founding members. Assisting with the arrangements for the business meeting is Kris Belland. Kris graciously stepped in to assume the Treasurer duties and he has arranged some terrific dinning pleasure for all of us. The IAMFSP business meeting and dinner will be at the Westin, Pershing North Room, Wednesday, May 11 from 1800 to 2400.
I have had the honor of being on the nominating committee this year. Several of you gave me recommendations for AsMA Council membership and for Vice President. Thank you for your assistance with biography information. With your help, I got several of our members nominated. Last year we had some very well deserved luck with the voting process. I am confident that some of our IAMFSP nominees will again be elected. Dwight Holland certainly sets the standard for aggressive participation within the AsMA organization. Although few of us have the time or energy to match Dwight’s contributions, I recommend that you make yourself known to the general membership through participation and leadership in the AsMA committees. That participation will greatly increase your chances for success at being chosen for council membership or AsMA Vice President.
In February, I hosted the Navy’s 2005 Occupational Health and Preventive Medicine Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This annual Navy Environmental Health Center sponsored conference includes training and updates for all of the Navy’s Prevention and Health Promotion Specialties. The emphasis this year was again on the deployed preventive medicine mission in Iraq. For the past several years the Navy’s Flight Surgeons have held their Problems Course during the conference. This year one of our IAMFSP past presidents, Dr. Dave Salisbury, was a speaker.
All military physicians are being tasked to the maximum with work that is related to or in direct support of the Global War on Terror. I know that you are all very busy and I highly value the time and effort that you give to AsMA and to IAMFSP. We will be holding elections for several IAMFSP officer positions during our business meeting. Please let us know if you are interested in running for an IAMFSP office, or becoming our Membership Chair, or Newsletter Editor as Mark Adams finishes his tour in that role. We will also need some Webmaster support in the next year as Ed Park goes to Residency. Please join us for a pleasant evening of “War” stories and hangar flying. The menu that Kris has selected looks great so I highly recommend that you attend to share lies about piloting, honor some of our members, and enjoy.
CAPT, MC, USN
Vice President, IAMFSP
Navy Environmental Health Center
620 John Paul Jones Cir, Ste 1100
Portsmouth, VA 23708-2103
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY and WEBMASTER
Greetings fellow physician pilots.
The first item on my agenda for this newsletter is to express my regrets that I will not see you at the annual meeting in Kansas City this year. Nor is it likely that I will be able to attend AsMA for the upcoming three years. I am currently preparing to move from Pax River to the Washington DC metro area at the end of April. I will be assigned to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD as a resident in the neurology program and start work on May 9, just in time to conflict with the AsMA meeting.
What’s that? Resident, you say? Why yes. I will be undergoing my second residency in the spirit of VADM Don Arthur’s vision of the future of the Navy Medical Corps comprising a cadre of physicians well versed in both a clinical specialty as well as operational medicine. Returning to the hospital setting will be quite a paradigm shift for me. I’ve been here at Pax River in an aeromedical consultant and research role for the past few years. Regrettably, this change also represents an end to military flying for me for the foreseeable future. So be it.
To all of you aspiring to contribute more than mere membership to the IAMFSP, think about taking an officer position in the Association. The Corresponding Secretary will be one of the positions open for election this year.
I have offered to continue to manage the web site and email group, so if our incoming President, Dave Hiland, wants me to stay on in the capacity of Webmaster, I will. There is still potential to make our e-resources more than they are so contribute your ideas.
Cheers to all; see you on the Web.
PAY YOUR DUES, and DONATE TO THE ENDOWMENT FUND!
Great appreciation and Thanks to Patrick Lowry for an outstanding job as the out-going IAMFSP Treasurer!
We are working on Tax Free 501 (c)(3) status as a "Not-for-Profit Charitable" organization. The plan is to have the application Charitable completed prior to AsMA meeting. We have a Tax Lawyer directing the efforts. There will be some pro-forma changes to the constitution to support his effort, and we will attempt to get a virtual vote for the changes prior to the AsMA meeting in May.
Finances As of 01MAR 2005
CHECKING $ 63.16
Set Aside Endowment Fund (EF) D.
L/C Stone and Dwight Holland are major contributors to this fund of 463.63. The EF is established to
eventually sustain Awards and future scholarships. We could use a Corporate Sponsorship/Endowment Committee to get things moving if a few people are interested in beating the bushes (nicely) for money. After we get around $10,000.00 in it, we can put it in a Money Market and use it to pay for our awards, and maybe part of our annual business meeting expenses.
Plug for Dues! Will be collecting dues at AsMA meeting! $15.00 for one year or $40.00 for three years.
The Association might want to consider LIFE MEMBERSHIP for say $500.00...just a thought.
We also accept cash donations! Even though we are working for formal recognition as a Tax Free Organization, ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE FOR US CITIZENS!
Kris M. Belland
CDR MC USN
THIRD Fleet Surgeon
53690 Tomahawk Dr STE 338
San Diego CA 92147-5004
(619) 524-9541 DSN 524-9541
Cell (619) 726-9892
AsMA 2005 IAMFSP PANEL
Here is the Panel Chair Report:
On 10 May 2005, the Aerospace Medical Association has a resolution coming up at the Annual Lunchtime Business Meeting recommending that automated ground collision avoidance equipment be included in all aircraft with electronic flight controls. This is a very important and
timely resolution which will be considered immediately before our IAMFSP Panel Titled "Avoiding Terrain Impact Caused by Spatial Disorientation and Loss of Situational Awareness."
PLEASE, turn out in force at the meeting! This is an important issue for the IAMFSP to support.
We are providing Maintenance Of Certification (MOC) credit with all of our abstracts this year in support of recertification for Specialists in Aerospace, Occupational and General Preventive Medicine!
We had a great response to our request for abstracts and have a world class pair of panels to present! Our first panel begins at 1400 in the "Hyatt-Atlanta" room.
The lead paper will be Bill Ercoline presenting the Joint US DoD definition of Spatial Disorientation that was agreed upon at a joint forces meeting at the USAF Safety Center late in 2004. This will be the first peer-reviewed, public presentation of this information.
Erik Virre & C. Strychacz from the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, Ca follow with a paper titled "Neurophysiologic Detection of Spatial Disorientation States."
The Navy continues to weigh in with Cohn, Stripling, Muth & Brendley discussing "Combining Brain & Behavioral Approaches to Understand Spatial Disorientation."
Dr. Park from GWU in DC then presents "Situational Awareness in an Aircraft Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) Mishap."
Dr. Agerton takes us shipboard with "Somatogravic/Occulogravic Illusion And It's Relation To US Navy Carrier Operations".
To end the first session, Maj Julia Sundstrom sorts out "Flight Conditions Leading to Class A Spatial Disorientation In USAF Fighter Operations: FY 92-03" and gives the first peer reviewed light of day to research that has never been done before. The results, while very sensible, contradict some beliefs taught incorrectly in the USAF for over two decades.
Our second panel will continue at 1600 in the "Hyatt-Atlanta" room and leads off with a British Paper titled "An Assessment of the influence of Spatial Disorientation Upon British Military Accidents From 1983 to 2002" by Alistair Bushby et al.
Don Swihart, the guru of the USAF Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) from AFRL/VA, follows with some breathtaking videos and a nuts and bolts lecture of how Auto-GCAS works and how effective it is.
The USAF AETC ETTAP study will follow looking at selecting trainers to introduce pilots to SD.
This study, titled "A Comparison of Three Candidate Flight Simulators for Teaching Spatial Disorientation Countermeasures in USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training" will be presented by Kovats backed up by Rick Evans and Bill Ercoline.
Bill Albery bats forth with a presentation titled "Reducing the possibility of Spatial Disorientation, Controlled Flight Into Terrain, Or Loss of Situational Awareness Via Enhancing the Pilot's Aircraft Attitude Awareness”. This presentation will introduce attendees to the Spatial Orientation
Retention Device, or SORD, concept for decreasing CFIT.
I'll give the fifth presentation discussing "The Business Case For Installation of Auto-GCAS & the Automatic Airborne Collision Avoidance System(Auto-ACAS) in the F-16". The methodology I've developed has been adopted by both the USAF and USN Safety Centers for business case
preparation so this is very timely and has many other applications.
To end the second panel, Dwight Holland & D. Rhodes will provide "An Update On The Latest Developments For Creating A More Robust USAF Systems Engineering Process Through MIT's Lean Aerospace Initiative".
I promise you that a lot of learning will be going on the afternoon of Tuesday the Tenth of May in Kansas City. On Thursday, 12 May 2005 at 0830, there is a related panel with an abstract by Bob Nullmeyer at 0930 being presented in the "Hyatt-San Francisco" room. In this presentation, Bob should cover the joint definition of Situational Awareness arrived at during the same meeting that created the joint definition of SD. Other HFACS papers in this panel are very important for our community to be aware of. I encourage you to attend.
It will be an exciting meeting and we will make important contributions
to it's success!
Sincere Best Regards,
3764 Woodbrook Way
Beavercreek, Ohio 45430-1628
AsMA 2005 AGM and SOCIAL
This year the AGM and social will be held on Wednesday 11 May 2005 between 1730 and 2400, in Pershing North.
CDR W. “Dave” Agerton, USN left VF 211 and has now reported to VX-9 in China Lake. Along the way he transitioned from the mighty swing wing Tomcat into the FA18. Currently he is the Aeromedical Operational Test Director for 3 joint Aviation Life Support equipment projects.
Col Byron Hepburn, MC, USAF-- Currently the commander at David Grant Medical Center at Travis AFB in California. Supporting several sustained ops initiatives and flying as a flight surgeon in the KC-10//and C-5. Actively flying a friend's Piper Commanche.
Capt Dwight Holland, USAFR has been selected for promotion to Major in the reserves, and is currently serving on the AsMA Executive Committee. He will assume the role of President of the Space Medicine Branch beginning in May 2005 for a year. He is a reservist in the Performance Enhancement Division at Brooks City Base in the 311th Human Systems Wing.
L/C Glenn Hover, USAF—Currently Chief of Operations for 311 HSW/PEX at Brooks City Base has received the Air Force Material Command Field Grade Physiologist of the Year Award 2004.
CAPT (Dr) Fred Kelly, USNR (ret) is staying near his family in western Oregon as he recovers from a successful cancerous colon operation. He says “hello” to all of his IAMFSP/AsMA friends.
Maj Rawson Wood, MC, USAF is moving to San Antonio for the Residency in Aerospace Medicine at Brooks starting in June 2005. He has been selected for promotion to Lt Col and has been decorated with his third Air Medal.
The major changes were detailed in the last newsletter. However, we have said our farewell to Malcolm Braithwaite who, after many outstanding years of service to British Army aviation medicine, and 7 years as our Consultant Advisor, has had to move on. He has presided over a golden period for recruiting into our SAM cadre which leaves the specialty in a robust condition and with a healthy future. His broader achievements in aviation medicine, and SD in particular, are well known to you all. He now works as the senior occupational medicine advisor to the Army training agency (ATRA). He was given an appropriately “boozy” send-off by the current SAM cadre at the end of March, and we wish to extend our thanks to him for all he has done for Army aviation medicine.
To paraphrase the words of the TV show Frasier:
“Braithwaite has left the Building”.
This will be my last newsletter as editor. It has been a pleasure serving you all in this small way and to working with the other officers. Many thanks to those of you who have contributed on a regular basis over the past two years; it has made my task that much easier.
Last year we were able to marvel at the achievement of ‘SpaceShip One’, and the relative simplicity, perhaps touched with a little genius, of its design. This year we have another aviation first: GlobalFlyer.
Best wishes to you all and I look forward to seeing many of you at AsMA.