INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MILITARY FLIGHT SURGEON
P.O. Box 21792, Roanoke, VA 24018
IAMFSP NEWSLETTER WINTER 2000 EDITION
IAMFSP OFFICER REPORTS
(Middle Wallop, UK - Jan 00)
Greetings from the depth of a very wet winter in the UK and a Happy New Year to you all - I trust the hangovers are long gone (mine is!)
You will be pleased to hear that Kris Belland has organized a superb (double session) panel for next year's AsMA meeting - further details to appear in the April 2000 Newsletter. My personal thanks to him and also to Pete Mapes and Tom Travis for "smoothing" the abstracts through the scientific review process. Not that they lacked scientific quality - far from it, but more that the submission process was complicated this year by AsMA's insistence on electronic submission - a task that proved impossible from the UK!
You will recall that in the last newsletter, as well as my own "objectives" for IAMFSP, I set out several proposals for the Association for which I encouraged discussion before we meet formally at next year's business meeting. In particular, these were a mission statement, a resolution and a proposal to have an IAMFSP President's Award to one of our most deserving members. Please do review these issues and state your support or criticism over the next few months so that we may have an informed and fruitful discussion in Houston.
We are "knocking on the door" of 100 members of IAMFSP - that's the magic number by which we can achieve constituent (rather than affiliate) status of AsMA. May I exhort you all to try your very best to recruit qualified professional colleagues to the Association. It would be a great "millennium" achievement if we could make it by May this year. Please remember that they must also be AsMA members.
Finally, my thanks to our gallant secretary, Dwight, for coordinating this newsletter (and other important business) - an impressive task given the present intensity of his college studies!
I wish you all a healthy and successful 2000, and look forward to seeing you all in Houston (but there will be another Newsletter before then!)
VICE PRESIDENT NOTES
We are going to have a super couple of sessions in Houston in May. The abstracts filled two sessions on Tuesday afternoon. Kris Belland and the program committee have woven a fascinating couple of sessions together that range from tutorial to original research and from jet airplanes to helicopters.
The IAMFSP business meeting will occur early Wednesday evening so that we do not conflict with the excellent trip AsMA has set up on Tuesday night to Space Center Houston. The Space Center will be open to AsMA members and their guests with a nominal charge subsidized from two corporate sponsors. Since I live in San Antonio I'm going to spring my kids from school early that day so that they can participate. Please plan on attending and if you are bringing family to Houston you should make sure they attend as well. AsMA has also set up a tour of the Johnson Space Center all day on Friday that includes the neutral bouyancy facility, the vacuum chambers and the hypoechoic chamber. This should be very interesting for teenagers and up, space is limited so first come, first serve. Registration forms should be coming out now so register early in order to be able to get to everything you would like to see.
On the membership front for AsMA as a whole, we have been basically stable at 3300 ± a few members as of November for the last 3 years. The sad part is that we have had over 700 non-renewals in the last year. Please make an effort to bring some of your compatriots to our organization. With the end of the Asian recession and an improving global economic outlook, we have an opportunity to show some real growth in Houston this May. Besides, with a dynamite agenda planned, this is a great year to take advantage of AsMA membership. We still have the deal to provide you with a year's free membership if you recruit three new (never-before) members in a year. There is a space on the membership forms in the journal to record your name as a sponsoring member to receive the credit. Over the next several years we have some great meeting locations. Reno in 01, Quebec in 02 and Anchorage Alaska in 04.
That's all for now. See you in Houston!
Sincere Best Regards,
IAMFSP Webmaster Input:
Greetings to everyone. Right up front let me offer my apologies for the IAMFSP Website being sadly out of date - no excuses, just an acknowledgement that it's my responsibility, and I will update the page at the very earliest opportunity (probably within the first week of 2000).
With that, here is some basic information about the Website and the IAMFSP e-mail (eGroup) list, just as a reminder:
The URL (Web Address) for the official IAMFSP Website is:
The Website is an evolution of the fine basic past work of NASA Mission Specialist David M. Brown and LCDR Eric Schindler, USN. The Geocities site is free, and provides easy turnover for subsequent webmasters.
One of the planned updates is replacing the outdated photo of LtGen Anderson (and some of our members) with our group photo from the Detroit meeting. I also have some excellent photos of past-President, COL Tom Travis, placing a wreath at the tomb of the Polish Unknown Soldier.
If anyone has any IAMFSP-related photos they think would be appropriate for the website, please send them to me either in graphic format or as originals (I can scan them and return them).
Another anticipated change is the "logo" which appears at the top of the Website. Presently it's a small-sized scan of our IAMFSP logo/patch. But it's a little too small to see good detail. I've dug out one of the patches I have from storage and re-scanned it to better detail. Since there is a move afoot to redesign the logo/patch, it will give everyone a better look at the present design. While digging out my patch, I also came across some older Newsletters which pre-date our Website, so I will try to get those scanned with my OCR software and placed in the Newsletter Archives. Again, sorry for the tardiness on all of this.
The e-mail address for the IAMFSP eGroup is: <IAMFSP@egroups.com>
For those who might not know, this is an online electronic "bulletin board" where all subscribers get a copy of any e-mail sent by others to the address above. It's a great way to keep in touch and for us to conduct some society business between annual meetings. I promise you that your mailbox will NOT be overwhelmed, based on current message volume.
If you are not already subscribed, it's easy. Just send a blank e-mail from the account you want subscribe/unsubscribe as follows:
You can also read past messages and control your subscription parameters (ie: daily messages vs. digest format or read on the web only) by going to the eGroups website:
Specifically, our eGroup is located at:
In order to enter the site, you must first have "registered" (free!) using the e-mail address you're subscribed to the list with. Just follow the instructions onscreen (which include receiving an e-mail for confirmation with a temporary password for security).
That should do it for this issue of the Newsletter. Best Wishes for a happy and prosperous...and SAFE new Millennium!
Harry Hoffman, MD, MPH
Welcome to all to the new millennium. The future has never been brighter for IAMFSP from a financial perspective. We have the following balances in our accounts as of 12/3/99:
Money Market: $ 4,362.72
Savings: $ 236.89
Checking: $ 206.11
The balances shown are before this mailing and copy costs.
The Money Market Fund is yielding a respectable 4.6/4.7 % per annum, which is not too bad. Since so many members have started paying ahead, I would suggest that we take $ 2,000 - 2,500 of the Money Market Fund and invest it in a higher performing Mutual Fund that we may write checks out of if needed. This will give us the opportunity to make a higher return on our members’ money. The Money Market Fund, while superior to a traditional savings account, cannot give us returns anywhere near the returns that a well-selected Mutual Fund can provide. If approved by the membership, I will watch that investment very closely, and if it goes down 15% due to the markets going bad, I could pull our money out of the fund. In this way we can get higher yields on the monies “just sitting around” over a longer period of time. Since this requires a vote of the organization, I’ll wait to hear if the members want me to do this. I personally routinely invest in many different stocks and mutual funds, and will pick the best one with a good risk-reward profile (a 5 star fund by Morningstar, for instance). This is just a proposal. Let us discuss it over the internet. Any thoughts, pro or con, or suggestions are welcome. Since we are allowing people to pay dues early now, it would really pay off to put that money to work, rather than the money just sitting around at 4.65 % getting a small return.
My report on members is mixed. We have picked up 10 new members at/since the May Meeting ! Thanks to a senior founding member giving $ 200.00 for new memberships, and our collective recruiting efforts, we are now at 89 members (the ones listed below are not in this count). However, we have more than a handful of members that are realistically “borderline” in terms of the future, based upon waning contact and lapsing AsMA memberships (as compared with the AsMA directory and serious dues lateness). SO, WE NEED TO KEEP WORKING TOGETHER TO REACH OUR GOAL OF 100-110 VIABLE MEMBERS BY MAY 2000.
PLEASE, RENEW YOUR ASMA DUES AND KEEP US INFORMED OF YOUR ADDRESS AND EMAIL CHANGES.
There are several members we have not heard from in several years, as best I can ascertain from old newsletters and other records. After several attempts to contact them, I would suggest that we delete them from the active file. These members are:
Matts Aldman, Swedish Air Force (?) -- Not an AsMA member; no dues since 1993.
Rufus DeHart, retired USAF -- Not an AsMA member; no dues since 1993.
Walter Elrod-- Not an AsMA member; no recent contact.
Gabriel Gelves-- Not an AsMA member; no recent contact.
Alf Ingesson-Thoor-- Not an AsMA member; no recent contact.
Wolfgang Krause-- Not an AsMA member; no recent contact.
Joe Tordella-- No dues/contact since 1993.
Individuals on Email List not in AsMA Directory:
Members Dues Status:
The number indicates the year paid through.
Shepard Stone 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Bob Ryan 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 05, 07, 08
James Baker 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Frank Austin 99, 00, 01, 02, 03
Jim Roudebush 99, 00, 01, 02, 03
Lee Harvis 99, 00, 01, 02, 03
Fred Kelly 99, 00, 01, 02, 03
Dwight Holland 99, 00, 01, 02
Joel Erskin 99, 00, 01
Tom McNish 99, 00, 01
Mike Adams 99, 00
Pete Mapes 99, 00
Tom Travis 99, 00
Mark Ivey 99, 00
Michael Simmons 99, 00
Jan Linder 99, 00
Glenn Merchant 99, 00
Tom Tredici 99, 00
Fred Leonard 99, 00
Bruce Bohnker 99, 00
Kris Belland 99, 00
Dave Salisbury 99, 00
James Webb 99, 00
Bob Munson 99, 00
Steve Blizzard 99, 00
Per-Gunnar Larson 99, 00
Michael Bagshaw 99, 00
Malcolm Braithwaite 99
Leroy Gross 99
Graham Cresswell 99
Ian Curry 99
Michael Harrigan 99
Lex Brown 99
Kevin O’Toole 99
Y. Goeffrey Caine 99
Ben Kallener 99
Rob Monberg 99
Tomaz Kozelj 99
John McNamara 99
Andy Bellenkes 99
Henry Taylor 99
Jim Perry 99
Andy Davenport 00
A perusal of this list reveals that forty one people have paid dues for 1999 and beyond. If your name is not on this list, then I have no record of dues payment for this time period. Either please correct me, or send in a dues payment for this organization’s 1999 dues. In 1999 alone, this organization produced three quality newsletters that contained over 60 pages of text from the community, and sponsored an enjoyable social at the Marriott in Detroit. So, please keep those dues coming in. In the next issue the officers may choose to publish those who have not kept current with dues versus those members who have. We currently have about fifty members that have not paid dues in 1999.
Current dues in arrears represent about $ 500 US dollars.
In sum, we are holding our own, maybe even growing slowly depending upon what our “at risk” members are going to do even as AsMA has declined in numbers, and our financial house is in fairly good order, with the caveat that since we are allowing for early dues payment, our later income stream will be slightly diminished (hence the recommendation we put that money to work in a high-quality Mutual Fund as noted earlier).
NEWS FROM ORGANIZATIONS
News from the UK military members.
The services can work together! Since the last newsletter, the Joint Helicopter Command has been formed. Lt Col Paul Cain (formerly the Consultant in Avn Med at Headquarters LAND Command) has assumed the post of SO1 J1 Avn Med in the headquarters where he has responsibility for the Avn Med support of all the British battlefield helicopters. Things seem to be shaking down fairly well and the opportunities for "harmonisation" of various policies and practices constantly present themselves.
Otherwise, we in the Army, continue to be pro-active in our preparation for the introduction of our version of the Apache Attack helicopter. A comprehensive contact lens policy for the visually challenged has been well accepted. We are introducing an internal medical "screening" process for potential Apache pilots - for the first time we have body mass limits to apply (for the crashworthy seat) as well as linear anthropometric standards. Our research protocol in collaboration with the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory to monitor the health (primarily visual) of Apache pilots is due to clear its final hurdle this month. We believe that this is the first time in the world that a cohort of aviators converting to a new aircraft will be monitored. Do you know different?!
We have a new recruit into Army Avn Med - Captain Lynn Walters. Lynn passed her flying grading course with high marks in the summer and is due to join our ranks in the middle of 2000. As soon as she joins AsMA, we'll be recruiting her into IAMFSP!
News From US NAVY.
Several of our members in the Navy are involved in a working group (CAPT Dave Hiland, Chair) effort to formalize the Navy’s “Dual-Designator” Program (Navy Pilot-Physicians) in a manner similar to what the USAF did a few years ago. IAMFSP wishes them the best.
NEWS FROM MEMBERS
We have recently heard of the passing of George “The Dealer” Romano. “The Dealer” was a Navy doc always working, often successfully, to get into the front seat in Navy aircraft.
Mrs. George Romano’s address:
1333 8th Ave. #704
San Diego, CA 92101
Editor’s Note: If anyone would like to contribute an article on THE DEALER for the next Newsletter (April), please send me a note -- Dwight (Dwightholl@aol.com).
Capt Lee Harvis:
Finished HH-60 AC qualification in September. I have been flying about 2 times a week on the line and will start the FCF qualification soon. The unit has scheduled me to head to Kuwait on 7 Jan 99, as a pilot, but that might change to be sooner if the 4 other crewmembers that were on the C-130 [that crashed in Kuwait recently] decide to return home. The unit assigned me to be the Assistant Director of Operations for the Pararescue section. I have scheduled patients ever Monday and Tuesday. Both the hospital and squadron have worked well together to keep me current in both jobs. It is great the Air Force is letting me do everything.
Mailing address for now is P.O. Box 326713, Hagatna, Guam 96932.
Had my Pacific orientation and ETOPS line check today in the B737-800. They tell me I'll probably fly one trip a week. Lots of free time. May go back to the mainland a few days a month to do a little ER. Not enough room on the schedule here yet.
Sold my HU-16 Albatross before I came out here, but bought another Albatross hull in a salvage yard off of Davis Monthan. 2-3 years and I'll have another one flying.
If anyone comes through Andersen AFB give me a call. I'm temporarily in a condo, waiting for household goods, not too far from the base. Numbers are all 671 area code. Home 735-1111 Apt 1111, pager 476-5206, cell 687-4946.
Best Wishes to all.
Dr Jim Baker:
Is assuming the position as Director of Aviation Sciences at the Prescott, AZ campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as of Monday, Jan 3, 2000. We wish Jim the best in his move to Arizona.
L/C Dave “Lex” Brown:
Has moved from Wright-Patterson AFB to be the Exchange Officer with the Royal Air Force. He follows the current Chief of USAF Aerospace Medicine and past IAMFSP President Col Tom Travis in that role. L/C Brown last flew the F- 117 Stealth Fighter.
Dr Geff McCarthy:
Has moved from Ohio back to New York. His current address/phone are:
50 Tamarack Dr.
Delmar, NY 12054
L/C Byron Hepburn:
New Address is:
PSC1 Box 3224
APO AE 09009
Finished an Air War College Program this summer and has PCS’ed to Ramstein AFB in Germany.
New Member Focus
CAPT Charlie Barker, United States Navy.
Captain Charles O. Barker, a native of Valdosta, Georgia, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 and MD degree in 1971 from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Following completion of the Ensign 1915 Program and a surgery internship, Captain Barker entered the Naval Flight Surgeon training program, Pensacola, Florida, in July 1972. He earned his wings in January 1973 and was assigned to NAS Corpus Christi. In 1975 Captain Barker entered inactive ready reserve status and set up private solo family practice in Valdosta, Georgia.
Captain Barker practiced solo family medicine in Valdosta, Georgia, from 1975 to 1990. He received board certification in 1976 from the American Board of Family Practice and became a fellow in the American Academy of Family Practice in 1977. Captain Barker was an active member of the Georgia Academy of Family Practice and was elected to the offices of Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President. During this period he was also a very active member of the Georgia Affiliate, American Diabetes Association, serving as president from 1985-1986. Captain Barker was a designated FAA Aviation Medical Examiner. He is a private pilot with single engine, commercial and instrument ratings, and has accumulated over 500 hours in the Super Viking and Grumman Tiger.
Captain Barker resumed active reserve status in 1988 and was recalled to active duty December 7, 1990, serving with HMM-266 during Desert Shield/Storm. Following Desert Storm, Captain Barker reported to Naval Safety Center as Flight Surgeon Analyst in 1991. He was selected as resident in Aerospace Medicine in 1993 and received a Masters of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University in 1994. He received board certification from the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 1996. In July 1996 Captain Barker reported to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) as Senior Medical Officer, completing the ship’s first six month deployment since complete refueling at Newport News, VA.
The Captain has received many awards and decorations including the U.S. Navy Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service at the Naval Safety Center, 1991 - 1993; Meritorious Service Medal, gold star in lieu of second award for service, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 1996-1998; U.S. Navy Commendation Medal for outstanding service in Desert Shield/Storm, 1991; National Defense Service Medal with bronze star; Armed Forces Service Medal; Southwest Asia Campaign Medal with two bronze stars and Marine Corps; Armed Forces Expeditionary Forces Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait); Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia). Ribbons: Sea Deployment, Fleet Marine Force, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation with bronze star.
Captain Barker is also an accomplished athlete. He has qualified for the Boston Marathon three times, and ran in it twice. Captain Barker has also qualified for the Budlight National Triathlon Championships in 1988 and 1989.
Captain Barker is married to the former Conoly Lemon of Sanford, NC. They have three children Emma, Tom, and Lucy and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dr Andy Davenport.
Louis A. Davenport
Born February 26, 1973 in Galveston Texas.
I grew up the middle child in a Military family (my father was a physician in the Army) having lived in Hawaii, Maryland, and Germany. While in Germany I attended the local schools and grew up speaking their language.
In 1980 we settled in San Antonio Texas where I attended a private Montessori school until 7th grade. I studied Spanish for about 7 years and spent 3 months between my Junior and Senior year of high school (at Winston Churchill High School) in Southern Argentina as an exchange student with AFS.
I chose the Colorado College in Colorado Springs for my undergraduate studies where I learned under the "block plan". Instead of having traditional semesters our school year was broken into eight blocks of three and a half weeks. We would spend each block dedicated to only one topic and would cover an entire semester's worth of information in that short time. It was "intense" to say the least. I graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Geology. It was in college that I earned my private pilot license and started applying to Air National Guard fighter units.
Before being picked up by a guard unit I was invited to matriculate
at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston Texas. While
studying medicine I continued to keep my eyes on the sky and kept close
to the local guard units. During the last semester of medical school
I was picked up by the 111th Fighter Squadron at Ellington Field (Houston,
Texas) who offered to send me to UPT with an F-16 position at the other
end. I graduated from UTMB in May of 1999 and
postponed residency for flight training. While waiting for training to begin I was offered a job with Wyle Laboratories who holds the Medical Operations subcontract to NASA.
IAMFSP would like to thank Dr Frank Austin, CAPT (Dr) Dave Brown, USN,
and Col (Dr) Malcolm Braithwaite for writing letters of support for the
nomination of Dr Jim Baker for the AsMA Lyster Award for achievement in
the area of general aerospace medicine. Dr Baker’s award package
is being considered by the AsMA Awards Committee.
PLEASE SEND US NEWS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE AND MOVES. ALSO, DO NOT FORGET TO SEND IN YOUR 1999 and 2000 DUES TO THE ADDRESS ON THE FIRST PAGE. APPROXIMATELY ONE-HALF OF OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS NOT PAID DUES FOR 1999.
PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ASMA AND IAMFSP MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION !