INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MILITARY FLIGHT SURGEON PILOTS
IAMFSP NEWSLETTER WINTER 2004
Lt Col Mark Adams, US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory,
Building 6901, PO Box 620577, Ft Rucker, AL 36362-0577
After spending some time reflecting this summer on the loss of Harry Hoffman, and just moving through the Thanksgiving Season, I am always reminded how lucky we are to have each other as friends and colleagues in this field. Many people the world over would trade all they have to be able to do the interesting work that we get to do, with the fine people in this community to work with.
Our scientific program efforts have been led this year by AFRL Pilot-Physician Col (Dr) Pete Mapes, MC, USAF. Col Mapes (a past IAMFSP President and 1994-95 Program Chair!) has put together a two-session panel on the mitigation and analysis of a variety of issues surrounding Spatial Disorientation. I think you will be very pleased with IAMFSP's scientific product efforts for next year's meeting. We put these sessions in the prime Tuesday morning time slot. Col Mapes as immediate Past President is also the IAMFSP Awards Chair. If you know of a person that should be an Associate Fellow, an AsMA Fellow, or deserves an IAMFSP President's Award, or perhaps even an AsMA-wide Award, please contact Col Mapes. He leads our past-presidents in this capacity.
Similarly, CAPT (Dr) Dave Hiland, USN is currently serving as our representative to the AsMA Nominations Committee and heads up the planning for the upcoming IAMFSP Business meeting in Kansas City next May. CAPT Hiland has been very active on this committee and has helped place IAMFSP-nominated individuals in the senior offices in AsMA. If you are interested, or know a friend that is, please contact CAPT Hiland (email@example.com) soon as the AsMA Nominations Committee Process is beginning now.
Please take a minute to look over our still rather new website (www.iamfsp.net). Navy Dual Designator CDR (Dr) Ed Park, MC, USN (firstname.lastname@example.org) has worked hard to get it moving after the loss of Harry Hoffman. I continued to notice-- and get an occasional email-- about how "behind" our members are in keeping the IAMFSP Members section up-to-date. Please look over your BIO, and update it with CDR Park.
Dr Harry Hoffman was the videographer for our meetings on occasion in the past, and for the next business meeting, I may take a few minutes and show a few segments from different meetings in the past that he collected, perhaps with music set to it if I can find the time to put it together. We have lost a few members in the past couple of years, and some such as Dr Frank Austin are not traveling anymore, and I hope that we can take a few minutes for a brief look back at our history. Please send me any pictures you have from the earliest meetings, I'd like to include them in the short program if possible.
Speaking of history, I think we have gathered about all of the material we can about IAMFSP, unless someone in the organization sends me additional info or pictures from the early meetings. I am writing a draft now for the AsMA Journal, and I sincerely hope that if any one has anything to remark upon, particularly about our first formative meetings, that they will let me know ASAP! It looks like me, and volunteers Fred Kelly, Pete Mapes and Jim Baker will author that final paper.
Dr Fred Kelly wrote me this summer, and he faced colon surgery, but is expecting a full recovery-- he wishes everyone well. He is staying in Oregon at this time near his family.
Our members continue to do excellent work all over the military and in other places that has been highly recognized by peers. CAPT (Dr) Charlie Barker, USN now in Hawaii, has recently been awarded the Legion of Merit; Dr Jim Webb, a former USAF Officer/Pilot and Scientist at Brooks, has received a "Professional Excellence Award" from the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Branch of AsMA; and Dr Steve Blizzard recently received the Dr Wilbur Franks Award in Canada. Dr Tomaz Kozelj just finished hosting an excellent aeromedical/human factors conference in Slovenia that was attended by the Slovenian Sate Secretaries and senior military leadership, the AsMA Executive Director Dr Russ Rayman, President Elect Dr Mike Bagshaw, several other AsMA members, and the Surgeon Generals of Germany and USAF. And, he did this despite having had personal tragedy befall his family just before the meeting! Navy Member CDR (Dr) Dave Agerton, MC, USN and Dr Annie Angelici at the FAA have just been elected to Associate Fellow status in AsMA. Col Malcolm Braitwaite, MC, L/RAMC, OBE was just awarded the AsMA Kent K. Gillingham Award for his many years of excellent work in the area of spatial disorientation. Interestingly, Dr Gillingham was an MD, PhD, and skilled civilian pilot as well at Brooks AFB, and died in a plane crash far too young. These are just a few highlights, and there are many other awardees in each military service I have not mentioned here supporting our efforts all over the world.
On the AsMA level-- our own Dr Mike Bagshaw is doing a super job as the AsMA President-elect. I have been privileged to serve on the AsMA Executive Council with him and watch him make very good decisions to help improve and sustain AsMA. AsMA's Membership is slowly improving under the capable leadership of CDR Andy Bellenkes, Ph.D., USN and his membership team. CDR Bellenkes has asked us all to please seek out new members for AsMA from friends and colleagues. If each member were to get a member, AsMA could be even more vibrant than it is now.
At the Mid-Year Council Meetings we heard several good items of information. First, AsMA has paid off 1/2 of the mortgage due, and refinanced the remaining home office loan at a much lower rate, saving us over 1,200 per month in charges. Additionally, we may pay off the remaining loan balance at anytime without penalty. The quality of the AsMA Journal continues to improve, and there has been discussion of scanning all of the older copies so that the articles may be properly indexed and referenced electronically. The numbers are in from the Alaska Anchorage AsMA 2004 Meeting, and it was a tremendous success, both in terms of attendance, and from our financial results.
CDR (Dr) Kris Belland, USN, the guy that did a fantastic job as the IAMFSP Program Chair a few years back, has been elected to and accepted the job of Treasurer of IAMFSP and will face a busy year getting us signed up for Not-for-Profit status with the US government. 501 (c3) status allows us to invest in the future without worries about the tax man coming after us, and allows for easier contributions to IAMFSP by US members, so that these can be written off on their taxes legitimately. We hope to report by the May Meeting that this has been accomplished, since the membership voted for it at the last Business Meeting in May 2004. We currently have just over 355.00 USD in our set-aside fund that we hope to eventually use to fund our Awards and other Annual Meeting expenses.
We have a choice on whether to have a TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY night Business Meeting/Annual light dinner and get-together in May 2005. We tried TUESDAY night last time and ran into conflicts with the AsMA-out Program that night. We traditionally have had our meeting on Wednesday night. If you have a preference, please let CAPT Dave Hiland know. So far, I am voting for our business meeting to be Wednesday night.
Thanks to LTC (Dr) Mark Adams, MC, RAMC for his continuing efforts to keep the IAMFSP Newsletter on time and attractive, and to Maj (Dr) Kathy Hughes, MC, USAF for serving as our Membership officer. If you have any email or address changes, please send them to Maj Hughes and CDR Park, or update your biography.
Additional thanks go to my Commanders (long-time IAMFSP members Col (Dr) Lex Brown, MC, USAF; and B/G (Dr) Tom Travis, MC, USAF) at the 311th Human Systems Center at Brooks City Base USAF for their continuing support of my efforts with this organization, and to my Navy colleagues, particularly those at the USN Test Pilot School that help to make my job so interesting.
Best Wishes to all for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!
Capt Dwight Holland, Ph.D., USAFR
311th Human Systems Center; USAFSAM/FEP
VICE PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
Dwight Holland participated in the Association Scientific Program and business meetings this fall. This year I was not able to help review the abstracts; however, Dwight reports that we have a great line-up for our panel at the Aerospace Medical Association’s Scientific Meeting in May 2005. During the past year, all U.S. Military physicians have become increasingly busy supporting the ongoing “War on Terror”. I appreciate the efforts of everyone who submitted an abstract and I want to thank you because I know you all face very tiring work schedules.
This past week I attended the Joint Task Force (JTF) Senior Medical Leader Seminar. This course is preparation for an assignment as a JTF Surgeon. The training audience included medical personnel from all corps, all specialties, and all services as well as some international officers. Because of the numerous JTFs all over the world, there is great demand for JTF Surgeons who can ensure Force Health Protection for joint military operations. The message from that seminar is that if you have not yet had the chance to be a JTF Surgeon, you soon will. Furthermore, if you have already been a JTF Surgeon, you will likely get another opportunity to excel.
At the Navy Environmental Health Center (NEHC) my primary job as the Commanding Officer is to make certain that we continue to prepare the team members of the “Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Units” for their next 6 month deployment cycle. I attended the JTF Seminar so that I could enhance the communications and support which our preventive medicine teams provide to the JTF Commanders and Surgeons. With sustained field operations for the past two years, we have just deployed our 10th team to provide Force Health Protection. Unfortunately the forecasters are predicting that the current heavy load of deployments will be sustained for years to come. Similar to the practice during the Viet Nam campaign years, the emphasis of all current training is focusing on specific readiness for deployments to Iraq. Personnel are likely to experience 2nd and 3rd or more combat deployments. Effective operational management of combat stress will be an essential part of operational and aviation medicine.
Finally, Dwight Holland and I want to request that you nominate someone or yourself for leadership positions in the Aerospace Medical Association. We had great success with the officer nomination and election process last year. A very important part of the IAMFSP’s support for the Aerospace Medical Association is our participation as Board Members and Officers for the Association. Please help us with your nomination by providing biographic information which includes past or current positions you have held and support which you have provided for the Aerospace Medical Association and the affiliate organizations.
Have a relaxing Winter Holiday
Dave Hiland, 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
Webmaster and Corresponding Secretary
Happy holidays and season’s greetings fellow IAMFSP members who celebrate at this time of year. For the rest of you, a standard greeting, but not less warmly delivered.
Since the last newsletter I’ve managed to secure full control of both the IAMFSP web site and the Yahoo Group. At that time we did not yet have administrative control over the Group, but that issue has been resolved.
The Yahoo Group actually has more functionality than merely being an email exchange. Members who have a Yahoo profile (ID and password) [????and are subscribed to the Group under their corresponding Yahoo email address????] have the capability of uploading files, pictures, links and making entries to the Calendar as well. I’ve posted some photos from last year’s AsMA meeting.
If you’re interested in using some of these Group features for IAMFSP matters:
Create a Yahoo profile:
Go to http://groups.yahoo.com,
Click on the “Sign up now” link,
Register with Yahoo (create a Yahoo ID and password).
To log in:
Go to http://groups.yahoo.com,
Log in with your Yahoo ID and password,
Find the IAMFSP Group, [????and follow the instructions to subscribe to the Group using your (new) Yahoo email address. Once your subscription has been accepted, log back into the site, and????] click on the “iamfsp” link under “My Groups” to access the IAMFSP Group pages and functions.
As usual, I’m also soliciting members’ input regarding what kinds of changes, if any, you would like to see on our web site. Also, as usual, please make sure any of your biographic information on the site is up to date.
Let me say that these association resources (web site and Group) are underutilized and represent a greater potential for doing business than we are currently exploiting. All ideas are welcome and will be considered (within the capacity of the webmaster to implement them).
Nothing to report this time.
Nothing to report.
AIR NATIONAL GUARD: PILOT PHYSICIAN PROGRAM
Andy Davenport sent this email out on 28 October 04. It is reproduced in part. For further information contact Andy (email@example.com).
Greetings to everyone,
There is a move underway investigating the development of an Air National Guard Pilot-Physician program - presumably for individuals who are MD's and rated pilots. The letter that follows was sent out today by Col Randy Falk (Air Surgeon for the ANG) and it was my intention that it be sent along to the IAMFSP as well. We are accepting input from anyone interested at this point as it is very early in the development stage and there is nothing yet set dictating who or what the program will consist of. If anyone is interested, please fill out at least the Data survey and return it to the mentioned address (new deadline is Jan 1 05). That will at least ensure that you are on the list of individuals to be kept in the loop on these developments.
Thanks for any input, thoughts, and suggestions,
Change around time for the Army Brits and some news!
We’re all well but about to play musical SAMs (Specialists in Aviation Medicine) as follows (in no particular order!)
Mark Rooms moves from 9Regt AAC Dishforth to 4 Regt AAC Wattisham, and Giles Austin joins him as the junior at 3 Regt AAC from academic courses. Lynne Walters moves from 2 Training Regiment, Middle Wallop to 9 Regt AAC Dishforth, and Mike Harrigan goes from HQ Joint Helicopter Command to take over from her at Middle Wallop. Ian Curry moves from 4 Regt AAC to USAARL, and Mark Adams finishes up at USAARL and takes over as the ‘Chief’ at HQ Director Army Aviation, Middle Wallop. Claire Jackson finishes her flying tour at 5 Regt AAC and starts the Diploma in aviation Medicine course in January. Simon Theakston is doing very well on his flying course at basic rotary-wing squadron at Shawbury, and Jaishan Mahan went solo on Firefly in mid November.
Malcolm Braithwaite goes somewhere (!) in March 05
The Apaches are operational !
Kind regards to all
The Navy Aeromedical Dual Designator Program remains viable and relatively stable with the number of active participants well above the average for our 9 decade history. After a 3 year re-organization and buildup process that began in the late 1990’s—resulting in 20 new selections—we have been unable to secure new designees over the last two selection cycles. This is apparently due, mostly in part, because of actual or perceived budgetary and interest constraints imposed by the communities who ultimately must support this program. But, considering that we had only designated a total of 67 officers from WWI until the year 2000, and averaged only around 4-6 active members at any one time during the decades from 1980-2000, we are still in good shape in the big picture.
The Navy AMDD Program now has 21 members on active duty and around half are in flying positions. In keeping with the philosophies adopted during the re-engineering process we now have at least 7 in medical training/GME spots in various endeavors such as RAM, anesthesiology and ophthalmology. This philosophy ensures that our program remains strong in the long term by establishing respectability in both the line and medical communities and maintains a high degree of promote-ability within the medical corps. Our goal is to get our members trained and board certified in various specialties, aerospace or otherwise, as they rotate in and out of AMDD positions through their career tracts. We will welcome them back to the aeromedical fold in the future as senior leaders of the program and senior leaders of Navy medicine. We will continue to promote participation in the AMDD program as well as maintain currency in a medical discipline. Others have retired from active service and number 6 total.
The process of infiltrating multiple communities and platforms that represent a fleet-wide presence continues to be well represented with participants in Jet, Prop, Helo and NFO flying positions.
Our selection and training process definitely gives preference to those that have been prior flyers and now return with FS/AvPh credentials and all boils down to the investment of time and money. The outlook for the near future indeed appears gloomy for “initial trainees”, those who do not already hold a Navy aviation designation and require training de novo. There is no perceivable light at the end of this tunnel for the time being even though we were very successful in getting several initial trainees their Navy wings of gold a couple of years ago. However, we do have 3 potential applicants who already have Navy aviation training/experience waiting in the wings for the selection word. One prior designated NFO has secured orders to a flight surgeon position and is poised for the opportunity, and supported by the local squadron/wing to regain currency in order to support the training mission.
The Navy AMDD Program is a small, yet dynamic group with a 9 decade history that has experienced many ups, downs and fluctuations, but continues to remain viable even during difficult times. There does not appear to be a potential of discontinuing the program at this time or in the near future, however, it does appear that we are in a relative period of stagnation as far as growth is concerned. Nevertheless, our members are forging ahead and doing what is right as far as advancing their aviation/medical skills and special accomplishments.
I intend to stand down as editor at AsMA 05 and Dwight has suggested that I advertise for volunteers for the job. It has become ‘traditional’ for the editorship to be handed from one Brit to another on arrival at USAARL, but this convenient ‘system’ has run its course and so the job is up for grabs. If anyone would like to volunteer please drop Dwight or myself a line. The next edition will be out in the spring in time to give all members an update on the proposals for AsMA. So please have your submissions to me before the end of March if possible.
A year ago we were celebrating the centenary of the Wright Brothers’ remarkable achievement, the loss of the shuttle Columbia, and the passing into aviation history of Concorde. This year we can again celebrate an outstanding aviation achievement – that of ‘SpaceShip One’, captured in the photograph below.
Best wishes to you all for the Holiday Season and the New Year ahead,