09 Jul 2019

US Air Force opens new Medical Readiness Agency

The US Air Force opened a new Medical Readiness Agency in a ceremony in Virginia to improve Air Force medicine.

The Air Force Medical Readiness Agency (AFMRA) represents an increased focus on medical expertise in the Air Force. The new organisation will oversee medical readiness programmes, medical capabilities, and mission support requirements.

The National Defense Authorization act of 2017 established the need for a new agency to oversee medical readiness. The Air Force Medical Operations Agency and the Medical Support Agency were stood down at the ceremony for the new field operation agency.

Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, said: “We are in exciting and historic times as we engage in multiple lines of effort to transform our organization to support a more ready Air Force.”

“Activating AFMRA streamlines our organization from a dual-focus on health benefit delivery and readiness, to one laser-focused on readiness.”

“We activate AFMRA with our eyes on the future. We will continue to provide world class readiness support and modernize our capabilities to meet the demands of the Air Force we need.”

The AFMRA will support the Surgeon General with developing policies for base level unit missions and major command. The agency will take over the management of Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) ahead of them being handed over to the Defense Health Agency (DHA).

The agency forms part of wider health reform across the air force. The Air Force secretary has spoken about the need for a more focused and ready fighting force who are capable of coping with medical issues.

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