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2019 Biennial Meeting A Huge Success

The weather was perfect in Washington DC for our 2019 Biennial Meeting. It was great to see old friends and colleagues and meet new ones. We'll have a more complete summary in the next newsletter and are still collecting pictures from everyone, but here are some of the highlights:

On Friday, we visited the Forest Glen Annex, the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), and President Lincoln's Cottage (on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home, known today as the Armed Forces Retirement Home).   On the way back to our hotel in Springfield VA, we stopped at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall. That night, we had our Evening Banquet with guest speaker BG Beth Salisbury who started her career as an Army Occupational Therapist.

On Saturday, we participated in a Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For this solemn occasion, COL Jessie Brewer, COL Dexter Hancock and MAJ Teresa Dillon participated in the ceremony.  The wreath was beautiful and honored AMSC officers.  COL Bonnie Sweeney captured video of part of the ceremony to share with all members:

 

 

2019 RAMSCA Biennial Meeting - Washington DC - Sept 26-29th

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Please join us in our beatiful nation’s Capital for a time to catch up with colleagues and make new friends! A dedicated team of DC, Maryland, and Virginia RAMSCA members are having fun planning this event for all. We'll have a variety of activites to include a mix of education, fun, and service. Consider making your visit longer vacation as there is always so much to do here. If you haven’t seen DC in awhile, you will be amazed by the many changes.

Read more: 2019 RAMSCA Biennial Meeting - Washington DC - Sept 26-29th

2022 AMSCA Biennial Meeting - San Antonio TX - Date TBD

Make plans to join us in April 2022 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Army Medical Specialist Corps.  Stay tuned for details.

AMSC HIstory

Dietitians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists became a part of the medical program of the U.S. Army during World War I. They served as civilian employees not only in hospitals in the United States but also in hospitals with the American Expeditionary Forces in France and with the army of occupation in Germany after the armistice.

Among the many medical officers who were impressed with the value of the services rendered by these women during World War I was one young Regular Army medical officer who later became The Surgeon General of the Army. In this capacity, Maj. Gen. Norman T. Kirk played a vital role in the passage of legislation which gave full military status in the Army of the United States to the nurses, dietitians, and physical therapists1 and the later legislation which authorized the establishment of the Women's Medical Specialist Corps and Regular Army status for nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.  Source: https://history.amedd.army.mil/corps/medical_spec/publication.html


 On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Army Medical Specialist Corps, a review of the Corps history through 1992 was published.  You can view a copy of the review here:  The Army Medical Specialist Corps, 45th Commemorative (CHM Pub 85-2) (as a PDF file, 7MB).


 If you know of other historical documents about the Army Medical Specialist Corps, let us know and we can list them here.

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