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AF facilities not involved in meningitis outbreak
The Air Force Surgeon General confirmed that no Air Force medical treatment facilities purchased, dispensed or administered the contaminated steroid injection that has been implicated in the fungal meningitis outbreak reported in the national news.
In fact, no Defense Department MTFs are included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website list of those medical facilities who received the tainted compound from the New England Compounding Center.
As reported in national news, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are currently coordinating a multistate investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received a steroid injection into their spine or other joints with a potentially contaminated product on or after July 1. Several of these patients have suffered strokes that are believed to have resulted from their infection. The contaminated medication that was given to patients has been recalled by the manufacturer.
Officials grant CMS access to additional PERSCO teams
Air Force officials have given Personnel Support for Contingency Operations teams access to the Air Force Case Management System at more locations throughout U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Pacific Air Forces and Air Combat Command.
The Air Force Personnel Center’s Air and Space Expeditionary Force Operations directorate and Total Force Service Center-San Antonio deployment cell are working hand-in-hand to provide additional CMS access, training and personnel assistance to deployed PERSCO teams outside of the U.S. Air Forces Central’s area of responsibility.
Many PERSCO teams within AFCENT were given CMS access in 2011 to help them submit personnel inquiries to the TFSC-SA deployment cell, but now AFPC representatives are extending that access to deployed PERSCO teams in other regions.
AFPC Airman: Don’t forget, they’re not all home
It wasn’t the first time she had been to the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, but Staff Sgt. Danielle Harris’ Sept. 21 visit was as emotionally energizing as if she’d never been there before.
Annually, during the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day events, New York City officials honor Department of Defense agencies responsible for managing the POW/MIA Personnel Accounting program and Harris, an Air Force Missing Persons Liaison assigned to the Air Force Personnel Center, and six other DoD representatives participated in the day’s events, which included a closing bell ceremony on the exchange floor and participating in a N.Y. Yankees home plate tribute to service members past and present.
Representing the Air Force at the annual ceremony was an honor, the 28-year-old Wisconsin native said. But, she explained, the point of the trip and all the events was to remind people that 83,000 Americans are still unaccounted for from World War II to today.
DOD official praises vet employment program
A senior defense official took part today in the announcement in New York of a new hiring program that aims to train and place 100,000 veterans in advanced manufacturing and related jobs by 2015.
John R. Campbell, deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care and transition policy, joined officials from General Electric, Alcoa, Boeing and Lockheed Martin as they announced a partnered effort with the Manufacturing Institute to fast-track veterans into manufacturing jobs or skills training.
The “Get Skills to Work” program, according to GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, seeks to match veterans with some of the more than half-million unfilled high-tech manufacturing jobs in the United States. Veterans, a million of whom are expected to leave service in the next four years, have the teamwork skills and personal values to make them successful in manufacturing, he said.