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Volume 18 | June 11, 2021
AMEDD Museum to Reopen Soon
Plans are underway to reopen the AMEDD Museum to the public. Closed since Spring of 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Museum staff recently forwarded a plan to safely reopen to the Commanding General of the AMEDD Center of Excellence, Major General Dennis LeMaster, for approval. Once approved the Museum will be open to the general public (with approved JBSA gate access) weekdays from 10 AM to 4 PM. For now, weekend access will remain dedicated to students training at the AMEDD COE.

Check the Museum’s new website for updates!
Air Force Civil Engineering Center Visitors to the AMEDD Museum
On April 30th, Foundation VP for Buildings and Grounds CEM Maxwell led an informational tour and briefing of the museum for members of the Air Force Civil Engineering Center. The visitors were David Dentino, Director of the Air Force Civil Engineering Center; David Walterscheid, Chief, Real Property Management Division, AFCEC; and David Free, Real Property staff for the AFCEC. The visit was in support of the proffer the Foundation submitted in April to the Secretary of the Air Force to gain approval for construction of a Museum public portal to allow access for the general public. 
While a number of steps remain before the proffer reaches the Secretary of the Air Force, the Foundation remains confident in its final approval. We will keep you posted on its progress!
AMEDD Remembers LTG Alcide M. LaNoue
US Army Surgeons turn out in support of the Former AMEDD Senior Strategic Leaders meeting on Oct. 20, 2014.
Army Surgeons General turned out in support of the Former AMEDD Senior Strategic Leaders meeting on Oct. 20, 2014. From left to right (with dates as Surgeon General): Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Eric B. Schoomaker, Dec 2007- Dec 2011; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) James B. Peake; Sept 2000 - July 2004; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Alcide M. LaNoue, Oct 1994 - Oct 1996; Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Dec 2011 - Present; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ronald R. Blanck, Oct 1996 - June 2000; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Kevin C. Kiley, Oct 2004 - March 2007; and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Gail Pollock (acting Surgeon General), March 2007 – Dec 2007. The leaders considered issues including transforming to a high reliability organization, how Army Medicine could help to enable optimization of Soldier performance to create “elite Soldier athletes”, how to incentivize health with a long-term goal of reversing the obesity predictions of 2030, and other current matters relevant to Army Medicine and health and resilience of the Army.

Courtesy photo.
Story by Stephanie Abdullah (Article and Photo used with permission of Army Medical Command) 
Retired Lt. Gen. Alcide LaNoue, the Army’s 38th Surgeon General passed away earlier this year on the 20th of February. LaNoue served the nation in the U.S. Army for nearly 40 years.

LaNoue was commissioned as a Second lieutenant in October 1957. He became a general officer in May 1984 and achieved the rank of lieutenant general in September 1992 when he became the Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U. S. Army health Services Command.
LaNoue was a graduate of both Harvard and Yale universities and held a variety of assignments throughout his nearly 4 decades of service to the nation. Some of his assignments included time as an orthopedic surgeon; Commander U.S. Army Medical Activity; and Commandant, U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences before becoming the deputy Army Surgeon General in 1989. He also served in Vietnam during 1967 as the Chief of Professional Services and Chief of Surgery, 24th Evacuation Hospital 68th Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade.
LaNoue is remembered as a visionary leader and is responsible for the current construct of the MEDCOM. The MEDCOM regional headquarters and OneStaff constructs happened under his leadership as well as the market setup used by the Defense Health Agency is credited to the vision of LaNoue.

Retired Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, who became the 42nd Army Surgeon General ran medical education for physicians when LaNoue was the Surgeon General.
“He was a fascinating man. He really was,” said Schoomaker, “I enjoyed working for him.

Schoomaker, who collected LaNoue’s oral history as part of a War College assignment called LaNoue a visionary. LaNoue started a futurist group. The group was responsible for brainstorming about what the future of Army and military medicine would look like. Eventually, the project was taken over by the Military Health System (MHS), Schoomaker explained.
“He was way ahead of the thinking of most of us,” said Schoomaker. “He had an incredible feel for where we were going. He is the father of the regional health command [structure], and he was doing telehealth decades ago,” he said.

(The second half of this interview will be included in the next eNews edition)
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