United States Army Public Health Command

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The United States Army Public Health Command (USAPHC) is a United States Army center headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, United States.[1] It responsible for providing technical support and expertise in the areas of preventive medicine, public health, health promotion, and wellness to military units around the globe. The Center also supervises five subordinate commands located at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland; Fort Sam Houston in Texas; Fort Lewis in Washington; Landstuhl in Germany; and Camp Zama in Japan.

The current commander of the Center is Major General Dean G. Sienko.

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The Army Industrial Hygiene Laboratory was founded in 1942 at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health under the direct jurisdiction of the Surgeon General of the United States Army.[2] It was charged with conducting occupational health surveys of Army-operated industrial plants, arsenals, and depots.

The laboratory was subsequently renamed the United States Army Environmental Hygiene Agency and its mission was expanded to include support of Department of Defense preventive medicine programs worldwide.

In 1994 the agency was re-designated the United States Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (CHPPM or "chip-em"). In 2010 the center was merged with the United States Army Veterinary Command to form the current Public Health Command.

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