United States Army Medical Department Center and School
|U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School, Health Readiness Center of Excellence (AMEDDC&S, HRCoE)|
|Active||September 1, 1920-present|
|Branch||United States Army|
|Role||Develops, trains, and educates health care personnel and leaders|
|Part of||U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD)|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Sam Houston, Texas|
|Motto(s)||To Conserve Fighting Strength|
|Colors||Gold and Sanguine (maroon)|
|CSM Andrew Rhoades|
The U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Health Readiness Center of Excellence (AMEDDC&S HRCoE) — located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas — is both a school and a "think tank". The School — known as the Academy of Health Sciences (AHS) — serves the U.S. Army in educating and training all of its medical personnel. The Center formulates the Army Medical Department's (AMEDD's) organization, tactics, doctrine, and equipment.
Although its institutional lineage dates back to 1920, the present "C&S" were established by permanent order of the Surgeon General in 1991.
On 1 September 1920, the Medical Department Field Service School was established at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania at the request of the Surgeon General, Major General Merritte W. Ireland. In December that same year, the Army renamed it the Medical Field Service School (MFSS).
After 25 1/2 years of operation, the school was deactivated on 15 February 1946 and its mission transferred to multiple schools located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The school underwent various name changes and restructuring over the years; incorporating the diverse medical functional areas of the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) along the way. One significant change was on 10 December 1972, when the Secretary of the Army, Robert F. Froehlke re-designated the school to the Academy of Health Sciences.
On 15 July 1991, the Surgeon General, Lieutenant General Frank F. Ledford, Jr., established the AMEDDC&S by permanent order 103-1. The Academy of Health Sciences (AHS) now comprises the "school" portion of the AMEDDC&S.
As a result of 2005 BRAC legislation that required the bulk of enlisted technical medical training in the Army, Air Force, and Navy to be collocated to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, much of the enlisted medical training was moved from AHS to the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC). The transition took place during 2010 and 2011. In 2015, it was designated as the US Army Health Readiness Center of Excellence (HRCoE).
The Academy of Health Sciences (AHS):
- Fort Sam Houston, Texas (FSH-TX)
- Military Health System (MHS)
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)
- Medical Education and Training Campus (METC)
- U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)
- U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD)
- AMEDDC&S Regulation 10-1, dated 6 August 1993
- "Tri-Service Medical Education and Training Campus (METC)".
- Phillip Reidinger (IMCOM) (20 March 2015). "U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School designated an Army Center of Excellence (CoE)".
- Official website
- U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S) Official Website
- AMEDD's Academy of Health Sciences (AHS) Official Website
- U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine (USASAM) Official Website
- AMEDDC&S milBook Community