United States Army Medical Department Center and School

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U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School, Health Readiness Center of Excellence (AMEDDC&S, HRCoE)
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Active September 1, 1920-present
Country USA
Branch United States Army
Type Medical
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)

MG Stephen (Steve) L Jones

CSM Andrew Rhoades
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The headquarters and primary instructional facility of the AMEDDC&S, HRCoE, located on the Military Medical Education and Training Campus, Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

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.[1]

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).[2] The transition took place during 2010 and 2011. In 2015, it was designated as the US Army Health Readiness Center of Excellence (HRCoE).[3]


Center components[edit]

  • Office of the Commanding General
  • Personal Staff
  • Chief of Staff (CoS)
  • Coordinating Staff
  • Special Staff
  • 32nd Medical Brigade
  • AMEDD Personnel Proponent Directorate
  • Medical Capabilities Integration Center[4]
  • The Army Medical Department Museum
  • Clinical Investigation Regulatory Office (CIRO)
  • Defense Programs Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI)

School components[edit]

The Academy of Health Sciences (AHS):

  • Office of the Dean
  • Administrative Support Office
  • Center of Distributed Learning (CdL)
  • Training Program Management Division
  • Department of Behavioral Health Sciences
  • Curriculum Development Division
  • Department of Clinical Support Services
  • Department of Combat Medic Training
  • Department of Dental Science
  • Department of Health Education and Training
  • Department of Health Services Administration
  • Department of Medical Science
  • Department of Preventive Health Science
  • Department of Veterinary Science
  • Graduate School
  • International Military Student Office
  • Leader Training Center (LTC)
  • AMEDD Noncommissioned Officers Academy (NCOA)
  • Navy Medicine Training Center

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army.

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