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Armed Forces Optometric Society
11/03/2020

Armed Forces Optometric Society

Congratulations to the AF0S 2020 Orion Award Winner ~ COL Jose Capo-Aponte! 👏🏻🙌🏻🎉🏆

The Orion Award is the highest honor that AFOS can bestow! It is given to recognize significant life-time contributions to the advancement of optometry and AFOS.

#AFOS2020 #unitedinvision #AFOSOrionAward
#awardthosewhodeserve #AFOSawards #armyoptometry #AFOSfabulousat50 #AFOS50th #weloveourmembers #congratulations

Armed Forces Optometric Society
10/05/2020

Armed Forces Optometric Society

Join us next Monday and Tuesday for the AFOS Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting! 12 hours of COPE approved CE by fantastic speakers. All free for AFOS members!

Don’t miss out on the 2020 AFOS awards announcements, Section Chief breakout sessions, raffle prizes, and more!

Register for next week’s courses on our website www.afos2020.org

#AFOS2020 #unitedinvision #AFOSCE #AFOSgoesvirtual #AFOSfabulousat50 #CantquarantineKnowledge #AFOS50th #weloveourmembers

Armed Forces Optometric Society
10/02/2020

Armed Forces Optometric Society

Join us next Monday and Tuesday for the AFOS Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting! 12 hours of COPE approved CE by fantastic speakers. All free for AFOS members!

Don’t miss out on the 2020 AFOS awards announcements, Section Chief breakout sessions, raffle prizes, and more!

Register for next week’s courses on our website www.afos2020.org

#AFOS2020 #unitedinvision #AFOSCE #AFOSgoesvirtual #AFOSfabulousat50 #CantquarantineKnowledge #AFOS50th #weloveourmembers

The Army Coaching Program: Why I Opted in and You Should Too - From the Green Notebook
09/21/2020
The Army Coaching Program: Why I Opted in and You Should Too - From the Green Notebook

The Army Coaching Program: Why I Opted in and You Should Too - From the Green Notebook

By Cassie Crosby After participating in the Army’s Battalion Commander Assessment Program (BCAP) in January 2020, I received a mass email to all BCAP participants from Major General Joseph P. McGee, the Director of the Army’s Talent Management Task Force (ATMTF), at the time. In this email, the ...

U.S. Army
09/11/2020

U.S. Army

On Patriot Day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001.

We honor the brave first responders who showed extraordinary courage to save others on that fateful day & the heroic men and women of our Armed Forces who fought in defense of our country in the aftermath of the largest terrorist attack on American soil.

#PatriotDay | #NeverForget | #ArmyFamily

Congratulations to all of our Army Optometrists selected to the rank of Major!CPT/P   CHRISTMAN JASON ALBERTCPT/P   COBB...
07/14/2020

Congratulations to all of our Army Optometrists selected to the rank of Major!

CPT/P CHRISTMAN JASON ALBERT
CPT/P COBBINA SYLVESTER
CPT/P HERRON KATHERINE LEAH
CPT/P MOYA MARCELO MARCOS
CPT/P PETERSON AARON SCOTT
CPT/P POSVAR WINSTON B
CPT/P STEELE KELLY B

Attention! Promotion board selection results for FY 20 AMEDD, active component majors will be released July 1, at 0830 EDT.

U.S. Army
07/05/2020

U.S. Army

Happy #IndependenceDay from the U.S. Army

U.S. Army
06/21/2020

U.S. Army

Superheroes are real

Happy Father's Day to Amazing Dads everywhere.

06/21/2020
U.S. Army

Happy Father’s Day!

Shout out to all the Army Dads!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads and Soldier dads! Thank you for all that you do to support the U.S. Army!

#HappyFathersDay

Happy 245th Birthday US Army! 🇺🇸
06/14/2020

Happy 245th Birthday US Army! 🇺🇸

The #USArmy will always answer the call to protect America no matter the challenges we face as a nation.

#ArmyBday #ProudToServe

Team Army Optometry!Has your clinic been outfitted with the Rabin Cone Contrast Test? If so, please post your ordering T...
06/08/2020
Rabin Cone Contrast Test

Team Army Optometry!

Has your clinic been outfitted with the Rabin Cone Contrast Test? If so, please post your ordering TTPs in the comments.

Kristi Bartee
Adrienne Ari
Ginger Purpura Emig
Jasmin Isabel Filpo
Annie Rudick Funk

https://www.innovasystemsusa.com/rabin-cone-test/rabin-cone-contrast-test/

Using a combination of color and contrast, the Rabin Cone Contrast test is a quantifiable measure of color vision, allowing detection of both hereditary and acquired color vision loss.

Medical Service Corps Leader Development
06/02/2020

Medical Service Corps Leader Development

Building Trust: 8 Ways to Become a More Approachable Leader

"Leadership is solving problems. The day Soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." – General Colin L. Powell

As leaders, we often overlook the quality of being approachable. More than just a nice-to-have, the art of being approachable is a necessary attribute for effective leaders at any level or organization because it is a pre-condition of trust and open communication. The trouble with failing to develop this critical leader attribute is that others probably will not tell us because we are not approachable!

DEFINING APPROACHABILITY
Approachable leaders are open and accessible, easy to meet with and deal with, and easy to understand and connect with. Subordinates find you easy to talk to and do not fear your reactions. The only opinions that matter in accessing approachability are the opinions of those around you - yours does not really matter!

WHY IT MATTERS
- Avoiding groupthink.
- Building trust.
- Learning of problems early, left of the bang.
- Develop a learning environment.
- Sets conditions for candor and free competition of ideas.
- Receive feedback.
- Did we mention trust?

FALSE ASSUMPTIONS OF APPROACHABILITY
#1 Telling everyone that I am approachable will make me approachable.
#2 If I smile a lot, act generally pleasant, or joke around with people, I will be approachable.
#3 My expertise, position, or rank will guarantee people will come to me with their ideas, problems, and concerns.
**Remember, only others' opinion of your approachability matters!

The Field Grade Leader provides these tips to be more approachable:

#1 Don't shoot people down.

#2 Don't stay in your office and wait for them to come to you.

#3 Don't be judgmental.

#4 Don't be preoccupied or distracted.

#5 Be relatable.

#6 Be open and readable - openness begets openness.

#7 Be a good listener.

#8 Manage your reactions and emotions.

When we are approachable, we create opportunities for leadership, mentorship, and empathy. Take time to invest in your approachability!

Read the whole article here: http://fieldgradeleader.themilitaryleader.com/approachable/?fbclid=IwAR3KlZa8gO96ZxF2Z0HCtSh-3kWlPSJMBqcQwBRfzUPKYMVLVZtDwpe6lk0

1st Medical Brigade 30th Medical Brigade 44th Medical Brigade 62ND MEDICAL BRIGADE 65th Medical Brigade Assistant Corps Chief for Reserve Affairs, Medical Service Corps Medical Service Corps Chief U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Army Medicine 86th Combat Support Hospital 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion

Coronavirus
05/28/2020
Coronavirus

Coronavirus

The Department of Defense (DOD) officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by the 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus (2019 -NCOV also commonly referred to as COVID-19), which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. DOD will closely coordinate with our....

On this Memorial Day, Army Optometry remembers and honors Major Charles “Rob” Soltes. MAJ Soltes is the only doctor of o...
05/25/2020

On this Memorial Day, Army Optometry remembers and honors Major Charles “Rob” Soltes. MAJ Soltes is the only doctor of optometry in recent U.S. military conflicts to die on active duty. He was assigned to the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion in Iraq as a Public Health Officer to help restore the public health infrastructure in Mosul. While returning from a hospital visit with Iraqi health officials, MAJ Soltes was apart of an American convoy struck by an explosive device. He died that day, October 13, 2004 at age 36, from injuries sustained in the blast.

Through the hard work and dedication of his wife Dr. Sally Dang, who is also an optometrist, in 2010 Congress passed a bill naming the Long Beach VA rehabilitation center the Major Charles R. Soltes Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center.

A native of Irvine, CA, MAJ Soltes graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, VT with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 and received his doctorate in optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 1994. MAJ Soltes joined the Army Reserve in 1990 and served on active duty as an optometrist from July 1994 to September 1999. His assignments during that time included Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX; the 168th Medical Battalion, Camp Walker, Korea; and Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point, NY.
He was later assigned to the 7214th Medical Support Unit, Garden Grove, CA while serving in the Army Reserve.

MAJ Soltes’ awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.

All gave some.....some gave all!

Medical Service Corps Leader Development
05/21/2020

Medical Service Corps Leader Development

Good Leadership is About Communicating "Why"

When asked to do something new or hard, their first question is often "why". The reason for this, argues Harvard Business Review, is that starting something new or hard requires motivation and motivation is directly linked to understanding "why". If you want people to take action, explaining "why" is crucial.

Leaders often neglect to explain "why" for two reasons:
1. They assume explaining "what" and "how" is the fastest way to influence their audience (does not imply a speech).
2. They think the answer to "why" is so self-evident it does not require explanation.

The Reasons to Explain "Why"
1. Understanding "why" fuels motivation.
2. Communicating "why" demonstrates empathy.
3. Providing "why" is more persuasive.

Three Strategies to get to the heart of "why"
1. Ask some good "what" questions (i.e. What is at stake if we do or do not do this?)
2. Follow up with "because" (the reason or consequence for why)
3. State alternate perspectives (address skeptics and counter arguments)

Questions for Reflection:
- How have you reacted when told to execute without knowing why? How has this differed from when you understood why?
- Is this a more or less effective way to communicate with millennials?
- Are there times when "why" should not, or does not, need to be explained?
- Is your time so valuable and scarce that you do not have enough to explain the "why"?

Read the whole article here:
https://hbr.org/2020/05/good-leadership-is-about-communicating-why?fbclid=IwAR075rFgZvl4fnvHGvKmL6n6CYDk7e9PH4HuoCLyGN85s2xBTtjJEjJURAM

1st Medical Brigade 30th Medical Brigade 32d Medical Brigade 44th Medical Brigade 62ND MEDICAL BRIGADE 65th Medical Brigade U.S. Army 1st Medical Recruiting Battalion US Army 2nd Medical Recruiting Battalion U.S. Army 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion Army Medicine Defense Health Agency 67J Aeromedical Evacuation Officers

05/21/2020
Medical Service Corps Leader Development

Medical Service Corps Leader Development

Leaders! If you've enjoyed #MSCLeaderDevelopment so far, why not take five minutes and do us a favor.

Share us, re-tweet us or invite others to like the page on FB. Developing leaders requires a network to ensure we reach as many people as possible, only you can make that happen!

Thanks and #buildthenetwork

AFOS CE tonight!
05/19/2020

AFOS CE tonight!

Join us tonight for online CE starting at 8pm ET! Do you like Dateline?? Dr. Meghan Elkins will present a 1-hr “Investigative Grand Rounds” course, you are sure to enjoy! Free for AFOS Members!

Sign up through our website. www.afos2020.org

#AFOS2020 #UnitedinVision #AFOS50th #onlineCEforourmembers

Brook Army Medical Center Optometry Resident, CPT Fiona Yuan, presented the poster “Utilizing Scleral Lenses to Address ...
05/19/2020

Brook Army Medical Center Optometry Resident, CPT Fiona Yuan, presented the poster “Utilizing Scleral Lenses to Address Ocular Complications of Acoustic Neuroma Resection” at the January 2020 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) in Las Vegas, NV. Check out the link below!

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Happy Armed Forces Day! 👓
05/16/2020

Happy Armed Forces Day! 👓

U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence
05/15/2020

U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence

Happy Birthday MEDCoE!

A message from the Command Team:

As we focus on the monumental task of transforming the way Army Medicine trains, while navigating the constraints of a global pandemic, today we take time to celebrate our Centennial, MEDCoE 2020. The 100th anniversary recognizes 15 May 1920, the date the Army approved the creation of the Medical Field Service School, where the MEDCoE traces its origin. Much design and planning went into its construction, and the school finally received its first students in May 1921. Through several wars, times of National crisis and worldwide humanitarian efforts, our mission of training the world’s premier military medical force remains unchanged.

In the 100 years since its inception, the MEDCoE has established itself as the Army’s Center of Gravity for Medical Education and Training, Medical Capability Development and Medical Doctrine Development and Integration. We train hard to achieve zero preventable deaths on the battlefield.

Our objective remains enabling a ready medical force and force health protection. As we increase Soldier survivability on the battlefield, the Army’s lethality increases. We welcome this awesome responsibility, TO CONSERVE FIGHTING STRENGTH, and are already looking forward to the bright future of the Medical Center of Excellence and the Army during our next 100 years.

Army Medicine Starts Here!

Signed,
MG Dennis LeMaster and CSM Clark Charpentier

#MEDCoE2020
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Army Medicine
US Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage
U.S. Army Combined Arms Center
32d Medical Brigade
264th Medical Battalion
US Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)

Photos from Army Optometry's post
05/14/2020

Photos from Army Optometry's post

Armed Forces Optometric Society
05/12/2020

Armed Forces Optometric Society

Save your Tuesdays for AFOS! AFOS is hosting 4 1-hour courses of online CE starting Tuesday, May 19th at 8pm ET! Free for AFOS Members!

Sign up through our website. www.afos2020.org

#AFOS2020 #UnitedinVision #AFOS50th #onlineCEforourmembers

Well done! #ArmyMedicine
05/12/2020

Well done! #ArmyMedicine

Welcome home 9th Hospital Center/ 11th Field Hosptial, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, III Corps and Fort Hood!
The unit rapidly deployed o/a 26th of March to New York City during the Multi- National Joint Task Force Civil Support- Response to COVID-19 mission to flatten the curve and help decompress New York State hospitals. This was the units first deployment since their activation in April 2019 and since the Hospital Force Design Update in 2017, which reorganized combat support hospitals to align battlefield healthcare capabilities with Commander needs(photos by Mrs. Emily Pratt).

"Go Get Em"
"Fear Not"

2020 is still the Year of Optometry and vision care! Safely seek comprehensive routine eyecare while practicing social d...
05/06/2020

2020 is still the Year of Optometry and vision care!

Safely seek comprehensive routine eyecare while practicing social distancing. Check with your local MTF for scheduling guidelines.

On 1MAY2020, MAJ Anne Rudick was “virtually” promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Congratulations to you and your...
05/02/2020

On 1MAY2020, MAJ Anne Rudick was “virtually” promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Congratulations to you and your family LTC Rudick!

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