USAF recognizes Biomedical Sciences Corps with appreciation week
By , 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 25, 2016
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Starting this year, the Air Force will recognize the achievements of the men and women of the Biomedical Sciences Corps by designating Jan. 25 - 29, 2016, as BSC Appreciation week.
The BSC's roots date back to 1917, when the Sanitary Corps was established to combat infectious diseases. The Army Medical Administrative Corps followed three years later and, in 1949, the Air Force Medical Service was officially established. The AFMS continued to expand over the next two decades and in 1965, the Biomedical Sciences Corps was born. Over the past 50 years, the BSC has continued to expand its range of personnel to include a wide variety of medically-trained professionals.
The BSC mission is to optimize a high-performance fighting force and the health of all we serve. Its vision is to leverage the full spectrum of BSC capability to propel the population to be the healthiest and highest performing segment of the U.S. by 2025. With more than 2,300 officers supported by 6,400 enlisted members and 18 distinct career fields, the BSC is the most diverse corps in the AFMS. Generated from their breadth of expertise, the BSC motto is "United in the Mission."
The BSC encompasses physical therapy, optometry, podiatry, physician's assistants, audiology, speech pathology, clinical psychology, clinical social work, occupational therapy, aerospace and operational physiology, dietetics, bioenvironmental engineers, public health, medical entomology, pharmacy, biomedical laboratory, healthcare facilities architects, engineers and health and medical physics. BSC officers also serve at every level of medical command within our medical treatment facilities, major commands and Forward Operating Agencies. Additionally, the BSC is heavily invested in research and a host of other vital roles to meet the demands of the Air Force mission.
Please join the Air Force in celebrating Biomedical Sciences Corps Appreciation Week and recognizing the contributions of these outstanding men and women who dedicate their lives to improving health, promoting positive patient experiences, and providing trusted medical care as the foundation for the Air Force's most vital resource: its people.