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59th Medical Wing

"Warrior Medics ~ Mission Ready ~ Patient Focused"


The 59th MDW is the Air Force's largest medical wing and is the Air Force functional medical command for Joint Base San Antonio. It is comprised of six medical groups across San Antonio. Three are located at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center; the 959th Medical Group is located at San Antonio Military Medical Center, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston; and the 359th and 559th Medical Groups are located at and support the missions of JBSA-Randolph and JBSA-Lackland, respectively. The 59th MDW operates with a $270 million budget, and a staff of 6,000 military, civilian, and contract employees.

The 59th MDW is home to the Critical Care Air Transport Team Pilot Unit, which has executive management over 118 active-duty, Guard and Reserve teams. The wing also has the Defense Department's largest Blood Donor Center, a Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center, and Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) capability. ECLS offers the only global transport option in the world, providing partial heart-lung bypass to eligible adults, infants, and children suffering from severe cardiopulmonary failure.

The medical wing also has the largest dental facility in the DOD and the only dental group in the Air Force. The dental group examines 36,000 basic military trainees and 28,000 technical training students a year. It has the only stereolithography and modeling lab in the Air Force, which produces dimensionally-accurate medical models and craniofacial prostheses. This capability provides rehabilitative support to patients with acquired or congenital defects of the head and neck region.

Read the complete 59th Medical Wing Fact Sheet here.
59th Medical Wing
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tabAir Force Mission 
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace. 

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:

The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.

The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible:

Air and Space Superiority :  With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space.

Global Attack:  Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before.

Rapid Global Mobility:  Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility.

Precision Engagement:  The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage.

Information Superiority:  The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial.

Agile Combat Support:  Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces.

The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
tab59th MDW Mission 
Vision: Exemplary Care, Global Response.

Mission: Developing warrior medics through patient-centered care.

Motto: Warrior Medics - Mission Ready - Patient Focused


Quality Healthcare: The right care at the right place at the right time to build healthy resilient families and communities.

Force Development: Maximize the force through professional development, currency, training, deliberate mentoring to optimize health system outcomes.

Research: Conduct translational research and apply knowledge gained to enhance performance, protect the force, and advance medical care and capabilities across the global health system.

Readiness: Optimize health service support to meet global operational requirements.

Health System Development: Develop a high performing SAMHS system characterized by collaboration and innovation for mission success, to eliminate waste and unwanted variation.
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San Antonio Military Health System


The San Antonio Military Health System team promises to provide exemplary healthcare and promote a healthy community.

We pledge to our beneficiaries and partners to provide a safe, high-quality, and positive experience that is patient-centered and family-supportive.

As members of a strong inter-service team, we are committed to you and your health.

Read more about the premier San Antonio Military Health System
tabAETC Mission and Vision 
Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, was established and activated in January 1942, making it the second oldest major command in the Air Force and its' training mission makes it the first command to touch the lives of nearly every Air Force member. AETC was formed in 1942 as the Army Air Corps Flying Training Command with headquarters in Washington, D.C. During World War II the command provided technical and flying training at more than 600 installations, factories and institutions of higher learning. Over the years, more than 25 million students have graduated from AETC training and education programs.

AETC includes Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and the Air University. The command operates 12 major installations and supports tenant units on numerous bases across the globe. There are also 16 active duty and seven Reserve wings.

AETC's mission is to "Recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver airpower for America."

AETC's vision is "Forging innovative Airmen to power the world's greatest Air Force."

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