As events continue to unfold in Afghanistan, I want to take a moment to acknowledge your tremendous service and sacrifice over the past two decades. I know the challenges of the past week have impacted many of you on a personal level.
When called, you served with honor, courage, and commitment, and represented the very best of our Military Health System. You never failed in support of our combatant commands around the world, always serving with distinction, and despite what may have felt like insurmountable challenges.
You should be incredibly proud of all that you’ve accomplished. As medical professionals, your success is largely measured in human terms, by the countless lives you saved and the many more that you touched. It’s a legacy that will be felt for generations to come by your fellow service members, your civilian partners, as well as the people of Afghanistan.
As you’re reading this, I also know that service to mission remains top of mind. Our colleagues are working around the clock to provide care to the Afghanistan people being evacuated by the U.S. military. Thank you for all that you continue to bring to these critical efforts.
Finally, in the days and weeks ahead, be good to yourselves. The physical and emotional toll of this work is heavy. Please take the time to get any help you may need. Our resources are here for you as well.
On behalf of your MHS colleagues, thank you again for representing the very best of us and job well done.
Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense – Health Affairs
Department of Defense