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Department of Aviation Medicine

Home to the DUSTOFF TEAM: Building the Future



LTC JOHN J. VENEZIA, Director                            


LTC JOHN J. PENA, Deputy Director    


“There is a very interesting togetherness between medicine and aviation with which I have been fascinated over the years.”

                                                                                   --Major General (Ret) Spurgeon Neel


To prepare, develop, and modernize the joint aeromedical community while serving as a conduit for Combatant Commanders to preserve lethality, compete, and successfully win in Large Scale Combat Operations.


The Department of Aviation Medicine Develops Leaders and Drives Change in Army Aviation Medicine by producing agile and adaptive Aeromedical professionals. We combine advanced medicine with unmatched aviation standards further enhancing the Army’s DOTMLPF-P. Our graduates enable commanders, aircrew members, and Soldiers to compete and win against all threats in Multi-Domain Joint Operations.


The center for rotary wing aeromedical training, education, and consultation in direct support of all Army rotary wing aviators, flight surgeons, flight medics, MEDEVAC pilots, and all DoD aeromedical psychologists deployed world-wide.

The center for all Army Hypobarics, trains over 3,000 students annually with assets of over $5 million.


  • Consistently adapt and develop technical medical training, GME, and PME to better develop agile Leaders and Soldiers for complex environments.
  • Modernize AVMED training to ensure Aviation and Medical personnel are prepared to be MDO 2028 capable and 2034 dominant.
  • Continue to inform AVMED and MEDEVAC doctrine in support of MDO and LSCO.
  • Develop, educate, and train medical protection and sustainment capability to maximize combat power in expeditionary/austere environments.
  • Maximize readiness by providing AVMED and MEDEVAC expertise and liaison to commanders across the ASCCs and DRUs.
  • Provide medical flexibility to CCDRs through adaptive AVMED, OCCMED, MEDEVAC and force health protection through practical and institutional instruction from basic to graduate level programs.

MEDEVAC Pilot/Flight Medic/Flight Surgeon/Flight APA/Flight Nurse/Flight Psychologist

The Department of Aviation Medicine (DAM) at Fort Novosel is a field element of the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE), headquartered at Fort Sam Houston.  DAM is the Army’s center of excellence for training Army Flight Surgeons, Aeromedical Physician Assistants, Flight Medics, and Aeromedical Evacuation Officers.  Concurrently, DAM provides initial and sustainment aeromedical training in 32 Training and Doctrine Command Programs of Instruction for both fixed and rotary wing flight students. DAM also provides high altitude physiology training for Aviation, Special Operations, and Aeromedical personnel in the Army`s only training hypobaric (altitude) chamber and is the proponent for the DoD’s only Aeromedical Psychology Training Course.

For information on other tenants of U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and Fort Novosel please see https://home.army.mil/rucker/index.php/units-tenants/tenants

For information on Lyster Army Health Center please see https://home.army.mil/rucker/index.php/tenants/lyster

U.S. Army Aeromedical Activity (AAMA) Helpdesk
(334) 255-0749

Aeromedical Policy Letters(APLs) or to check the status of a Flight Physical
Please go the AERO site https://aero.health.mil/
For any issues with AERO please contact AAMA.