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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    



The Department of Aviation Medicine is the subject matter expert in all aspects of Army Aviation Medicine, aeromedical evacuation, and joint inflight critical care transport. We develop leaders and drive change through the DOTMLPF-P process producing competent, agile, and adaptive aeromedical professionals. The DAM combines advanced medicine with unmatched aviation standards enabling our graduates to enable commanders, aviators, and aircrew members to compete and win against all threats in Army and joint operations.


To prepare, develop, and modernize the joint aeromedical community to ensure the Army is the best warfighting organization it can be.


The Department of Army Aviation Medicine (DAM) is the “Rally Point” where aviation and medicine meet. The DAM is a satellite campus of the Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE) located at Fort Novosel, AL, and is the Army’s center for all aeromedical training for aviators, aircrew members, and aeromedical providers.

The DAM trains, educates, and develops capable and adaptive aeromedical leaders focused on readiness and enabling the Combatant Commander to compete and win in all Army and joint operations. We train over 2,500 Soldiers annually in 160 courses per year within 44 programs of instruction.

The DAM supports the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) by providing instruction to aviators and aircrew on aeromedical subjects in accordance with AR 95-1, TC 3-04.93, AR 40-501, AR 40-502, and NATO STANAG AAMedP-1.2 Edition A Version 1, RTO MP-086 / HFM-085. We operate the Army’s only training altitude chamber supporting aviators and aircrew flying in pressurized cabins, as well as high-altitude parachutists.

The DAM trains aeromedical physician assistants, aeromedical clinical psychologists, flight surgeons, critical care flight paramedics, aviation medicine nurse practitioners, medical planners from all military services and international military students. DAM also serves as the only non-hospital based graduate medical education program under TRADOC producing physicians specializing in aerospace and occupational medicine.


  • Educating tomorrow’s aviation leaders and ensuring proficiency for today’s aviation leadership
  • Advancing the skill, knowledge, and confidence of Critical Care Flight Paramedics
  • Equipping Combat Aviation Brigades with aeromedical providers
  • Training behavioral health professionals to understand and affect the aviation environment
  • Prepare Service Members to work as a team in the joint medical evacuation and patient movement environment

For information on other tenants of U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and Fort Novosel please see https://home.army.mil/novosel/tenants/dam

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

Please contact the U.S. Army Aeromedical Activity (AAMA) to check the status of a Flight Physical
AAMA AERO site: https://aero.health.mil/
AAMA AERO Helpdesk Phone: (334) 255-0749
AAMA AERO Email: usarmy.rucker.medcom-lahc.list.lahc-aero-helpdesk@health.mil