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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Georgia – The leadership of the Corps of Biomedical Sciences at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., recognized and honored team members during the annual BSC Week, Jan. 24-28.

“BSC is one of the most diverse corps in the Air Force,” said Capt. Heather Widell, 78th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, assistant physician. “Our strength comes from our diversity with more than a dozen disciplines, allowing us to support a full range of operations.”

The BSC includes: Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Dietitians, Optometrists, Bioenvironmental Engineers, Biomedical Laboratory Managers, Podiatrists, Physician Assistants, Audiologists, Health/Medical Physicists, Occupational Therapists, Aerospace Physiologists and operational staff, public health workers, medical entomologists, clinical psychologists and clinical social workers.

“I strongly believe that our mental readiness is just as important and necessary as physical readiness and moreover they are interconnected,” said Captain Lauren Johnson, of the 78th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron., psychologist. “We encourage members to come see us to prevent readiness issues and maintain their readiness.

“As a psychologist, we have the opportunity to be an asset when we act as subject matter experts to command teams,” Johnson continued. “We are therefore able to speak to commanders and first shirts – and we are able to provide essential information on active duty personnel and offer recommendations to help resolve any potential security issues or provide support to units here at home or while deployed.”

The origins of the BSC date back to 1917 when the United States Army created the Army Sanitary Corps to combat infectious diseases. The Army Medical Administrative Corps followed three years later.

In 1949, the Air Force Medical Services was officially established and continued to grow over the next two decades. In 1965, the BSC was created and since then has expanded its range of services to meet the missions of the Air Force.

Widell added: “Through every BSC job we improve fighter health and lethality and because of that, as our motto says, we are ‘Proud to be BSC!’

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