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COL Jack Briley - Remembrance

COL (Ret) Jack W. Briley (PT) passed away at his home on January 6, 2020. Jack retired from the Army Medical Specialist Corps after 28 years of service. A military and memorial service with military honors will be held at 2pm on 9 March 2020 at the Fort Smith Arkansas National Cemetery.

Colonel Briley began his career at Army Madigan Army Medical Center with follow-on assignments at Camp Zama; Womack, Ireland, and DeWitt Army Community Hospitals; Walter Reed Army Medical Center; the Health Clinic at the Pentagon, and the William Beaumont Fitness Center, and culminating as Chief, Physical Therapy Womack Army Medical Center. During that assignment COL Briley directed the inpatient and outpatient burn care for the injured at the Pope Air Force Base plane crash in 1994.

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COL Louis Carmona - Remembrance

With sadness we share the news that COL Louis Carmona passed away on November 13, 2019 in Honolulu after many years of living with Alzheimer's Disease. He was predeceased by his wife, Carole, in 2015. His daughter, Laura, was with him at the time of his passing. 

col carmona1Lou served as Chief, Occupational Therapist Section and Assistant Chief, Army Medical Specialist Corps, in addition to many other roles throughout his Army career from 1958-1986. His first staff therapist assignment was to Letterman Army Medical Center; in 1960 he was transferred as a staff therapist to Brooke Army Medical Center and was subsequently appointed OT Clinical Affiliation Coordinator. In 1968, he was assigned as the Chief, OT Section, 2nd General Hospital, Landstuhl, Germany. In 1970, he was assigned to Fitzsimons Army Medical Center as Assistant Chief, OT Section.  In 1978, he was appointed Chief, OT Section, Office of The Surgeon General; Assistant Chief, Army Medical Specialist Corps and OT Consultant to The Surgeon General. Colonel Carmona concurrently held the position of Chief, OT Section, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 1981, he was stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center until his retirement in 1986, spending his remaining years in Hawaii.

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AMSCA 75th Anniversary Celebration and 20th Biennial AMSCA Meeting - San Antonio TX - 13-16 October 2022

sp corps coin265pxJoin us to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Army Medical Specialist Corps, 13-16 October 2022, in historic San Antonio TX.

The meeting hotel is the Valenica Hotel on the Riverwalk. Reservations can be made now by calling 855-596-3387 - ask for the AMSCA 20th Biennial Meeting group.

We also have cofirmed a group rate for the Holiday Inn San Antonio-Riverwalk in the event our block of Valencia rooms are all booked. Use this link to make a room reservation or call 210-224-2500 and reference our group's block code: AME.  This hotel is across the street from the Valencia.


Registration will be available in July - watch for your registration form in the mail and via e-mail.

From either hotel, you have ready access to the Riverwalk, major shopping areas, and many historical sites, such as the Alamo. San Antonio is a beautiful city. Why not plan to make your travel a vacation stay with the added benefit of meeting and visiting with old and new friends at the AMSCA meeting.

The meeting was postponed from April to October due to Covid restrictions and military guidance. Those of you who have made previous reservations at the Valencia hotel for the April dates will have them automatically cancelled on 2 Feb 2022. 

Please check back, we will post conference details on this page as they become finalized.

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk Courtyard at night 2017

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk Street River View 2017

2019 Biennial Meeting A Huge Success

The weather was perfect in Washington DC for our 2019 Biennial Meeting. It was great to see old friends and colleagues and meet new ones. We'll have a more complete summary in the next newsletter and are still collecting pictures from everyone, but here are some of the highlights:

On Friday, we visited the Forest Glen Annex, the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), and President Lincoln's Cottage (on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home, known today as the Armed Forces Retirement Home).   On the way back to our hotel in Springfield VA, we stopped at the WWII Memorial on the National Mall. That night, we had our Evening Banquet with guest speaker BG Beth Salisbury who started her career as an Army Occupational Therapist.

On Saturday, we participated in a Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For this solemn occasion, COL Jessie Brewer, COL Dexter Hancock and MAJ Teresa Dillon participated in the ceremony.  The wreath was beautiful and honored AMSC officers.  COL Bonnie Sweeney captured video of part of the ceremony to share with all members:

https://youtu.be/1etJmovvkRE

 

 

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