Crest“There is a very interesting togetherness between medicine and aviation with which I have been fascinated over the years.” — retired Maj. Gen.  Spurgeon Neel

The School of Army Aviation Medicine, a satellite campus of the Medical Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio, is the Army’s center for all aeromedical training for aviators, aircrew, and aeromedical personnel.

SAAM is a force generation platform -- we train, educate, and develop capable and adaptive aeromedical leaders focused on readiness and enabling the combatant commander to compete and win in large scale combat operations. We train 2,500 Soldiers annually in over 160 courses per year within 45 programs of instruction.

SAAM supports the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence by providing instruction to aviators and aircrew on aeromedical subjects to include aviation medicine orientation, altitude physiology, visual systems, night vision, toxicology, aviation protective equipment, stress and fatigue, gravitational forces, noise and vibration, and spatial disorientation. In addition to platform instruction, SAAM uses computer and web-based training, training exercises, experiential labs, and advanced medical simulation to improve Soldier and unit readiness while decreasing the cost for the training for the Army. We operate the Army’s only training hypobaric altitude chamber supporting fixed-wing aviators, as well as high-altitude parachutists.

SAAM’s medical curriculum includes MEDCoE courses that train flight surgeons, critical care flight paramedics, aeromedical physician assistants, aviation nurse practitioners, medical evacuation personnel, MEDEVAC pre-command, and aviation clinical psychologists from all military services to include foreign medical personnel. SAAM also serves as the graduate medical education sponsoring institution for medical specialty training programs in aerospace and occupational medicine.

photo_01.jpgSAAM evaluates its training and the Army’s Aviation Medicine Program in FORSCOM and TRADOC Aviation units by serving as the proponent of the Aviation medicine portion of the Aviation Resource Management Survey program, and by providing inspectors for ARMS teams.

For more information, visit the SAAM website or call (334) 255-7409 or (334) 255-7445.

Leadership
Dean/Commander, U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine

Dean, School of Army Aviation Medicine

Col. William (Dan) Porter

Col. William (Dan) Porter is a board-certified aerospace / occupational medicine physician with substantial experience in the delivery of healthcare across the spectrum and complexity of military conflict, as well as the rapid mobilization / demobilization of military forces in support of diverse missions across the globe. Porter was a distinguished military graduate of the Indiana University Army ROTC program in 1994, and was commissioned into the Medical Service Corps. He initially served as a medical platoon leader... READ MORE

First Sergeant, U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine

First Sergeant, School of Army Aviation Medicine

1st Sgt. Eric W. Pelkey

1st Sgt. Eric W. Pelkey enlisted to active duty as a 68W Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic) on Feb. 26, 2004, and attended basic combat training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After completion of advanced individual training at Joint Base San Antonio (Fort Sam Houston), Pelkey’s orders assigned him to William Beaumont Army Medical Center, where he served as a member of the facilities pediatric clinic. He later served as a member of the 121st Combat Support Hospital and 135th Forward Surgical Team in Yongsan, ROK. READ MORE