“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.
SAAM 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.
Dean, School of Army Aviation Medicine
Col. Steven Gaydos has served within the Army Aviation community for more than twenty years in myriad positions within both the Aviation and Medical Corps branches. Gaydos graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Dayton as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate receiving a regular Army commission in the Aviation branch. Upon completion of Initial Entry Rotary Wing training, he served seven years as an Aviation officer qualifying in both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft ... READ MORE
Assistant Dean, School of Army Aviation Medicine
Col. Mike Breslin was commissioned a second lieutenant from Loyola University of Chicago in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Finance. He was assigned as a Medical Platoon Leader in the 2-502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Divison (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, prior to attending flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, in 1994. After graduation from flight school, Breslin served in various company level positions including the 542nd Medical Company, Camp Page, Korea; 57th Medical Company ... READ MORE
First Sergeant, School of Army Aviation Medicine
1 Sgt. Branden R. Coughlin is a native of Denver, Colorado. He entered the United States Army in 2001 and completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He completed Healthcare Specialist Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. His assignments include: Senior Line Medic, 1-4 Infantry Regiment (OPFOR), Hohenfels, Germany; EMT Medical Sergeant, 126 Forward Surgical Team, Fort Hood, Texas; Flight Medic, 507th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Hood; Air Ambulance ... READ MORE