Under the auspices of the American Forces Network®, AFN®, a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Defense, this photograph was created October 30, 2014, by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. and photojournalist, Christopher Hubenthal, and depicts U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stephanie Torres, of the 15th Aerospace Medical Squadron, public health technician, and NCO in charge of preventative medicine, as she was listening to a briefing given by instructors from the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), during a hazardous material training session, which took place at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), Hawaii.
Members of USAMRIID conducted the class in order to help ensure that service members, and civilians are better prepared when reacting to, and defending themselves against infectious diseases while at TAMC. According to the U.S. Army Medical Department official website, the USAMRIID has spearheaded research that will help develop medical solutions in the form of vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and information, that will protect military service members from biological threats.
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