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United States Army Medical Research Detachment

The Mission:

The mission of the Detachment is to determine the medical hazards of laser and radio frequency radiation, to characterize the effects of non-ionizing radiation emitted by military systems on soldier performance and to determine medical triage and treatment for non-ionizing radiation injuries. U.S. Army Operational Medicine Research and Combat Trauma Research are Missions of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, Fort Detrick, MD. The U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment is a detachment of the Walter Reed Army Institiute of Research.


Radiation hazards research has assured the deployment of modern training and "smart" weapon systems with minimal hazard to soldiers.

U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force sponsored laser bioeffects research has resulted in the establishment of permissible exposure limits for the Department of Defense, the nation and the world.

The U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment is the Department of Defense evaluation and treatment center for accidental and hostile laser ocular exposures.

Other Worthwhile Considerations:

Collocation of Army, Air Force, and Navy radiation research at Brooks AFB has already resulted in collaborative research efforts which leverage valuable research resources and expertise.

Brooks AFB is now the center for non-ionizing radiation hazards researcha national resource. Most of this research is "dual use" and published in peer reviewed scientific literature.

No other government, academic or corporate entity has the physical and organic assets required to conduct this research.

San Antonio has academic and technical assets to assist environmental radiation hazards research.

Friendly and foreign military Directed Energy Systems continue to emerge on the modern battlefield and pose potential unanticipated hazards to U. S. military personnel. The mission continues....

Laser Hazards Research:

Twenty-five military and civilian families of the Division of Ocular Hazards at the Letterman Army Institute of Research, Presidio of San Francisco, CA relocated to San Antonio in October 1992. Research assets valued at $4.2M and a core Staff with over 130 years of laser bioeffects research experience moved to Bldg. 176 at Brooks Air Force Base. The cost to relocate the activity was approximately $2.0M.

Radio Frequency Hazards Research:

The Microwave Research Branch of the Neuropsychiatry Division of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research transferred to the Detachment in October 1993. One officer and a contract staff (15 families) relocated to San Antonio and have established thelaboratory ($4.2M in physical assets) in portions of Building 1183 and 1184. An office building (Bldg. 1168) was constructed for the Microwave Research Staff. The Cost to relocate the activity was approximately $2.3M.

You can learn more about this unique Detachment by visiting its Official Home Page.

Last update was November 3rd, 2000.

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