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Realignment of flight nurse slots was effected to provide coverage to fighting units. An increased number of nurses were assigned to the aerospace research and development programs. One Nurse Corps officer was assigned to test aerovac equipment; another was assigned to the Manned Orbital Laboratory project. Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force 26 Base, Ohio, created a new nurse position to work on a special anthropometric project to determine average sizes for females in the Air Force.
In addition, greater numbers of reserve nurses were involved in professional medical education by correspondence. The School of Aerospace Medicine established a course in battlefield nursing as part of the Air Force Medical Service’s readiness training initiative. In the first year, 258 nurses attended. 39 May: The Surgeon General of the Air Force proclaimed each May as Air Force consumer health education month. More nurses began to move into positions as health education officers, eventually counting for 90 percent of all Air Force health education coordinators.
As the fiscal year drew to a close, the 9th AES badly needed permanent personnel. Incidents like those at Pleiku produced a sharp increase in the number of aerovac patients processed by the USAF Hospital, Clark Air Base. April: Clark Air Base increased its bed size from 200 to 250. July: At Cape Kennedy, Florida, the Air Force inaugurated the aerospace nursing course, a one-year training program in flight medicine, occupational health, and military public health. August 17: Lt. Helen Glavinovich, an Air Force Nurse, was the first person to receive the Unsung Heroine Award.