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Col. Steven Gaydos

Dean/Commander, USASAM

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 while serving stateside and overseas in a number of... More

Deputy Commander/Assistant Dean, USASAM

Col. Mike Breslin

Deputy Commander/Assistant Dean, USASAM

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... More


First Sergeant, USASAM

1st Sgt. Branden R. Coughlin

First Sergeant, USASAM

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... More

The U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine, a satellite campus of the Army Medical Department Center and School, is the Army’s center for all rotary wing aeromedical training for Aviators and aeromedical personnel.

USASAM supports readiness of the warfighter through training. Using the latest technology, USASAM has pioneered the use of distance learning and has state-of-the-art classrooms and simulations to enhance learning. USASAM operates the only altitude (hypobaric) training chamber and Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device in the U.S. Army. The ROBD training allows Soldiers to experience hypoxia symptoms in a safe low risk environment, and teaches them to react accordingly.

USASAM provides aeromedical programs of instruction to Army Medical Department students and supports the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence by providing platform instruction on aeromedical subjects to include Aviation medicine orientation, altitude physiology, introduction to the visual systems, night vision, toxicology, Aviation protective equipment, stress and fatigue, gravitational forces, noise and vibration in Aviation, and spatial disorientation. USASAM uses audio and video teletraining, computer, and Web-based training to improve Soldier and unit readiness while decreasing the cost for the training for the Army.

USASAM’s curriculum includes Academy of Health Science courses that train Army Flight Surgeons, Flight Medics, Aeromedical Physician Assistant, Aeromedical Nurse Practitioners, evacuation personnel, AMEDD pre-command, and Aviation Clinical Psychologists from all three military services, the Coast Guard, and foreign medical personnel. Successful completion of these courses results in the award of either an AOC or a skill identifier for the student. USASAM jointly hosts the Operational Aeromedical Problems Course with the U.S. Navy for active and reserve Flight Surgeons and Aeromedical Physician Assistants. This course provides refresher training and provides a forum to discuss and distribute changes in Aviation medicine.

USASAM 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 the ARMS.

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