Duke University

A former Army drill sergeant leader has a belly button again — and a new life — thanks to a teenage organ donor and a team of doctors at Duke University Hospital.

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Tom note: The following paragraphs are the scariest thing I have read in a long time. They are excerpted from a new book The Many Faces of War.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Abrey Liggins

In 2009, the Department of Defense introduced the so-called 'Golden Hour' mandate.  This led to the development of systems that ensured the injured warfighter access to surgical care within 60 minutes of injury.

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Doctors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said a U.S. military sergeant has received the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant.

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U.S. Army Medicine History Department Archives

Anna Mae Hays, a legendary Army nurse and the first woman in the U.S. armed forces to wear the insignia of a brigadier general, has died at the age of 97, the Allentown Morning Call reported on Jan. 7.

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U.S. Special Operations Command is weighing the use of nutritional supplements or even performance-enhancing drugs to push the abilities and endurance of its forces beyond current human limits, according to a report from Defense News.

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