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Battles, Bandages and Beyond- The Evolution of Military Medicine from an AF Medic’s Perspective

On this episode of WarDocs we had the privilege to delve into the life and career of retired Chief Master Sergeant Steve Cum. This remarkable patriot dedicated three decades of his life to serving as a Medic in the Air Force, navigating the trials of Military Medicine and shaping the future of the field in the process.



Steve's journey is nothing short of extraordinary. His experiences from the war zones of Afghanistan to the disaster-stricken lands of Haiti have made him a well-rounded medic, a skilled leader, and an invaluable resource to the Air Force. In his conversation, Steve takes us through the evolution of medical training, his time in Special Ops, and his firsthand experiences during the 9-11 deployments, painting a vivid picture of life on the frontlines.


While his tales of patient care under extreme conditions and complex evacuation logistics may seem like scenes from a movie, they were Steve's everyday reality. His resilience and dedication to the cause are impressive, and his reflections on the adrenaline rush and immense responsibility that comes with being a medic in a war zone are thought-provoking.



Beyond sharing his personal experiences, Steve also opens up about the leadership lessons he learned during his deployments. His passion for training medical personnel shines through as he talks about his time in Haiti and the experiences that have shaped his approach to mentorship. Steve's advice to young Air Force Airmen looking to make a career in Military Medicine is insightful and valuable, reflecting his commitment to helping the next generation of medics.



Steve’s impressive career in the Air Force has seen significant changes in Military Medicine. His reflections on these changes, the future of the field, and the legacy he hopes to leave in Military Medicine offer a unique perspective on the evolution of the profession.


Whether you're interested in Military Medicine, leadership lessons, or just love a good soldier's tale, this episode with CMSgt Steve Cum is not one to miss. Join us as we navigate the highs and lows of a military medic's life, and gain a deeper understanding of the crucial role these brave individuals play in the world's most challenging environments.


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