Fort Rucker, AL
In the early 1960's, then Col. Spurgeon Neel, commander of Lyster Army Hospital at Fort Rucker, Ala., recognized that an expanding Army aviation community would need specialized medical and physiological support to help close the gap between Army combat aviation needs and human capabilities, and to protect aviators from altitude, climate, noise, acceleration, impact, and other stressors in a growing hostile environment.
Therefore, in October 1962, Neel and Maj. Gen. Earnest Esterbrook, then commander of the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, established the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Unit with a goal of providing direct aviation medical research support to all Army aviation and airborne activities, and to provide a central aeromedical research and reference library. In 1969, as USAARU's involvement in air mobility research grew, the Army re-designated the unit as USAARL.
The USAARL's mission is to deliver medical research to, and develop, test, and evaluate solutions for air and ground Warriors.
USAARL conducts medical research to develop and provide the biomedical basis for countermeasures that prevent and mitigate Warrior injury. Specifically, the Lab's research includes developing return-to-duty standards for Soldiers suffering from neurosensory injuries, mild traumatic brain injuries, determining the effectiveness of life support equipment, and preventing and mitigating ground- and air-crew biomechanical injuries.
Through research, USAARL supports the U.S. Army Medical Department's mission, "serving to heal, honored to serve."
Last Modified Date: 16-Apr-2013