DVIDS – News – STEM Education The Building Blocks For Career Success


An education with a focus on STEM encompasses a broad series of disciplines that opens doors to many career fields.

In her own words, Maj. Esther Cleggs-Burns talks about how she began her career with an education in Plant Science with concentration in Biotechnology from Fort Valley State University. Leveraging her skills and education gained at FVSU she expanded her reach working for the US Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency as the Farm Loan Chief.

FVSU gave me the foundation to think through problems critically which has assisted in my development as an officer working in plans and operations. In addition, I joined ROTC my junior year which gave me a solid military foundation.

Combining these backgrounds and experiences into a career, I didn’t do it alone, I leaned on mentors and family as inspiration.

In high school, I had the desire to pursue biomedical engineering or become

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DVIDS – News – National Suicide Prevention Month: BAMC Behavioral Health professionals are here to help


Across the nation, there has been an increase in suicide deaths in the general population over the past decade. Suicides across the military have also increased, affecting every segment of the force – Active, Guard and Reserve; officers and enlisted personnel.

A Department of Defense annual suicide report shows 541 service members across the military’s active and reserve components died by suicide in 2018. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports more than 6,000 military veteran suicide deaths in 2017.

Brooke Army Medical Center Behavioral Health professionals are here to assist service members and beneficiaries who seek help for their mental health and wellbeing.

“There are many reasons an individual may seek behavioral health care,” said U.S. Public Health Service Capt. (Dr.) Richard Schobitz, deputy chief, BAMC Department of Behavioral Health. “Some are related to life stressors such as post-deployment stress, family challenges, or distress related to adjusting

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