One of the newest agencies within the Department of Defense, the Defense Health Agency was established in 2013 as a joint Combat Support Agency designed help contain the rising costs of medical care delivery in three military departments that fall under the DoD by unifying and streamlining governance procedures.

The DoD first seriously considered introducing a new governance model for health-care administration in 2006 following a recommendation by the Defense Business Board that the three DoD military branches—Army, Navy, and Air Force—eliminate their medical commands and that DoD should put a single Unified Medical Command in place. Such a radical change, however, would likely have led to unwanted loss of expertise and data. A 2011 task force report, on the other hand, suggested the services should maintain their medical commands and instead focus on achieving savings through implementation of shared services and coordination of care, leading to the creation of the agency two years later.

The Defense Health Agency Identification Badge features a border of gold rope around shield made up of our national colors of red, white, and blue. Seven stars represent seven entities for which the Defense Health Agency provides oversight, and the staff of Asclepius has long been associated with military health-care services. The agency motto, “Pro Cura Militis,” reflects the organization’s primary mission of providing top-qualty health care to our nation’s servicemembers.

The Defense Health Agency is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia.

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