The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) is a subordinate research laboratory command under the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, located at Fort Detrick, Md.
USAARL aims to provide medical research in the military operations environment to sustain the Warfighter’s performance by delivering medical research, developing, testing, and evaluating solutions to 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.
Today, USAARL’s mission has expanded to cover research preventing and mitigating aviator and ground warrior injuries. However, the mission would not be accomplished without USAARL’s team of physicians, engineers, scientists, psychologists, pilots, and administrators. USAARL applies its medical, psychological, and physiological knowledge and skills to optimize systems for the end user – the U.S. Army Warfighter. In doing so, the Laboratory has had an immeasurable effect on improving Army systems and has helped save countless lives.
Through research, USAARL supports the USAMRMC’s motto, “Protect, Project, Sustain.”
In the future, the USAARL will continue to pursue its vision of becoming innovators in aeromedical and operational medical research. This vision will be achieved by our commitment to the Aviator, the airborne Soldier, and ground Warriors to find medical solutions that reduce health hazards, prevent injury, and protect and improve performance. Our goal is to be recognized as the Army’s focal point for research and expert consultation on issues related to medical, physiological, and psychological support of the Aviator and Warrior.