Of all the threats facing Battlefield Airmen and other special operations forces, heat doesn’t typically come to mind. However, heat-related illness is a critical factor for personnel operating in extreme temperatures.
Dr. Reginald O’Hara and his Exercise Physiology Research Team at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing, are working to reduce that heat stress.
“Military personnel exposed to excessive heat for an extended period of time may experience reductions in both physical and cognitive performance,” O’Hara said. “Those reductions could severely limit their ability to carry out their duties during intense ground and flight operations.”
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