Keesler AFB, Miss., recently received the Air Force’s first two da Vinci Xi systems for advanced robotic surgery. Robotic systems enable greater precision for a number of surgeries, cutting down on recovery time in hospital and cost of procedures for patients, according to an Air Force Surgeon General release. “If you’re not doing robotics, you’re not going to be competitive. The reason for that is better outcomes,” Maj. (Dr.) Joshua Tyler, the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron robotic surgery director, said, in the release. One of the new systems will be dedicated to performing robotic surgery at Keesler Medical Center. The other will go to Keesler’s Clinical Research Laboratory, where a new Institute for Defense Robotic Surgical Education will focus on training medical residents to receive robotic surgery credentials.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.