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Harry G. Moseley Award

June 28, 2019

Harry G. Moseley Award

Established in memory of Col. Harry G. Moseley, USAF, MC, in recognition of his material contributions to flight safety. It is given annually for the most outstanding contribution to flight safety. Sponsored by the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon Pilots.

 
   
   John Barson, D.O., M.P.H., was the 2019 recipient of the Harry G. Moseley Award for his significant, material contributions to the safety of flight during his 35-year career in Aerospace Medicine. His accomplishments include the patenting of the Protective Helmet Retention System. He directed the ballistic testing of the AH-64 crew chest protector and of the dynamic force test program resulting in the placement of crash airbags on AH-64 Apache helicopters. He also participated as the Army representative to the Tri-Service Helmet Standardization Working Group. He has made aviation safer through his accomplishments. 
   Dr. Barson completed his Bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the Oklahoma State University Health Sciences Center in 1979. He then went on active duty with the U.S. Army and completed the U.S. Army Basic Aviation Medicine Course at Fort Rucker, AL, where he was in the first Flight Surgeon Class to solo in the TH-55 training helicopter. After serving as the Flight Surgeon for the 2nd Armored Division, he was selected for the U.S. Army Aerospace Medicine Residency consisting of a Masters in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and training at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. He became Board Certified in Aerospace Medicine in 1984. Following his residency, he was assigned as the 3rd Corps Flight Surgeon and 6th Cavalry Brigade Surgeon.
   Dr. Barson was then assigned to the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker, AL, first as a Branch Chief and later the Director of the Aircrew Protection Division. During his research assignment he was sent on a 3-year research exchange to the Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine at Farnborough, United Kingdom. While at the Institute he was co-inventor of a new aircraft helmet fitting system and received the Royal Air Force Strike Command Certificate for Engineering Merit. He is one of a handful of persons in the world who has gone to 60,000 ft of altitude without a pressure suit.
   Following his return to the United States, Dr. Barson was assigned as the U.S. Corps of Cadets Surgeon and the Chief of Preventive Medicine for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. His next assignment was Fort Leonard Wood, MO, preparing the installation for the movement of the U.S. Army Chemical Defense School from Fort McClelland, AL. While at Fort Leonard Wood he was deployed as Chief of Preventive Medicine and Senior Physician for the U.S. Support Group in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for peace keeping duty. Following his return from Haiti he was assigned as the Chief of Preventive Medicine for U.S. Army Forces Command in Atlanta, GA.
   Dr. Barson retired as a Colonel from the Army aer 22 years in 2001 and became a Physician Consultant for Federal Occupational Health Law Enforcement Medical Programs providing consulting services to 35 federal law enforcement agencies. In 2003, he joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Medical Officer in the Division of Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response. He was a member of the CDC Aero-Medical Evacuation Team (AMET) which was responsible for developing policies, procedures, and equipment requirements for evacuating a highly infectious patient, highly infections lab specimens, or animals from sites around the world and the resulting device was recently used for evacuating American citizens with Ebola from Africa to the United States. He also was a subject matter expert for several conferences involving east and west coast airports preparedness for bioterrorism events and on a panel for the National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board. In November 2007 he became a Flight Surgeon, and later Deputy Regional Flight Surgeon for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Southern Regional Aerospace Medicine Division. He recently retired from that position.
   Dr. Barson is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, an Academician with the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM), Life Member of the U.S. Army Society of Flight Surgeon, and Member of the Army Aviation Medicine Association. His awards and honors include an FAA Outstanding Innovator Award, Outstanding Unit Citation for the Monkeypox Outbreak Response Team, a Silo Busters: Collaborative Success Award as a member of the SARS Preparedness Team, the Society of U.S. Army Flight Surgeons Order of Aeromedical Merit, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of U.S. Army Flight Surgeons.