The Defense Institute for Medical Operations is a joint security cooperation school for which the Air Force is the implementing agent (JSCET/ Army Regulation 12–15, SECNAVINST 4950.4B, AFI 16–105). DIMO was established in October 2002 when the Air Force’s Institute for Global Health merged with the Navy’s Defense Healthcare Management Institute. In October 2003, DIMO transitioned to the International Education Exportable Division within the International and Expeditionary Education and Training Department of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks City-Base, Texas. In 2011, under Base Realignment and Closure, USAFSAM moved to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and DIMO realigned in 2012 under Air Force Medical Support Agency as a geographically separated unit. On April 1, 2019, DIMO was returned under the command of USAFSAM as the International Education Department directly reporting the USAFSAM commander, still as a GSU. The 59th Medical Wing and the 502nd Air Base Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland provides us space and facility support.
DIMO’s purpose is to provide a jointly executed capability that permits and builds strong, resilient, comprehensive international partnerships. DIMO’s programs strive to improve communications between military and civilian agencies, as well as strengthening international coalition partnerships and achieving theater security cooperation objectives.
Although the majority of our programs consist of exportable courses based on “train the trainer” concepts via mobile education teams and mobile training teams, DIMO also offers resident courses. These courses include an Executive Healthcare Resource Management course, an HIV/AIDS Planning and Policy Development course, and a Gender-based Violence Course that bring international military students stateside and expose them to U.S. culture in addition to providing a robust learning environment for the course curriculum.
DIMO utilizes Tri-Service subject matter experts as instructors from the “Total Force”: Tri-Service military plus Public Health Service active duty, Guard and Reserve, as well as Department of Defense, interagency colleagues, and a few non-DOD civilians. Courses are funded through multiple funding sources, but primarily by Department of State (Title 22) programs like International Military Education and Training, Expanded-International Military Education and Training, Foreign Military Sales, Humanitarian Assistance, and Counterterrorism Fellowship Program sources.