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Newman's car to honor military health care personnel
The paint scheme on Ryan Newman's No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet for Saturday night's (May 1) NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway will pay tribute to the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and the men and women who comprise the highly-trained Army Health Care Team.

During the Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 Cup event, Army Medicine will be showcased on the hood and rear quarter panels of the No. 39 car along with the AMEDD logo on the hood.

The race name is in honor of Calhoun, an Army retiree (101st Airborne) and Purple Heart recipient.

The Army Health Care Team is one of the largest comprehensive systems of health care in the country. It is made up of six corps, each with a specific function.

*Dental Corps -- oral surgery, prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and orthodontics
*Medical Corps -- more than 40 specialties, including internal medicine, neurosurgery, pathology and psychiatry
*Medical Service Corps -- behavioral psychology, entomology, hospital administration and nuclear engineering
*Medical Specialist Corps -- patient care, wellness education, injury prevention
*Nurse Corps -- critical care nursing, medical surgical nursing and community nursing
*Veterinary Corps -- animal medicine, veterinary public health, food inspection and research

As an incentive for medical-career students to join the Army Health Care Team, the U.S. Army offers a range of financial assistance and educational benefits.

“It will be a privilege to drive a car honoring the Army Health Care Team which works by the motto – to save, to heal, to serve,” said Newman. “Each time I visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center I am overwhelmed with the professional care and professional services that are provided to our brave and wounded Soldiers.”

Note: The following will be special guests of the U.S. Army Race Team in Richmond:

*Maj. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Deputy Surgeon General, United States Army and Chief, United States Army Nurse Corps.

*Maj. Arthur De Luigi, a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and sports medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to his second year of medical school at Lake Erie College (Erie, Pa.), De Luigi entered the Army’s Health Professionals Scholarship Program, which paid more than $100,000 of his medical school costs. De Luigi served two deployments in Iraq.

*Army Staff Sgt. Adam Ellsworth, a native of Woodbridge, Va., who served three deployments -- two in Iraq and one in Kosovo. He also served on an humanitarian mission in the Gulf coast following Hurricane Katrina.
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