War College Professor Says Military needs more accurate information about Lyme Disease “The Myths of Lyme Disease: Separating Fact from Fiction for Military Personnel” decries scant funding tick-borne diseases.

By Dorothy Kupcha Leland

Written by Montgomery McFate, a professor at the US Naval War College, the article is titled, “The Myths of Lyme Disease: Separating Fact from Fiction for Military Personnel.” It appears in Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ), which is published for military and national security professionals.

A lengthy article in an official government publication lays out why accurate information about Lyme disease is of high importance to the US military.

Air Force Colonel Nicole Malachowski lyme disease

Here are the myths about Lyme disease that the article examines:

  1. It is not that severe: False
  2. It is easy to diagnose: False
  3. It is easy to treat: False

The photo above shows Air Force Colonel Nicole Malachowski, the first woman to fly with the Thunderbirds, and who later commanded an F-15 fighter squadron. After she contracted Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, she was forced to take a medical retirement from her Air Force career (and is now a prominent spokesperson for the Lyme community). Her story is featured in this article.

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