Defense Health Agency director Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place said Thursday that those working within San Antonio’s Military Health System would not lose their jobs due to a restructuring mandated by Congress. 

The SAMHS is comprised of the Air Force’s 59th Medical Wing, Brooke Army Medical Center and subordinate units. It employs about 12,000 staff and cares for some 240,000 beneficiaries, according to its website.

In 2017, Congress directed the Defense Department to start consolidating military hospitals and clinics under a single umbrella — the Defense Health Agency — to increase efficiency. The Army, Navy and Air Force previously managed their own siloed health care systems. 

As part of the changeover, nearly 18,000 uniformed medical billets are expected to be cut across the military and

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