The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology serves as the central laboratory of pathology for the Department of Defense, its broad missions are: consolidation, education and research. The Institute is located at 14th Street and Alaska Avenue NW. its staff is made up of members of the medical services of the Armed Forces and civilians in federal employment. Combined in this one building are activities usually found separately in hospitals, research laboratories, educational centers, office buildings, and even television studios. This distinctive eight story building, half underground and windowless, is completely air conditioned.