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DOD's Chief Data Officer Aims to Deliver Data Reform
Air Force Airman 1st Class Theodore Banta, 5th Communications Squadron client systems technician, troubleshoots a network issue with a customer at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., April 24, 2018.
June 19, 2020 - The Defense Department is reforming how data is used and collected — particularly important in joint, all-domain operations, which involve coordinated communications and employment of military assets at sea, in the air, on the ground, and in space and cyberspace.

Today U.S. Army celebrates 245 years, legacy of service to nation
June 14, 2020 - Today marks 245 years of the Army’s legacy of service to the nation. June 14 is also Flag Day and provides an opportunity to showcase patriotism and the shared Army values of love of country and oaths to defend the American way of life.

Army Public Health Center expert offers healthy housing tips
A great resource during PCS season is this Army Public Health Center flyer with eight tips on keeping a healthy home.
June 10, 2020 - Although COVID-19 concerns have temporarily halted many but the most essential military moves, now is a good time to think about how to keep your current or future residence healthy and minimize housing hazard risks like lead or mold exposure.

Vermont Veteran Outreach Feature Story
May 27, 2020 - Greetings, fellow Vermont Veterans,My name is Jeremy Stocker and I am the Program Analyst for

Army Reserve Soldier honors and continues grandfather's legacy
Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Antonio Ayaay served as a Judge Adjutant General Officer in the Philippine Army during World War II. His granddaughter, Sergeant First Class Pamela Ayaay, currently serves as a Paralegal Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve.



(Sgt. 1st Class Pamela Ayaay granted permission to release these photos.)
May 26, 2020 - Sgt. 1st Class Pamela Ayaay, the 335th Signal Command (T) (P) chief paralegal noncommissioned officer in charge, knew that her grandfather served in the Philippine Army. However, she recently discovered that they share more in common with their military service. Retired Lt. Col. Antonio Ayaay served in the Philippine Army during World War II in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, just like his granddaughter.

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA: The National Moment of Remembrance
Photo Grid of 553d Air Force Band trumpet members performing Taps during the National Moment of Remembrance, May 25, 2020.
May 25, 2020 - Five members of the 553d Air Force Band performed Taps on Memorial Day 2020.

On the Spot Award Winner: Airman Kevin Rios Rivera
Airman Kevin Rios Rivera takes a break from processing evaluations and decorations in his home office. As the May On the Spot Award winner, he'll be able to park in the group commander's parking space for a week, once members are able to return to work on base. (U.S. Air Force photo)
May 22, 2020 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Airman Kevin Rios Rivera, 340th Flying Training Group

PCSing in the time of COVID-19: Four families share their stories
May 15, 2020 - In an effort to support others, four families share their PCS stories and what they’ve learned along

Army Anti-Terrorism Technology Helps Pinpoint COVID-19 Cases
Members of the Emergency Operations Center track COVID-19 with the Joint Analytic Real-Time Virtual Information Sharing System — or JARVISS — an Army software program designed to target criminal activity and provide natural disaster information in and around Army installations and stand-alone facilities.
May 13, 2020 - WASHINGTON -- The Army technology that's used to root out terrorism threats is now being deployed to

MCT Academics Chief’s Initiative Brings Digital Learning to Marines
A U.S. Marine participates in an online classroom at Camp Devil Dog, North Carolina, May 5.
May 13, 2020 - U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Derrick, academics chief, Marine Combat Training Battalion,

Task force Marines certified for deployment during pandemic
A U.S. Marine operates a skid steer during a command post exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 8.
May 12, 2020 - U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command certified for a crisis response deployment to the Latin American and Caribbean region April 23.Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, SPMAGTF-SC elements implemented the social distancing guidance throughout their training schedule and ensured that the lives and safety of the service members remained a priority...

NMCB-5’s Seabees connect with the community of Marshall Islands
Official U.S. Navy file photo
May 11, 2020 - OKINAWA, Japan – U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, Detail

Esper Details Defense Readiness in Face of Pandemic
The Pentagon Briefing Room, April 28, 2020.
May 4, 2020 - Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper discussed the immediate operations against COVID-19 and the second order of effects the pandemic will have on the U.S. military during a Brookings Institution webinar.

Service members should check IRS website to ensure stimulus payment
Service members anticipating a stimulus payment should immediately update their direct deposit information on the Internal Revenue Service's website to avoid possible delays, according to the Army’s Office of the Judge Advocate General sources.
April 20, 2020 - Service members anticipating a stimulus payment should immediately update their direct deposit information on the Internal Revenue Service's website to avoid possible delays, according to the Army’s Office of the Judge Advocate General sources.

Employee Spotlight: DLA Troop Support employee answers call, joins military response to pandemic
Senior Master Sgt. Michael B. Moody, 64th AEG first sergeant, oversees Staff Sgt Awa B. Diakhate, 64th AEG PERSCO, April 8, 2020. They were both forward deployed to the Javits Center in NYC to help fight against COVID-19. Moody is a packaging specialist with the Construction and Equipment supply chain at Defense Logsistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia.
April 17, 2020 - As Defense Logistics Agency employees provide essential equipment to warfighters and

Maintenance team makes face masks for Texas Air Guard members
Staff Sgt. Paul Renker, 149th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics technician, wears a mask he made on his personal 3D printer for people in his unit in the Texas Air National Guard.
April 16, 2020 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – When guidance came out that personnel on base should wear

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Conducts 'Car Triage' as Safety Measure
Navy Lt. j.g. Katherine Baile, an emergency nurse, conducts a practice screening at the drive-thru screening and triage site at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va., April 9, 2020. The medical center implemented the drive-thru site to relieve the patient flow through the emergency department and to help in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in an open air environment.
April 15, 2020 - A "car triage" screening process in place at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia is designed to triage, test and treat low-acuity patients suspected to have COVID-19 and to protect medical staff by doing so in an open-air environment.

PRANG Airman makes PPE for security forces, first responders
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alejandro Oyola with the 156th Security Forces Squadron checks identification at the entrance to Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Puerto Rico Air National Guard, while wearing personal protective equipment, April 9, 2020. The 156th SFS Defenders now have plastic face shields, created by 1st Lt. Jose Arroyo, a cyberspace operations officer with the 156th Communications Flight.
April 14, 2020 - CAROLINA, Puerto Rico – A Puerto Rico Air National Guard Airman is taking an innovative approach to

Pease Airmen answering the call
Staff Sgt. Walter Ramos, crew chief, 157th Air Refueling Wing, New Hampshire Air National Guard, fields calls for unemployment benefits at a makeshift call center at the state fire academy in Concord, April 7, 2020. Ramos, originally from Puerto Rico, handles all applicants in need of a  Spanish speaker to help with claims.
April 9, 2020 - A small, centralized COVID-19 mission is making a big difference: a call center, supported by 19 Pease Airmen from the 157th Air Refueling Wing, that's tucked away in the basement cafeteria of the New Hampshire State Fire Academy. The makeshift center, supervised by New Hampshire Employment Security, has been fielding thousands of claims per day made by people in desperate need of unemployment benefits.

720th EOD Train On Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Equipment
Soldiers of the 720th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 16th Special Troops Battalion, simulate collecting chemical sample for processing as part of a two-week Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CRBN) Hazardous Material Technician Course at Baumholder, Germany. The 720th EOD is the first EOD unit to receive this course. (U.S. Army photo by: Staff Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 16th Sustainment Brigade)
April 9, 2020 - BAUMHOLDER, Germany – Soldiers from the 720th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) received training on a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA equipment during a two-week Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CRBN) Hazardous Material Technician Course. The training provided the Soldiers the skills and knowledge required to respond to a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) incident. Although the course has been active for years, the 720th is the first EOD unit to receive this specific course. Through this training the unit is able to get their Soldiers certified on the SCBA, a CBRN equipment the 720th was recently issued and needed to be trained on.

DOD Ramps Up COVID-19 Response Efforts From Coast to Coast
Soldiers from the Connecticut National Guard’s 1-102nd Infantry Regiment set up Department of Health and Human Services federal medical station equipment at Moore Field House at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn., April 1, 2020.
April 8, 2020 - The Defense Department's medical apparatus is operating across the country to bring its expertise and capacity to bear against the coronavirus pandemic.

Indiana National Guard provides critical food bank support
Indiana National Guard troops from the 381st Military Police Company, Plymouth, load groceries into cars of local families at a drive-thru food drive at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Merrillville, Indiana, April 3, 2020.
April 8, 2020 - MERRILLVILLE, Ind. – Indiana National Guard troops from the 381st Military Police Company in

Commander's COVID-19 Update
Col. Miles Heaslip, 507th Air Refueling Wing commander, provides information to Reservists regarding COVID-19 and its effects on wing operations April 3, 2020, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Mary Begy)
April 8, 2020 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Col. Miles Heaslip, 507th Air Refueling Wing commander, provides

Joint Staff Surgeon Praises Americans Stepping Up to Help COVID-19 Victims
Army Spc. Chris DiCarlo, right, a medic with the Massachusetts National Guard Medical Command, and a staff member of the Holyoke Soldiers Home, administers the COVID-19 test to a resident of the Soldiers Home in Holyoke, Mass., March 31, 2020. DiCarlo, who studies biology and health sciences at Westfield (Mass.) State University was activated to assist in the Commonwealth's fight against COVID-19.
April 8, 2020 - Any listing of personnel, equipment and facilities involved — as impressive as it might be — doesn't begin to explain what's at the heart of the Defense Department's effort to combat COVID-19, the Joint Staff surgeon said.

Middle East District Assists with Coronavirus Assessments
David Roldan, a mechanical engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Middle East District conducts an assessment of a facility in Northern Virginia to determine its suitability for COVID-19 response. A facility assessment does not mean that a facility will be used
April 7, 2020 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Middle East District (TAM) mission is primarily outside the continental U.S but USACE’s Norfolk District asked for assistance in conducting assessments of Northern Virginia facilities that could potentially be adapted as alternate care facilities (ACF) and Team TAM members were happy to assist.

7th Fleet Commander Arrives in Guam during COVID-19 Recovery
U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Bill Merz, commander, U.S. 7th fleet, addresses Carrier Strike Group Nine warfare commanders on the pier in Naval Base Guam April 5, 2020. Merz arrived in Guam to assess and support the ongoing COVID-19 recovery efforts for the crew of Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt is in Guam for a scheduled port visit for resupply and crew rest during their scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific.
April 5, 2020 - APRA HARBOR, Guam (NNS) – The Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet visited USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

Barksdale Implements Additional Preventative Measures
April 2, 2020 - Due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the Shreveport/Bossier area, the installation commander will implement additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on and off Barksdale AFB.

Eielson Temporarily Suspends Trusted Traveler Program, Visitor Passes
Disinfecting and protective materials sit on a table at the clinic outside of a COVID-19 screening tent at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 19, 2020. The 8th Medical Group took proactive and precautionary measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic by standing up a screening tent outside of the clinic for service members who have recently returned to Kunsan from international travel.
April 2, 2020 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- The 354th Fighter Wing commander has restricted base access and

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Public Affairs Office
Royal Australian Navy LEUT Jordan discusses HMAS Melville™s upcoming slocum glider deployment with Rear Adm. John Okon, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, on March 6, 2020, in Cairns. Rear Adm. Okon conducted an engagement and familiarization visit with the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) meteorology-oceanography (METOC) activities.
April 2, 2020 - STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Rear Adm. John Okon, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography

Marine Corps Recruiting Command Transitions to Digital, Telephonic Prospecting
Marine Staff Sgt. Dimitri Armstead works on his computer while prospecting from the office, Nov. 21.
April 2, 2020 - Amid the national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Marine Corps Recruiting Command is taking steps to protect its recruiters, its applicants, their families and the communities where they live and serve by dramatically limiting face-to-face interactions with the public. Effective immediately, MCRC will temporarily transition to prospecting entirely via digital and telephonic means, and Marine Recruiters will no longer meet with new applicants in person...

Deceptively Quiet – Huntsville Center’s army of unseen professionals
A mission-essential employee walks down a hallway at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, while the Center professionals utilize maximum telework and adhere to social distancing guidance while continuing to accomplish the mission in Huntsville, Alabama, April 2, 2020. Huntsville Center is supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts in working with FEMA, the White House, DOD, and other federal, state and local partners by developing plans and specifications for the rapid conversion of hotels, barracks and arena-type facilities into alternate care facilities capable of providing care during our nation’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
April 2, 2020 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville stands deceptively quiet. The hallways, workspaces and meeting rooms are empty. What you can’t see is the army of Huntsville Center professionals tucked safely away in their homes, working feverishly to do their part in fighting the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped our nation and launched us all into a historic, unified response. Huntsville Center engineers and technical experts are providing engineering solutions to very real challenges. And the Corps of Engineers, FEMA and our federal, state and local partners are turning them into reality in record time.

Bring Them Home: USAFSAM trains teams to treat, transport COVID-19 patients
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Laura Mendoza dons her personal protection equipment March 5, 2019, during transportation isolation system training at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Mendoza is a respiratory therapist from the 60th Surgical Operations Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Engineered and implemented after the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, the TIS is an enclosure the Department of Defense can use to safely transport patients with highly contagious diseases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody R. Miller)
April 2, 2020 - JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. – Medical professionals from the United States Air Force School of

35th Fighter Wing: The mission continues
U.S. Air Force Capt. Reese Black, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot and chief of mobility, throws up the “panther paw” at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 30, 2020. Airmen with the 13th FS and 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit display the “panther paw” hand sign as homage to Eldridge, the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron’s pet panther, during the Vietnam War, now represented as the official mascot of the 13th FS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
April 2, 2020 - The 35th Fighter Wing’s mission of projecting combat air power and defending the U.S. and Japan moves forward. “Despite the current COVID-19 crisis, our mission continues,” said Maj. David Dubel, the 14th Fighter Squadron director of operations. “This is a difficult yet opportune time for everyone to prove we can carry on with the mission regardless of the trials that stand before us. We have to proceed to do what we do here to ensure we are ready to answer our nation’s call.”

AFCLC Remains Innovative and Vigilant Amid Pandemic Concerns
COVID ZOOM PAC
April 1, 2020 - What began as a course set to take place at the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University, the Pre-Assignment Acculturation Course (PAC), could quickly have fallen through the cracks as concerns continue to grow about the COVID-19 pandemic.

RAF Mildenhall responds to COVID-19
Senior Airman Jacob Stevens, 100th Security Forces Squadron defender, checks a member’s identification credentials at the gate while adhering to social distancing requirements on RAF Mildenhall, England, March 25, 2020. Personnel on base have taken extra precautions to prevent the spread COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano)
March 31, 2020 - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RAF Mildenhall leadership has taken action to mitigate the spread of the virus while still maintaining mission readiness. “This pandemic, in general, has not only had an impact at this base but across the entire globe, including where we fit in the architecture of the military,” said Col. Troy Pananon, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander.

Military hospital ships refuel to relieve area hospitals
The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) takes on DLA Energy-supplied diesel and aviation fuel from Military Sealift Command tanker USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) off the coast of California enroute to Los Angeles to relieve the burden of area hospitals tasked with responding to coronavirus concerns. Photo courtesy of DLA Energy Americas West Commander Navy Cmdr. Mike Wilson.
March 30, 2020 - Preparing for a different kind of war, military hospital ships loaded up on fuel in preparation for the Defense Department’s support to civil authorities responding to the spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

DOD Establishes Task Force to Meet U.S. Medical Equipment Needs
Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy visits a Walter Reed National Military Medical Center facility at Fort Belvoir, Va., to observe the health care guidance implemented to handle COVID-19, March 20, 2020.
March 26, 2020 - WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department has established a joint task force to deal with daily requests

Infodemic
CSWMD
March 25, 2020 - In their article in Inkstick, Dr. Justin Anderson and Ms. Sarah Jacobs Gamberini examine the daunting challenge of attempting to halt the spread of misinformation (erroneous information) and disinformation (deliberately false information) about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Telework tools
U.S. Air Force Graphic
March 18, 2020 - During the next few days/months more of our employees will be teleworking. There are a few resources

FLNG helps with drive-through virus testing in South Florida
Denise Reynolds, left, the chief nursing officer at Memorial Hospital West, discusses tactics for the coronavirus drive-through testing facility with Maj. Mark Sullivan, with the Florida National Guard’s medical detachment, March 16, 2020. The Florida National Guard is mobilizing up to 500 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen in support of the Florida Department of Health's response in Broward County.
March 17, 2020 - MIRAMAR, Fla. – Florida National Guard (FLNG) Soldiers and Airmen are helping set up and conduct

Navy Sets Coronavirus Transfer and Travel Rules: What you need to know
Official U.S. Navy file photo
March 15, 2020 - WASHINGTON (NNS) -- In the wake of the rapidly expanding world-wide coronavirus outbreak, the Navy

DPAA scientist recognized for research excellence
Dr. Gregory E. Berg, lab case manager for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s (DPAA) scientific analysis directorate, weighs a portion of a test specimen, in DPAA’s isotope lab, on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Mar. 9, 2020. Berg earned this year’s Ellis R. Kerley Research Award for his research in intraperson variation in isotopic values, which is directly linked with the establishment of the first Department of Defense ANAB-accredited isotope laboratory, housed in DPAA's facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Thompson)
March 13, 2020 - Dr. Gregory E. Berg, lab case manager for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s (DPAA) scientific

Coronavirus Disease: What you should know
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. (courtesy graphic)
March 10, 2020 - There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

2020 Best CBRN Warrior registration now open
Teams cross the finish line on Gammon Field during a previous CBRN Warrior Competition. Registration is now underway for the 2020 competition. (Photo Credit: Ms. Dawn M Arden)
March 9, 2020 - The U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School is accepting nomination packets now through March 20 for the 2020 Best CBRN Warrior Competition on Fort Leonard Wood. The competition -- scheduled from April 27 through May 1 -- will feature 25 two-person teams.

Army launches enlisted assignment market for select career fields
Soldiers with 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, test their M1A2 Abrams for the first time at Fort Bliss, Texas, Oct. 18, 2019. Filling units with talented Soldiers is a goal the Assignment Satisfaction Key-Enlisted Marketplace pilot program that launches in June.
March 2, 2020 - Armor, military intelligence and some quartermaster Soldiers will be the first to pilot a new assignment market system, as the Army looks into new ways to enhance the assignment process for enlisted personnel.

What to Expect at an Expedited Hiring Event
March 2, 2020 - DCAA conducts several expedited hiring events during the year. These are not career fairs that you

MICC leaders meet to discuss contracting priorities
Brig. Gen. Christine Beeler speaks to acquisition leaders from throughout the Mission and Installation Contracting Command Feb. 25 as part of an annual training conference. Senior contracting officers and directors gathered in San Antonio to discuss a variety of contracting topics and priorities. Beeler is the MICC commanding general.
Feb. 26, 2020 - Almost 60 contracting leaders from across the Mission and Installation Contracting Command were in San Antonio recently for discussions on a variety of key acquisition topics and training.

Getting help is simple
Feb. 21, 2020 - The Military and Family Life Counseling program is available at no-cost to active-duty service members and both Reserve Citizen Airmen and National Guard, along with their family members and survivors.

Around the Air Force: 2020 Air Force Budget Proposal, Space Force names, Child Care App
Feb. 21, 2020 - Today’s look Around the Air Force features info on the 2021 Air Force Budget proposal, Space Force search for naming conventions and a new child care mobile app. (Hosted by Senior Airman Angelo Rosario)

Army offering incentives to medical specialties
U.S. Army Recruiting Command
Feb. 6, 2020 - The U.S. Army is looking for motivated health professionals and has added eight medical specialties to the list of part-time careers eligible for $25,000-$75,000 in bonuses per year.

The 2020 National Guard Bureau Western Regional Biathlon Championship
The Utah National Guard hosted biathlon athletes from Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Oregon for the Western Regional National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championship at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, in Midway, Utah, January 10-11, 2020. Biathlon is a unique race that combines Nordic skiing and precision marksmanship, which 
 translate directly to key battlefield proficiencies like shoot, move and communicate.
Jan. 16, 2020 - The ancient worship of Norse gods meets the modern warrior’s spirit of readiness at the 2020

Air Force relaunches Employee Assistance Program
The Air Force Employee Assistance Program has relaunched with a new phone number, 866-580-9078, and a new website, www.AFPC.af.mil/EAP. The program will provide the same services and the same access to care provided in the past with continued access 24/7 via telephone, website or in-person. (U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic)
Jan. 9, 2020 - The Air Force Employee Assistance Program has relaunched with a new phone number and website. The program will provide the same services as it did in the past, and at no cost. It may be accessed 24/7 by all Air Force civilian personnel (APF and NAF), Guard/Reserve and family members.

Committing to health: Tips for workplace wellness
Megan Ward, a purchasing agent in Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support’s Industrial Hardware supply chain, certified holistic health consultant, health coach, yoga instructor and personal trainer, poses for a photo Jan. 2, 2020, in Philadelphia. Ward shared her thoughts and tips for why and how a holistic approach to wellness can benefit employees.
Jan. 6, 2020 - Megan Ward, a purchasing agent in Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support’s Industrial Hardware supply chain, provided her expertise as a certified holistic health consultant, health coach, yoga instructor and personal trainer to talk about why and how a holistic approach to wellness can benefit employees.

Air Force Aid Society Education Grant Program opens for upcoming academic year
The Air Force Aid Society aims to support Airmen and enhance the Air Force mission by relieving emergency financial distress, helping Airmen’s families achieve their educational goals, and improving their quality of life through proactive programs. (AFAS courtesy graphic)
Jan. 3, 2020 - The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program dates back to 1988. Since the program’s inception, 111,654 students have received more than $172 million in education assistance through grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 based on need.

Defense bill to fund pay raise for military, civilian personnel
Jan. 3, 2020 - The $738 billion defense spending bill signed into law by President Donald J. Trump funds the largest pay increases in a decade.

2019: Year in Review
U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II’s from Hill Air Force Base returned to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, to rejoin the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing on Nov. 16, 2019 for their second combat deployment.  The F-35 is a stealth, 5th generation fighter, multirole combat aircraft designed for ground attack and air superiority missions.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Williams)
Dec. 30, 2019 - HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – As 2019 comes to a close, the 419th Fighter Wing is looking back on key

Employee Assistance Program has new phone number, website
The Air Force Employee Assistance Program, EAP, has a new phone number and website. EAP is a professional service that provides information, consultation, problem-solving counseling, resource identification and support to all Air Force civilian employees and their immediate family members. (Courtesy Graphic)
Dec. 27, 2019 - The Air Force Employee Assistance Program, EAP, has a new phone number and website. EAP is a professional service that provides information, consultation, problem-solving counseling, resource identification and support to all Air Force civilian employees and their immediate family members.

Air Force studies fatigue, sleep to enhance readiness
Dec. 26, 2019 - Researchers with the Air Force Research Laboratory 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are looking for ways to better equip Airmen and their leadership with crucial data to ensure that Airmen are getting the necessary rest to maximize mission execution. A team of human performance experts is looking at sleep and fatigue from several perspectives. They are tracking sleep habits in pilots and other operators, while also evaluating sleep-monitoring technology to ensure its accuracy and ability to work in an operational setting.

Commissary, Military Service Exchange, and MWR access extended to more Veterans beginning January
New law provides eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers with access to DoD and Coast Guard commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation retail services beginning Jan. 1, 2020. (Courtesy graphic)
Dec. 26, 2019 - New law provides eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers with access to DoD and Coast Guard commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation retail services.

Meet the Marine: Cpl. Fallon Newberry
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Fallon Newberry, an administrative specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, poses for a photo in front of the general’s building at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Dec. 3, 2019. Newberry joined the Marine Corps because she wanted to serve her country honorably. Newberry’s responsibilities as the installation sergeant major’s administrative clerk include helping set up meetings, coordinating events, and keeping up with correspondence that goes in and out of the office. (U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Sgt. Tylor J. Camfield)
Dec. 23, 2019 - Being a Marine goes past the uniform, haircuts and swagger. It’s a whole Marine Concept. They are a group of exceptional human beings who embody the Corps's ethos of honor, courage and commitment. Here is an opportunity to Meet a Marine.

DOD Leaders Look to Future, Reflect on End-of-Year Results
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak to reporters at the Pentagon, Dec. 20, 2019.
Dec. 20, 2019 - Congress' passage of the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act yesterday will enable the Defense Department to adapt to the challenges posed by great power competitors, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.

Nurse enlisted commissioning program application window now open
Dec. 20, 2019 - The Chief Nurse interview process has also changed, allowing Chief Nurses to interview only eligible candidates.

Is God calling you to serve as a U.S. Army Chaplain?
Dec. 19, 2019 - As the chaplain for the 502d Force Support Group prepares to retire, Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Cloyd L. Colby felt prompted to write a letter inviting prospective chaplain candidates to consider military ministry.

Military Health System (MHS) Nurse Advice Line
Dec. 18, 2019 - During the holidays, you expect delicious meals and family gatherings. You don't expect to get ill or injured. Whether you sprain your ankle on a ski trip, have a stomach concern, or awake to your child's cold-like symptoms in the middle of the night, TRICARE resources can help. One resource is the Military Health System (MHS) Nurse Advice Line—available 24/7 and at no cost.

Sentry Eagle 2020: Preparation lays groundwork for exercise
The overall Sentry Eagle 2020 patch shows two F-15 aircraft over Crater Lake, Ore., one of the most distinctive geographic features near the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Ore. The exercise planned for the summer of 2020 will feature this and several other patches.
Dec. 17, 2019 - KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Preparing for a Sentry Eagle Exercise is a lengthy endeavor; structuring

DLA Distribution Commanding Officer lauds audit readiness with challenge to worldwide leadership team
AUDIT READINESS BUILDING BLOCKS
	Authority:  Every Director/Commander has the power and right to give orders and make decisions for the betterment of DLA Distribution’s overall performance
	Rules:  Procedures established, personnel are trained to standard, verified/tested, and allowed to perform the task
	Tools: Quality Program provides monitoring and linking to DPMAP for remediation or incentivized behaviors  
	Visibility:  Electronic boards to share quality results of areas along with standard speed performance drives knowledge and change/empowerment
	Accountability & Responsibility:  All Supervisors and Managers have the information and means/skill to do something about any situation
Dec. 17, 2019 - Distribution Commanding Officer underscores the importance of audit readiness

3rd Marine Division challenges junior Marines with war games
U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Division play a game of Memoir 44’ on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 10, 2019. Memoir 44’ is a war-themed strategy board game based on historical World War II battles. Wargaming is useful in generating, refining, and assessing concepts, plans, decision alternatives, issues and technologies. It also provides an opportunity to take risks, which is difficult to reproduce in experimentation, exercises or operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Hernandez)
Dec. 16, 2019 - CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa, Japan -- U.S. Marines with 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, participated in a tournament style board game, Memoir 44’, to analyze individual Marines’ strategic decision making skills on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 10, 2019.

New Contracts, Dec. 9
The agency currently manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion. The agency also authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day. (DCMA graphic by Elizabeth Szoke)
Dec. 9, 2019 - The agency currently manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion. The agency also authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day.

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers train during Joint Cooperation 2019
U.S. Army Sgt. Caitlin Thompson, 457th Civil Affairs Battalion, 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, works alongside Hungarian Army Zászlós Ferenc Kapor during Joint Cooperation 2019, an annual civil-military cooperation exercise, involving 24 nations from Europe and North America, Nov. 7, 2019 in Steyerberg, Germany.



The exercise included approximately 500 Soldiers and civilians.



During the exercise, the Soldiers are placed in a scenario of conflict in the fictional states of Torrike and Framland. The Soldiers mission is to interact with roleplayers acting as local citizens of the area who either question military presence in the area, want to provide information or need help addressing humanitarian concerns. The exercise was conducted from Oct. 28 - Nov. 8 in and around Nienberg, Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Doug Magill, 7th Mission Support Command)
Dec. 3, 2019 - Members of the U.S. Army Reserve’s only civil affairs battalion in Europe joined approximately 500 Soldiers and civilians from 24 countries in North America and Europe for a civil-military cooperation exercise, Oct. 28 – Nov. 8 in and around Nienburg, Germany.

Breaking the silence on mental illness
Sgt. Cory Nottingham, behavioral health non-commissioned officer in charge, 1972nd Combat and Operational Stress Control - Medical Detachment, speaks during a Suicide and Behavioral Health Symposium at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Nov. 25, 2019. The symposium covered topics such as stress, trauma, detection, and prevention as it relates to mental illness. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Dakota Vanidestine)
Dec. 3, 2019 - Stress affects us all – from running late to work, to meet deadlines, to getting injured. In a deployed environment, stressful situations are exacerbated. Soldiers face operational stressors, dangerous work conditions, and sometimes even witness the deaths of others.

DIA OIG Semiannual Report to Congress, April 1, 2019–September 30, 2019
Dec. 3, 2019 - It is my honor to present the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Office of the Inspector General

Commissary, Exchange, MWR expand patron base starting Jan. 1, 2020
The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs combined efforts to allow Commissary and Exchange use beyond its current patron base. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war, all service-connected disabled veterans and caregivers enrolled in the VA's Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program will be permitted to shop there.
Dec. 3, 2019 - The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs combined efforts to allow Commissary and Exchange use beyond its current patron base. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war, all service-connected disabled veterans and caregivers enrolled in the VA's Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program will be permitted to shop there.

LEAP Scholars Forge New Ground during SOUTHAM Conference
LEAP scholars who participated in the SOUTHAM Air Chief’s Conference from left included: MSgt Diego Yoshisaki, Maj Patrick Beville, Lt Col Kenya Colón, TSgt Andres Diaz Medina, TSgt Robert Segarra, Lt Jacob Pond, Capt Spencer Nelson, Lt Nibaldo Colina, TSgt Agustin Gonzales, SSgt Rodney Rodriguez, TSgt Michael Trevino Rosales, TSgt Julio Santos Alvarez and Maj Luis Calvo.
Dec. 3, 2019 - The Language Enabled Airmen Program develops foreign language and cross-cultural skills in Airmen who can better support the application of airpower through strengthening partnerships and interoperability.

Giving thanks and giving back
Goodfellow leadership gathers together before serving a Thanksgiving meal at the Western Winds Dining Facility Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 28, 2019. This tradition is to make sure those who are away from their families still feel like they are a part of one here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Chapman/Released)
Dec. 3, 2019 - Members of Goodfellow who weren’t able to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday were invited to join base leadership for lunch at the Western Winds Dining Facility, Nov. 28.

Deadline for Real ID compliance 10 months away
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, every airline passenger must present a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, such as a valid passport or military ID, to fly within the United States. 

Graphic Illustration by Paul Crank
Photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Mariette M. Ada
Dec. 3, 2019 - Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, every airline passenger must present a Real ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification to fly within the United States.

Asheville FRG Donates Christmas Gifts for Foster Children
Dec. 2, 2019 - Santa Rita, Guam (Dec. 2, 2019) – Members from the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) Family Readiness Group (FRG) fundraised and donated Christmas gifts to the Harvest House foster children and families.

NCO Bilateral Exchange: Growth through connection
Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Staff Sgt. Shuichiro Masunaga, 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron aircraft general technician, right, trains on refueling an F-15C Eagle with guidance from Tech. Sgt. Adrian Lemard, 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, left, as part of an NCO Bilateral Exchange program at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 19, 2019. Bilateral exchanges allow for an improved understanding of capabilities held by each country’s armed forces, as well as the opportunity to improve relations between the United States and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)
Dec. 2, 2019 - The NCO Bilateral Exchange program consists of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and Japanese Air Self-Defense Force members coming together to learn and grow. The program pairs members from similar career fields, so they can learn how their counterparts operate to accomplish the missions of peaceful development, contingency response and aggression deterrence.

Active Duty and Reserve Payroll Processing Schedule
Dec. 2, 2019 - Here is the December 2019 Active/Reserve Payroll Processing Schedule

Safety: A key component in any good holiday celebration
Safety is a key component in any holiday celebration.
Dec. 2, 2019 - The Air Force's top leaders highlighted winter and holiday safety hazards in a recently released tri-signature memorandum.

Field Artillery experts advance peer-to-peer training at NCO academy
Noncommissioned officers from the Fort Sill NCO Academy train and teach one another how to use the fire control computer used by section chiefs during the Advanced Leaders Course. The NCO Academy here graduates over 2,900 NCOs a year. The ALC is the second course in the education system for NCOs. The purpose of the course is to increase skill levels at the section level to train, lead and fight.
Dec. 2, 2019 - Field artillery noncommissioned officers, or NCOs, from across the Army attend the Advanced Leaders Course to increase their knowledge, skill set and proficiency in field artillery weapon systems at the Fort Sill NCO Academy.

Military OneSource Supports Friends & Extended Family Too!
Dec. 2, 2019 -                                                        10 Smart Tips for Military Families to Save

Tis the season for CFC
The Combined Federal Campaign allows employees to give to local, national and international charities. The 2019 campaign ends January 12, 2020. CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.
Dec. 2, 2019 - The Combined Federal Campaign allows employees to give to local, national and international charities. The 2019 campaign ends January 12. CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year.

USS New Orleans arrives in Sasebo
191202-N-KL617-1002 SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 2, 2019) San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) sits moored in Sasebo, Japan. New Orleans, part of Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelby Sanders)
Dec. 2, 2019 - San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) joined the U.S. 7th Fleet amphibious force in Sasebo, Dec. 1, after transiting the Pacific Ocean from its former homeport of San Diego.

Foreign Action Officers Sharpen Skills with a Crash Course in Arabic
Foreign action officers (FAOs) assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command study the Arabic alphabet during an introductory Arabic language course held on Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Nov. 25. U.S. Navy FAOs are placed on forward-deployed staffs and U.S. Embassy country teams to strengthen interoperability with regional partners.
Nov. 27, 2019 - Foreign action officers (FAO) assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet’s theater security cooperation office, are diversifying their skillsets by learning basic Arabic, the sixth most common language worldwide and spoken by approximately 420 million people.

‘Hybrid Airman’ training enhances 435 CRG mission
A Contingency Response Group Airman focuses while operating a compact track loader during Hybrid Airman training at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 7, 2019. A CTL is a versatile piece of machinery that can be equipped with various tools depending on the situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Daniel McKeown)
Nov. 22, 2019 - The 435th Contingency Response Group conducted Hybrid Airman training here, Nov. 7, 2019, to instill cross-functional knowledge across its units.

Michigan, Latvia expand regional airfield coordination
Members of the Michigan Air National Guard and the Latvian Air Force pose Nov. 15, 2019, after a planning meeting at Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia, to chart cooperation under the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program.
Nov. 22, 2019 - LIELVĀRDE, Latvia – Maj. Kaspars Skudrovs looks across the flight line’s expanse of gray concrete,

ANGRC welcomes new commander
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, Director, Air National Guard presents the unit flag to U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Frank M. Stokes as he assumes command of the Air National Guard Readiness Center (ANGRC) during a change of command ceremony Nov. 15, 2019, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The change of command ceremony is military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility from one flag officer to another. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. David J. Fenner)
Nov. 22, 2019 - Brig. Gen. Frank H. Stokes assumed command of the Air National Guard Readiness Center during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Nov. 15.

AFMC hosts Virtual Career Fair Dec. 17
The Air Force Materiel Command, in conjunction with the Air Force Personnel Center, will host a Virtual Career Fair Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST.
Nov. 21, 2019 - The Air Force Materiel Command, in conjunction with the Air Force Personnel Center, will host a Virtual Career Fair Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST. The event will focus on filling more than 100 vacancies across the command.

Civilian developmental education, strategic leader program application window opens Jan. 13
Civilian developmental education and strategic leader program application window opens Jan. 13. (Graphic by Staff Sgt. Sahara Fales)
Nov. 21, 2019 - The application window for Civilian Developmental Education, Civilian Strategic Leader and the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program assignments is Jan. 13 through Feb. 28, 2020, which is earlier than in previous years.

Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime People and Culture Director retirement announced
Dr. Robert Boggs is Director of Land Supplier Operations at DLA Land and Maritime.
Nov. 21, 2019 - A Retirement Ceremony in honor of Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime People and Culture Director, Robert L. Boggs Ph.D, is being held in the Building 20 Auditorium Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

October New Employee Orientation
2019 October New Employee Orientation Class, Pictured:
1st Row: Aundre Howard, Aileen Hayden, Corin Loper, Misty Eckard, Taysa Markus, Mr. Warren, Aaron Walder
2nd Row: Amy Hester, Haley Martinez, Fred Thomas, Bethany Darby, Adrienne Hood, Joyce Perkins, Philip Adu-Adjei, Anita Helms, Brande Early, Kadijatu Yanni
3rd Row: Jason Zwettler, Ryan Hall, Brad Lightfoot, Jeff McCannon, Mark Staten, Tammy Hubbell, Austin Scarberry, Garrison Ball, Ian Carney, Tynesia Daniel, Shawn Lawhorn, Jerrod Abel, Cindy Ozarzak, Clare Jaquish, Jake Selker
Nov. 21, 2019 - The October New Employee Orientation was held Oct. 30 and 31, 2019 in Building 20. The class had 30 new employees, making it one of the largest groups to attend NEO!

U.S., U.K., Japan Navies Reaffirm Commitment to Increased Cooperation
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Nov. 20, 2019) Chief of Maritime Staff Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, left, First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sign a Trilateral Head of Navy Joint Statement aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08). The trilateral cooperation agreement reaffirms the three countries’ commitment to increased collaboration and cooperation.
Nov. 21, 2019 - ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday joined First Sea Lord,

Cyber Center of Excellence update
Nov. 20, 2019 - With more than $1.6 billion slated for construction, Fort Gordon now hosts the largest military

Air Force says CBD products not ok to use, may cause positive drug test
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and related products are prohibited under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Air Force Instruction 36-3208. Because of this, military service members should avoid using any product with CBD as it could result in a positive drug test.
Nov. 19, 2019 - Cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil, is growing in popularity as an ingredient in health and pet products, but is it okay for service members and federal employees to use? The simple answer is no.

DLA to host holiday-themed events at McNamara Headquarters Complex
DLA will host several holiday events including the Third annual DLA Open House, door decorating contest, and will co-host the HQC Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Nov. 18, 2019 - DLA helps kick off the holiday season with several events including the annual door decorating contest, open house and tree lighting ceremony.

'What's Your Warrior?' -- Army's new recruiting effort targets Gen Z
What's Your Warrior is the Army's latest marketing strategy, aimed at 17-to-24-year-olds, known as Generation Z, by looking beyond traditional combat roles and sharing the wide-array of diverse opportunities available through Army service.
Nov. 14, 2019 - With the pool of qualified recruits shrinking, a new Army marketing campaign debuted on Veterans Day to target younger cohorts -- known as Generation Z -- and focus beyond traditional combat roles. To do this, the Army is asking 17-to-24-year-olds one question: What's Your Warrior?

Distribution continues to “Show Some Love” with the annual kick off of the CFC Campaign
The Combined Federal Campaign will continue with the theme, “Show Some Love” for the 2019 campaign year.
Nov. 13, 2019 - Combined Federal Campaign 2019 kicks off at Defense Logistics Agency Distribution.

Online tool makes contracting easier
Procurement Analyst Erin Clore (left) and Contracting Officer Kayla DesVoignes discuss the features of the new online tool helping staff members ensure they use the latest information and comply with all of the rules and regulations for contracts.
Nov. 10, 2019 - Developing and executing contracts is complex work made easier recently by an online tool that lets specialists incorporate information from many sources to ensure the documents created meet agency needs and follow the relevant laws and regulations.

My DCMA: Timothy Giordano
Featured in this My DCMA edition is Timothy Giordano, a technical lead in DCMA International's United Kingdom office. My DCMA is an opportunity to hear directly from the Defense Contract Management Agency’s experienced and diverse workforce about what being a part of the national defense team means to them. (DCMA photo by Elizabeth Szoke)
Nov. 7, 2019 - Featured in this My DCMA edition is Timothy Giordano, a technical lead with DCMA International's United Kingdom office. My DCMA is an opportunity to hear directly from the Defense Contract Management Agency’s experienced and diverse workforce about what being a part of the national defense team means to them.

DoD OIG Newsletter - November 2019
Nov. 4, 2019 - The DoD OIG newsletter summarizes the reports and investigations released by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General in the previous month and those we anticipate releasing in the coming month.

New Contracts, Nov. 4
The agency currently manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion. The agency also authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day. (DCMA graphic by Elizabeth Szoke)
Nov. 4, 2019 - The agency currently manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion. The agency also authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day. (DCMA graphic by Elizabeth Szoke)

75 years ago, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) gained a tremendously valuable addition to its information apparatus: The Pentagon Library, which provides research capability in multiple formats to the Department of Defense.
Nov. 1, 2019 - 75 years ago, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) gained a tremendously valuable addition to its information apparatus: The Pentagon Library, which provides research capability in multiple formats to the Department of Defense.

The sculpture depicts the American bald eagle, protecting soldiers within its mighty wings.
Sculptor, Mrs Linda Little and Mr. Albert Jones, OSD Historical Exhibit Program Manager.
Nov. 1, 2019 - Sculptor, Linda Little, of Dickinson, ND, explains that she was inspired by the spirit of God, while praying for America and the men and women who protect her, to create Guardians in honor of those who serve and sacrifice in defense of freedom and the nation.

AFIMSC seeks ideas for Innovation Rodeo
The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center kicks off its second annual Innovation Rodeo with a call-for-topics campaign Nov. 1. The campaign, open through Dec. 15, gives military and civilian members of mission support groups worldwide a chance to win part of $1 million in funding and resources to implement their ideas. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jim Martinez)
Nov. 1, 2019 - The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center kicks off its second annual Innovation Rodeo with a call-for-topics campaign Nov. 1. The campaign, open through Dec. 15, gives military and civilian members of mission support groups worldwide a chance to win part of $1 million in funding and resources to implement their ideas.

What is the Combined Federal Campaign?
The CFC is a method for federal employees, military and civilian, to donate to qualifying charities. The Combined Federal Campaign is a 58-year Federal workplace giving tradition that has raised more than $8.3 billion for charitable organizations.
Oct. 31, 2019 - If you've been in the military or worked for the government for a while, you've heard about the Combined Federal Campaign. Every year, unit representatives go to work in support of the CFC to help ensure its success. But what is the Combined Federal Campaign?

Retirees get special treatment at JBSA
U.S. Air Force Capt. Derrick Wells, executive officer, Department of Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center (right) hands out information brochures to patrons during Joint Base San Antonio’s Military Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 19, hosted by BAMC.
Oct. 31, 2019 - Joint Base San Antonio gave a segment of the community some special treatment during its annual Retiree Appreciation Day, hosted by Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Oct. 19.

Voluntary Protection Program recognizes safe operations at DLA sites
Five DLA sites participate in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration program that promotes safe workplace practices.
Oct. 30, 2019 - Five Defense Logistics Agency sites participate in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration program that encourages employees and managers to excel at safe workplace practices while maintaining injury rates below the national average.

U.S. Army proposes innovative solution for historic housing
The Department of the Army recently notified the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) of the Army's intent to request a
Oct. 29, 2019 - The Department of the Army recently notified the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) of the Army's intent to request a "Program Comment for Army Inter-War Era Historic Housing (1919-1940)" in order to efficiently rehabilitate historic homes while preserving their historical integrity.

New DLA Energy Deputy Commander announced
Defense Logistics Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams announced the selection of William (Eric) Smith for the Senior Executive Service position of DLA Energy Deputy Commander. Photo courtesy of Department of Energy.
Oct. 29, 2019 - DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams announced the selection of William (Eric) Smith for the Senior Executive Service position of DLA Energy Deputy Commander.

Federal employees protections
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is an independent agency that protects federal employees from prohibited personnel practices, including whistleblower retaliation and unlawful hiring practices. OSC also provides an independent, secure channel for disclosing and resolving wrongdoing in federal agencies.
Oct. 29, 2019 - Federal employees have the right to be free from prohibited personnel practices, including retaliation for whistleblowing.

We are all safety officers
Tim Zweng instructs the instructors on proper material handling equipment preventative maintenance check procedures during the four-day MHE Safety Summit in Battle Creek, Michigan, Oct. 22-25.
Oct. 28, 2019 - Summit brings safety officials together to share ideas for reducing material handling equipment mishaps in the workplace.

2019 TRICARE Open Season, Federal Benefits Open Season starts next month
TRICARE Open Season applies to anyone enrolled in or eligible for a TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan. Federal Benefits Open Season is for enrollment in a Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program dental and vision plan. Both the TRICARE and FEDVIP open seasons will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 9. The enrollment choices that you make during this period will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Oct. 25, 2019 - Did you know that the TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season happen only once a year? Unless you experience a Qualifying Life Event, open season is your only chance to enroll in or make a change to your enrollment for the participating programs.

DLA Land and Maritime recruits at the Ohio Disabilities Career Fair
Dr. Alessia Payne speaks with a potential employee at the Opportunities for Ohioans Job Fair on Oct. 9.
Oct. 25, 2019 - Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime participated in the Opportunities for Ohioans Job Fair Oct. 9. The job fair was hosted at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center located on the Ohio State University campus.

Pilot Training Next, NASA launch collaborative research agreement
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jay Pothula, Det. 24 Pilot Training Next instructor; Derrick Ng, NASA aerospace engineer intern; and Alex Garbino, NASA extravehicular activities physiologist, monitors 2nd Lt. Gabe Cavender, PTN student, during a virtual reality sortie as part of the collaborative research agreement between Air Education and Training Command and NASA Oct. 22 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The goal of the agreement is to help both AETC and NASA collect physiological and cognitive data and leverage each organization's knowledge and skills to maximize learning potential for individual students.
Oct. 25, 2019 - Officials from Air Education and Training Command’s Pilot Training Next have established a strategic partnership with NASA, focused on biometric data collection and the application of emerging technology into PTN curriculum that will innovate the student pilot learning environment

Classes explore resume writing for civilian, federal jobs
Those seeking a strong resume for civilian and federal jobs can learn more in classes set for Nov. 12 and 15 at the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Military & Family Readiness Center. A resume is often called one of the most crucial steps in a job search, said Terry Wise, JBSA-Randolph M&FRC community readiness consultant. (N.H. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla Rorick)
Oct. 25, 2019 - Those seeking a strong resume for civilian and federal jobs can learn more in classes set for Nov. 12 and 15 at the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Military & Family Readiness Center.

Air Force announces new officer developmental categories
Oct. 24, 2019 - In an effort to enhance the officer talent management system and enable tailored and agile development, the Air Force is expanding the single Line of the Air Force promotion category into six distinct developmental categories, senior officials announced Oct. 21.

Credential, certification program available to Army Guard
Army National Guard Soldiers can take part in an Army-wide program allowing to obtain civilian, industry-specific credentials and certifications, beginning in January 2020.
Oct. 22, 2019 - ARLINGTON, Va. – Beginning in January, Army National Guard Soldiers will be eligible to take part in

New options available for spouse employment, relicensing
Spouses network with potential employers during a career fair hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Army Community Service.
Oct. 21, 2019 - The Department of Labor recently launched a website to help military spouses that possess an occupational license and need to transfer their credentials to another state.

New Contracts, Oct. 21
The agency currently manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion. DCMA also authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day. (DCMA graphic by Elizabeth Szoke)
Oct. 21, 2019 - The agency currently manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion. The agency also currently authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day. (DCMA graphic by Elizabeth Szoke)

Push button enhances safety, meets codes at service station
The red push-button switch enhances safety at the JBSA-Randolph service station and enables the facility to meet current electrical safety code requirements, its location is central to the islands and the distance is no closer than 25 feet as required. “EFSO push-button stations are required near tanks, tank car and tank truck loading and off-loading areas, refueler truck fill stands, aircraft direct fueling stations, pumps and fuel piers,” said Mokhtar Gaballa, 802nd Civil Engineer Squadron electrical engineer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young)
Oct. 18, 2019 - An emergency fuel shutoff push-button switch is now in operation at the Air Force service station on the east side of Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

JBSA Fire Emergency Services offers tips for a fire-safe and Happy Halloween
Oct. 18, 2019 - Ghosts, goblins, and other terrifying monsters will soon be haunting your neighborhood. But of course these non-threatening creatures of the night are none other than children who are enjoying the revelries of Halloween.

Feedback Fridays
Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum that aims to connect the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander’s calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week. If you have a question or concern, please send an email to RandolphPublicAffairs@us.af.mil using the subject line “Feedback Fridays.” Questions will be further researched and published as information becomes available.
Oct. 18, 2019 - Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum that aims to connect the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander’s calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week. If you have a question or concern, please send an email to RandolphPublicAffairs@us.af.mil using the subject line “Feedback Fridays.” Questions will be further researched and published as information becomes available.

DCMA, DAU launch new orientation course
New DCMA employees are now required to complete CMI 101 as part of their orientation to DCMA, which comprises five modules.
Oct. 17, 2019 - DCMA and DAU offer collaborative orientation course to new DCMA employees.

The Change Management Working Group…making change easy!
Oct. 17, 2019 - The Change Management Working Group met Sept. 18. The New Common Continuous Learning Cycle was a discussion topic presented by Jamila Bayard, a change management specialist in the People and Culture Directorate.

Legal news for Soldiers: taking prescribed medications that include synthetic THC
Dronabinol, known by the brand names Marinol or Syndros, is approved to treat or prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer medication or HIV/AIDS-induced anorexia. Some healthcare professionals, including those who work at Department of Defense healthcare facilities, have also prescribed Dronabinol to treat chronic pain. Dronabinol shares the same psychoactive component found in marijuana, so if a Soldier ingests Dronabinol and then undergoes a urinalysis, he or she will test positive for THC.
Oct. 17, 2019 - Dronabinol shares the same psychoactive component found in marijuana, so if a Soldier ingests Dronabinol and then undergoes a urinalysis, he or she will test positive for THC.

DMSMS 2019
Oct. 17, 2019 - Online registration is now open for the DMSMS 2019 conference. This event is scheduled to take place on 2-5 December 2019 in Phoenix, AZ!

How to make ICE comments that get results
The ICE system is a real-time direct link to leaders and managers that oversee more than 350 ICE service providers across JBSA.
Oct. 16, 2019 - Joint Base San Antonio aims to provide exceptional customer service and support to service members and their families. If those Interactive Customer Evaluation, or ICE, service providers meet or don’t meet expectation, you can take actions that provide results.

Distribution Anniston's Hurtado named 2019 Outstanding Department of Defense Employee with Disability
Douglas Hurtado, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Anniston, Alabama, is named an Outstanding Department of Defense Employee with Disability for 2019. Twenty-three military personnel were honored during the 39th annual Secretary of Defense Disability Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon Oct. 3.
Oct. 15, 2019 - An employee with Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Anniston, Alabama received recognition as an Outstanding Department of Defense Employee with Disabilities for 2019. Twenty-three military personnel were honored during the 39th annual Secretary of Defense Disability Awards Ceremony Oct. 3.

Mountain cedar allergy season right around the corner
Army Col. (Dr.) Kirk Waibel, allergist/immunologist, prepares to give a mountain cedar allergy test to Army Sgt. Javier Pacheco in the Allergy/Immunology Clinic at Brooke Army Medical Center Oct. 8. Mountain cedar is one of the most common allergens in central and south Texas.
Oct. 10, 2019 - It's that time of year again, when people start sneezing and coughing and they don't know if it's from allergies or a cold. One of the most common allergens in central and south Texas is mountain cedar.

DLA Distribution celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution’s Multicultural Committee organized a National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration event Sept. 17 in the Gainey Auditorium. The event was hosted by Army Col. March Callis, II, commander, DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, and featured special guest speaker Luz Colon, executive director, Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs.
Oct. 10, 2019 - Defense Logistics Agency Distribution’s Multicultural Committee held an event to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in the headquarters’ Gainey Auditorium, Sept. 17.

DLA R&D to host Industry Day
Defense Logistics Agency Research and Development will host its 4th annual Industry Day for industry and academic partners Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McNamara Headquarters Complex.
Oct. 9, 2019 - Defense Logistics Agency Research and Development will host its 4th annual Industry Day for industry and academic partners Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McNamara Headquarters Complex. 

DLA cake wars
Dominique Green, Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Richmond police officer, receives a piece of cake while serving as a judge during the DLA Aviation Cake-Off event held in support of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month on the Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, in the Center Restaurant, Sept. 30, 2019. (Photo by Dominique J. Shelton)
Oct. 9, 2019 - In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation hosted an old-fashion cake-off in the Center Restaurant on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, Sept. 30, 2019.

DLA Pathways to Career Excellence Program (PaCe) Cohort 2021B
DLA Pathways to Career Excellence Program (PaCe) Cohort 2021B, Sept. 17, 2019 at DLA Land and Maritime, 48 of 49 associates are pictured.
Oct. 8, 2019 - The Defense Logistics Agency Pathways to Career Excellence Program Cohort 2021B reported to Land and Maritime on Sept. 16 with 49 associates.

Glenn Fine Discusses Employee Engagement with Federal News Network
Oct. 8, 2019 - Principal Deputy Inspector General Glenn Fine discusses the efforts by leaders and employees throughout the DoD OIG to improve employee engagement with Federal News Network. In his recent article, "The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General's Seven Key Principles for Improving Our Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Scores," published by the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, he describes seven key principles that the DoD OIG uses to increase employee engagement, while also improving the quality, timeliness, and impact of its oversight efforts.

Glenn Fine Discusses Employee Engagement with Federal News Network
Oct. 8, 2019 - Principal Deputy Inspector General Glenn Fine discusses the efforts by leaders and employees throughout the DoD OIG to improve employee engagement with Federal News Network. In his recent article, "The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General's Seven Key Principles for Improving Our Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Scores," published by the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, he describes seven key principles that the DoD OIG uses to increase employee engagement, while also improving the quality, timeliness, and impact of its oversight efforts.

NSA Cybersecurity Advisory: Malicious Cyber Actors Leveraging VPN Vulnerabilities for Attack; Check VPN Products for Upgrade
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Oct. 7, 2019 - The National Security Agency is alerting that multiple Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors are currently exploiting various VPN vulnerabilities to gain access to unprotected networks.

New contracts, Oct. 7
The Defense Contract Management Agency manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion. The agency also currently authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day. (DCMA graphic by Elizabeth Szoke)
Oct. 7, 2019 - The following contracts with a value of over $7 million were awarded last week and will be administered by DCMA.

NSA Employee Satisfaction Continues to Rise
Oct. 7, 2019 - The results from this year’s Intelligence Community (IC) Climate Survey show the people who work at NSA are dedicated- saying they are constantly looking for ways to do their jobs better, to collaborate with each other, and enjoy work-life balance.

Mediation: DLA’s hidden gem
DLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for formal Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity complaints provides a quick, informal and cost-efficient means of addressing and resolving workplace disputes through formal mediation. (Photo by Dominique Shelton)
Oct. 4, 2019 - DLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, RESOLVE, provides a quick, informal and cost-efficient means of addressing and resolving workplace disputes.

NDUF Names Schmeling as New President and CEO
NDUF President and CEO James Schmeling, J.D.
Oct. 4, 2019 - The National Defense University (NDU) Foundation Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mr. James Schmeling, J.D., as the Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer effective 1 October 2019. Schmeling is expected to rapidly accelerate support for NDU's mission to educate, develop and inspire national security leaders.

HQC employees enjoy wellness expo
Vendors greet HQC employees at the MWR-sponsored Health and Safety Expo Oct. 3. Photo by Teodora Mocanu
Oct. 4, 2019 - Two dozen vendors and sponsors provided information about health, fitness, estate planning, and home maintenance and security to employees at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Health and Safety Expo Oct. 3.

DSCC Highlights National Preparedness Month Activities
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Oct. 3, 2019 - The Security Operations Branch, Security & Emergency Services Division, DLA Installation Management Columbus planned and coordinated participation in numerous events and activities as part of National Preparedness Month during the month of September. The goal was to provide information to installation employees to make them better prepared for emergencies at home, at work and in the community.

PCL inquiries closure on October 3
Oct. 3, 2019 - The DCSA Knowledge Center, Personnel Security (PCL) inquiries to include e-QIP authentication resets will be closed on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, will resume Friday, October 4, 2019.

Spirit of Hope Awards Ceremony
The Department of Defense hosts the 2019 Spirit of Hope award ceremony at the Pentagon's at Hall of Heroes in Arlington, Va., Sept. 27, 2019.  (U.S. Army photo by Eboni Everson-Myart)
Oct. 2, 2019 - On Friday morning, September 27, 2019, the Honorable David L. Norquist, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Mr. Sajeel Ahmed, Acting Director of Administration and Organizational Policy, officiated at a gathering of representatives of the Department of Defense, the Military Services, the six honorees, along with their family and friends in the Hall of Heroes.

Cybersecurity awareness kicks into high gear
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year’s theme is: Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. This theme focuses on key areas, including workplace devices used daily and the importance of cybersecurity awareness in relation to these devices. 
(Graphic courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security)
Oct. 2, 2019 - This year’s theme is: Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

194th Washington Air National Guard recruit a first for ANG
Gurchetan Singh recites the oath of enlistment with Brig. Gen. Jeremy Horn, Washington Air National Guard commander, during his enlistment into the WA ANG, Sept 27, 2019, on Camp Murray, Wash. Singh will be the first Sikh to enlist in the Air National Guard with a religious accommodation wavier that allows him to serve and still practice key elements of his religion.
Sept. 30, 2019 - CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – After months of hard work by many people, the Washington Air National Guard's

DOD releases report on suicide among troops, military family members
Common misconceptions about suicide.
Sept. 27, 2019 - Defense Department officials have released a report focused on prevention and analysis of service member and family member suicides.

2019 DLA Energy Hall of Fame inductees announced
Kay Bushman, Lawrence Ervin, Retired U.S. Army Col. Gregory Gibbons and Kathy Williams will be inducted in to the fourth annual DLA Energy Hall of Fame, Nov. 13.
Sept. 25, 2019 - Kay Bushman, Lawrence Ervin, retired U.S. Army Col. Gregory D. Gibbons and Kathy Williams will be inducted in to the fourth annual Defense Logistics Agency Energy Hall of Fame, Nov. 13.

Legal education program program opens doors to law school
Interested in pursuing a law degree and a career as an Army lawyer? The Office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications through Nov. 1 from U.S. Army Lieutenants and Captains for the Army's Funded Legal Education Program.
Sept. 24, 2019 - Interested in pursuing a law degree and a career as an Army lawyer? The Office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications through Nov. 1 from U.S. Army lieutenants and captains for the Army's Funded Legal Education Program.

Flying Yankees welcome honorary 'Pilot for a Day'
Jadiel Aponte, 103rd Airlift Wing honorary Pilot for a Day, breathes through an oxygen mask at the 103rd Operations Group aircrew flight equipment section during the 103rd Airlift Wing’s annual Pilot for a Day event at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn. Sept. 19, 2019. The program puts the wing in partnership with local hospitals to identify a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness and bring them on base to meet members of the wing and learn about its mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker)
Sept. 24, 2019 - EAST GRANBY, Conn. – Sporting a youth-sized flight suit complete with a custom embroidered name

The OSD DOT&E Working Oversight List has been updated. CAC required to view.
Sept. 20, 2019 - The OSD DOT&E Working Oversight List has been updated. CAC required to view.

JBSA-Randolph physical therapy, family health clinics work together
Maj. Joanna Borawski, 359th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapist, stretches Capt. Luke Seaman, 435th Fighter Training Squadron instructor pilot, during a consultation Aug. 8, 2019 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Borawski and her team at the physical therapy clinic have been scrubbing family health physicians' calendars looking for patients who can be seen directly by her.
Sept. 20, 2019 - Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph physical therapy and family health clinics have been working together to see and treat patients with musculoskeletal issues sooner.

Teleconferencing program gives Air Force dietitians a broader reach
Emily Newman, Air Force Tele-Medical Nutrition Therapy program manager, talks to members of the Air Force Tele-Health team at the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency via video teleconferencing equipment. The tele-MNT program uses a hub-and-spoke model that allows registered dietitian nutritionists to provide nutrition education to beneficiaries at installations that do not have an RDN. Newman also serves as RDN at the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Medical Clinic. (Photo by Sabrina Fine)
Sept. 19, 2019 - The Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Medical Clinic is one of the “hubs” of a program that is changing the way the Air Force provides diet and nutrition counseling to its health care beneficiaries.

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General’s Seven Key Principles for Improving Our Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Scores
Sept. 19, 2019 - The Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity published an article written by Principal Deputy Inspector General Glenn Fine, entitle "The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General's Seven Key Principles for Improving Our Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Scores". The article describes the efforts by managers, supervisors, and employees throughout the DoD OIG to improve employee engagement.

Employers get firsthand look at NY Army National Guard training
Sept. 18, 2019 - CAMP SMITH, N.Y. – Employers from Long Island and the Albany, N.Y., area crammed a four-day training

Get Ready - TRICARE Open Season, Federal Benefits Open Season Begins Nov. 11
Sept. 18, 2019 - Open season is an annual period when you can enroll in or change health plans for the next year. Now is the time to think through whether you or your family members want to make changes to your current health, dental, and vision plan coverage. Two open seasons run at the same time this fall: TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season. Both open seasons begin on Nov. 11 and end on Dec. 9. Enrollment choices made during this period will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Learning to serve kids a healthier future
Integrating healthy snacks like fruit into kid’s diets will teach them healthy eating habits. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month.(U.S. Air Force photo by Sabrina Fine)
Sept. 17, 2019 - September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood obesity in America has tripled since the 1970s and September is dedicated to awareness of the epidemic.

Army Guard EOD Soldier disarms life’s challenges
Army Staff Sgt. William Eisenhart, the explosive ordnance disposal operations noncommissioned officer in charge with the Army National Guard's operations directorate, stands in front of the Herbert R. Temple Jr. Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington Hall Station, Aug. 19, 2019. Eisenhart is currently a physician assistant student with the Yale University Physician Assistant Program.  Beginning in January, he will begin full-time clinical rotations at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Virginia.
Sept. 16, 2019 - ARLINGTON, Va. - Father. Husband. Community volunteer. Yale Student. Army National Guard member.Army

Fowl or foul, filthy food effects thousands
In observance of Food Safety Education Month in September, the Defense Commissary Agency joins the CDC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Food Safety Inspection Service, the Department of Health and Human Services and other organizations to help prevent foodborne illnesses by increasing awareness of improperly handling food items.
Sept. 16, 2019 - September is National Food Safety Education Month, established to bring awareness to how each year one in six Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from eating contaminated food, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

New resilience team to imbed with space warfighters
The STAR acronym represents Space Team for Airmen Resilience. According to Maj. David Beutler, 21st Medical Squadron STAR operational support flight commander, STAR is a pilot program within Air Force Space Command based on the operational support team concept, where a team is imbedded inside a line unit to observe the medical and mental health needs of the unit. For the debut of the program, STAR team members will imbed with the 50th Operations Group, the program’s success rate will determine if the STAR team will rotate through other units. The program is scheduled to launch Oct. 1, 2019. (U.S. Air Force graphic by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)
Sept. 11, 2019 - The Space Team for Airmen Resilience program will commence operations at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Oct. 1. Maj. David Beutler, 21st Medical Squadron STAR operational support flight commander, explains what comprises a STAR team and its purpose. “STAR is based on the operational support team, which is a relatively new Air Force wide concept to have a medical team imbed inside a line unit to observe the medical and mental health needs of the unit,” he said. “The main OST organization is the 711th at Wright-Patterson, Air Force Base, [Ohio].”

EAP services up and running after short disruption
The Employee Assistance Program is an agency-paid, confidential resource available to all DLA civilian employees and their family members.
Sept. 11, 2019 - Services under the Department of Defense Employee Assistance Program for appropriated- and non-appropriated fund civilian employees in need of assistance have resumed following a temporary disruption.

Patriot Day honors memory of those killed, injured in Sept. 11 attacks
On Patriot Day, the Defense Logistics Agency and tenant agencies of the McNamara Headquarters Complex honor the memory of those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
Sept. 11, 2019 - On Patriot Day, the Defense Logistics Agency and tenant agencies of the McNamara Headquarters Complex honor the memory of over 6,000 people who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. 

Webinar teaches small-business owners how to contract with DLA
Small-business owners who are new to federal procurement can learn how to partner with DLA through a monthly webinar that outlines contracting opportunities with various supply chains.
Sept. 10, 2019 - Small-business owners who are new to federal procurement can learn how to partner with DLA through a monthly webinar that outlines contracting opportunities with various supply chains.

JBSA leaders sign proclamation observing Suicide Prevention Month
Joint Base San Antonio leaders pledged to support programs and initiatives to reduce suicide among service members and their families, retirees, veterans and Department of Defense civilians at a proclamation signing ceremony in observance of Suicide Prevention Month held at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center Sept. 3. Signing the proclamation were (from left) Lt. Col. Chad Humphrey, U.S. Marine Corps officer in charge, Wounded Warrior Battalion East, Detachment San Antonio; Brig. Gen. Laura L. Lenderman, 502nd Air Base Wing and JBSA commander; Rear Adm. Tina Davidson, Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command commander; Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) commander; and Cmdr. Libby Rasmussen, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Joint Task Force-West.
Sept. 10, 2019 - Joint Base San Antonio leaders pledged support for programs and initiatives to reduce suicide among service members and their families, retirees, veterans and Department of Defense civilians in a ceremony held Sept. 3 at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center.

Rhode Island National Guard supports Dorian relief in Bahamas
Maj. Christopher J. Ahlemeyer, of the Rhode Island National Guard (right), speaks with Commodore Tellis A. Bethel, commander, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (center), and Col. Andrew J. Chevalier, of the Rhode Island National Guard, following a joint forces assault exercise Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nations the opportunity to improve security and disaster response capabilities.
Sept. 5, 2019 - CRANSTON, RI – The Rhode Island National Guard is mobilizing three C-130Js to assist in Hurricane

Army North participates in Hurricane Dorian preparation
Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, U. S. Army North (Fifth Army) commanding general, met with leaders at the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV Regional Response Coordination Center to discuss Hurricane Dorian response efforts in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Sept. 5, 2019 - Members of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) have been participating in preparations for Hurricane Dorian hitting the eastern seaboard of the United States.

S.C. National Guard stands ready to respond after the storm
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Draper Daniels (front-center of group), B Company, 1-118th Infantry Battalion from North Charleston, South Carolina, briefs the crews of four South Carolina National Guard Light Medium Tactical Vehicles (LMTV) assigned to the 1-118th Infantry Battalion of their assignments to local fire departments throughout the city of Charleston, South Carolina in preparation to assist local first responders with rescue calls caused by Hurricane Dorian, Sept. 4, 2019.
Sept. 5, 2019 - COLUMBIA, S.C. – As South Carolina prepares for the impact of Hurricane Dorian, the South Carolina

Concert at Kennedy Center’s REACH Opening Festival
On Monday, March 11, 2019, the Marine Band and the Choral Arts Society of Washington performed a gala concert titled “Anthems” at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released)
Sept. 5, 2019 - This Saturday, Sept. 7, the Marine Band will perform a free concert at The John F. Kennedy Center

District preps for Dorian, stands ready to respond if commonwealth impacted
Satellite image of Hurricane Dorian just of the coast of Florida on Sept. 3, 2019. Image Courtesy National Hurricane Center, NOAA.
Sept. 3, 2019 - In conjunction with Gov. Ralph Northam’s state of emergency declaration for Virginia yesterday, the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) activated its Emergency Operations Center in Richmond to facilitate close coordination with state and federal agencies on pre- and post-storm activities.

Suicide Prevention Month: Changing the narrative
Sept. 3, 2019 - September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. Airmen are encouraged to change the narrative and combat the stigma associated with seeking help without fear of negative career implications.

When disasters strike, your military responds
Illinois National Guard Soldiers load sandbags to move to their nearby work area in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois. The sandbags were being used to construct a levee to control flooding in the small Alexander County, Illinois community. Soldiers from the 1844th Transportation Company, East St. Louis, Illinois; 933rd Military Police Company, Ft. Sheridan, Illinois and 708th Medical Company, North Riverside, Illinois, have been working in East Cape Girardeau since Monday to assist with flood control. They are among 200 Soldiers activated for State Active Duty by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker June 4 to assist with flood duty from the Metro-East area south along the Mississippi River.
Aug. 31, 2019 - ARLINGTON, Va. – Being prepared when disaster strikes could be the difference between life and

Trust between nations strengthened by international camaraderie
A Romanian air force paramedic helicopter returns from an air show held near Otopeni Air Base, Romania, Aug. 24, 2019. The air show, occurring at the same time as exercise Carpathian Fall, required a lot of time and resources from the Romanian air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann)
Aug. 30, 2019 - Strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Romania is a primary objective exercise Carpathian Fall seeks to accomplish. Strengthening this relationship between the two NATO allies requires a free-flow exchange of ideas and tactics. It is more than that, however.

Fiscal Year (2020) Standard Continental U.S. Per Diem Rate Announced
Aug. 29, 2019 - The FY20 Standard CONUS per diem rate is $151 applicable for all official travel performed on or after 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020.

Family Readiness Support Assistant Feature Story
Aug. 29, 2019 - Guess what!?!? It’s Back to School Time!!!I would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who

Defense Travel Management Office Allowances and Regulations Update
Aug. 29, 2019 - The Defense Travel Management Office has updated the following information for 01 Sept. 2019:

Announcement of the 2019-2020 Cohort of the Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellows
Aug. 27, 2019 - The Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 cohort of

Heart Link familiarizes spouses with resources, mission
Team Moody spouses observe an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a Heart Link spouse orientation Aug. 21, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The orientation is geared toward providing all spouses and family members with the necessary support and information to ensure that they are aware of the resources available to them such as: Tricare, legal assistance, Airman and Family Readiness Center and financial assistance. During the orientation, spouses were given a static display tour to better familiarize them with the aircraft and mission here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver)
Aug. 22, 2019 - The Heart Link spouse orientation is geared towards providing all spouses and family members with the necessary support and information to ensure that they are aware of the resources that are available to them such as: Tricare, Legal, Airman and Family readiness center, Finance. During the orientation, spouses were given a static display tour to better familiarize them with the aircraft and mission here.

USAREUR Aviator Orientation Course (AOC) online
Aug. 20, 2019 - The USAREUR Aviator Orientation Course (AOC) has been made available online.

Elementary School Teacher Serves Country and Corps
The Sanders family pose for a picture after a commissioning ceremony at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Aug. 10, 2019. Amanda Sander is a school teacher at Winding Springs Elementary, Charlotte, North Carolina, and plans on joining the Marine Corps reserves so she may continue teaching while serving her country. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jorge A. Rosales)
Aug. 16, 2019 - MCRD PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Bureau of Labor Statistics has stated that one in five teachers have secondary occupations. For one Charlotte, North Carolina native, her profession outside of school hours isn’t just another job, it’s a commitment to serve and protect.

For healthy older adults, new shingles vaccine is worth the wait
Pharmacist Angelina Cox prepares a dose of shingles vaccine to administer to a TRICARE beneficiary.
Aug. 16, 2019 - Availability of the new shingles vaccine is improving across the Military Health System, according to Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare. The vaccine, Shingrix, is recommended for healthy adults 50 and older to prevent the painful skin rash that can have debilitating long-term effects for older people.

Innovation's role in multi-domain operations on latest "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" podcast
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Aug. 16, 2019 - The concept of innovation and its role in helping produce Airmen who more lethal and ready to execute the mission in the multi-domain operational environment is the focus of the latest episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast series, released Aug 14.

Get kids ready for back to school with preventive health care
Don’t wait to take command of your children’s health. Prioritize preventive exams and vaccinations before the school year begins. Preventive services, routine immunizations, and health screenings are the best ways to make sure your kids are healthy and ready to hit the books.
Aug. 16, 2019 - As summer draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the approaching school year. Preventive services, routine immunizations, and health screenings are the best ways to make sure your kids are healthy and ready to hit the books. TRICARE covers many preventive health care services with no out-of-pocket costs to you. How you get preventive care depends on who you are and your TRICARE plan.

Groundbreaking held for Fisher House
From left to right: Colleen Vonderharr, Fisher House acting manager, Tom Brewerm, State Senator, Don Bacon, United States Congressman, Don Burman, Veteran Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care system director, Barb Yllescas Vorthmann, Nebraska Gold Star Mothers vice president, David Coker, Fisher House Foundation president, Deb Fischer, United States Senator, Jennifer Kogert, Veteran's Affairs Fisher House & Family, Patrick Dawson, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System assistant director, Rob Norrie, lead engineer, mark the beginning of construction on the first Fisher House in Nebraska during a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 7, 2019, at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. There are currently 84 Fisher Houses in operation across the United States and in Germany and the United Kingdom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)
Aug. 14, 2019 - Fisher Houses are homes where military and veteran’s families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital.

What should a U.S. Space Force look like? (commentary)
The 233d Space Group situates its vehicle for a field exercise.
Aug. 13, 2019 - Indeed, so much of what the global public relies upon for work and life depends on space

TRICARE Covers You, Even When You're Separating from the Service
Aug. 13, 2019 - Separating from active duty can be a busy time. And easing back into civilian life may require a transitional health plan. Leaving active duty is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event. During this time, you have 90 days from your separation date to change to another health plan if you're eligible.

Cigarettes are the leading cause of home fire fatalities
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cigarettes are the leading cause of home fire fatalities in the United States. From hot ashes dumped into the garbage to a cigarette falling on to a couch cushion, carelessly discarded smoking materials kills 700 to 900 people, smokers and nonsmokers alike, per year.
Aug. 7, 2019 - According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cigarettes are the leading cause of home fire fatalities in the United States. From hot ashes dumped into the garbage to a cigarette falling on to a couch cushion, carelessly discarded smoking materials kills 700 to 900 people, smokers and nonsmokers alike, per year.

Developmental education opportunities for Reserve Citizen Airmen
Air Force Reserve Citizen Airmen are selected every year to attend Developmental Education courses boarded through the Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB A&B), Reserve Developmental Education Designation Board (RDEDB), and Enlisted Developmental Education Board (EDEB).  The boards are held quarterly over a five-day period at HQ Air Reserve Personnel Center, Buckley Air Force Base, CO, and attended by officer and enlisted senior leaders from a cross-section of the AF Reserve.
July 18, 2019 - Air Force Reserve Citizen Airmen are selected every year to attend Developmental Education courses

Join July 25 TRICARE Webinar on TRICARE Coverage After Retirement
July 16, 2019 - Will you or a family member be retiring soon? Join the "TRICARE Coverage After Retirement from Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve" webinar on July 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. When you retire from active duty or turn age 60 as a Retired Reserve member, your TRICARE coverage will change. The webinar will cover health plan eligibility, enrollment, dental and vision plans, and much more. Register today!

Swearing-in of WHS Director, Tom Muir
Thomas (Tom) Muir was appointed as the Director of Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) on April 15, 2019.  On July 9, 2019 Mr. Muir was officially sworn-in in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes sanctuary.
July 15, 2019 - Honored and commended for his career accomplishments, Thomas (Tom) Muir was appointed as the Director of Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) on April 15, 2019.  On July 9, 2019 Mr. Muir was officially sworn-in at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.

UPDATE Changes coming to G.I. Bill Transfer of Education Benefits for Guard, Reserve
GI Bill Changes
July 15, 2019 - *Editor’s Note: This article was originally published May 17, 2019. Updates were made July 10,

Arkansas teachers observe Marine training
SAN DIEGO- Teachers typically found in the classroom are getting hands-on experience of what it takes to be a United States Marine, undergoing the basics of marksmanship at the Camp Pendleton gun range.
July 12, 2019 - SAN DIEGO - Teachers typically found in the classroom are getting hands-on experience of what it takes to be a United States Marine, undergoing the basics of marksmanship at the Camp Pendleton gun range during Educators Workshop. The workshop is a four-day program designed to better inform high school and college educators about the benefits and opportunities available during service in the Marine Corps.

Delayed Implementation of Limitations on Eligibility to Transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits
July 12, 2019 - This ALCGPSC announces DoD’s six-month delay of implementation of eligibility limitations to transfer Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to qualifying dependents.

Some military spouses eligible for relicensing recertification funds
Military spouses are now able to receive assistance with relicense or recertify professional accreditations costs through the Military and Family Readiness Center. The spouse reimbursement for relicensure and recertification program was introduced in May 2019 and was championed by military spouses who found themselves in financial hardship from relocating frequently due to permanent change of stations throughout their service member’s career.
July 11, 2019 - Funds to help military spouses with relicense or recertify professional accreditations costs are now available through the Military and Family Readiness Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The spouse reimbursement for relicensure and recertification program was introduced in May 2019 with the objective of supporting a military spouse’s career.

Focus week to address topics from rapid acquisition to work/life balance
July 11, 2019 - Numerous courses covering a multitude of topics will be available to Hanscom personnel during this quarter’s Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Focus Week, July 22 to 26.

Join July 18 TRICARE Webinar on TRICARE For Life Coverage
July 9, 2019 - Do you have questions about TRICARE For Life (TFL)? Not sure if you have to enroll in TFL, or when you become eligible for TFL coverage? Are you getting ready to turn 65? Join the "Understanding How TRICARE For Life Coverage Works" webinar on July 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.

New mobile dental facility grand opening
Fort Eustis personnel talk to Army and Air Force Exchange Service members during the grand opening of the Dentrust Optimized Care Solutions mobile treatment facility at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 8, 2019. The new dental treatment facility is temporarily located next to Anderson Field House and will remain open until construction of the DOCS permanent location at the Fort Eustis Main Exchange is complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal)
July 9, 2019 - The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Dentrust Optimized Care Solutions hosted a grand opening celebration for a new mobile dental treatment facility at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 8, 2018.

Newborn Neighbor, New Clothes, New School: Mothers Meet in Guatemala
U.S. Army Reserve  Spc. Genesis Pozdiaz, 424th Engineer Company, 412th Theater Engineer Command, holds the baby of a local Guatemlan citizen after donating clothes to their family, July 2, 2019. The 424th Engineer Company is part of Task Force Rise, which is in Guataemla as part of Beyond the Horizon 19.  Beyond the Horizonis an annual training exercise designed to build partnerships with Central America countries. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knouf)
July 8, 2019 - When U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Genesis Pozdiaz, Pozdiaz, a Boston, Massachusetts native with 424th Engineer Company, 412th Theater Engineer Command, found out she would be building a school for annual training, she saw it as a great opportunity to give Guatemalans something else as well - baby clothes.

Defense Travel Management Office Allowances and Regulations Update
July 3, 2019 - The Defense Travel Management Office has updated the following information for 01 July 2019:

Understanding the Defense Personal Property System self-counseling process
Customers who self-counsel utilizing the Defense Personal Property System, or DPS, are reminded to print, sign and date the Application for Shipment and/or Storage (Department of Defense Form 1299) and Personal Property Counseling Checklist (DD Form 1797).
July 2, 2019 - Customers who self-counsel utilizing the Defense Personal Property System, or DPS, are reminded to print, sign and date the Application for Shipment and/or Storage (Department of Defense Form 1299) and Personal Property Counseling Checklist (DD Form 1797).

DOD Hosts Early Career Workshop to Serve as Change Initiative Platform for the Acquisition Workforce
Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, hosts the inaugural Early Career Workshop at the Pentagon.
July 1, 2019 - Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord hosts the inaugural Early Career Workshop at the Pentagon.