Moving Away to College May Change Your Child's TRICARE Options
June 12, 2019 - Is your student heading away to college this fall? TRICARE coverage of eligible dependents extends to college students. A change of address, such as moving to a new country, city, region, or ZIP+4 code is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event (QLE). If this QLE applies to your student, you have 90 days from the date of the address change to change his or her TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan.
Healthy foods add spice to life
June 12, 2019 - Gone are the days where healthy food meant lack of taste. The Air Force, in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America, is training military and civilian employees how to better deliver healthy food that's prepared with healthier, fresher ingrediants, a wider variety of spices and using better cooking methods. This includes the first CIA Techniques of Healthy Cook Class for nonappropriated fund cooks and chefs from various installations.
Inspector General: fact finders for customers, commanders
June 7, 2019 - The inspector general’s office at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is charged with facilitating the commander’s inspection program and operating the complaints resolutions program to help the mission continue successfully.
Installation Health Assessment goes live in the cloud
June 7, 2019 - The status of Air Force installation and mission support programs is now just a click away, thanks to the new Installation Health Assessment tool’s cloud analytics capability. The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland first launched the IHA in 2017 as a first-of-its-kind, metrics-based framework to integrate information from authoritative databases across the I&MS enterprise.
Media Awards Submissions Up Across Services
May 24, 2019 - Entries from the services are now at the Defense Media Activity for judging, and perhaps equally impressive as the actual entries themselves is the increase in number of entries across the board.
Finding Ender: Exploring the Intersections of Creativity, Innovation, and Talent Management in the U.S. Armed Forces
May 20, 2019 - Current national-level strategic documents exhort the need for creativity and innovation as a precondition of America’s continued competitive edge in the international arena. But what does that really mean in terms of personnel, processes, and culture? This paper argues that an overlooked aspect of talent management, that of cognitive diversity, must be considered when retooling military talent management systems. Going one step further, talent management models must incorporate diversity of both skill set and mindset into their calculus. Specifically, the Department of Defense (DOD) needs to recruit, retain, and utilize Servicemembers and civilians with higher than average levels of creativity and a propensity for innovative thinking. It needs “enders.”
May 18 is Armed Forces Day
May 17, 2019 - Nations around the world honor their military forces with an Armed Forces Day. In the United States, the celebration is held the third Saturday in May.
U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) visited the Pentagon
May 15, 2019 - LTG Semonite (center) and 110 members of his key engineering staff spent time with the Washington Headquarters Services History and Facilities Services Directorates learning more about the building and its present infrastructure.
John Tyler Elementary Student Enjoy Shadow Day
May 15, 2019 - Students from the John Tyler Elementary, located near the Marine Corps Barracks Washington, enjoyed a “hands on,” morning visit to the Barracks to learn more about their mission and life of the Marines stationed in the DC area. The 30 students got a prime view of the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps (the Commandants Own) and ceremonial drills as the Marines prepared for Marine Barracks Washington Evening and Sunset Parade. The program was part of the DoD Director of Administrations, Shadow Day, program providing the Elementary school student at the military personnel serving in the DC area. The program coincides with the national Public Service Recognition Week events. (Photo by Protean Gibril)
Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill transfers effective July 2019
May 13, 2019 - The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The request to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces. The Department of Defense determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the Department of Defense approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at Veterans Affairs.
DOD, OPM Team Up for Improved Online Training
May 6, 2019 - A new memorandum of agreement between the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management promises to reduce the cost for training for defense employees and enhance the training experience.
Fight, Flight, or Freeze
May 6, 2019 - The neurobiology of trauma, its emotional and physical manifestation and how it affects sexual assault survivors over their life-span, was the topic of a Defense Logistics Agency Energy lunch and learn session May 1. Heather Turner, the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, led an interactive discussion on how the brain is impacted by trauma.
Innovation Board Report Looks to Foment Software Revolution
May 3, 2019 - The Defense Innovation Board, chaired by businessman and software engineer Eric Schmidt — who accompanied Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment — looked at the department’s software acquisition and practices, and discussed the board’s conclusions.
Middle East Security Still Critical to U.S.
April 30, 2019 - Though the National Defense Strategy has shifted U.S. focus to China and Russia as near-peer competitors, North Korea and Iran as “rogue state actors,” and has also placed emphasis on counterterrorism as a priority, the Middle East is still going to be getting U.S. attention, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East said.
The next generation learns about DLA
April 26, 2019 - Kids got to see first-hand how DLA Land and Maritime associates often have to adapt to changing requirements when the weather required other plans for Take Your Kid to Work Day activities April 25. DLA Land and Maritime associates and their children gathered in the auditorium, many were excited to be on the installation for the first time, others curious as to what happens at their parents or grandparents work place, but a consensus from all were they were happier to be here with their loved ones rather than at school.
Washington Headquarters Services 2018 Combined Federal Campaign Re-CAP!
April 25, 2019 - Is “Paying it Forward” in your DNA? I would say so. Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) federal personnel were a decisive part of smashing its 2018 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) goal by more than 35 percent and by becoming the second Department of Defense (DoD) agency to exceed its goal – more than 60 days ahead of the extended solicitation deadline.
Executive Order directing transfer of investigative mission signed by President
April 25, 2019 -
Consistent with the Executive Order signed on April 24, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) will begin a phased transition of the investigations conducted by the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to DoD. This action will include the transfer of personnel and resources from NBIB to DSS, as authorized by the president of the United States. The transfer of NBIB's operations, personnel, and resources to DoD will commence not later than June 24, 2019 with the transfer completed by Oct. 1, 2019. DSS will be renamed the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and serve as the primary Federal entity for conducting background investigations for the Federal Government. DCSA will also serve as the primary Department of Defense component for the National Industrial Security Program and shall execute responsibilities relating to continuous vetting, insider threat programs, and any other responsibilities assigned to it by the Secretary of Defense. NBIB and DSS have and will continue to work in an integrated manner to minimize disruptions to existing missions while beginning the transfer process.
April highlights Autism Awareness
April 19, 2019 - The Exceptional Family Member Program at Joint Base San Antonio brings awareness to the Autism Spectrum Disorder during April along with the services and support they offer to the military community. ASD can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave and learn in ways that are different from others.
Mobile devices and OPSEC
April 16, 2019 - Mobile devices are being introduced into the Department of Defense at an astonishing rate. The Defense Logistics Agency defines mobile devices as a wireless-enabled portable device. These include but are not limited to iPhones, iPads and tablets.
New Washington Headquarters Services Director Selected
April 12, 2019 - Thomas (Tom) M. Muir is the newly appointed Director, Washington Headquarters Services, effective April 15, 2019. He will manage the organization's $1.2 billion budget and its nearly 2,300 civilian, military, and contract employees providing a vast portfolio of complex and integrated operational services supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Military Departments, Defense Agencies and Field Activities, Congress, and the White House.
Spring travel? TRICARE goes with you
April 3, 2019 - If you’re planning a trip this spring, remember that TRICARE travels with you. Whether traveling stateside or overseas, make sure you know what to do in case you or your loved ones become sick or injured on vacation. Learn the rules for getting care and costs associated with your TRICARE health plan, so you can make informed decisions while traveling.
Leadership Development Council holds summit
March 11, 2019 - Leadership Development Council Leadership Summit was held Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The catered, lunch event featured dynamic speakers - each providing their leadership thoughts on one chosen letter of the word L-E-A-D-E-R.
Disabled Military Veterans will now get a Reduced Fare
Feb. 1, 2019 - Disabled military veterans will now get a reduced fare to ride local Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia transit. Veterans with a VA disability rating of 60% or greater can reduce transit cost by as much as 50%.
WHS Hits CFC Goals
Jan. 11, 2019 - Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) employees lived up to the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign