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Hall of Fame inductee helped expand mission, provide humanitarian support
Patrick McCormick earns a position in the 2019 DLA Hall of Fame with a career that helped modernize the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution mission and provide years of support to humanitarian aid.
June 24, 2019 - A career that helped modernize the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution mission and provide years of support to humanitarian aid earned Patrick McCormick a position in the 2019 DLA Hall of Fame.

As Army turns 244 years old, lessons of D-Day still relevant today
Lawmakers join Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper (3rd from left), Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey (right) in cutting a cake in honor of the Army's 244th birthday during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol June 12, 2019.
June 13, 2019 - As Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke to veterans at the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, he asked what lessons they had learned from hitting the beach in that deadly campaign.

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
With ingredients prepped and the recipe handy, chef Gilbert Baboulene from Kadena Air Base, Japan, is ready to cook during the practical portion of the new Air Force Techniques of Healthy Cooking Course at the CIA San Antonio campus, June 5, 2019.  Sixteen nonappropriated fund food and beverage chefs and cooks from across the Air Force attended the course established by the Air Force Services Center, in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio.  The five-day course is designed to teach and demonstrate healthier ingredients, flavorful spicing and better cooking methods to deliver healthier menu choices at food service operations across installations, not just at dining facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Aragon)
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
The Air Force Inspection System places more control and responsibility in the hands of the squadron, group and wing commander and places the weight of inspections on the Wing Inspector General.
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
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 IHA tool can help assess the overall health of various installation and mission support program areas across major commands. This displays performance, funding and risk with trendlines and base reports. Areas indicated in gray are still under development.
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.

Official Digital Portraits will soon be on permanent display in Pentagon Corridors
Ms. Lisa Hershman, Acting Chief Management Officer, recognized Ms. Kathleen M. Jones of the WHS Executives Services Directorate for her outstanding digital art portraits of DoD senior leaders at the June 3, CMO Town Hall.
June 6, 2019 - Ms. Lisa Hershman, Acting Chief Management Officer, recognized Ms. Kathleen M. Jones of the WHS Executives Services Directorate for her outstanding digital art portraits of DoD senior leaders at the June 3, CMO Town Hall.    

Defense Travel Management Office Allowances and Regulations Update
May 31, 2019 - The Defense Travel Management Office has updated the following information for 01 June 2019:

Media Awards Submissions Up Across Services
U.S. Sailors maneuver a rigid-hull inflatable boat alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) while participating in visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training during Exercise Bright Star 2018 in the Mediterranean Sea Sept. 10, 2018. Bright Star is a multilateral U.S. Central Command exercise held with the Arab Republic of Egypt focused on responding to modern-day security scenarios. U.S. Navy and coalition assets are participating in numerous exercises, such as Bright Star, as part of the greater Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik)
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
Cover Graphic of INSS Strategic Perspectives 31
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.”

NIST to host "Setting Standards: A Simulation Exercise"
May 20, 2019 - NIST’s Standards Coordination Office will host Setting Standards: A Simulation Exercise in Strategy and Cooperation in Standardization Processes.

May 18 is Armed Forces Day
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. Graphic created by Paul Crank
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.

Military Global Integration Is About Change, Joint Staff Official Says
A C-130H Hercules aircraft, operated by the 142nd Airlift Squadron, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard New Castle Air Guard Station, Delaware, sits on the flight line at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 9, 2019, in preparation for Exercise Immediate Response 2019. The 166th AW is one of three Air Force C-130 units participating in the exercise, which is designed to rain airborne forces and enhance interoperability among allied and partner nations in Europe.
May 16, 2019 - Military global integration is about change and remaining ahead of possible adversaries, the Joint Staff's director of strategy, plans and policy said.

U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) visited the Pentagon
WHS History and Library Directorate (HLD) partner with the WHS Facilities Services Directorate (FSD) to host a VIP tour for the senior leadership of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at 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
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.
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
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 DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at Veterans Affairs.
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.

Reflecting on Our Ancestors: Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up of Japanese-American soldiers, stands in formation at Iolani Palace, Hawaii, prior to a departure for training, March 1943. The month of May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. This monthlong observance celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. and recognizes the hardships and challenges they endured.
May 9, 2019 - OKINAWA, Japan -- The month of May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

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
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. Photo by Irene Smith
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
Ellen M. Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, listens to Defense Innovation Board chairman Eric Schmidt speak about the board's yearlong software acquisition and practices study at the Pentagon, May 3, 2019. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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.

This Week in DIA History: Foundation of the "Soviet Military Power" Series
In May 1981, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger presented a series of classified briefings to North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers detailing the magnitude and speed of the recent Soviet military conventional and nuclear force buildup.
May 2, 2019 - In May 1981, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger presented a series of classified briefings to North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers detailing the magnitude and speed of the recent Soviet military conventional and nuclear force buildup.

DOD Reform Strides Lauded by Senior Defense Officials
David L. Norquist, performing the duties of deputy secretary of defense, presents Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer, the DOD Gears of Government Award for her DOD Regulatory Reform Task Force team at the Pentagon, May 1, 2019.
May 2, 2019 - Performing the duties of deputy defense secretary, David L. Norquist spoke at the Defense Department Gears of Government Awards Ceremony in the Pentagon.

Eye injury prevention depends on protective eyewear at work, home
Frank Callahan, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron heavy equipment mechanic, performs maintenance on a government vehicle wearing proper safety gear at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Eye injuries are an all-too-common occurrence in the United States, affecting more than 20,000 workers each year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young)
May 2, 2019 - Eye injuries are an all-too-common occurrence in the United States, affecting more than 20,000 workers each year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

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.

Washington cyberteam stands up to protect DoD infrastructure
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Gosch, left, of Milton, Washington, points out a network abnormality to Capt. Sameer Puri of Federal Way, Washington, during Cyber Shield 19 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, from April 5-19, 2019. Both Soldiers are members of the Washington National Guard’s Cyber Mission Assurance Team.
April 29, 2019 - CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - As the use of technology increases, so does the threat of a dangerous cyber

PrepareAthon! encourages Americans to plan before disaster strikes
America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide campaign held April 30 to increase community emergency preparedness through hazard-specific group discussions, drills and exercises.
April 29, 2019 - America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide campaign held April 30 to increase community emergency preparedness through hazard-specific group discussions, drills and exercises.

The next generation learns about DLA
Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime associate's children explore various police equipment during Take Your Kids to Work Day on the Defense Supply Center Columbus April 25.
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!
From left: WHS Acting Deputy Director William Relyea, Mr. Kenneth Ward, Executive Director, College Bound and 2018 WHS CFC Program Manager Albert
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.


U.S. Nuclear Umbrella Extends to Allies, Partners, Defense Official Says
April 24, 2019 - Allies and partners around the world should and do take comfort in the fact that the U.S. has both the will and the means to use its nuclear weapons, if necessary, to protect them from aggression, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said here.

Federal agencies kickoff working dog collaboration effort for stronger, sustainable future
Clark Young, Transportation Security Administration trainer, takes his explosives detection dog Bina through a training exercise at TSA’s canine training center on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland April 17. Every year, TSA trains about 250 canine teams at JBSA-Lackland to operate in the aviation, multimodal, mass transit, and cargo environments.
April 19, 2019 - Ten federal agencies — including the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice and State — began an important dialogue at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for government-wide collaboration in working dog operations.

April highlights Autism Awareness
Alyssa Carvajal bowls with her son, Easton, Jan. 30, 2019, at the bowling event held by Exceptional Family Member Program-Family Support at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)
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.

How to effectively use ICE feedback
Interactive Customer Evaluation
April 16, 2019 - How do you feel when you receive feedback about the services you provide?

Mobile devices and OPSEC
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.  This fast paced integration has caused a paradigm shift to occur within DOD and DLA. Our adversaries target these types of devices because they can process information with the same capabilities as a computer. To combat this, DLA has established policy with the issuance of DLAI 8130.01 Mobile Device Management. The policy covers DLA military, civilian and contractor personnel.
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
Thomas Muir, Director, Washington Headquarters Services, Department of Defense, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Apr. 17, 2019.  (U.S. Army photo by Monica King)
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.

2019 Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) and Department of Defense (DoD) Spirit of Service Ceremony
2017 PSRW 4'logo
April 9, 2019 - The 2019 Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) and Department of Defense (DoD) Spirit of Service Ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in the Pentagon Auditorium, will recognize outstanding civilian employees within the National Capital Region who display the core qualities of honor, integrity, and excellence in their everyday service to the Department.

Volunteers needed for 6-month deployments to Djibouti, Poland
April 9, 2019 - The Defense Logistics Agency Mission Support Branch needs volunteers for six-month deployments with a DLA Support Team in Djibouti and a DLA Liaison Team in Poland.

Health Care Transition Looks to Improve Processes for Wartime Missions, Beneficiaries
April 8, 2019 - At the direction of Congress, the military health care system is going through a substantial set of changes in its structure and how it will operate, said the Defense Department’s director of cost assessment and program evaluation.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Mark Center
Earth Day 2019
April 5, 2019 - Every day is Earth Day at the Mark Center.  Join the Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy

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.

April is Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness month
Message from the U.S. Department of Defense
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Everyone can work to further reduce, with the goal to eliminate, sexual assault from the armed forces. The military is the most trusted institution in the nation and service members have signed a blank check to the American people, payable with their lives. This crime must not threaten those who have volunteered to serve.
April 3, 2019 - U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Message

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.

Pentagon Spokesman Discusses Variety of Topics With Reporters
Charles E. Summers Jr., acting assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, speaks to reporters at the Pentagon, March 8, 2019. DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence
March 8, 2019 - Chief Pentagon spokesman Charles E. Summers Jr. discussed a variety of topics with reporters at the Pentagon, including Turkey's plans to buy a Russian anti-aircraft missile system, the U.S. Space Force and building alliances.

Proper Eating Increases Health Benefits, Readiness
March 1, 2019 - An Air Force veteran of 18 years and dietitian said the food in military dining facilities has improved dramatically in terms of nutritional value and healthy eating choices.

For first time, Pentagon budget will contain reform investments
Pentagon budget will contain reform investments
Feb. 8, 2019 - Aaron Mehta -- https://www.defensenews.com/congress/budget/2019/02/08/for-first-time-pentagon-budget-will-contain-reform-investments/

Disabled Military Veterans will now get a Reduced Fare
Metro transit
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

Shanahan: Former Defense Secretary Brown Shaped U.S. Military for Decades
Harold Brown, who served in President Jimmy Carter’s administration as the 14th secretary of defense, died Jan. 4, 2019. DOD photo
Jan. 6, 2019 - Harold Brown, 91, the 14th secretary of defense and the first scientist to hold the position, died at his home in Ranch Santa Fe, California.

DoD Recognizes Outstanding Administrative Civilians
U.S. Department of Defense civilians attend the 2018 Department of Defense David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration and Distinguished Civilian Service Award Ceremony in the Hall of Heroes in the Pentaogn, Arlington, Va., Nov 15, 2018. (L to R, Lisa Hershman, Acting Chief Management Officer; Phyllis Toor, Martin Drake, Daniel Burke, Thomas Jones, Samantha Sumner, Michael Buckley, James Stevens, Carl Tierney, Michael Rhodes, Director of Administration, Office of the Chief Management Officer (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Trevor Wiegel)
Nov. 29, 2018 - DoD recognizes its 2018 David O Cooke Excellence in Public Administration awardee and seven Distinguished Service Awardee 15 November 2018 in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

WHS Implements FY19-23 Business Plan
Cover for the Washington Headquarters Group Business Plan 2019-2023
Nov. 9, 2018 - Over a series of strategic offsites taking a critical look at the way Washington Headquarters