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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.

Updated regulation encourages Soldiers to utilize performance, health experts
The same resources and expertise the Army is using to build high performing units and ready and resilient Soldiers can now be utilized by Soldiers, commanders and leaders in executing the Army Body Composition Program (ABCP) according to the updated version of Army Regulation 600-9.
Aug. 21, 2019 - The same resources and expertise the Army is using to build high performing units and ready and resilient Soldiers can now be utilized by Soldiers, commanders and leaders in executing the Army Body Composition Program (ABCP) according to the updated version of Army Regulation 600-9.

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.

Defense Travel Management Office Allowances and Regulations Update
July 1, 2019 - The Defense Travel Management Office has updated the following information for 01 July 2019:

Annual summit fosters acquisition excellence
DLA's Fifth Estate organization representatives met with leaders to discuss acquisition oversight and support with continuous process improvements throughout their community, which implements procurement systems, policies and regulations.
June 26, 2019 - Representatives from DLA Acquisition met with senior leaders during their annual Fifth Estate Chief Contracting Officer Summit and senior procurement executive visit in Lorton, Virginia, June 25-26 to discuss advancing acquisition oversight and support with continuous process improvements throughout the acquisition community.

What is an American National Standard anyway?
June 26, 2019 - On July 9, 2019, ANSI will host an informative 60-90 minute free webinar about ANSI and the ANS process.

DLA Distribution Industry Day Highlights Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Connections Between Civilian and Government Agencies
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Deputy Commander, Ms. Twila Gonzales, SES, provides opening remarks at the second annual DLA Distribution Industry Day, highlighting the importance of establishing and maintaining connections between civilian and government agencies.
June 26, 2019 - Defense Logistics Agency Distribution held its second annual DLA Distribution Industry Day June

Understanding PTSD focus of seminar
DLA Land and Maritime Employment Assistance Program Manager Drew Henderson hosted a seminar on Understanding PTSD for associates June 25 in the Buckeye Room at the Defense Supply Center Columbus. Associates unable to attend in person had the option to participate virtually by calling into the workshop. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault. During the seminar, he explained what PTSD is, how to deal with it and how to help others.The workshop was held two days prior to PTSD Awareness Day.
June 26, 2019 - DLA Land and Maritime EAP Manager Drew Henderson hosted a seminar on Understanding PTSD for associates June 25 in the Buckeye Room at DSCC. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault.

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