Heart Link familiarizes spouses with resources, mission
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.
Elementary School Teacher Serves Country and Corps
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
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.
Get kids ready for back to school with preventive health care
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Arkansas teachers observe Marine training
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.
Some military spouses eligible for relicensing recertification funds
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.
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
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
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.
Annual summit fosters acquisition excellence
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.
Understanding PTSD focus of seminar
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.
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