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

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



The exercise included approximately 500 Soldiers and civilians.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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