Drone use highly regulated on, near military installations
July 2, 2020 - Two incidents in the last three years involving privately owned drones raised concerns at Fort Indiantown Gap’s Muir Army Airfield.
“Both incidents created potential hazards which were fortunately avoided,” Ramsay said.
TIDBITS FROM YOUR PFC - #15
July 2, 2020 - Greetings, all! I realize some of you have already returned to the base in some form but I was hoping to be part of the split wing, Pony/Express, schedule but apparently not at this time. I hope to see some of you attend my Zoom sessions as they continue with a general drop-in Q&A on Tuesday and a formal briefing Thursday (1:00-2:00) to include a Q&A session from 2:00-3:00. Watch your email for the scheduled topics for the balance of July, this week, July 2, I will cover home purchases again.
Minnesota ANG transports aid to Honduras through Denton Program
July 1, 2020 - The shipment was originally intended to support New Horizons, a U.S. Army South-led joint humanitarian exercise that would have taken place in southern Honduras, but was cancelled due to COVID-19, and items were redirected to support local hospitals throughout Honduras.
An AFMS look back at June 2020
July 1, 2020 - This month’s photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting the Air Force medical mission.
Independence Day Commentary: Stay safe this holiday!
July 1, 2020 - Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, picnics, and concerts. Undoubtedly, COVID-19 will drive some changes with respect to how we observe these time honored traditions.
USFK Service Member Confirmed with COVID-19
June 30, 2020 - A newly assigned USFK service member tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea from the United States on a commercial flight. The service member arrived at Incheon International Airport on June 28, and was transported to Camp Humphreys quarantine barracks while awaiting for the results of his COVID-19 test to return.
Recruiters Push More Into Digital Realm
June 30, 2020 - Army recruiting plans to create a small cyber team to expand its esports program, which has already helped attract thousands of potential recruits amid a larger push into the digital realm.
Mail operations during COVID-19
June 30, 2020 - Not rain, snow, sleet, extreme heat, or even COVID-19 can stop delivery of the mail.
“There are 58 mail rooms here on Arifjan alone,” said Staff Sgt. Robert Harris, the mail operations non-commissioned officer in charge for Task Force Spartan. “We alone are responsible for 1,300 people.”
Swearing-in ceremony draws attention to ‘Virtual National Hiring Days’ campaign
June 30, 2020 - Pledging to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,” 20 new recruits began their Army journeys here Monday at a swearing-in ceremony on the exhibit floor of the Ordnance Training Support Facility.
Richmond Recruiting Battalion organized the event that was meant to draw the public’s attention to the Army’s first “Virtual National Hiring Days” campaign set for June 30 - July 2. The goal is to get 10,000 civilians to enlist in the regular Army or reserves. The swearing-in included a Zoom-broadcasted media roundtable where panelists discussed the personal and professional benefits of serving in the military.
Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle assumes command of Army Medical Command
June 29, 2020 - Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, U.S. Army Surgeon General, assumed responsibility as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command June 24 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in a socially-distanced virtual ceremony hosted by Gen. James C. McConville, Army Chief of Staff.
A message for the Air Force JAG Corps
June 29, 2020 - Like many of you, I have faced a gamut of emotions especially in light of the current discussions and events in our country (and our Air Force) revolving around race and justice. Perhaps unlike many of you, these emotions are familiar to me. I am a Black woman. I have faced my fair share of bias and prejudice. I have learned to operate in our society as a person wearing a mask — one that I can only take off around family and friends, where I am confident I will be accepted and included.
Fisher House: a home away from home
June 29, 2020 - One of the many benefits service members and their families have access to aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, is the Fisher House Camp Pendleton. This base amenity is available for family members of patients receiving serious or emergency medical care at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, providing them with complimentary lodging. The Fisher House aboard Camp Pendleton opened its doors in May 2015 and has been welcoming families ever since...
Battling COVID; a cyber Airman’s story
June 29, 2020 - Tech. Sgt. Brandon Ibanez, a cyber intelligence analyst with the 854th Combat Operations Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, doesn’t wear a helmet to work, nor does he wear a sword or shield. Ibanez’s role in his unit requires him to analyze intelligence and triangulate technical, geographical and operational information to provide situational awareness for leadership. This information enables his leaders to determine the best course of action in any given scenario.
NDU Korea Futures 2025 Symposium
June 29, 2020 - National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies has now released a public report from its February 2020 “Korea Futures 2025” symposium. The event brought together leading government and non-government experts to discuss the Korean Peninsula over the next five years. The objective was to explore the implications and consequences of differing Korean futures for the United States and the countries of Northeast Asia. The report summarizes the discussions and presents key findings that explore critical issues of denuclearization, inter-Korean relations, the national interests of regional countries, and international reactions to a possible dramatic loss of control by the North Korean regime. No symposium can precisely predict the future, but the report’s scenarios and findings will be helpful for scholars, analysts, and policymakers to broaden their perspectives on what might happen on the peninsula and to recognize signs that change is moving in a particular direction.
How to stay safe when using consumer fireworks
June 29, 2020 - Summertime is when many of us engage in what some might consider the most joyous of activities: spending time with friends and family, eating, drinking and watching fireworks light up the sky.
Despite professional firework displays being fun and exciting, many people feel the real fun takes place when this excitement is recreated in our own homes through the purchasing of store-bought fireworks made for personal use. Sadly enough, sometimes the results are disastrous.
Fifth Annual AU LREC Symposium Goes Virtual
June 29, 2020 - The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University is gearing up to host its Fifth Annual Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium (AU LREC) 14-16 October with one change…the event will be VIRTUAL!
Air Force senior leaders direct IG review into racial disparity
June 29, 2020 - On June 2, 2020, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, and Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond directed the Department of the Air Force Inspector General to conduct a review into racial disparity in the Department of the Air Force.
New Interactive Tools in Support USACE’s Recreation Areas
June 26, 2020 - Through the Natural Resources Management (NRM) support team, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Institute for Water Resources (IWR) with the Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Environmental Lab have implemented new interactive Web tools to support USACE’s recreation areas in response to COVID-19 Pandemic.
An Air Force education in human relations
June 26, 2020 - When I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1973, I had the standard prejudices common to the rural, southern Indiana small town in which I was raised. I was racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and white privileged without any conscious thought of the basis for these beliefs.
Navy Delivers Second Round of COVID-19-Related Equipment, Supplies to Italian Partners
June 26, 2020 - As part of an ongoing partnership with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) Humanitarian Assistance Program and the U.S. Mission to Italy, the U.S. Navy provided the second of three donations of medical equipment and supplies to local Italian communities during a ceremony at the local Naples hospital Ospedale del Mare June 25.
No gym needed to improve fitness
June 26, 2020 - Maintaining physical fitness is an individual requirement for every service member. Training the body to be prepared for the rigors of combat takes dedication, motivation, and a fitness training plan that pushes your body to be tougher, faster and develop greater endurance. Traditionally, having access to gyms and company organized physical training helped Soldiers meet these goals by providing weights, cardio equipment, and workout programs.
All Army personnel, veterans asked to be recruiters next week
June 26, 2020 - The Army’s top recruiting officer has requested every person affiliated with the Army, including veterans, to be an active recruiter next week, as part of a three-day virtual hiring event that aims to put 10,000 more recruits in boots. The Army National Hiring Days, which kick off June 30, is an all-Army outreach effort to tap into recruiting pools across the country using virtual engagements.
Total force basic trainees part of Air Force Reserve history
June 26, 2020 - Several hundred Total Force Air Force enlisted basic military trainees assigned to the 433rd Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, are making history as the first class to enter training in the fully operational, all-Reserve military training squadron. The 433rd TRS, one of seven squadrons assigned to the 340th Flying Training Group at JBSA-Randolph, is the only all-Reserve military training instructor squadron in the Air Force.
JBSA to transition to HPCON Charlie
June 26, 2020 - To better posture Joint Base San Antonio and help reduce community spread of COVID-19, the JBSA commander is increasing the Health Protection Condition to Charlie, or HPCON C effective June 26.
The Chapel Corps and Resilience
June 25, 2020 -
From the COVID-19 pandemic to protests spanning across the nation, the year 2020 has been a whirlwind. This can be a stressful time for anyone, and this added stress brings about questions and concerns of “developing resilient Airmen.”
June is men’s health month
June 25, 2020 - June marks the month for men’s health, a time to highlight and recognize the good and bad practices of staying healthy for men by helping to provide awareness of health risks. While most men in the military understand the importance of staying “Fit to Fight,” it is just as important to be reminded of the health risks that come with getting older.
Relief from Cockpit Corrosion
June 25, 2020 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --The F-22 Raptor is known for its air dominance, but without
Protecting the protectors: Reserve Soldier on front lines helps contain COVID-19 spread
June 24, 2020 - She left for her first Army mission without knowledge of her final destination, or when she’d be able to return home to her two dogs, cat and bearded dragon. As she prepared to leave for the mission in early April, Capt. Holly Beard, an Army Reserve entomologist, had only one certainty: she’d be battling against the spread of a deadly virus.
Celebrating Pride Month and Air Force Diversity and Inclusion at Fort Meade
June 24, 2020 - Staff Sgt. Lewis, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, has been selected as the Sixteenth Air Force nominee for the 2020 Air Force Diversity and Inclusion award. Lewis is the co-chair of the National Security Agency (NSA) PRIDE Employee Resource Group and represents the LGBTQ+ community, military and civilian, globally under the NSA. Through his advocacy work, Lewis has been able to travel around the world briefing senior leaders on topics such as Diversity and Inclusion, becoming an ally and removing unaware biases. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Willis)
Pride Month recalls military LGBT champions
June 24, 2020 - During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate our rich diversity and renew our enduring commitment to equality. Integrity and respect are fundamental qualities of our military and civilian culture.
MHS mental health experts shed light on PTSD
June 24, 2020 - Post-traumatic stress disorder can be treated long after the triggering event occurs, three Military Health System mental health subject matter experts said Thursday. But all agree getting help as soon as possible avoids health issues that can occur as a result of living with PTSD. And effective psychotherapy treatments are available now, even if people can't meet with providers face to face because of pandemic restrictions.
Strategy Focuses on Advancing Space Power
June 23, 2020 - The Defense Department released the defense space strategy with a focus on advancing space power to be able to compete, deter and win in a complex security environment.
Air Force awards contract for improved Female Body Armor
June 23, 2020 - The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Female Fitment Program Office awarded a contract to begin production and development for body armor designed to better protect female Airmen during combat and contingency operations.
Changes Coming Soon for Some TRICARE Select Retired Beneficiaries
June 23, 2020 - Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, TRICARE Select Group A retired beneficiaries must pay monthly enrollment fees in order to maintain their TRICARE health coverage. This is a change, and the first time this beneficiary group will pay enrollment fees. Here the key points you need to know.
Marine Corps Activates New Battalion to Fight in Cyberspace
June 23, 2020 - An impactful change to Marine Corps cyberspace and information technology modernization occurred on June 4, 2020, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, with the activation of 1st Network Battalion, which marked the beginning of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network Command and Control modernization implementation plan. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Juliet H. Calvin took command of the Marine Corps’ newest battalion and made history as the first Marine to command a unit of this type, which will ensure a resilient network that enables mission execution in the face of persistent cyber threats...
DOD Official Details COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts
June 22, 2020 - The Defense Department's priority has been to protect the more than 3 million service members, their families and all DOD civilians and contractors, while continuing the national security mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 Cogswell industrial security award program
June 22, 2020 - As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the 56th annual
NCMS Annual Seminar in June, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security
Agency (DCSA) will announce the 2020 James S. Cogswell Outstanding
Industrial Security Achievement Award winners on July 30, 2020, in lieu of
conducting a ceremony. The information on the 2020 awardees will be posted
to the DCSA website and its social media sites. Additionally, DCSA will
publish the award winners in the August Voice of Industry (VOI) newsletter.
After the announcement is made, the awards will be mailed directly to the
recipients, and a DCSA representative will present the awards to the
leadership of each winning facility at a mutually convenient time, either in
person (when travel is deemed safe), or virtually.
DCSA looks forward to announcing the well deserving winners of the Cogswell
award for 2020.
Air Force senior leaders direct IG review into racial disparity
June 22, 2020 - On 2 June 2020, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, and Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond directed the Department of the Air Force Inspector General to conduct a review into racial disparity in the Department of the Air Force.
Futenma Bike Race marks first major sporting event to return during COVID-19
June 22, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all sporting events were put on hold as a precautionary measure. As Okinawa marks more than 50 days COVID-19 free, events are being re-opened to the community. One of the first events to be opened was the Annual Futenma Bike Race hosted by Marine Corps Community Services. “We do this race every year,” said Taryn Miller, an adult sports specialist with MCCS, “but this year we had to put a twist on it...”
Air Force provider burnout - pouring from an empty cup
June 22, 2020 - Air Force medics are on the front lines against COVID-19, and maintaining their mental well-being is critical to keeping them in the fight. One of the biggest risks for providers is burnout, or compassion fatigue.
Issues with the Integration of Space and Terrestrial Military Operations
June 22, 2020 - When was the last time the air war was in doubt for the United States? Maybe in the early days of World War II, almost 80 years ago. Since then we have produced many generations of military leaders who are far too accustomed to winning wars and doing things the good old way. Space is too new a conflict environment for lazy thinking about how to conduct decisive warfare.
USFK Service Member Confirmed with COVID-19
June 22, 2020 - A newly assigned USFK service member tested positive for COVID-19 upon his arrival to South Korea from the United States on U.S. government chartered flight.
CDC, School Age programs open for limited care in Phase 2A
June 19, 2020 - The Hanscom Child Development Center and School Age programs are opening under restricted guidelines during Phase 2A of a phased return to full capacity.
Beginning June 22, limited care will be provided for currently-enrolled families who have been identified and verified through the installation crisis action team and signed off by the member’s chain of command.
DOD's Chief Data Officer Aims to Deliver Data Reform
June 19, 2020 - The Defense Department is reforming how data is used and collected — particularly important in joint, all-domain operations, which involve coordinated communications and employment of military assets at sea, in the air, on the ground, and in space and cyberspace.
BAMC lab techs: The hidden workers crucial to success
June 19, 2020 - The lab techs at Brooke Army Medical Center are unsung heroes. They aren’t on the frontline swabbing patients and they aren’t caring for patients face to face. They have been working diligently in recent months, aiding the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Army aims to hire 10,000 new Soldiers during three-day event
June 18, 2020 - The U.S. Army is kicking off its first nationwide virtual hiring campaign June 30-July 2 with a goal of recruiting 10,000 new Soldiers to serve in 150 different occupations. Army National Hiring Days is an all-Army effort to inspire individuals across the nation to “Join Us.”
NDI: nothing slips through the cracks
June 18, 2020 - No matter how well we maintain our equipment, wear and tear and metal fatigue can occur without visible signs.
Responsible for employing noninvasive methods to inspect the insides of metal objects, nondestructive inspection specialists identify possible defects in systems and equipment before anything can become a dangerous problem.
Call to Action: Reserve Leadership Want Your Ideas
June 18, 2020 - As many Reserve Sailors have experienced new operating procedures and unique opportunities in support of the COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts, Navy Reserve leadership wants all Reserve Sailors to identify and submit Reserve policy and operational improvement to the Ready to Win (R2W) Idea Portal.
Navy Donates Equipment, Supplies to Aid Italian Recovery
June 18, 2020 - In coordination with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) Humanitarian Assistance Program and the U.S. Mission to Italy, the U.S. Navy provided the first of three donations of medical equipment and supplies to local Italian communities. A new ultrasound machine was donated to the City of Gaeta adding a new lifesaving capability to combat the coronavirus, as well as assist in numerous other medical procedures.
NSA Bahrain Cuts Ribbon on new USACE Built Medical Facility
June 17, 2020 - The Naval Medical Readiness and Training Unit (NMRTU) Bahrain held a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the successful completion of the USACE-built multi-faceted medical clinic on June 16. The ceremony was led by Navy Capt. Greg Smith, the commander of the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain.
Marines, wrestling coaches partner to build wrestling community
June 17, 2020 - The National Wrestling Coaches Association hosted an online webinar featuring Marines and wrestling influencers who are leaders in their organizations, June 10, 2020. The webinar, titled “Marines and Wrestling: Developing the Next Great American Generation,” was part of NWCA’s scholastic wrestling webinar series sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. The series is designed for ongoing coaching development and to inform coaches and influencers of opportunities to involve Marines in their programs...
ERDC’s patented tool designed to save millions, speed acquisitions
June 17, 2020 - A trio of researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory (EL) created a unique tool that can be used by acquisition representatives and material developers to decrease acquisition costs and increase the likelihood of materials moving quickly through the acquisition process.
Childhood tumor leads hockey player to health care career, the Army and COVID-19 battle
June 17, 2020 - He had taken hits on the ice before. But not like this. During a hockey game in 2001, an opponent knocked 13-year-old Jimmy Ennis to the floor and swiped him briskly on the chin. The incident led to the discovery of a brain tumor, and his treatment inspired his future work in health care, which now includes serving as part of an Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force in response to COVID-19.
Army embraces diversity and inclusion during Pride Month
June 17, 2020 - June is designated as LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the members of the LGBT community who are part of the legacy of our nation and our Army, and to recognize the contributions that the LGBT community has made to the defense of our country.
2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
June 16, 2020 - 2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the water system to provide safe drinking water.
Commentary: Transforming the Civilian Defender Program
June 16, 2020 - U.S. Air Force leadership declared 2020 as the Year of Integrated Base Defense, or IBD, focusing on how every Air and Space Professional fits into a layered defensive network. IBD is greater in scope than any single career field. It requires active participation between all Air Force Specialty Codes and ranks to operate as a cohesive fighting force.
Black Hawk, blackout and a dunk tank: 2 Army Reserve Soldiers complete flight nurse training
June 16, 2020 - It’s hard to get a Soldier into flight nurse training in any given year, especially hard if you’re in the Army Reserve. The U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine (USASAM), Fort Rucker, Ala., is the Army’s center for training flight surgeons, aeromedical physician assistants, flight medics, flight nurses, and aeromedical evacuation officers, out of Fort Rucker, Alabama. The flight nurse course is offered four times a year, but generally only one slot is available for an Army Reserve Soldier to attend.
Becks both receive awards before departing the Transatlantic Division
June 16, 2020 - Transatlantic Division Commander Col. (P) Chris Beck and his wife Sally were both presented with awards prior to their departure from the Division during a ceremony June 16, 2020, at TAD’s Headquarters in Winchester, Virginia, held just prior a formal ceremony where Beck relinquished command of TAD.
Pharmacy Services Closure
June 16, 2020 - To allow the Army Public Health and Environment Care Team the opportunity to sanitize our pharmacy, Rader Pharmacy operations will be closed until Friday, June 19. All prescription and refill medications can be picked up at any of other MDW/NCR DOD pharmacy locations.
Please note that if a non-DOD pharmacy is used during the closure, a co-pay may be assessed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
'Aim High' App Informs, Engages Recruits
June 16, 2020 - The Air Force Recruiting Service launched the "Aim High" mobile phone application to help communicate, inform and inspire new recruits and guide them into the right career path.
Warzone Tournament Offers Chance to Drop-In With U.S. Marine Corps
June 16, 2020 - Gamers familiar with the popular battle royale Call of Duty: Warzone have a new ally in the fight – the United States Marines. On Friday, June 26, the U.S. Marine Corps, in association with Esports Stadium Arlington, presents “Reload Drops In With the U.S. Marine Corps." For the first time in the running tournament series hosted by ESA, participants will compete for the chance to play alongside active duty Marines...
New Marine Crisis Response Force Takes the Reins
June 15, 2020 -
U.S. Marines and Sailors participated in a socially distanced transfer of authority yesterday, marking the passing of the torch from the outgoing Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa to the new contingent.
DoD identifies commercial decontaminant for field use against COVID-19
June 15, 2020 - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD – A chemical and biological decontamination solution improved through testing and evaluation by the Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Chemical Biological Center has been identified by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as an effective COVID-19 disinfectant.
Keeping it clean
June 15, 2020 - Maintenance members from the 403rd Maintenance Squadron engine shop complete an Engine Compressor Wash of a C-130J Super Hercules.
Tigers redeploy amidst COVID-19
June 15, 2020 - Airmen assigned to the 79th Fighter Squadron and the 79th Fighter Generation Squadron, also known as the “Tigers”, as well as other Team Shaw units, redeployed from U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, late May to early June.
My DCMA: Harriet Miller, management and program analyst
June 15, 2020 - My DCMA showcases the agency’s experienced and diverse workforce. In recognition of the agency’s 20th anniversary that started March 27, throughout the year employees will discuss their future goals for the organization and themselves.
F-15C ICTs make a comeback
June 15, 2020 - While F-15C Eagles fly high securing U.S. CENTCOM’s skies, U.S. Air Force maintainers and crew chiefs from the 44th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron await the airframe’s arrival on the flight line below, anticipating the workload to come. After their touch down, the F-15s taxi to their respective area where the crews, with tools in hand, prepare to begin maintenance. They immediately get to work loading the aircraft with armaments, checking fuel levels and refueling the aircraft in order to get the jet back in the skies as quickly as possible while the engines are still running. Once all processes are complete, the F-15s are ready to take off and fly another sortie.
Trump Honors Graduating West Point Cadets
June 13, 2020 - President Donald J. Trump gave the commencement address for the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2020 at West Point, New York, telling them they are the embodiment of duty, honor and country.
June 12, 2020 the first Women Veterans Day in Ohio
June 12, 2020 - June 12, 2020 is the first time Ohio honors it women veterans. On Dec. 13, 2019 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 77 into law designating June 12 as Woman Veterans Day, honoring women who have served in the military.
Military, civilian collaboration vital to establishing 5G at JBSA
June 12, 2020 - An announcement was made by the Department of Defense June 3 that will bring enormous advantages, as well as responsibilities, to San Antonio and the region. Joint Base San Antonio is one of 12 select installations where the department will experiment and test fifth-generation, or 5G, communications technology.
AF Week in Photos
June 12, 2020 - This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
Energy Project Powers Base Resiliency
June 12, 2020 - The Air Force completed the construction of a $42 million green energy project to improve efficiency and resiliency at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Soldier Assists New Yorkers Through 3 Disasters
June 12, 2020 - Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Maloney has helped New Yorkers recover from disasters starting with the cleanup in the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Sandy and now COVID-19.
EFMP support doesn’t skip a beat despite social distancing measures
June 12, 2020 - The novel coronavirus pandemic forced the modification of three Exceptional Family Member Program workshops at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph early this year, but the virus has not stopped the delivery of services for the Department of Defense program that supports military families with special medical and educational needs.
Korean Officer Contributes to U.S. Mission
June 12, 2020 - Seven months ago, Republic of Korea Army Maj. Jihye Paek, United States Transportation Command Korean liaison officer, arrived at Scott Air Force Base accompanied by her husband, Deukhwan Kim, and their three children: Junhong, Junwon and Junseon Kim.
Airmen use innovation to help during COVID-19
June 12, 2020 - Two U.S. Air Force 1st Fighter Wing Airmen use the 1st FW innovation lab to help wing personnel continue the mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lab provides resources to research and create masks that could then be distributed to personnel to help fight the spread of the virus.
Civil Works Research Area Review Groups go virtual during COVID-19 pandemic
June 12, 2020 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently overcame the hurdle of conducting its annual Environmental, Navigation and Flood Risk Management Research Area Review Groups (RARGs) virtually due to physical distancing considerations related to COVID-19.
The RARG meetings, typically held over the course of a few days in April, are the cornerstones of the present USACE civil works research and development (R&D) process, facilitating review and ranking of research needs submitted by districts, divisions, centers of expertise and researchers across the organization. During typical in-person RARGs, the meetings also facilitate team-building, technology transfer and hands-on learning about facilities, emerging products and methods.
Virtual New Employee Orientation Session
June 12, 2020 - It was the first day of the New Employee Orientation and a new adventure for both the employees and the orientation presenters. The Coronavirus Pandemic challenged the People and Culture Office to continue providing new employees the same experience as they would at the in-house sessions. The first, and probably not last, Virtual New NEO was held May 20 and 21, 2020.
Daily Update: 12 June 2020
June 12, 2020 - For 12 June, Tinker AFB remains in HPCON Bravo due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reminder, TODAY,
Agency employees make every day a Flag Day
June 12, 2020 - Many Americans will continue a 104-year-old tradition June 14 when they celebrate Flag Day to show respect for the Star Spangled Banner, something Defense Logistics Agency employees do year round.
Perspectives for a China Strategy
June 11, 2020 - When the Munich Security Conference met in February 2020, China was the most frequently mentioned country, while there was an exaggerated mood of Western decline. Yet as the recent COVID-19 pandemic has shown, China has both strengths and weaknesses. Its initial censorship, suppression of feedback and curtailment of international information allowed the pandemic to develop and fester. Draconian quarantine of Wuhan curtailed its spread somewhat; followed by a government propaganda campaign to attract others to the theme that China’s behavior had been benign. When the pandemic eventually subsides, however, China will be faced with the political and economic costs resulting from the exposure of both a failed public health system and an overly rigid party control system.
Army to go virtual with its annual birthday events
June 11, 2020 - As much of the Army remains under pandemic safety restrictions, the service will turn to the virtual realm this week to pay tribute to the 245th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Army, June 14, 1775.
Md. nurse practitioner served first mobilization on the front lines of military COVID-19 response
June 11, 2020 - “My passion is giving patients hope and helping them to recover from their illness,” stated Capt. Chimdinma Deborah Ojini. “I am glad to answer the nation’s call to help the American public, even with the few hours of notice.” A nurse practitioner serving on the front lines of the national COVID-19 response as a member of an Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force, Ojini marked her one-year commissioning anniversary of when she first became an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Army historians document actionable history during COVID-19 operations
June 11, 2020 - In 245 years, the U.S. Army has fought wars and conducted stability and support operations overseas and on home soil, often while fighting deadly diseases at the same time. Continental soldiers faced smallpox outbreaks during the Revolutionary War; their descendants had to contend with a massive influenza pandemic during World War I. Now, as U.S. forces continue to carry out their various missions worldwide, U.S. Army historians are documenting stories from the front line of the COVID-19 battle across the United States, in an effort to preserve the lessons of current events for future generations.
Top Government Officials Brief Reporters
June 11, 2020 - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, Attorney General William P. Barr and National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien conducted a news briefing at the State Department.
U.S., coalition continue to work together to defeat ISIS
June 11, 2020 - The Coalition Intelligence Fusion Cell provided intelligence support that enabled a coalition airstrike against the Islamic State on May 10, 2020. The airstrike was executed by a French Dassault Rafale fighter jet partnered with U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The strike targeted an Islamic State bed down location in Kirkuk Province, Iraq.
Army Public Health Center expert offers healthy housing tips
June 10, 2020 - Although COVID-19 concerns have temporarily halted many but the most essential military moves, now is a good time to think about how to keep your current or future residence healthy and minimize housing hazard risks like lead or mold exposure.
Daily Update: 10 June 2020
June 10, 2020 - For 10 June, Tinker AFB remains in HPCON Bravo due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest COVID-19
Training the next generation of warfighter supporters goes virtual during pandemic
June 10, 2020 - When Defense Logistics Agency Pathways to Career Excellence Class 39 kicked off March 16, 20-year Army veteran Daryl Johnson was among the 30 members embarking on the two-year journey.
The DLA Pathways to Career Excellence Program trains entry-level employees for advancement in supply, technical quality, procurement and finance fields through on-the-job work assignments, cross-training, rotational assignments and formal instruction. Johnson and his classmates were still in-processing into DLA when the agency launched a maximum telework policy March 23 due to COVID-19.
Podcast E18: 21st Century Navy Facing the Future
June 10, 2020 - In the 17th episode of “On the Horizon: Navigating the European and African Theaters,” Mr. Jim “Hondo” Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisitions, joined Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA) to discuss present and future technologies that will help the Navy face any adversary or challenge.
Embedded mental health essential during pandemic (Part 2)
June 9, 2020 - Air Force mental health teams embedded in operational squadrons are helping Airmen deal with stress created by the COVID-19 pandemic to sustain essential operations during the crisis.
Embedded mental health took on an increased role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Airmen working in critical roles have added stress, while the pandemic limits traditional methods of mental health support.
“Cyber 9-Line” improves cybersecurity and enables election integrity
June 9, 2020 - The “Cyber 9-Line” is a template of questions that participating National Guard units use to quickly communicate a cyber incident to USCYBERCOM. The data provided enables USCYBERCOM's Cyber National Mission Force to further diagnose a foreign attack and provide timely, unclassified feedback back to the unit, who shares with state and county governments to address the cyber incident. This process is a key aspect of how USCYBERCOM helps strengthen America’s cybersecurity, and enable election integrity.
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, US Marines deploy to Norway, successfully integrate with Norwegian allies
June 9, 2020 - Whether in the face of the enemy or a deadly global pandemic, the U.S. Marine Corps not only stays ahead of the curve but also flattens it. World War I destroyed numerous lives across the globe during the 1910 era but only claimed second place for deadliest disturbance. The 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic killed millions more, taking with it military personnel who intermingled with other countries without proper health protocol. A century later, the Marine Corps learned from the past, and the Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, successfully deployed to Norway in May 2020 as Marine Rotational Force-Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, which focuses...
Direct-Access Update - Isolation Leave
June 9, 2020 - We added a new leave type, "Isolation Leave" to DA. Leave type is available under "delay enroute" in PCS orders and also as a "non-chargeable absence". If a member has CG SMR running and goes on "Isolation Leave", DA will automatically credit back the meal charges to the member. Members that will continue to have meals provided by the government should not be put on "Isolation Leave". Both PCS and Non-Chargeable Leave procedural guides have been updated.
Protecting the Force
June 9, 2020 - The Utah National Guard’s Mobile Testing Team administered nasopharyngeal swabs, testing Soldiers
Safety Around Venomous Snakes Of Texas
June 8, 2020 - According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife there are 15 dangerous species or subspecies of snakes in Texas. Here are some of the more common venomous snakes and how to stay safe in your home and in nature.
Training for Future Officers Goes Virtual
June 8, 2020 - ROTC cadets from Virginia Tech and the University of Colorado-Boulder virtually participated in a training exercise with U.S. Space Command to get a peek at what it's like working as space operators.
Exceptional Family Member Program parents have new online tool
June 8, 2020 - The Office of Special Needs, part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, has launched an online tool specifically designed for military Families in the Exceptional Family Member Program.
Exceptional Family members are military Family members diagnosed with special educational or medical needs, explained Karen M. Terry, a program analyst with the Office of Special Needs.
AFMC digital campaign aims to modernize, streamline life cycle process
June 8, 2020 - The goal of the campaign is to leverage modern digital capabilities to decrease the time it takes to move a weapon system from a concept into the hands of a warfighter, while providing the ability to adapt capabilities at speed to meet the requirements of today’s dynamic warfighting domain.
COVID-19: China’s Chernobyl, China’s Berlin Airlift, or Neither?
June 8, 2020 - Contemporary history shows a pattern of crises such as wars or pandemics leading to a shift in global power politics and realignment of power centers. Crises result in opportunities for countries to climb or fall on the global power scale. Will the current COVID-19 crisis be Beijing's Chernobyl, Berlin Airlift, or neither?
Space Legal Operations
June 8, 2020 - The purpose of this article is to propose that the US Space Force create a new Space Force Specialty Code (SFSC): Space Legal Operations. To explain this proposal, (1) China’s “three-front” war will be described to illustrate the need for such an operator; (2) the challenges and requirements of the space domain will be described that the proposed SFSC would address; and (3) the article will give some details on the structure of the proposed specialty.
So Just What Is a Killer Robot?: Detailing the Ongoing Debate around Defining Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems
June 8, 2020 - This article will compare competing definitions of what ought to be considered a lethal autonomous weapon system (LAWS), presenting these definitions for consideration of their merits and differences. Whether a given definition would be considered “prominent” in this respect is largely dependent on the extent to which it was cited in the scholarly literature. It would also depend on whether the definition was referred to in the official statements issued after each meeting of the Group of Governmental Experts on LAWSs, and the extent of the author’s broader contribution to military diffusion studies or Autonomous Weapon Systems (AWS) research. This article will draw together elements of competing definitions from scholars, including Ariel Conn, Chris Jenks, and Michael C. Horowitz.
Despite COVID19, students’ thirst for learning continues
June 7, 2020 - For the very first time in a complete digital e-learning platform, students from kindergarten through 4th grades of Humphreys Central Elementary School (HCES) posted and shared videos of their experiments and exchanged live questions and answers with members of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Far East District (FED) and 11th Engineer Battalion on their various Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities, May 29.
Is this heaven?
June 5, 2020 - A U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon from the District of Columbia Air National Guard has been painted with Major League Baseball’s 2019 World Series Champion, Washington Nationals logo painted as the tail flash.
Westover medical personnel return from COVID-19 front line
June 5, 2020 - As the coronavirus pandemic swept through the United States in March, more than 10 Westover Airmen were activated in response to the Air Force Reserve Command’s call to mobilize doctors, nurses and medical technicians in support of the fight against COVID-19.