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USAF Band of the West set to celebrate the Fourth of July with city of San Antonio during TV event
The United States Air Force Band of the West is scheduled to celebrate America’s birthday with the city of San Antonio by performing musical sets during a one-hour television broadcast event July 4, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. CST.
July 2, 2020 - The United States Air Force Band of the West is scheduled to celebrate America’s birthday with the city of San Antonio by performing musical sets during a one-hour television broadcast event.

NY National Guard Soldier's WWI story told in digital comic
Sgt. Henry Johnson, a New York National Guard Soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during World War I, attacks a German Soldier in these panels from a digital graphic novel about Johnson released by the Association of the United States Army. Johnson, a railroad porter in Albany, N.Y., was a member of the New York National Guard's 369th Infantry.
July 2, 2020 - LATHAM, N.Y. – Sgt. Henry Johnson, the Albany resident whose World War I service in the New York

Rescue mission nothing new for Hawaii National Guard
Hawaii Air National Guard Airmen load equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster III, May 26, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to be able to quickly respond to astronaut rescue in the Pacific region in support of the launch of two American astronauts from Kennedy Space Center in Florida May 30. The rocket launch was part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program with SpaceX and Boeing.
July 2, 2020 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – The historic launch of two American astronauts from the

Drone use highly regulated on, near military installations
Muir Army Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., is home to both the main element of the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade and the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, making it one of the busiest heliports in the country.
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.

DLA Distribution bids farewell to EEO director, presents award
Yvette Harris distinguished herself with meritorious achievement while serving as the EEO director, DLA Distribution, from June 2012 through June 2020. She led the DLA Distribution EEO effort with equal parts compassion and uncompromised integrity, receiving the Meritorious Civilian Service Award June 19 for her contributions to the agency.
July 2, 2020 - Former DLA Distribution EEO director awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Mental Health clinic adapts to 52nd FW needs during COVID-19
U.S. Air Force Major Jason Mitchell, 52nd Medical Operations Squadron mental health flight commander and psychologist, left, and Major Cara Grausam, 52nd MDOS mental health element chief and clinical social worker, demonstrate physical distancing and other COVID-19 precautions they are taking during meetings at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the 52nd MDOS is currently innovating new ways to provide care to the members of the 52nd Fighter Wing, one manner in which they are doing so is through telemedicine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle Cope)
July 2, 2020 - The 52nd Medical Operations Squadron Mental Health flight here has adopted new procedures to allow its professionals to continue to provide care during COVID-19 while ensuring safety for both the provider and patient.

TIDBITS FROM YOUR PFC - #15
$50 bill as unassembled puzzle on wooden table
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.

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20 OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PHOTOS FROM JUNE 2020
A U.S. Marine programs radios for communication across the training area for Raid 1 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, June 4.
July 1, 2020 - From Marines in the ranges of Japan to those in the waters of Hawaii, these are 20 of the most influential photos from around the Marine Corps during the month of June...

Send thieves clear message, secure personal property
Each summer, Security Forces at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston and JBSA-Camp Bullis see a dramatic increase in thefts involving unsecured personal property. In some cases, a victim’s property was left unattended and in plain view inside a vehicle, outside their home, at the gym, or even in the workplace. In other cases, the victim’s vehicle was in the driveway of their home, unlocked or with the windows rolled down, making it even easier for a thief to steal their property.
July 1, 2020 - Each summer, Security Forces at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston and JBSA-Camp Bullis see a dramatic increase in thefts involving unsecured personal property.

Arizona National Guard builds on Navajo military legacy
Spc. Paige Curtiss, 253rd Engineer Battalion, food service specialist, speaks to a COVID-19 patient at an alternate care facility on the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Ariz., June 2, 2020. Arizona National Guard service members are assisting the Public Heath Service while they care for COVID-19 patients by providing security and other non-medical tasks.
July 1, 2020 - CHINLE, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation has a distinct history of honorable service in the U.S. Armed

Minnesota ANG transports aid to Honduras through Denton Program
Tech. Sgt. Heather Boutin and Senior Airman Megan Lenling, 133rd Airlift Wing’s Air Transportation Function air transportation specialists, direct and load medical supplies onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a Denton Humanitarian Assistance Program mission, June 13, 2020, at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Joint Air Reserve Station, Minn. The cargo was destined for people with disabilities in Danli, Honduras. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Bristol L. Evasco)
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
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Carley Dolan, 103rd Medical Group aerospace medical technician, tests a 103rd Airlift Wing Airman for COVID-19 at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Connecticut, June 19, 2020. The 103rd Medical Group worked in partnership with the Connecticut National Guard 14th Civil Support Team, New York National Guard 24th Civil Support Team, and Connecticut Department of Public Health to provide COVID-19 testing to Connecticut Air National Guard personnel. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker)
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.

History in Two: Early Beginnings to Privatized Housing
Quonset huts built during the Lanham Act for military housing. (Air Force Historical Photo)
June 30, 2020 - Prior to the Military Housing Privatization Initiative that took place in Fiscal Year 1996, several

Recruiters Push More Into Digital Realm
Visitors play video games inside a semitrailer belonging to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command's esports team during the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C, Oct. 14, 2019.
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.

LTG Charles D. Luckey retiring after over 43 years of service
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, engages with Soldiers of the U.S. Army Reserve’s Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force units at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, as the UAMTFs prepare to deploy to locations across the nation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic April 8, 2020. Soldiers from the Army Reserve’s 3rd Medical Command, headquartered in Forest Park, Georgia, and 807th Medical Command, headquartered at Fort Douglas, Utah, were selected to form the new UAMTFs. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris)
June 30, 2020 - Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command, will retire this summer from the Army after over 43 years of service to the nation.

Air Force stands up new division to enhance customer service for EFMP families
The Department of the Air Force stood up a new division at the Air Force’s Personnel Center to integrate three Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, components -- medical, family support and assignments. The new Exceptional Assignment Program division will provide Airmen and their families with a singular point of contact to be more responsive and expedite their requests.
June 30, 2020 - The Department of the Air Force stood up a new division at the Air Force’s Personnel Center to integrate three Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, components -- medical, family support and assignments.

U.S. Army Medical Service Corps: supporting the Army since 1917
The U.S. Army Medical Service Corps was formally established in 1947, however corps officers celebrate the anniversary of their corps on June 30, 1917. The Medical Service Corps began during the American Revolution and today, includes officers in a wide variety of administrative and scientific specialties.
June 30, 2020 - The U.S. Army Medical Service Corps was formally established in 1947, however corps officers celebrate the anniversary of their corps on June 30, 1917.

MCLB Commanding Officer reflects on three decades of service
For a young man who grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and enlisted in the Marine Corps, he never imagined his path would end 33 years later as the commanding officer of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.
June 30, 2020 - For a young man who grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and enlisted in the Marine Corps, he never imagined his

Mail operations during COVID-19
Soldiers with Task Force Spartan work to keep mail operations open while deployed overseas in Kuwait. During Covid-19 with little for soldiers to look forward to mail helps to keep moral up. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Andrew Winchell)
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
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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
Gen. James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, passes the flag to the U.S. Army Surgeon General and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command, Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, in an assumption of command ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston June 24.
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.

Navy Unveils COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program
Navy Seaman Makayla L. Hale, left, performs a nasal swab on Chief Petty Officer Marsha A. Murray as part of a COVID-19 test in Norfolk, Va., June 2, 2020.
June 29, 2020 - The Navy's Sentinel Surveillance Testing aims to detect asymptomatic COVID-positive individuals and help mitigate any potential second wave or resurgence of the disease early.

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
The Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for families of service members receiving serious and emergency medical care at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif.
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
Tech. Sgt. Brandon Ibanez, a cyber intelligence analyst with the 854th Combat Operations Squadron, stands in uniform for a photo outside his home in Chicago, Illinois, June 15, 2020. As a Gladiator in the 960th Cyberspace Wing, it’s not a requirement to don the traditional uniform of ancient Roman fighters, and it would be impractical because the enemy in cyberspace doesn’t attack using guns or spears. (Courtesy photo by Anna Czekaj)
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
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.

Minority Serving Institution Scholarships to be upgraded to further Air, Space Force diversity efforts
June 29, 2020 - The Type 1 scholarship covers full tuition and fees with no monetary cap. The other scholarship opportunities include Type 2 scholarships which provide a student up to $18,000 per year, and the Type 7 scholarships which offer full tuition and fees, capped at the in-state tuition rate.

How to stay safe when using consumer fireworks
In preparation of the upcoming July Fourth holiday, the Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Richmond’s Fire Prevention Office is offering tips to help you celebrate the day safely. (Graphics by Staff Sgt. Lauren OConnor)
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
Hindsight 20/20
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
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.
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.

'Project Inclusion' to cut Army board photos in effort to promote diversity
Sherry Gaither, a pastor at Stronghold Christian Church in Lithonia, Georgia, promotes Georgia Army National Guardsman Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joselyn N. White, human resources officer, Joint Force Headquarters-Georgia during a promotion ceremony in February 2019 at the Clay National Guard Center, Marietta, Georgia. Army leaders announced Thursday that photos will be removed from all promotion boards beginning in August.
June 29, 2020 - Starting in August, photos will be eliminated from promotion and selection boards as the Army launches “Project Inclusion” to identify practices that inadvertently discriminate, senior leaders announced July 25.

New Interactive Tools in Support USACE’s Recreation Areas
Screenshot of USACE Recreation Areas Operations Dashboard
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.

Telemedicine offers AFGSC bases effective way to treat patients during COVID-19 pandemic
Advancements in telehealth services have made it easier and more convenient for patients to access the healthcare services they need. The Air Force Medical Service has used advancements in telehealth to offer patients a wide variety of services such as secured messaging with their healthcare team, and virtual appointments with specialists that can be accessed from anywhere. (U.S. Air Force graphic)
June 26, 2020 - Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Force Global Strike Command has continually sought new and

JBSA-Lackland NCOA opens PME course in virtual classrooms
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kristen Peck, Robert D. Gaylor Non-Commissioned Officer Academy student instructor, engages with her students during a virtual class June 23 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
June 26, 2020 - The Robert D. Gaylor Non-Commissioned Officer Academy program at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland was put on hold in March due to COVID-19.

Army leaders highlight career benefits for nationwide hiring event
Maj. Gen. Gary Brito, MCoE, Fort Benning and Lt. Gen. Leslie Smith, the U.S. Army Inspector General, joined leaders from U.S. Army Cadet Command, the Atlanta Army Recruiting Battalion, and the 2nd Army Medical Recruiting Battalion for a virtual discussion about the wide range of opportunities available during the three-day hiring blitz June 30-July 2.
June 26, 2020 - U.S. Army leaders are joining together across the nation to generate support for the first-ever Army National Hiring Days in an effort to inspire 10,000 people to join the Army team.

An Air Force education in human relations
Retired Senior Master Sgt. Steven W. Heuring, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs graphic artist, poses for a photo June 25, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. After 26 years of active duty and another 20 years of Air Force civil service, Heuring talks about his experience of a fundamental transformation in his thinking and attitudes towards his fellow human beings, his fellow Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy)
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
Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, stands alongside Campania Region President Vincenzo De Luca and U.S. Consul General Mary Avery during a press event at Ospedale del Mare to present the second of three U.S. Navy donations of medical equipment and supplies to local Italian communities, June 25, 2020. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, is partnering with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) Humanitarian Assistance Program and the US Mission in Italy to provide critical medical equipment and supplies to local hospitals in Naples, Gaeta, and Sicily to replenish stocks depleted after heavy demand during the COVID pandemic.
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.

Safety precautions in place as Louisville District reopens rec sites
June 26, 2020 - As many of the Louisville District’s recreational areas, such as campgrounds and beaches, continue

No gym needed to improve fitness
U.S. Army Reserve Master Sgt. Susan Benavidez, an operations non-commissioned officer with the 211th Regional Support Group and Hood Mobilization Brigade, shows off her social distancing shirt during a workout session on March 25, 2020 at Fort Hood stadium. Soldiers with the Hood Mob Brigade practiced social distancing during their fitness sessions. 



U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jasmine Edden
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
U.S. Army Recruiting Command plans to soon launch Army National Hiring Days, a major hiring event from June 30 to July 2, 2020, that aims to place 10,000 more recruits in boots.
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
Air Force enlisted basic trainees just arriving at the 433rd Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, await instructions from the military training instructors. The 433rd TRS, the only all Reserve military training instructor squadron in the Air Force, fully activated as a basic military training squadron in May, and accepted responsibility for training and educating a full complement of basic trainees, who will graduate in mid-July.  The 433rd TRS is assigned to the 340th Flying Training Group at JBSA-Randolph, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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
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. Starting June 26, JBSA will only be open to mission critical personnel – only military members, civilian employees, and other Department of Defense-affiliated personnel, such as retirees, dependents, and contractors, who are conducting official business or have appointments at a military medical treatment facility or a mission support facility will be allowed on the installation.
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.

U.S Marine sergeant makes history
June 25, 2020 - A U.S. Marine made history recently when she became the first ever female to graduate the Scout Swimmer Course.

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.”

COVID-19 Medical Group update: hospital procedures, pharmacy, etc.
Medical group graphic
June 25, 2020 - Hospital entry, mask policy, satellite pharmacy traffic pattern,prescription home delivery and mental health hotline.

June is men’s health month
AFMS Homepage Mens Health Jun 2016 (AF Graphic)
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
A F-22 Falcon tactical aircraft sits on the flightline on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Apr. 21, 2020. The F-22 has been around since 2005, helping maintain air dominance through impressive stealth, agility, and tactical aptitude.
June 25, 2020 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --The F-22 Raptor is known for its air dominance, but without

Finding Family History through Service
In this file photo, F-80 flies over Korea during the Korean War
June 25, 2020 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Every Airman has a different experience during their tour in the

Soldier readiness relies on regional support centers worldwide
Production Control Logistician Craig Priest conducts an authorized stockage list (ASL) inventory at Tobyhanna Army Depot’s Regional Support Center in Germany. The ASL cultivates equipment readiness by ensuring that high-demand repair parts are stocked. (Photo by Jose Marrero)
June 25, 2020 - Author’s note: This article is the second in a four-part series on Tobyhanna Army Depot’s forward support missions. TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pennsylvania – One big happy family is how a depot employee describes his work environment.

Colorado National Guard grows expertise in extreme weather
U.S. Army Sgt. Meghan Schiavo, 3650th Support Maintenance Co., Air Force Staff Sgt. Force Lavette Atkins, 140th Medical Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Spc. Jennifer Sweitzer, 928th Ft. Carson, don personal protective equipment at a long-term care facility in Adams County, Colo., April 21, 2020. Nearly 70 Colorado National Guard members from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) tested 300 patients and staff members.
June 25, 2020 - CENTENNIAL, Colo. – In February, members of the Colorado National Guard’s Chemical, Biological,

MEDCoE provides helps to New York, New Jersey medical facilities in response to COVID-19
U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston service members (from left) Maj. Shubhra Jones, Col. Carol Anderson and Capt. Alyssa Schlegel, served as medical operations planners and liaisons from March to May in helping to provide and integrate Department of Defense personnel supporting medical facilities and hospitals in New Jersey and New York in response to COVID-19.
June 25, 2020 - During the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston provided resources, expertise and assistance to medical facilities in New York and New Jersey overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.

Total Force Airmen: Supporting the DoD – in and out of uniform
Mr. Tim Cambridge, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System as the network operations manager, checks cables to ensure network connectivity, March 3, 2020 at AFMES, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. As the network operations manager, Cambridge is responsible for the local network infrastructure, ensuring network connectivity locally for all end user devices such as file and print servers, desktop computers, laptops, printers and network-enabled scanning devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)
June 25, 2020 - Deployments, temporary duty assignments and permanent change of station are just some of the challenges service members face.

Historic Fort Sam Houston Theatre marks 85th anniversary
The Fort Sam Houston Theatre, the U.S. Army’s oldest theatre, is located on Stanley Road at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. The historical building marked its 85th anniversary June 30.
June 24, 2020 - The U.S. Army’s oldest theatre, the Fort Sam Houston Theatre on Stanley Road at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, marked its 85th anniversary June 30.

Protecting the protectors: Reserve Soldier on front lines helps contain COVID-19 spread
Capt. Holly Beard (center) was a competitive cyclist at the University of Florida before commissioning into the Army Reserve. Beard deployed to Newark, New Jersey to support overtasked healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients. (Courtesy Photo)
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.

JBSA Martin Hall conference room to be renamed in honor of first female USAF pilots; watch live June 29
Air Education and Training Command officials will rename the Martin Hall conference room during a virtual ceremony here June 29, 2020 at 9 a.m. CST.
June 24, 2020 - Air Education and Training Command officials will rename the Martin Hall conference room during a virtual ceremony here June 29, 2020 at 10 a.m. CST.

Fast, easy-to-prepare meals are vital part of DLA Troop Support’s COVID-19 response
Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) move meals, ready to eat (MREs) for Sailors who have tested negative for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic at local hotels in an effort to implement social distancing and stop the spread of COVID-19. Providing easy-to-prepare meals and rations has been a major part of the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support’s COVID-19 response as dining facilities closed, troops were quarantined and military units rushed to restock shelves during the worldwide pandemic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julio Rivera/Released)
June 24, 2020 - Quickly providing easy-to-prepare meals has been a major part of Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support’s response to COVID-19.

Celebrating Pride Month and Air Force Diversity and Inclusion at Fort Meade
70th ISRW
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)

Taking care of home base: 165th AW takes preventative actions to protect the welfare of its force
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Garrett Cummings a COVID-19 infection control team volunteer disinfects frequently used areas on the installation at the 117th Air Control Squadron at Hunter Army Airfield June 16, 2020.  The base infection control teams minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 for unit members by disinfecting common areas and workplaces as a precautionary measure. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jamila Haven)
June 24, 2020 - SAVANNAH, Ga. -- While teleworking is still an option for some jobs, the 165th Airlift Wing has

Pride Month recalls military LGBT champions
The Department of Defense recognizes the contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender servicemembers each June and reaffirms its commitment to equality, integrity and respect.
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.

Department of the Air Force Inspector General, Independent Racial Disparity Review
U.S. Space Force organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect and defend U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.
June 24, 2020 - On June 2, 2020, Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett directed the Department of the Air Force Inspector General Lt. Gen. Sami D. Said to conduct a review into racial disparity within the Department of the Air Force.

MHS mental health experts shed light on PTSD
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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.

Theodore Roosevelt Sailors Receive COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Navy Capt. Carlos Sardiello, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, left, speaks to Navy Lt. Jessica Oliver, the ship’s nurse, before giving blood to test for COVID-19 antibodies, June 19, 2020. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.
June 24, 2020 - Thousands of sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt signed on to have their blood drawn as part of voluntary COVID-19 antibody testing.

Strategy Focuses on Advancing Space Power
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA astronauts Air Force Col. Robert L. Behnken and retired Marine Corps Col. Douglas G. Hurley launches from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, May 30, 2020.
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.

178th Airmen conduct COVID-19 testing in local community
June 23, 2020 - MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – Four members of the Ohio National Guard’s 178th Wing helped Centerpoint Health

Air Force awards contract for improved Female Body Armor
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.

Presidential fleet to receive communication upgrade
A C-40C aircraft with the 932nd Airlift Wing departs Sept 8, 2017 from  Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, heading to Tyndall Air Force Base to pick up fellow service members ahead of approaching Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)
June 23, 2020 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A team from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s

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.

The Department of Defense Announces Awards of $20,000 each for the 2020-2021 Cohort of the Minerva-U.S. Institute of Peace, Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows
June 23, 2020 - The Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 cohort of the Minerva-USIP, Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows.

Marine Corps Activates New Battalion to Fight in Cyberspace
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Juliet Calvin, the commanding officer of 1st Network Battalion, Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group, conducts a walkthrough of the battalion workspaces at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, June 4, 2020. 1st Network Bn., the first of six new Marine Corps network units, was created to improve oversight, command, and control of the Marine Corps enterprise network while managing building and local area networks around base. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Donald Holbert)
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
Army Spc. Crystal Gonzales, assigned to the 44th Medical Brigade, conducts COVID-19 testing in the mobile Analytical Laboratory System outside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center alternate care facility in New York, May 18, 2020.
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.

Eielson Airmen Build First Bombs for PACAF F-35s
U.S Air Force Airmen assigned the 354th Maintenance Squadron munitions flight assemble the first for the F-35A Lightning II at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 16, 2020. A bomb build is the intricate process conducted to ensure a bomb body is usable for operators.
June 22, 2020 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 354th Maintenance Squadron

DOD Partners With DFC to Protect Industrial Base From Economic Effect of Pandemic
Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, briefs reporters on the Defense Department’s COVID-19 acquisition policy at the Pentagon, June 22, 2020.
June 22, 2020 - DOD and the DFC signed a memorandum of agreement to spend $100 million of DOD's CARES Act money to subsidize federal loans to create, maintain, protect, expand and restore domestic industrial-based capabilities to support the national COVID-19 response.

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.

DOD, DFC Sign Memorandum of Agreement on Defense Production Act
Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, updates the news media on the Defense Department’s COVID-19 acquisition policy at the Pentagon, June 22, 2020. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders)
June 22, 2020 -

The Department of Defense and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation signed a memorandum of agreement formalizing the relationship between the two organizations. 


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
A U.S. Marine participates in the Annual Marine Corps Community Services Futenma Bike Race at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan on June 21.
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.

West Virginia Guard completes 100 days of COVID-19 response
Col. Bill Annie, 167th Mission Support Group commander, is tested for COVID-19 by 167th Medical Group medical technician Tech. Sgt. Kristin Ganley, as Tech. Sgt. Taryn Burkhart, also a medical technician, waits to collect the sample at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 11, 2020. Airmen returned to base for the first unit training assembly in two months, after training was canceled in April and May because of COVID-19 precautions.
June 22, 2020 - CHARLESTON, W.Va. – One-hundred days into the COVID-19 response effort, the West Virginia National

Tanker Directorate team installs ADS-B Out on KC-135 fleet
A Michigan Air National Guard KC-135T from the 171st Air Refueling Squadron at Selfridge ANG Base in flight on a refueling mission over central United States. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Munnaf Joarder)
June 22, 2020 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFLCMC) – The U.S. Air Force’s KC-135 Stratotanker fleet has received

Issues with the Integration of Space and Terrestrial Military Operations
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.

Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group Operates with Nimitz Strike Group
June 20, 2020 - PHILIPPINE SEA (June 21, 2020) – The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) strike

North Carolina Guard conducts airborne operations
A Soldier with the North Carolina Army National Guard drifts toward a field at the Stanley County Regional Airport, New London, North Carolina, June 18, 2020. Soldiers with the 403rd Quartermaster Rigger Support Team and B Company, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, were supported by a Black Hawk helicopter team from the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade to perform static-line airborne operations.
June 19, 2020 - NEW LONDON, N.C. – North Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers from three units conducted airborne

IT Experts Discuss DOD's Use of Digital Communications
A service member types at a laptop keyboard.
June 19, 2020 - It's essential to modernize the Defense Department's perimeter-based security models and compliance requirements that prevent it from transforming how it achieves its objectives, experts said.



CDC, School Age programs open for limited care in Phase 2A
The Hanscom Child Development Center and School Age programs are opening under restricted guidelines during Phase 2A of a phased return to full capacity, June 22.  Limited care will be provided for currently-enrolled families who have been identified and verified through the installation crisis action team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)
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
Air Force Airman 1st Class Theodore Banta, 5th Communications Squadron client systems technician, troubleshoots a network issue with a customer at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., April 24, 2018.
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
(From left) Eunjoo Kim, Leia Watson and Leslie Contreras, members of the molecular team, load COVID-19 patient samples into an analyzer at Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston June 1. BAMC’s laboratory technicians are supporting the global effort in the fight against COVID-19.
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.

NATO Defense Ministers Look to Counter Russia, 2nd COVID-19 Wave
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presides in Brussels at a virtual meeting of the alliance’s defense ministers, June 18, 2020.
June 18, 2020 - The NATO alliance is preparing to face traditional and nontraditional threats, looking to continue to deter Russia and to face a possible second wave of COVID-19.

Science diplomacy in action: Researchers collaborate to improve COVID-19 projections in U.S. and Chile
June 18, 2020 - ARLINGTON, Va. -- A new international research effort that combines the expertise of a computational

Army aims to hire 10,000 new Soldiers during three-day event
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.”
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
Airman 1st Class Skyler Hardy, 19th Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection technician, submerges an aircraft part into florescent liquid penetrant at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, June 17, 2020. The penetrant seeps into tiny openings in the part to identify potential cracks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)
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.

Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the Ventilator Donation Press Event at Indian Red Cross Society
Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the Ventilator Donation Press Event at Indian Red Cross Society
June 18, 2020 - U.S. Embassy and Consulates India -- I would like to recognize Secretary General Jain of the Indian

JCASO helps ARNORTH contracting team provide commercial support to medical units assisting U.S. hospitals
Army Spc. Jina Evans of the 47th Combat Support Hospital from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, sorts through linens and hospital gowns as she helps prepare beds at an Army mobilized hospital inside the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle March 31, 2020. A four-member team from the Defense Logistics Agency’s Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office helped U.S. Army North establish contracts for commercial lodging, food and other amenities for medical units that deployed to support national COVID-19 efforts. Photo by Army Sgt. Erica Earl
June 18, 2020 - Military medical teams that augmented U.S. hospital staffs providing COVID-19 care had commercial lodging, food, laundry support and more with help from the Defense Logistics Agency mid-March through May.

Army’s new Civilian Implementation Plan emphasizes talent management
The Army is improving the way it acquires, develops, employs and retains its civilian workforce under the new Civilian Implementation Plan, or CIP.
June 18, 2020 - The Army is improving the way it acquires, develops, employs and retains its civilian workforce under the new Civilian Implementation Plan, or CIP.

Army’s new Civilian Implementation Plan emphasizes talent management
The Army is improving the way it acquires, develops, employs and retains its civilian workforce under the new Civilian Implementation Plan, or CIP.
June 18, 2020 - The Army is improving the way it acquires, develops, employs and retains its civilian workforce under the new Civilian Implementation Plan, or CIP.

USS Theodore Roosevelt Aviators Eject Safely at Sea
June 18, 2020 - PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2020) – Two aviators safely ejected and were quickly recovered by a

Call to Action: Reserve Leadership Want Your Ideas
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NORFOLK (June 19, 2020) R2W graphic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez)
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.

Guam National Guard, ROTC train together despite COVID-19
Officer Candidate Steven Cruz, of the Guam National Guard's 203rd Regional Training Institute, leads his mixed squad of Guam National Guard officer candidates and University of Guam ROTC cadets through training exercises in Barrigada, Guam, June 17, 2020.
June 18, 2020 - BARRIGADA, Guam – They emerge from the 6-foot-high sword grass one by one, carrying carbine

Michigan National Guard helps boost food bank distribution
Soldiers from the 1433rd and 1434th Engineer Companies, Michigan Army National Guard, package over 1,000 meal boxes a day at Gleaners Community Food Bank in Pontiac in response to COVID-19, May 20, 2020. Guard members are serving at six food distribution sites across the state.
June 18, 2020 - LANSING, Mich. – Since March, the Michigan National Guard has helped the Food Bank Council of

Pentagon IG offers advice for effective contracting during the pandemic
June 18, 2020 - Assistant Inspector General Theresa Hull, joins Jared Serbu to discuss the special report on best practices and lessons learned for DoD contracting officials in the pandemic environment.

Navy Donates Equipment, Supplies to Aid Italian Recovery
GAETA, Italy (June 17, 2020) - Rear Adm. Michael T. Curran, Fleet Supply, Logistics and Ordinance, N4, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet, leads a press conference with local media about the first of three donations of medical equipment and supplies to local Italian communities. U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with Allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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.

NORAD, USNORTHCOM Director of Joint Training, Exercises Retires
Joseph C. Bonnet III, director of NORAD and USNORTHCOM’s Joint Training and Exercises Directorate gives remarks next to his wife Nancy during his retirement ceremony conducted via video teleconference.  Bonnet ended his distinguished 50-year career of service to his country, retiring during a ceremony from his Colorado Springs home surrounded by family and streamed online to friends and coworkers.
June 17, 2020 - Joseph C. Bonnet III ended his distinguished 50-year career of service to his country, retiring during a ceremony June 12, 2020, from his Colorado Springs home surrounded by family and streamed online to friends and coworkers.

U.S. Provides Technical Training on COVID-19 Testing in the Philippines
U.S. Provides Technical Training on COVID-19 Testing in the Philippines; the U.S. Department of Defense’s Philippines-AFRIMS Virology Research Unit (PAVRU) trainer demonstrates proper specimen processing techniques to medical laboratory technologists at the Victoriano Luna Medical Center.
June 17, 2020 - MANILA, Philippines -- The United States, through the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical

NSA Bahrain Cuts Ribbon on new USACE Built Medical Facility
Naval Support Activity Bahrain along with personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Navy Medicine held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new medical and dental clinic on Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The new 56,000 square foot facility, will substantially increase medical capacities and capabilities for sailors and their families stationed in Bahrain. Construction was overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and completed in December of 2019.
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
Bud Hennebaul, the scholastic leadership academy director for the National Wrestling Coaches Association, Col. David Fallon, the commanding officer of 9th Marine Corps District, and Brian Smith, the head wrestling coach for the University of Missouri, speak during a NWCA online webinar held 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. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Naomi May)
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
Predictive Environmental Modeling System co-inventor Dr. Jonathon Brame, formerly with the U.S. Army Research and Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory as a research environmental engineer, received a U.S. Patent in September 2019. Brame is now based in London, England, with the U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command as the basic and applied research team lead for Combat Capability Development Command -Atlantic.
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
After overcoming brain surgery as a child, Army Reserve 1st Lt. Jim Ennis went on to have a successful college hockey career at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Ennis recently deployed to New York City as a member of an Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force. (Courtesy photo)
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 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.
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.

Pandemic won't slow Soldier training for overseas deployment
New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 466th Medical Company, Area Support, lift a simulated patient during a mass casualty exercise at pre-mobilization training at Camp Smith Training Site in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. The company is deploying to the area of Central Command this summer.
June 17, 2020 - CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, N.Y. – Preparing for an overseas deployment is always tough and demanding,

Blue Ridge Conducts Submarine Familiarization with USS Asheville
PHILLIPPINE SEA (June 14, 2020) Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, USS Asheville (SSN 758), transits alongside U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) during a submarine familiarization (SUBFAM). The SUBFAM was conducted so Blue Ridge's crew and embarked 7th Fleet staff could observe the characteristics of a submarine and how it looks both digitally and visually at periscope depth. Blue Ridge is the oldest operational ship in the Navy, and, as 7th Fleet flagship, actively works to foster relationships with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
June 17, 2020 - PHILLIPPINE SEA – USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) participated in a submarine familiarization (SUBFAM)

Top Legal Officers Address Racial Disparity in Military Justice
A gavel rests on the judge’s bench in the courtroom of the 39th Air Base Wing legal office at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 14, 2019.
June 16, 2020 - Racial disparity in the military justice system exists, and much work remains to put an end to it, the services' top legal officers said.

2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Info
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.

Sailors and Airmen Increase Interoperability During Local Integration
An EA-18G Growler from the Star Warriors of VAQ-209 sits ready to fly next to an F-16CM from the 13th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan. VAQ-209 and the 13th & 14th Fighter Squadrons have recently been conducting suppression of enemy air defense training exercises to increase joint readiness and be ready to Fight Tonight! VAQ-209 is the US military's only reserve electronic attack squadron and is currently forward deployed to the INDOPACOM AOR in support of forward presence and stability operations.
June 16, 2020 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Sailors assigned to the “Star Warriors” of Electronic Attack Squadron

Commentary: Transforming the Civilian Defender Program
Security Forces Initiated an effort to improve retention, recruiting, training, and professional development of civilian defenders. Photos and accomplishments of the program in CY2020.
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
Capt. Erickson Schuler and Capt. Rebecca Rosales attended the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine flight nurse training, Fort Rucker, Ala., May 29th 2020. (Courtesy Photo)
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
Transatlantic Division Commander Col. (P) Chris Beck was presented with the Legion of Merit for his service as the Division commander during a ceremony June 16, 2020 at TAD’s Headquarters in Winchester, Virginia, just prior a formal ceremony where Beck relinquished command of TAD. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the award was presented while practicing social distancing.
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.

The U.S. Govt. Delivers More Than $173 Million in New Funding to Support Bangladesh’s COVID-19 Response
DHAKA, Bangladesh -  The U.S. Govt. Delivers More Than $173 Million in New Funding to Support Bangladesh’s COVID-19 Response - Funding builds on more than $1 billion in health assistance to Bangladesh over the past 20 years and includes funding to support food assistance to urban poor living in Dhaka
June 16, 2020 - DHAKA, Bangladesh -- The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International

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.

DCAA's Chicago Branch Office - Value People, Keep Promises, and Above All Do Right
Locations of the Chicago Branch Office and Suboffices
June 16, 2020 - DCAA’s Chicago Branch Office motto is Value People, Keep Promises, and Above All Do Right. The

Army Reserve nurse shares reasons to serve
Capt. Olivia, Benzing serves as a Norton Healthcare nurse in Louisville, Kentucky, and as a critical care nurse in the U.S. Army Reserve. Benzing joined the Army Reserve in 2013 at the age of 25. In this photo Benzing is a newly commissioned officer.
June 16, 2020 - Capt. Olivia Benzing serves as a U.S. Army Reserve Critical Care Nurse while taking care of local patients at Norton Healthcare

'Aim High' App Informs, Engages Recruits
Airmen participate in a basic military graduation and coining ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio, June 4, 2020. Graduation ceremonies at the base have been closed to the public until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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
The U.S. Marine Corps, in association with Esports Stadium Arlington, presents “Reload Drops In With the 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
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, arrive at Móron Air Base, Spain on June 9, 2020. SPMAGTF-CR-AF 20.2 is deployed to conduct crisis-response and theater-security operations in Africa and promote regional stability by conducting military-to-military training exercises throughout Europe and Africa. SPMAGTF-CR-AF 20.2 continues to work closely with the relevant medical agencies and military organizations to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tawanya Norwood)
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.

Aligning the nuclear and conventional elements of NATO’s deterrence
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June 15, 2020 - In the latest NATO Defense College publication, Mr. Harrison Menke considers how a more cohesive and comprehensive NATO deterrence posture can help influence Russian leaders against the use of nuclear weapons.

DoD identifies commercial decontaminant for field use against COVID-19
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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.

UPDATE: 48th Fighter Wing downed pilot located
June 15, 2020 - The pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased.

Keeping it clean
An 815th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules receives an Engine Compressor Wash before the aircraft goes for a
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
A Team Shaw spouse embraces her loved one after reuniting at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, May 24, 2020. During the redeployment, families waited for their Airmen in parking lots across the base with homecoming signs and music. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Destinee Sweeney)
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.

North Carolina National Guard prepares for hurricanes
In this Sept. 8, 2019, photo, North Carolina National Guard Soldiers conduct recovery and logistics operations on Ocracoke Island in support of Hurricane Dorian. More than 500 Guard members and 183 vehicles were deployed to help in eastern North Carolina.
June 15, 2020 - RALEIGH, N.C. – The holiday celebrations of “Tis’ the season” are months away, but for the North

My DCMA: Harriet Miller, management and program analyst
Harriet Miller is a management and program analyst at the Defense Contract Management Agency headquarters at Fort Lee, Virginia. She has been a part of the DCMA team for five years. (DCMA photo by Harriet Miller)
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
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman, Timothy Reeves, 44th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, refuels an F-15C Eagle during an integrated combat turn at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on June 6, 2020. The rapid re-arming and refueling of the Eagle also known as an integrated combat turn is a  platform geared to reduce the pilot's ground time and quickly resume air dominance.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Stanford)
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.

Today U.S. Army celebrates 245 years, legacy of service to nation
June 14, 2020 - Today marks 245 years of the Army’s legacy of service to the nation. June 14 is also Flag Day and provides an opportunity to showcase patriotism and the shared Army values of love of country and oaths to defend the American way of life.

Trump Honors Graduating West Point Cadets
Cadets stand in formation during the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2020 graduation at West Point, N.Y., June 13, 2020.
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. 

The OSD DOT&E Working Oversight List has been updated. CAC required to view.
June 12, 2020 - The OSD DOT&E Working Oversight List has been updated. CAC required to view.

June 12, 2020 the first Women Veterans Day in Ohio
DFAS associate Angela Beltz and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine at the Ohio's State House on December 13, 2019.
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
Airmen assigned to the 347th Rescue Group drop flares from an HH-60G Pave Hawk during a fini flight for Col. Bryan Creel, 347th RQG commander at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., June 5, 2020. The fini flight is a long-standing Air Force tradition that occurs when a pilot departs from an assigned unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hayden Legg)
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
Bobby Southerland, front right, and Jon Wall install electrical wiring clips onto the new solar array being installed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 9, 2020.
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
Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Maloney has helped New Yorkers recover from every disaster since the 9/11 cleanup at site of the World Trade Center buildings, top left, through the Hurricane Sandy cleanup in 2012, bottom left, and most recently COVID-19, finishing a month at the Javits Center, May 3, 2020.
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
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.
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.

USNS Supply Plays Critical Role in Exercise with 19 NATO Allies
200608-N-BM428-1522 BALTIC SEA (June 8, 2020) The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), front, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), middle, and the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) sail in formation while participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2020 in the Baltic Sea, June 8, 2020. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 49th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kyle Steckler)
June 12, 2020 - Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) is participating in the 49th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 2020) exercise, June 7-16, with 19 NATO allies and partner nations.

USNS Supply Plays Critical Role in Exercise with 19 NATO Allies
200608-N-BM428-1522 BALTIC SEA (June 8, 2020) The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), front, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), middle, and the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) sail in formation while participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2020 in the Baltic Sea, June 8, 2020. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, marking the 49th year of one of the largest exercises in Northern Europe enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kyle Steckler)
June 12, 2020 - Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) is participating in the 49th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 2020) exercise, June 7-16, with 19 NATO allies and partner nations.

Korean Officer Contributes to U.S. Mission
Republic of Korea Army Maj. Jihye Paek, United States Transportation Command Korean liaison officer, poses outside the USTRANSCOM building, Mar. 4, 2020, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. When she was offered the opportunity to serve with USTRANSCOM, she applied without hesitation because she said she has always wanted to work with foreign militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin Savage)
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
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Schaeffer, 1st Maintenance Squadron F-22 Raptor egress craftsman, helped create 3D printed masks for 1st Fighter Wing personnel at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, May 4, 2020. While the main goal was to provide masks to personnel at the 1st FW, Schaeffer also published the designs to the DoD Innovation Network, so other people can print and create their own masks as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristan Biese)
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
The Ship Tow Simulator at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory aides in testing and improving navigation channel design. The Navigation Research, Development and Technology (RD&T) program is part of the ERDC’s overall civil works mission.
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
Screen shot of Defense Collaboration System Virtual New Employee Orientation, held on May 20 and 21, 2020.  There were eight Columbus and 2 detachment new employees in attendance.
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
Update from the Installation Commander
June 12, 2020 - For 12 June, Tinker AFB remains in HPCON Bravo due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reminder, TODAY,

HIANG combat comm Airmen adjust and resume training
Members of the 291st Combat Communications Squadron train June 7, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The team of Airmen set up a mobile training station to conduct their weekend drill, without relocating to their geographically separated unit, based in Hilo. Members of the Hawaii Air National Guard have been reducing their routine travel routes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
June 12, 2020 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – Oahu residents with the 291st and 292nd Combat

Agency employees make every day a Flag Day
Members of the DLA Disposition Services team in Afghanistan take a moment to observe Memorial Day and remember fallen employee Krissie Davis killed during her 2015 deployment there.
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
On June 14, 2020, we recognize 245 years of defending and protecting America, and salute the generations of Soldiers who have answered the call to serve. No matter the challenges we face as a nation, America’s Army will always be there when needed.
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.

2020 Annual Symposium: Virtual Keynote
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June 11, 2020 - Please join us for three keynotes on July 7, 2020 as part of the Center for the Study of WMD's virtual Annual Symposium.

CHANGES COMING TO BASE LIBRARY AFTER COVID-19 CLOSURE
The Robins library staff has readied the facility to welcome patrons once again, June 15, 2020. New rules have been put in place to keep visitors safe during the pandemic. The library is located on the first floor of the 78th Air Base Wing Headquarters, Bldg. 905. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kisha Johnson)
June 11, 2020 - Book lovers can rejoice! The Robins Air Force Base Library will open Monday after being closed for

NJNG women talk about the meaning of Women Veterans Day
U.S. Air Force Col. Yvonne Mays, left, director of staff, New Jersey Air National Guard, speaks with Maj. Justin Krowicki, with the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing, at the Federal Medical Station inside the Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, N.J., April 24, 2020.
June 11, 2020 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The first Women Veterans Day was observed June 12, 2018, 70

Md. nurse practitioner served first mobilization on the front lines of military COVID-19 response
Capt. Chimdinma Barbara Ojini pictured at Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York City. Ojini, a nurse practitioner, is one of more than 1200 Army Reserve medical professionals that have mobilized with Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces as part of the Department of Defense response to COVID-19.
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
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Virginia – U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Tyler Arentzen, Joint Task Force Civil Support, reads the temperature of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Lamont Bradford, noncommissioned officer in charge of 315th Military History Detachment. During COVID-19 Operations in support of Task Force North East, the JTF-CS surgeon’s office required anyone attempting entry into the headquarters to have their temperature taken prior to entering the building.  Bradford, a U.S. Army History NCO, is part of the team of U.S. Army historians documenting COVID-19 operations for the U.S. Army.  (Photo by Master Sgt. Crista Mary Mack)
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.

USACE awards contract for historic Arlington Nation Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater cleaning, repointing
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 11 November 2021, The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a more than $6.3 million contract to clean, repoint, and provide universal access to the exterior of Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) Memorial Amphitheater.
June 11, 2020 - In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 11 November 2021, The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a more than $6.3 million contract to clean, repoint, and provide universal access to the exterior of Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) Memorial Amphitheater.

Top Government Officials Brief Reporters
State Department headquarters
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.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to reopen July 1
DAYTON, Ohio -- Exterior view of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
June 11, 2020 - After temporarily closing on March 15 to protect the health and safety of visitors, staff and

'Cyber 9-Line' Improves Cybersecurity, Enables Election Integrity
A service member works on a laptop in North Little Rock, Ark., April 29, 2014. The new Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency will conduct background investigations for 95% of the federal government, including military and civilian personnel, and will also provide critical technology protection.
June 11, 2020 - The "Cyber 9-Line" program used by participating National Guard units, which allows U.S. Cyber Command to quickly diagnose potential threats, is also being adopted by some states to help strengthen cybersecurity and enable election integrity.

New York Guard delivers 22.7 million meals
Since responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, members of the New York National Guard have distributed more than 22.7 million meals, assembled 1.7 million test kits and answered more than 270,000 calls.
June 11, 2020 - LATHAM, N.Y. – Over 22.7 million meals delivered, 311,321 COVID-19 tests collected, 270,686 phone

BAMC volunteer continues service to community during pandemic
Dr. J. Sean Habina, a retired Army second lieutenant who volunteers at Brooke Army Medical Center, checks the list of veterans who will be receiving the meals she is preparing to deliver. Since she has been unable to work as a BAMC volunteer due to the institution of COVID-19 safety protocols, Habina has been volunteering her time to help take meals donated by a local restaurant to military veterans across San Antonio.
June 11, 2020 - Dr. J. Sean Habina, a retired Army second lieutenant who volunteers at Brooke Army Medical Center, also gives her time delivering meals to military veterans across San Antonio.

U.S., coalition continue to work together to defeat ISIS
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Kyle Hefner and French Naval Lt. j.g, Octave, targeeteers assigned to the Coalition Intelligence Fusion Cell, 609th Air Operations Center, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, collaborate daily to provide intelligence support. Targeeters are specially trained to analyze a target and develop solutions to support the commander’s objectives. The pair facilitated a recent French strike in continuing efforts to defeat Da’esh. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Brandy Fowler)
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.

Ohio National Guard on front lines during COVID-19 pandemic
Approximately 40 Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airman deployed, for 20 days, to Federal Correctional Institution, Elkton, in Columbiana County, Ohio, to supplement the facility’s in-house medical team by providing mission essential tasks, including patient triage and in-house patient care to reduce the number of inmates being transferred to local hospitals. More than 700 Ohio National Guard members were activated to provide humanitarian missions in support of Operation Steady Resolve COVID-19 relief efforts, continuing The Ohio National Guard’s long history of supporting humanitarian efforts throughout Ohio and the nation. (Photo courtesy of FCI Elkton)
June 11, 2020 - From blizzards to hurricanes, from east coast to west coast, and anything in between, members of the National Guard answer the call each time our nation is in need.

“You’re Only as Good as Your Last Flight”: A Fighter Pilot Shares Her Story of Triumph in the Face of Adversity
Capt. Meleah Martin, a pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, prepares an F/A-18C Hornet for flight at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Marines like Martin keep 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing ready to “Fix, Fly and Fight” as the Corps’ largest aircraft wing. 3rd MAW continues to answer the call of this nation whenever and wherever it is needed.
June 10, 2020 - If you had asked a 15 or 16-year-old Meleah Martin what she wanted to do after high school, her

“You’re Only as Good as Your Last Flight”: A Fighter Pilot Shares Her Story of Triumph in the Face of Adversity
Capt. Meleah Martin, a pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, prepares an F/A-18C Hornet for flight at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Marines like Martin keep 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing ready to “Fix, Fly and Fight” as the Corps’ largest aircraft wing. 3rd MAW continues to answer the call of this nation whenever and wherever it is needed.
June 10, 2020 - If you had asked a 15 or 16-year-old Meleah Martin what she wanted to do after high school, her

Army Public Health Center expert offers healthy housing tips
Army Public Health Center industrial hygiene experts say controlling moisture is a key factor in reducing mold risk. It is important to find the source of any leak or water damage and to make repairs immediately.
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
Update from the Installation Commander
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
Procurement Analyst Peg Hastings is a Defense Logistics Agency Pathways to Career Excellence Program instructor and a program analyst for DLA Aviation’s Procurement Process Support Directorate Training Branch.
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.

Viral video gives DC Guard member platform for change
Spc. Khaled Abdelghany, 273rd Military Police Company, District of Columbia National Guard, stands in front of the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C June 9, 2020.
June 10, 2020 - WASHINGTON – A video of a member of the District of Columbia National Guard chanting, “I’m black and

Podcast E18: 21st Century Navy Facing the Future
U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet Logo
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)
Dr. Nicole Stoughton, Space Team for Airmen Resilience Team psychologist, teaches a mindfulness session at the 50th OSS Monday Morning Mindfulness forum, Jan. 13, 2020. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, embedded mental health providers across the Air Force, like Dr. Stoughton, are helping Airmen deal with stress from the COVID-19 pandemic while they continuing essential Air Force missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)
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.

DC Guard helps make way for protesters, First Amendment
District of Columbia National Guard 1st Lt. John McGlothlin, an Army attorney, patrols Gallery Place Chinatown June 6, 2020, in Washington, D.C. McGlothlin was activated to help keep peace so demonstrators could protest.
June 9, 2020 - WASHINGTON – Since May 30, members of the District of Columbia National Guard have protected subway

“Cyber 9-Line” improves cybersecurity and enables election integrity
The “Cyber 9-Line” is a template of questions that participating National Guard units use to quickly communicate a cyber incident to USCYBERCOM.
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
A U.S. Marine and Norwegian soldiers prepare to move to their next destination during Exercise Thunder Reindeer in Setermoen, Norway, May 27th.
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.

Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Expands its Maritime Operational Capabilities
Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) executes Baltic Operations 2020 (BALTOPS 20) from its newly functional Joint Operations Center (JOC), June 3, 2020.
June 9, 2020 - Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) executes Baltic Operations 2020 (BALTOPS 20) from its newly functional Joint Operations Center (JOC).

Protecting the Force
Mobile Testing Team secures a nasopharyngeal sample collection performed on a Soldier in Salt Lake City, May 27, 2020. The sample is secured in a specimen bag that will be sent to the Utah Public Health Laboratory and will be tested for the virus. The test results will be produced 48-72 hours after the sample is collected.
June 9, 2020 - The Utah National Guard’s Mobile Testing Team administered nasopharyngeal swabs, testing Soldiers

Safety Around Venomous Snakes Of Texas
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
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
A rocket lifts off into space.
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.

‘We are not going to be silent’: Senior officers at Academy speak out against racism
June 8, 2020 - Senior officers at the Air Force Academy took part in an online conference June 4 to denounce bigotry and intolerance in the wake of the international protest movement surrounding racial injustice in the U.S.

Exceptional Family Member Program parents have new online tool
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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.

Virginia Airmen innovate, adapt as drills become remote
The shelter-in-place order prompted the Virginia Air National Guard to get creative and arrange for continued training using digital tools. Some of the methods will be used after COVID-19 precautions end.
June 8, 2020 - JOINT BASE LANGLEY, Va. – When the shelter-in-place order was issued in Virginia, the state’s

AFMC digital campaign aims to modernize, streamline life cycle process
Air Force Materiel Command is leading a digital campaign 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. This illustration represents a digital twin--a virtual representation of an instance of a physical object that shares data with its physical twin throughout the system life cycle. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Chris Quinlan and John James)
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.

Idaho National Guard firefighters train for real emergencies
Airmen with the Gowen Field Fire Department train to extinguish aircraft fires at a local fire department training site, June 6, 2020, Boise, Idaho. This training prepares the unit to fight live fires during runway emergencies.
June 8, 2020 - GOWEN FIELD, Idaho – Firefighters from the 124th Civil Engineer Squadron conducted a series of

Dyess launches virtual C-130 maintenance lab championed in part by AETC
U.S. Air Force maintenance instructors, Staff Sgt. Christopher Clinton (left) and Tech. Sgt. Timothy Hogge demonstrate the capabilities of the 317th Maintenance Group's Virtual Reality Lab, May 13, 2020 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The VR lab, which is currently the largest in Air Mobility Command, is part of the 317th Airlift Wing's contribution to Air Force initiatives creating virtual and augmented-reality training capabilities for the aircraft maintenance and career enlisted aviator communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sophia Robello)
June 8, 2020 - The 317th AW’s virtual reality lab at Dyess AFB, Texas, is part of an ongoing Air Force effort to create virtual and augmented-reality training capabilities for the aircraft maintenance and career enlisted aviator communities.

Minnesota Guard Soldier eases tensions with protesters
Minnesota National Guard Master Sgt. Acie Matthews Jr. peacefully engages with protesters to show solidarity and request compliance with the state curfew at the grounds of the Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul, June 1, 2020.
June 8, 2020 - ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Master Sgt. Acie Matthews Jr. walked past a group of loud protesters next to

COVID-19: China’s Chernobyl, China’s Berlin Airlift, or Neither?
Comparison of US and China COVID-19 aid response. Despite providing far more aid to countries struggling with the virus, America has lagged behind China in driving the narrative of that fact, with Beijing aggressively promoting China’s largesse.
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
U.S. Space Command commander Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond and Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman present President Donald J. Trump with the Space Force flag in the Oval Office of the White House, May 15, 2020.
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
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.

Utah National Guard Soldiers to return from Washington D.C. Support
Approximately 200 Utah National Guard Soldiers returned to Salt Lake City, Sunday, June 7, 2020 following an activation at the request of the Secretary of Defense to augment civil authorities in Washington, D.C. amid civil unrest. Soldiers from Group Support Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) spent five days in D.C. providing security at national monuments and assisting in cleanup efforts.
June 7, 2020 - Approximately 200 Utah National Guard Soldiers are scheduled to returned to Salt Lake City, Sunday,

Despite COVID19, students’ thirst for learning continues
In the midst of COVID19, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District employees hosts an on-line Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities with Humphreys Central Elementary School,  May 29.
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?
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon from the District of Columbia Air National Guard finished with Major League Baseball’s 2019 World Series Champion, Washington Nationals logo painted as the tail flash is outside the Air National Guard Paint Facility in Sioux City, Iowa on June 2, 2020. The unique art on the F-16, assigned to the 113th Fighter Wing, was completed at the Air National Guard paint facility in Sioux City, Iowa this week.

U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
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
U.S. Air Force reservists from the 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and 439th Aerospace Medical Squadron pose for a group photo at Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts on April 6, 2020. The group of doctors, nurses and medical technicians were activated to help fight against COVID-19 in New York City. (Courtesy photo)
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.

Wisconsin National Guard surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 tests
Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, visits Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard as they collect specimens for COVID-19 testing June 4, 2020, at the Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo, Wis. The Wisconsin National Guard has 25 COVID-19 testing teams operating throughout the state.
June 5, 2020 - MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin National Guard conducted its 100,000th COVID-19 test as 25 specimen