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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
A graphic containing information regarding proper prescription medication disposal for medical services at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, April, 22, 2021. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to educate and provide an avenue for people to safely dispose of their unused or expired prescriptions. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Marcus M. Bullock)
April 23, 2021 - Many individuals may not know what to do with their expired or unused prescriptions. These prescriptions tend to find an indefinite home in medicine cabinets or worse, end up with someone who they were not prescribed to. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, observed on April 24 this year, aims to educate and provide an avenue for people to safely dispose of their unused or expired prescriptions.

416th TEC Soldier places high priority on education and career advancement
Spc. Brandon Bronzinski, a utilities equipment repair specialist (91C), assigned to the 416th Theater Engineer Command appreciates the fact that education and training are a high priority in the Army Reserve. Bronzinski attended 416th TEC Battle Assembly on Feb. 2, 2021.
April 23, 2021 - Spc. Brandon Bronzinski is a utilities equipment repair specialist (91C) assigned to the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC).

JTF-SD earns superior rating in security inspection
Joint Task Force-Space Defense emblem
April 23, 2021 - U.S. Space Command conducted a security inspection April 6-8 and rated its component command, Joint Task Force-Space Defense, superior in their execution of special access program security protocols.

Behind the scenes of Foreign Military Sales: AFSAC case development
AFSAC Behind the Scenes Graphic (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jonathan Tharp, AFSAC).
April 23, 2021 - A behind-the-scenes look at developing a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case by AFSAC.

413th FTG hosts first-ever virtual conference
The 413th Flight Test Group hosted its first-ever virtual conference April 9, 2021. With travel restrictions still in effect DoD-wide due to ongoing COVID-19 risks, the conference gave group members an opportunity to safely discuss aspects of various unit programs and touch on relevant topics to strengthen the organization. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jamal D. Sutter)
April 23, 2021 - Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 413th Flight Test Group recently gathered for the unit’s first-ever

Deployed Washington Guard captain embraces opportunities
Capt. Theodore Tatum, a logistician with the Washington National Guard, prepares for a supply air drop in support of Special Operations Task Force-North West Africa. Tatum is stationed at Baumholder, Germany, and has been supporting the mission for 15 months.
April 23, 2021 - CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Deployments are often spent surrounded by fellow Guardsmen, which makes the

Around the Air Force: Roth visits Airmen, Project FOX, and Rated Preparatory Program applications
April 23, 2021 - Today’s look Around the Air Force highlights acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth and his visit to Airmen working at a COVID-19 vaccination facility, a project that ramps up the F-35’s lethality and survivability, and the Rated Preparatory Program is taking applications from active duty officers and enlisted interested in aviation. (Hosted by Tech. Sgt. Shandresha Mitchell)

Guided by fate: Marine Karate practitioner respects Okinawa, the root of Karate
Col. Perry makes closing remarks in Japanese to the people from the local communities at the 38th Camp Schwab/USO Christmas Children’s Day in Camp Schwab USO Dec. 7, 2019.
April 22, 2021 - At a Christmas party held at Camp Schwab in 2019, a tall blue-eyed gentleman greeted the guests from the neighboring communities in fluent Japanese. His Japanese was so good that he needed no translator and his demeanor was reminiscent of a Japanese native.

Military Leaders Discuss Defense Authorization Request, Future Years Defense Program
A U.S. Marine discusses ordnance placement with Moroccan troops during a practical application scenario during an explosive ordnance disposal class near Kenitra, Morocco, April 6, 2021. Marines, sailors and members of the Utah National Guard were participating in Humanitarian Mine Action, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Morocco 2021 training, to develop an EOD capability inside the Moroccan armed forces.
April 22, 2021 - The commanders of U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Central Command testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2022.

MEDCoE trainees receive COVID-19 vaccine
Pvt. Michael Giuffrida, a 68K medical laboratory specialist in training at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, is administered the first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Sgt. 1st Class Victoria Romero, MEDCoE 68W Combat Medic cadre augmenting staff, at the Brooke Army Medical Center’s Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Vaccine site April 15.
April 22, 2021 - Trainees assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston vaccine site April 15. As Brooke Army Medical Center, or BAMC, announced that vaccines are now available to all beneficiaries 16 and older, MEDCoE trainees were offered the vaccine as a Tier II priority.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Sea Guardian Operates with Naval Assets
An MQ-9 Sea Guardian unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft system flies over the Pacific Ocean during U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem (UxS IBP) 21, April 21. UxS IBP 21 integrates manned and unmanned capabilities into challenging operational scenarios to generate warfighting advantages.
April 22, 2021 - SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The U.S. Navy demonstrated the successful integration of an unmanned maritime

Guided by fate: Marine Karate practitioner respects Okinawa, the root of Karate
Col. Perry makes closing remarks in Japanese to the people from the local communities at the 38th Camp Schwab/USO Christmas Children’s Day in Camp Schwab USO Dec. 7, 2019.
April 22, 2021 - At a Christmas party held at Camp Schwab in 2019, a tall blue-eyed gentleman greeted the guests from the neighboring communities in fluent Japanese. His Japanese was so good that he needed no translator and his demeanor was reminiscent of a Japanese native. This gentleman was Col. Jason S. D. Perry, the current assistant division commander of 3rd Marine Division at Camp Courtney. He most recently came to Okinawa in 2018 as the commanding officer of 4th Marine Regiment at Camp Schwab.

Corps’ power, water systems are getting lean and going green
Lance Cpl. Anthony Bryan, a water support technician with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, drinks from a Lightweight Water Purification System during the command post exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 8, 2020. Marine Corps Systems Command is developing power- and water-generation systems to help small Marine units become more self-sufficient and less reliant on resupply forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andy O. Martinez)
April 22, 2021 - Marine Corps Systems Command is developing and fielding new, cutting-edge power and water capabilities to modernize the service and align with the commandant’s vision of the future force.

KC Levees Provides Safety Improvements for Aged System
Personnel from Kansas City District, HNTB architecture firm, and the Union Pacific Railroad reviewing a closure structure along the Armourdale Levee Unit.
April 21, 2021 - The Kansas Citys Levees Project stands out as one of the largest and most complex ever undertaken by the Kansas City District, with life-safety and economic benefits to match.

Official Says Women's Contributions Are Vital to DOD, Allies and Partners
Laura K. Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, speaks at the virtual Conference of the U.S.-Adriatic Charter on Women’s Contribution to Peace and Security: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead, April 21, 2021.
April 21, 2021 - Representatives from ally and partner nations in southeast Europe spoke at a conference about the important role women play in their armed forces.

USSPACECOM commander discusses space domain awareness, operating environment of space at Senate hearing
U.S. Army Gen. James Dickinson, commander U.S. Space Command, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 20 in Washington, D.C.
April 21, 2021 - Army Gen. James Dickinson appeared before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees on April 20 and 21 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Space Command commander testified alongside Navy Adm. Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

Mom, son celebrate Air Force achievements
Tech. Sgt. Nessie McCray, 344th Training Squadron, and her son, Airman Basic Jaylen Netterville, 343rd Training Squadron, share lunch at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, April 15, 2021. Both look forward to graduating and beginning their new careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Agnes Koterba)
April 21, 2021 - A mom and son will celebrate milestones this week when Tech. Sgt. Nessie McCray and Airman Basic Jaylen Netterville graduate from their respective technical training schools a day apart at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Coast Guard Surpasses 50% Fully Vaccinated – Full Speed Ahead to Restore Readiness
Crewmembers of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Adelie (WPB 87333) display their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards after receiving the therapy in January, 2021. As of April 16, 2021, over 50% of the workforce has been vaccinated. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Strohmaier.
April 21, 2021 - As of April 16, 2021, the Coast Guard has fully vaccinated over 50% of its members, and another 10% are partially vaccinated.

MEDCoE Interservice Physician Assistant Program gets facility upgrade
Col. James Jones (far left), Interservice Physician Assistant Program Associate professor, and J.M. Harmon III, Deputy to the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence commanding general, during a recent walk through of the newly renovated IPAP offices.
April 21, 2021 - The U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, Interservice Physician Assistant Program, or IPAP, offices underwent a one-year, three-phase construction project from February 2020 to March 2021.

Sen. Kaine thanks 229th Chemical Co. Soldiers during ceremony
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine visits with and thanks Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group during a ceremony April 10, 2021, in Rocky Mount, Virginia. The ceremony recognized the unit for their last year of support to Virginia’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response as well as their support to law enforcement in Washington, D.C., before, during and after the Presidential Inauguration in January 2021. During the event, Kaine thanked the unit and recognized the individual Soldiers who supported the D.C. mission, and in return, the unit gave a ceremonial coin to the senator. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, also gave remarks during the ceremony.
April 21, 2021 - ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine visited with and thanked Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group during a ceremony celebrating the unit’s recent successes April 10, 2021, in Rocky Mount, Virginia. 

Deployed Soldiers endure challenge from Norwegian military
U.S. Soldiers with the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade deployed to the Middle East tested their minds and bodies during a grueling 18.6-mile ruck march, aiming to earn the Norwegian Foot March badge. The march required Soldiers to wear a 25-pound bag in full uniform and boots within a specified time April 17-18, 2021.
April 21, 2021 - CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – “One of my Soldiers went down right after crossing the finish line with

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
Medical personnel from the 673d Medical Support Squadron pose for a photo during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, 19 April, 2021. National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 18 to 24, is a time to celebrate more than 280,000 medical laboratory professionals across the nation who perform and interpret laboratory tests that save lives and keep people healthy.
April 20, 2021 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 18

United States Providing Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Damaging Typhoon Surigae in Palau
April 20, 2021 - Palau -- The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is

United States Providing Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Damaging Typhoon Surigae in Palau
April 20, 2021 - Palau -- The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is

Sexual assault awareness, prevention key to mission readiness
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The goal is to combat sexual assault aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany by providing more information and resources. (Courtesy photo)
April 20, 2021 - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The goal is to combat sexual assault aboard Marine Corps

A 2nd Lieutenants Desired Future of Leading from the Air
U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Sawyer M. Montgomery, a temporary officer selection assistant with Recruiting Station Orange County, poses for a photo on April 12, 2021, in Santa Ana, California. Montgomery is one of the select few Marine Corps officers who is aspiring to become a Marine Corps pilot. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Ralph)
April 20, 2021 - As a Marine, you are either in the infantry or you support the infantry. Marine Corps aviation plays a major contribution to achieving mission success while working with their ground counterparts. A Marine Corps pilot is able to provide support for the mission and decisions of what ends up being the maneuver warfare. One of the biggest impacts aviation plays in is the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The MAGTF is the only combined combat organization in the world that consists of all integrated parts of cohesively working together while being in the air, land, and sea.

DLA Distribution Commanding General and staff declare commitment to ending sexual assault in the workplace
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. DLA has set up a variety of activities for employees to participate in through the month of April.
April 20, 2021 - As part of April Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month,Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Keith Reventlow, USMC, and Deputy Commander, Perry Knight, Senior Executive Service, signed a proclamation affirming the commitment to end sexual assault in the workplace.

DLA team supports DOD vaccination plan at DHA Headquarters
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Casassa, assigned to the USS Gerald R. Ford, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the McCormick Gym onboard Naval Station Norfolk, April 8, 2021. The Defense Logistics Agency is shipping vaccines to military treatment facilities outside the continental U.S. and deployed with the Navy Fleet. Photo by Navy Seaman Jackson Adkins
April 20, 2021 - Employees from DLA Headquarters and DLA Distribution support DOD's COVID-19 vaccine rollout with daily help from teams at DLA major subordinate commands.

Public Health Emergency Declaration on USFK Installations Renewed
April 20, 2021 - The USFK Commander has renewed the current Public Health Emergency Declaration. It will remain in effect for 90 days after issue date, unless it is renewed or terminated before then.

Public Health Emergency Declaration on USFK Installations Renewed
April 20, 2021 - The USFK Commander has renewed the current Public Health Emergency Declaration. It will remain in effect for 90 days after issue date, unless it is renewed or terminated before then.

JBSA FES trains with local fire departments
Schertz Fire Rescue Lt. Tom Hollick, lead instructor, demonstrates how to position a ladder during training at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, April 12, 2021.  Schertz Fire Rescue led the multi-agency training which focused on the rescue tactic of Vent Enter Search, where a firefighter gains access from an exterior area of a structure to carry out a targeted search for victims.
April 19, 2021 - Joint Base San Antonio 902nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services participated in a multi-agency training with Schertz Fire Rescue and Cibolo Fire Department April 12, 14, and 16, at a fire training facility at JBSA-Randolph.

4th CMS fuels Airmen maintain F-15E external and conformal fuel tanks
Senior Airman Mercedes Zanath, right, and Staff Sgt. Cassandra Berthold, 4th Component Maintenance Squadron fuels systems technicians, lower an F-15E Strike Eagle external fuel tank at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, April 13, 2021. A vertical tank storage system is used to store the fuel tanks until they are needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kimberly Barrera)
April 19, 2021 - Senior Airman Mercedes Zanath, right, and Staff Sgt. Cassandra Berthold, 4th Component Maintenance

From siblings to wingmen, a family of service for BMT grads
(From left) Airman 1st Class Jez Vandenabeele, Airman 1st Class Autum Vandenabeele, and Airman Noah Vandenabeele pose for a photo at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 18, 2021. The Vandenabeele siblings graduated Basic Military Training just three weeks apart. Jez and Noah will attend technical training at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and Autum will attend the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Gangemi)
April 19, 2021 - It’s not unusual to see several family members joining the Air Force at the same time. This is true of three siblings from Yucaipa, California, who recently graduated basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland within weeks of one another.

NY, NJ Homeland Response Force resumes training
Sgt. Dakota Nelson, a combat engineer assigned to Bravo Company, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion of the New York Army National Guard, teaches lifting techniques to fellow engineers during a Homeland Response Force collective training exercise in East Amherst, New York, April 17, 2021. Nelson and his unit are assigned to the FEMA Region II HRF's search and extraction element.
April 19, 2021 - EAST AMHERST, N.Y. — After a year and a half hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 200

U.S. Space Force captain makes history at IAAFA
U.S. Space Force Capt. Angelo Centeno, 2nd Space Warning Squadron weapons and tactics flight commander, poses for a picture in front of the Radomes at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, Jan. 27, 2021. Centeno was one of the first two USSF members to attend and graduate from the Inter-American Squadron Officer Course at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua T. Crossman.)
April 19, 2021 - U.S. Space Force Capt. Angelo Centeno, 2nd Space Warning Squadron weapons and tactics flight commander, stationed at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, was one of the first two USSF members to attend and graduate from the Inter-American Squadron Officer Course at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

NIWC Atlantic Advances New Technologies at NICE ANTX
The Honorable James F. Geurts, acting Under Secretary of the Navy, visited Camp Lejeune, N.C., on April 9 to observe emerging technologies being demonstrated at the Naval Integration in Contested Environments Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2021. Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, U.S. Marine Corps deputy commandant for Combat Development and Integration, and Vice Adm. James Kilby, deputy chief of naval operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities  accompanied Geurts during the visit. NICE ANTX 2021, which runs through April 15, brings together private industry, academia and government labs to showcase technologies that incorporate new concepts in naval warfare, such as Distributed Maritime Operations and Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations. The exercise also provides an avenue for the military to assess capabilities and technology owners to receive feedback on their product’s efficacy.
April 19, 2021 - Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic wrapped up a joint civilian-military exercise on April 14

NIWC Atlantic Advances New Technologies at NICE ANTX
Advanced Naval Technologies Exercise 2021 provides government, industry, and academia participants a collaborative, low-risk environment that leverages the Naval Research and Development Establishment’s unique laboratories and ranges, while practicing operators and planners simultaneously explore advanced tactics and assess the operational relevance of emerging technologies.
April 19, 2021 - Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic wrapped up a joint civilian-military exercise on April 14

Reserve Airman makes history with innovative Project FoX/F-35 development
The Fighter Optimization eXperiment, or FoX, is a project that seeks to rapidly integrate advanced software and hardware technologies to maximize the F-35 Lightning II’s lethality and survivability, while creating an agile development test tool and fielded combat multiplier for all Defense Department aircraft. The Project FoX team recently conducted a ground test at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., where they proved they could successfully take data output from a flight test instrumentation system and convert an F-35’s data to communicate with mobile applications running on a commercial tablet. Ultimately, the team seeks to transform the combat capability acquisition landscape by making the best tools in the industry and government available to any combat platform through a DoD Combat App Store. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jamal D. Sutter)
April 19, 2021 - The event was a milestone for the Fighter Optimization eXperiment, or FoX, a project that seeks to rapidly integrate advanced software and hardware technologies to maximize the F-35’s lethality and survivability, while creating an agile development test tool and fielded combat multiplier for all Defense Department aircraft.

Work keeps award-winning employees on the move
Electronics Technician Andrew Hrosovsky was named the Tobyhanna Army Depot Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 in the senior category.
April 19, 2021 - Extensive travel is characteristic of the work two award-winning individuals perform here and at numerous CONUS (continental United States) locations.

Air Force Breaks Guinness World Records Title
The Air Force, in partnership with full-service creative agency, GSD&M, launches the largest virtual multiplayer puzzle for the entire world to solve together.
April 19, 2021 - When the world shut down last year and people shut themselves in during the COVID-19 pandemic, Airmen charged with inspiring and engaging the next generation discovered new ways to showcase America’s air power and dominate pixel space.

USNS Mercy Conducts First Osprey Flight Deck Landing
An MV-22B Osprey flies over the USNS Mercy in the Pacific Ocean, April 15, 2021.
April 19, 2021 - Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy is currently conducting dynamic interface testing operations off the coast of Southern California.

Memorial Log Carry honors Special Warfare Training Wing Airman
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CHAPMAN TRAINING ANNEX, Texas—350 Special Warfare Training Squadron, or SWTS, organized a two and a half-mile memorial log carry for fallen airman, Lt. Col. William Schroeder at the Special Warfare Training Wing, or SWTW,  located on Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, or JBSA-CTA, Apr. 8, 2021. 

A memorial log created for Schroeder along with three 600-pound each workout worms, were carried on a path that navigated through past areas of the former 342 Training Squadron Schroeder commanded. Service members swapped places to carry the log and then assembled around the SWTW flagpole and the Circle of Honor to perform a  memorial push-up ceremony. A tradition amongst the special warfare community to honor fallen members.

On April 8, 2016, Maj. William “Bill” Schroeder, 342 Training Squadron, commander, who was a special operations weather officer, was killed on JBSA-Medina Annex in what became a murder-suicide. An Airman facing a disciplinary hearing arrived at the office and began shooting. Schroeder’s reaction is credited with saving the life of his First Sergeant, and potentially many others. (U.S. Air Force digital photo by Andrew C. Patterson)
April 19, 2021 - The 350th Special Warfare Training Squadron organized a 2 1/2 mile memorial log carry for fallen Airman Lt. Col. William Schroeder at the Special Warfare Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex April 8.

APORA strengthens rapid response capabilities through partnership, communication
April 19, 2021 - The African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance concluded its tenth annual conference, focusing on global Rapid Response Teams April 13.

AEDC critical to fielding DARPA OpFires
Testing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Operational Fires program was recently completed in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex von Kármán Gas Dynamics Facility, or VKF, at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. Shown is a schlieren image taken during testing at VKF in support of the DARPA program. (U.S. Air Force photo)
April 19, 2021 - Critical testing for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program was recently completed in

Military Police Train for State, Federal Missions
South Dakota Army National Guardsmen respond to simulated direct fire at West Camp Rapid in Rapid City, S.D., April 10, 2021. The 35th Military Police Detention Company rehearsed mission essential tasks during a field training exercise to prepare for its state and federal missions.
April 19, 2021 - The South Dakota Army National Guard’s 235th Military Police Company conducted a field training exercise on April 10 at West Camp Rapid to prepare for its state and federal missions.

USS Arizona Pearl Harbor survivor flies high for his 100th birthday
Mr. Ken Potts, one of only two living survivors that were aboard the battleship USS Arizona (BB39) holds a picture of himself when he was in the US. Navy.
April 19, 2021 - In celebration of his 100th birthday on April 15, 2021, Mr. Ken Potts, one of only two living survivors that were aboard the battleship USS Arizona (BB39) during the attack on Pearl Harbor, will be taken on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flight by the Utah National Guard’s 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion.

Tough Conversations: Addressing extremism in the ranks
U. S. Air Force Brig. Gen Caroline M. Miller (left), 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Wendell Snider (right), discusses ideas moving forward at a tough conversation roundtable at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph April 14. A few of the roundtable participants shared experiences that they have encountered dealing with extremist ideologies and how it affected their workspace.
April 19, 2021 - Members of Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph partook in the biweekly “Tough Conversations” roundtable hosted by 502nd Air Base Wing leadership April 14.

USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) Deploys in Support of British Carrier Task Group 21
NORTH SEA (Oct. 4, 2020) The full United Kingdom (UK) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) sails in formation for a photo exercise (PHOTOEX). The CSG  is led by the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08) and includes flotilla of destroyers and frigates from the UK, the Netherlands, the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), and 15 F-35B Lightning II's from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 and the UK's 617 Squadron. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the Royal Navy)
April 19, 2021 - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), departed Mayport, Apr. 19, for deployment to participate in HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) Strike Group.

VNG supporting Community Vaccination Clinic in Nottoway County
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen support a Community Vaccination Clinic opened April 19, 2021, by the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at the VNG armory in Blackstone, Virginia. VNG medics trained and certified by VDH are administering the vaccines, and additional Soldiers are providing wrap-around logistics, administrative and traffic management support.
April 19, 2021 - BLACKSTONE, Va. – The Virginia National Guard is supporting a Community Vaccination Clinic opened April 19, 2021, by the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Health to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at the VNG armory in Blackstone, Virginia.

Naval Base San Diego showcases Innovative Unmanned Technologies
SAN DIEGO (April 16, 2021) Chief of Naval Research, Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, observes a Vanilla Ultra Endurance unmanned aerial vehicle on Pier 12 during Integrated Battle Problem 21 (UxS IBP 21) Distinguished Visitors day at Naval Base San Diego. U.S. Pacific Fleet�s UxS IBP 21, April 19-26, integrates manned and unmanned capabilities into the most challenging operational scenarios to generate war fighting advantages. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Natalie M. Byers)
April 19, 2021 - SAN DIEGO - Navy officials and Fleet commanders attended a Distinguished Visitor (DV) day on Naval Base San Diego April 16 to showcase various Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem (UxS IBP) 21 systems and capabilities.

Rated Preparatory Program now accepting applications for FY21 Fall class
Active duty Air Force officers and enlisted personnel interested in becoming rated officers have until May 25 to apply for the Fall 2021 Rated Preparatory Program. Officers who complete the program are required to apply to the next available Undergraduate Flying Training selection board while enlisted participants are required to apply to at least one of the three Air Force commissioning sources: U.S. Air Force Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps or Officer Training School. (U.S. Air Force graphic)
April 19, 2021 - Active duty Air Force officers and enlisted personnel interested in becoming rated officers have until May 25 to apply for the Fall 2021 Rated Preparatory Program.

DON recognizes MCSC employees for Test and Evaluation efforts
Maj. Richard Zjawin, the infantry integration officer for Program Manager Training Systems, received the Department of Navy Small Program Outstanding Tester Award during MCSC’s DON Test and Evaluation Awards ceremony, April 15, aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)
April 19, 2021 - On April 15, Marine Corps Systems Command recognized its Department of the Navy Test and Evaluation Award winners during a socially distanced event held aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

Kansas National Guard offers auditorium for COVID-19 vaccinations
Maj. Michael Billings, Kansas Training Center battalion executive officer, and Hayley Samford, marketing and community outreach associate with the Salina Family Healthcare Center, advertise the COVID-19 vaccine clinic held at the Kansas National Guard Training Center April 15, 2021. The clinic teamed with the Kansas Guard because of the ideal location of its facilities to serve the west side of town.
April 19, 2021 - SALINA, Kan. – The auditorium at the Kansas Army National Guard’s regional training institute in

FED employees volunteer for international scout troop competition
The Scouts of America Troop 159 (girls) and Troop 47 (boys), ranging from ages 11 to 16, based out of USAG Humphreys, competed in the Klondike Derby, Feb. 20-21. Competition categories included first aid, bear bag throw, fire starting, evacuating an injured scout, and more.
April 18, 2021 - USAG HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – Build a sled, haul your sled, load it with a bunch of gear, navigate a series of tests and tasks as you strive for the highest score among all Scout troops of the Pacific Region in the annual Klondike Derby competition.  

U.S. Navy, Japan Conduct Staff Talks Aboard USS Ronald Reagan
210415-N-WS494-1135 YOKOSUKA, Japan (April 15, 2021) Vice Adm. SAITO Akira, commander of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Fleet Escort Force, and staff members, receive a tour of the flight deck from Capt. Fred Goldhammer, commanding officer, on the U.S. Navy’s only forward deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Leadership from the 7th Fleet task forces that command Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 and Task Force 71 met with the commander of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Fleet Escort Force aboard Ronald Reagan for a ship tour and staff discussions. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of CSG 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, as well as the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
April 16, 2021 - YOKOSUKA, Japan -- Leadership from U.S. 7th Fleet met with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

Any Terrorist Attack on U.S. Military Drawdown in Afghanistan Will Be Met Forcefully, Kirby Says
Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby briefs the press at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., April 16, 2021.
April 16, 2021 - The United States is well aware of Taliban threats to the U.S. military drawdown, which are scheduled to begin May 1 and be completed by Sept. 11, 2021, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.

Flag Raised for First Time at National World War I Memorial
Army Master Sgt. Matthew Byrne, a bugler with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing's Own,
April 16, 2021 - The National World War I Memorial is a testament to the strength of the American people, and honors the bravery and sacrifice made by service members during the war, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Marine Corps MQ-9 reaches 10 thousand flight hours in Central Command
The MQ-9A completed 10,000 flight hours in support of Marine Corps Forces, Central Command operations on March 31.
April 16, 2021 - On March 31st, the Marine Corps’ first MQ-9A Unmanned Aerial System achieved 10 thousand total flight hours in the Central Command area of responsibility, a major milestone for the modernization of the force. The MQ-9A “Reaper” is a Remote Split Operations product from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated. The RSO capability revolutionizes military operations by allowing the system operator to be thousands of miles away from both the launching site, and airspace covered by the aircraft. VMU-1, a squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, pilots the forward deployed Reaper, which has supported daily combat operations for Task Force Southwest in Afghanistan before its end of mission, and later 5th Fleet in the Arabian Gulf...

AETC Chiefs’ Orientation Course helps newly selected chiefs develop Airmen we need
Air Education and Training Command’s newest Airmen selected for the rank of chief master sergeant will soon lead the Air Force of tomorrow, but not before gaining more knowledge on how to develop the Airmen we need during AETC’s Chief’s Orientation Course. 

The AETC Chiefs’ Orientation Course starts with understanding the priorities that shape the Air Force, starting with the National Security Strategic Guidance, National Defense Strategy, chief of staff of the Air Force’s direction to accelerate change or lose and chief master sergeant of the Air Force’s focus areas of people, readiness and culture.
April 16, 2021 - Air Education and Training Command’s newest Airmen selected for the rank of chief master sergeant will soon lead the Air Force of tomorrow, but, not before gaining more knowledge on how to develop the Airmen we need during AETC’s Chief’s Orientation Course. 

Pimentel awarded DoD Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
Sylvia Pimentel, second from right, at a Calumet Harbor site visit, 2019.
April 16, 2021 - This month, Sylvia Pimentel, civil engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Chicago District,

International Denim Day to be observed with ‘lunch and learn,’ sexual assault awareness speaker
The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support will conclude Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month with a virtual lunch and learn session on April 28, International Denim Day. The speaker will be Teresa White-Walston, the Director of Education Services for the Women Organized Against Rape/Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence.
April 16, 2021 - A virtual lunch and learn session on International Denim Day, April 28, will feature a speaker from the Women Organized Against Rape/Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence Center.

Can Spirituality Help Reduce COVID Induced Stress? Yes!
Chaplain's Corner
April 16, 2021 - Concerning the incorporation of “spirituality” into our daily lives, Henri Nouwen reminds us of

59th MDW: COVID-19 vaccines available for everyone 16 and older
Tiffany Rylander, 59th Medical Wing Women’s Health clinic registered nurse, vaccinates a patient at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland April 13. To schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, call the consult and appointment management office at 210-916-9900, option 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Stanford)
April 16, 2021 - Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center has opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all beneficiaries aged 16 and older.

167th Airmen are force multipliers in fight against COVID-19
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Katie Farrell, an aerospace medical technician with the 167th Medical Group assigned to the West Virginia National Guard’s Task Force Medical – East, administers a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to an Airman in the 167th Airlift Wing dining facility, Martinsburg, West Virginia, April 11, 2021. The vaccine is administered in two shots, with the second shot administered no more than six weeks after the first.
April 16, 2021 - MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Approximately 60 Airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing are supporting COVID-19

167th Airmen are force multipliers in fight against COVID-19
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Katie Farrell, an aerospace medical technician with the 167th Medical Group assigned to the West Virginia National Guard’s Task Force Medical – East, administers a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to an Airman in the 167th Airlift Wing dining facility, Martinsburg, West Virginia, April 11, 2021. The vaccine is administered in two shots, with the second shot administered no more than six weeks after the first.
April 16, 2021 - MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Approximately 60 Airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing are supporting COVID-19

Teal Ribbon Relay, April awareness activities gain momentum as Land and Maritime hits nearly 800 miles
The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support will host a number of virtual events to mark Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Events start with the Teal Ribbon Relay, which runs throughout the month, and concludes with a Denim Day observation on April 28.
April 16, 2021 - Numbers continue to pour in as the Teal Ribbon Relay hits its mid-point with less than two weeks to go in the Defense Logistics Agency’s signature Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month challenge.

MCTSSA hosts distinguished visitors
Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity hosted two dozen distinguished visitors for a day-long familiarization event April 6, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.
April 15, 2021 - Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity hosted two dozen distinguished visitors for a day-long familiarization event April 6, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

First male recruits graduate recruit training from 4th Battalion
U.S. Marines graduate recruit training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island S.C., Mar. 26.
April 15, 2021 - On March 26, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion completed recruit training with four male platoons and two female platoons; the first time ever that male recruits have graduated from the battalion. During training the platoons were segregated by gender and maintained separate sleeping and bathing facilities inside of their respective squadbays. Training events conducted outside of the squad bay were conducted in a gender integrated environment...

Tyndall strengthens community alliance, keeps airspace safe with MACA
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Monique Anazagasty, 325th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, looks out onto the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, April 13, 2021. Air traffic personnel and other aviation leaders take part in the Mid Air Collision Avoidance program, which is dedicated to keeping the Gulf Coast air space safe.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anabel Del Valle)
April 14, 2021 - Tyndall met with civilian aviation leaders to strengthen partnerships and discuss flight safety on April 10 while visiting a local airfield.

Volunteering at Bahrain’s animal shelter
DLA Energy Middle East Army Lt. Col. Kristyn Felix hangs with the local donkey and walks dogs with a few of her colleagues at the Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, April 2. Photo courtesy of Lt. Col. Kristyn Felix
April 14, 2021 - Grooming the local donkey, walking dogs and playing with kittens brightens the lives of not only the sheltered animals but also the DLA Energy Middle East team who volunteer at the Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  

AFLCMC hosts Virtual Focus Week April 26-30
Virtual professional development training will be available to all Air Force Life Cycle Management Center personnel during this quarter’s Focus Week, April 26-30. Dozens of courses will be offered, from acquisition-focused lectures to discussions on leadership and personal growth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)
April 14, 2021 - The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is hosting the second virtual Focus Week of 2021 from April 26-30. Focus week is an opportunity for personnel to complete mandatory and discretionary leadership and acquisition training and earn continuous learning points. Dozens of courses will be available, ranging from career and functional area-specific training and coaching to personal development classes.

Mother, daughter Airmen join in fight against COVID
Senior Airman Terra Waitl, right, who is assigned to the 139th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s material management office, Missouri Air National Guard, stands outside the Nutrition Center in St. Joseph, Missouri, Nov. 12, 2020. The Missouri National Guard has been assisting at food banks across the state as part of Missouri’s COVID-19 response.
April 14, 2021 - In addition to assisting with vaccinations across the state, the Missouri National Guard has also been providing assistance at food banks. Senior Airman Terra Waitl is from the 139th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s material management office and she was activated for food bank missions in May last year.

Guardsmen Prepare for Readiness Exercise
Air Force Staff Sgt. Tiffany Greene, 145th Communications Flight, obtains an IP address and re-images a printer at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, April 11, 2021.
April 14, 2021 - Airmen from the 145th Airlift Wing prepare for a large-scale readiness exercise conducted in Gulfport, Mississippi, throughout 2021.

Bomber mission showcased during Acting SecAF visit to 3 AFGSC bases
Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth observes a fleet of B-1B Lancer aircraft at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 6, 2021. During the tour of Dyess AFB, Roth received briefings on the B-1s traditional combat capabilities, as well as the bombers more recent role in participating in strategic Bomber Task Force deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)
April 14, 2021 - Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth saw first-hand how Global Strike Airmen are supporting world-wide bomber operations during visits to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Dyess AFB, Texas, and Whiteman AFB, Missouri, April 6 and 7.

Nellis AFB is ‘centerpiece’ for Air Force modernization
April 14, 2021 - Warfighters at Nellis Air Force Base are helping the United States Air Force build a more integrated

Austin Arrives in Brussels to Revitalize U.S. Engagement With NATO Allies
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomes  Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III to NATO headquarters, April 14, 2021. Since taking office in January, Austin has been in constant communication with Stoltenberg, but it was their first face-to-face meeting because of COVID-19 restrictions.
April 14, 2021 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III arrived in Brussels for meetings with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. It's the first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Marine Corps to Begin Trial Run for New Physical Training Uniform
Capt. Donovan Holloway, an intelligence officer at Marine Corps Systems Command, demonstrates a prototype version of the new Physical Training Uniform, April 13.
April 14, 2021 - Marines will soon be testing and evaluating new physical training uniforms. The new PT uniform is

Navy Reserve Orders Writing Process Streamlined
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April 14, 2021 - The process for Navy Reserve Sailors to create, modify or cancel orders through the Navy Reserve Order Writing System (NROWS) system has been simplified in the latest application software update.

NYNG ships over 10 million COVID test kits statewide
Army Pfc. Sydney Smith, with the 206th Military Police Company, and Spc. Claude Hamilton, a construction engineer assigned to the 1156th Engineer Company, assemble COVID-19 test kits to be shipped across New York state, at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy April 13, 2021. The Guard has helped assemble and ship 10 million test kits since last April.
April 14, 2021 - TROY, N.Y. – Since last April, the New York National Guard has assembled and shipped more than 10.4

AFCEC construction enhances JBSA capabilities, quality of life 
April 14, 2021 - The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is optimizing mission and training capabilities and improving quality of life at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, through its multi-year construction effort. 

Marine Corps to Begin Trial Run for New Physical Training Uniform
Cpl. Olanda Baronette, with Security Battalion, Headquarters Company, demonstrates a prototype version of the new Physical Training Uniform. On April 13, Marine Corps Systems Command awarded four contracts to manufacture prototypes for an updated PTU, which will then be tested and evaluated by MCSC. The uniform will provide a more athletic fit that aligns with today’s commercial clothing trends. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Tonya Smith)
April 14, 2021 - Marines will soon be testing and evaluating new physical training uniforms.

Oklahoma World War II and Korean War Veteran receives Thunderbird Medal
Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma, poses with Lt. Col. (Ret.) Oren L. Peters, World War II and Korean War Veteran from the renowned 45th Infantry Division, Saturday, April 10, 2021, during a Thunderbird Medal presentation ceremony. The Thunderbird Medal is the Oklahoma National Guard’s highest award presented to a civilian and was presented to Peters for his distinguished military service. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Geoff Legler)
April 14, 2021 - Family, friends and fellow Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen gathered for an awards ceremony celebrating a World War II Veteran with a distinguished military service history in the 45th Infantry Division.

Guard helps vaccinate thousands of Detroit residents
Michigan National Guard Soldiers with Michigan’s Task Force Red Lion COVID-19 Vaccination/Testing Team help the Detroit Health Department vaccinate residents during a vaccination clinic at TCF Center, Detroit, Michigan, April 6, 2021.
April 14, 2021 - DETROIT – The city of Detroit’s effort to vaccinate all residents who want the COVID-19 vaccine

The Army Reserve recognizes Wisconsin Soldier for his heroics during off-duty hours
Spc. Justice McBain, recipient of the Soldier’s Medal, poses for a photo after the presentation ceremony April 11, 2021, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
April 13, 2021 - Spc. Justice McBain, an Army Reserve Soldier, received the Soldier’s Medal, the Army’s highest award for heroism outside combat Sunday. McBain was presented with the Soldier’s Medal for heroic actions back in 2019 following a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in two fatalities on Interstate 94 in Racine, Wisconsin. McBain saved the lives of a civilian and Wisconsin Air National Guardsman Senior Airman Kelvin Yde.

Aiming for the clouds: 9th Comm. Bn and CCPO lead the way in modernizing data transmission capabilities
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Brian Rideout (right), discusses the vision for the Cloud Layered Obfuscation Application Kit during a practical exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, March 9.
April 13, 2021 - Since 2008, the Very Small Aperture Terminal has been the Marine Corps’ most recent and reliable

****COVID VACCINE APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR BARQUIST ENROLLED BENEFICIARIES VIA TRICARE-ON-LINE*****
April 13, 2021 - Ensure your TRICARE ONLINE info is up to date!!  On-line booking opens April 19th for Tier 1C (high

KYNG supports site capable of 4,000 daily COVID vaccinations
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Morgan Thomas of the Kentucky Air National Guard directs traffic at Kentucky’s largest drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic, at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky., April 12, 2021. More than 30 Soldiers and Airmen from the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard are supporting the clinic, where as many as 4,000 patients a day can be vaccinated.
April 13, 2021 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The largest drive-through clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations in Kentucky officially

Doc's Medical Minute: Update on vaccine progress, outlook
Medical Minute by U.S. Air Force Col. Ryan Mihata, 86th Medical Group commander, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Regina Burbidge)
April 13, 2021 - Lots of changes on the COVID front in just the past couple of weeks.

13th FS pilot wins JAAGA award, fortifies Japanese-American relations
U.S. Air Force Capt. Spencer “Boca” Rhoton, left, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, receives the Japan-American Air Force Goodwill Association (JAAGA) award from Col. Jesse J. Friedel, right, the 35th Fighter Wing commander at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 7, 2021. The JAAGA recognized Rhoton for dedicating his time to building a strong bond and partnership with the Japanese members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)
April 13, 2021 - The Japan-American Air Force Goodwill Association (JAAGA) recognized U.S. Air Force Capt. Spencer “Boca” Rhoton, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, for his dedication to building a strong bond and partnership between Japan and the United States at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 9.

Heritage through Diversity
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Yuma F-35B pilots go off-roading
An F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), conducts expeditionary advanced base operations (EABO) support and short take-off and vertical landings on simulated narrow roads at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, April 6, 2021. VMFA-122 continues to refine EABO tactics to increase 3rd MAWs operation reach and ability to deliver long range precision fires in preparation for future conflicts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lance Cpl. Juan Anaya)
April 12, 2021 - (April 12, 2021) Third Marine Aircraft Wing’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122)

Coast Guard Cutter Kimball Returns Home from Expeditionary Patrol in the Pacific
Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa (LCS 16) and Legend-class USCGC Kimball (WMSL-756) joined forces for joint training in the eastern Pacific Ocean. This evolution provides training and education to the Navy-Coast Guard all-domain naval force to maintain our nation’s advantage at sea.
April 12, 2021 - HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) returned to Honolulu

Greely Welcomes Rotational Forces from California National Guard
A Soldier from the California State National Guard’s 330th Military Police Company signs for her lodging key from Department of Public Works employee Ms. Martha Kimball at the Fort Greely Barracks March 30. The group of Soldiers have mobilized to support security efforts led by the 100th Missile Defense Brigade and the 49th Missile Defense Battalion at Fort Greely.
April 12, 2021 - FORT GREELY, Alaska -- U.S. Army Garrison Alaska, Fort Greely and the 49th Missile Defense Battalion

USS Wichita and Jamaican Forces Conduct Live-Fire Exercise
CARIBBEAN SEA – (April 9, 2021) -- The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13) and Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard patrol vessel HMJS Cornwall sail in formation during a live-fire exercise April 9, 2021. Wichita is deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet of operations to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which include counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific
April 12, 2021 - CARIBBEAN SEA – The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13) and Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel HMJS Cornwall conducted a live fire exercise in the Caribbean Sea April 9.

Army Futures Command panel highlights women empowerment
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Lisa Jaster, executive officer, 420th Engineer Brigade, poses with her family after promotion from Major to Lieutenant Colonel. Jaster graduated from Ranger School in 2015, the first female officer in the Reserve to do so. She continues to serve in the military, work as the director of engineering for a M&S engineering, and conduct speaking engagements across the country. (Courtesy Photo/ Lt. Col. Lisa Jaster)
April 12, 2021 - To help pay tribute to past leaders and to learn from ordinary women doing extraordinary things today, U.S. Army Futures Command hosted a virtual panel discussion, “Female Trailblazers & our Future.” Those who participated are women who continue to rise toward the top of their fields.

3rd MCDS Soldiers compete for Best Warrior title
Sgt. Nicholas Mitchell, an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Soldier with the 338th Medical Brigade takes the lead in a 12-mile foot march during the Best Warrior Competition held at Ft. McClellan.  Mitchell along with four other Soldiers within the 3d Medical Command Deployment Support, compete for the Best Warrior title by completing a 12-mile foot march while carrying their M4 rifle and a 35 pound backpack.
April 12, 2021 - The 2021 Best Warrior Competition is an annual competition that brings together the best Soldiers from across the U.S. Army Reserve to earn the title of “Best Warrior” amongst their peers.

Netanyahu, Austin Agree U.S., Israeli Relationship Like a Family
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III stands at attention as two U.S. Marines salute after Austin placed a wreath at Yad VaShem in Jerusalem, April 12, 2021. Also called the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Yad VaShem is dedicated to remembering the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and working to ensure it can never happen again.
April 12, 2021 - The United States and Israel are more than just allies, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said following meetings in Jerusalem, "We are family."

EFMP Family Support offers individualized Family Needs Assessments
Exceptional Family Member Program
April 12, 2021 - Airmen and Guardians in the Exceptional Family Member Program are encouraged to have a family needs assessment, or FNA, conducted upon entry into EFMP, and then again as needs emerge and family situations change.

Second IG Disparity Review Survey coming
Beginning April 9, the Department of the Air Force will be seeking feedback through a survey for the second ongoing Inspector General Independent Disparity Review. (U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic)
April 12, 2021 - Beginning April 9, the Department of the Air Force will be seeking feedback through a survey for the second ongoing Inspector General Independent Disparity Review.

Student pilot competes for pilot wings, pageant crown
Second Lt. Sarena Shilts, 47th Student Squadron student pilot, poses for a photo on April 2, 2021 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. This year, she competes for two accolades: her silver pilot wings, and the Miss Texas USA crown. (U.S. Air Force illustration by 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs)
April 12, 2021 - Second Lt. Sarena Shilts is competing for two accolades this year: her silver pilot wings, and the Miss Texas USA crown. "I'm attracted to pageantry for similar reasons I'm attracted to being an Air Force pilot," Shilts said. "The two worlds seem to contradict, but there are actually many parallels between the two. Physical training, communication skills, leadership experience.”

Meet the Browns: The story of an East St. Louis family’s Success, Dedication to Corps, Community
Carlos Brown, left, a pastor and the business representative for the International Longshoreman’s Association, Mark Brown, middle, a retired Marine, and Jason Brown, the Fine Arts Department Chair and Band Director for East St. Louis High School, pose for a photo in Swansea, Ill., Feb 27, 2021. The three men were gathered together for an interview about their life story. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andrew Jones)
April 12, 2021 - Rewind 33 years to the summer of 1988. Carlos Brown and Cortez Brown, recent high school graduates from East St. Louis Lincoln High School, are driving down Interstate 70. They are heading west, out of St. Louis, in a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Cortez has his bare feet hanging out of the window, which may sound picturesque, but in less than a month the pair would be thousands of miles away with shaved heads, wondering what they got themselves into.

Sailor Creates Advancement Exam Study Guide for Shipmates
210203-N-N0443-1753 NORFOLK, Va. (Feb. 3, 2021) Legalman 1st Class Kevin Billings, assigned to Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic, works at his desk Feb. 3, 2021. Billings created the Next Generation Study Planner, a customizable study plan for advancement exams now available on Navy COOL and MyNavy Portal. Billings started the planner three years ago when he realized that Sailors would benefit if they had assistance in creating study plans ahead of advancement exam administrations. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Carolina Gray)
April 12, 2021 - PENSACOLA, Fla. - A Sailor assigned to Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic has created an advancement exam study planner for his fellow shipmates, and it is available for download on MyNavy Portal and Navy COOL.

UTNG KC-135 modernizing for the future
On December 15, 2020, the National Guard Bureau named the Utah Air National Guard as the interim KC-135 Test Detachment for AATC. Under the agreement, the 151st ARW will provide aircraft, aircrew, and maintenance support.
April 12, 2021 - SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The KC-135 Stratotanker, the backbone of the U.S. Air Force’s strategic

National Cryptologic Museum: A Reimagined Experience of Cryptologic History
Artifact display cases get a fresh coat of paint
April 12, 2021 - The National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) is working on overdrive creating a reimagined experience of cryptologic history for first-time and repeat visitors alike.

Audit of DoD Infrastructure Planning in Australia (DODIG-2021-075)
April 12, 2021 - This report is classified. To file a Freedom of Information Act Request, please submit a request to FOIA Online.

Remains of New York Man Killed in Korean War Identified After 70 Years (via Military.com)
April 12, 2021 - CORINTH, N.Y. -- Douglas Smead has spent 70 years wondering about the fate of his oldest brother, a

DLA increases map production cycle, ensures safety in aircraft navigation
Vincent Price, facilities manager, right, and Eric Harcum, supervisory facilities specialist, both from Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, discuss mailing updated map products to customers March 30, 2021 in Warehouse 66, D Bay. DLA Distribution mailed the second cycle of products under the revised schedule April 6, 2021.  (Photo by Jackie Roberts)
April 12, 2021 - Maps guide us where we need to go, but they are only as current as their last update. For many years, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation and DLA Distribution distributed updated map products to customers on a 168-day production cycle. That changed in February when the Federal Aviation Administration determined that timeline was too long and could lead to safety issues in aeronautical navigation.

What the SAPR program is all about
III Marine Expeditionary Force recognizes Sexual Assault Prevention Response Awareness month with a story and graphic that raise awareness about sexual assault programs within the Marine Corps on Okinawa, Japan, April 5, 2021
April 12, 2021 - The Department of Defense initiated the SAPR program to provide victims the resources and support systems they need to recover from the trauma they suffered. The program also educates the military community on prevention methods.

Austin Says U.S. Commitment to Israel Remains 'Ironclad'
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, left, and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz speak to the news media following a meeting at the Israeli Defense Ministry, April 11, 2021.
April 11, 2021 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III reiterated American support and commitment to Israel during his talks with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz in Tel Aviv. 

AFLCMC PSM Forum addresses coming digital enterprise
Lansen Conley, AFLCMC Director of Logistics and Logistics Services, talks about the coming PSM Foumn during the current episode of AFLCMC’s Leadership Log podcast.  To hear the full conversation, watch at https://youtu.be/SGCmwH3xrFw or listen here https://anchor.fm/aflcmc/episodes/Episode-45_-Introducing-the-3rd-Annual-AFLCMC-Product-Support-Manager-Forum-euht3b.  (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jim Varhegyi)
April 9, 2021 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (AFLCMC) – The 3rd Annual AFLCMC PSM Forum will be held virtually from

Nevada Air Guard Receives New Mobile Kitchen
Airman 1st Class Stephany Morales, left, and Senior Airman Anna Ketchum, right, prepare food for dinner meal service during March 2021 drill weekend. The airmen prepare meals in a Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michelle Brooks).
April 9, 2021 - The 152nd Airlift Wing received a new disaster relief mobile kitchen (DRMK) last week, delivered to the Nevada Air National Guard base here. According to Senior Master Sgt. David Hill, 152nd Services Superintendent, the mobile kitchen is rated to serve 1,100 meals per meal period.

Strengthening partnerships and interoperability between nations
An Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing marshals a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 31st FW after landing at Andravida Air Base, Greece, April 6, 2021. The 31st FW arrived in Greece to participate in INIOCHOS 21. INIOCHOS 21 is an annual Hellenic air force-led joint exercise focusing on interoperability between different countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas S. Keisler IV)
April 9, 2021 - The 31st Fighter Wing is scheduled to participate in INIOCHOS 21 at Andravida Air Base, Greece, from April 12-22, 2021.

Rob Joyce begins as NSA’s Director of Cybersecurity
NSA Director of Cybersecurity Rob Joyce at his desk in Fort Meade
April 9, 2021 - Rob Joyce started as the National Security Agency’s new Director of Cybersecurity last week.

Deployed Soldier dominates ACFT but finishes humbled
U.S. Army Spc. Angelo Brunetti, a UH-60 helicopter repairer deployed with Bravo Company, 628th Aviation Support Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, recently scored 599 on the new Army Combat Fitness Test, missing a perfect score of 600 by just one second on the sprint-drag-carry event.
April 9, 2021 - CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Spc. Angelo Brunetti is considered by many to be one of the fittest Soldiers

JBSA M&FRCs plan virtual military spouse conference April 30-May 1
Military spouses who want to find ways to enhance their personal relationships and well-being will have the opportunity to do so during a virtual conference being planned by the Joint Base San Antonio Military & Family Readiness Centers April 30-May 1. The JBSA Embolden Spouse Conference includes 12 classes and workshops for military spouses, including a panel discussion, which will all be held in a virtual format.
April 9, 2021 - Military spouses who want to find ways to enhance their personal relationships and well-being will have the opportunity to do so during a virtual conference being planned by the Joint Base San Antonio Military & Family Readiness Centers April 30-May 1.

Expeditionary firefighting and rescue Marines: Ready at a moment’s notice
U.S. Marines conduct a turret drill with an Oshkosh P-19R Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Vehicle on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, April 7.
April 9, 2021 - Across the Marine Corps, mission readiness is a topic often addressed, and for expeditionary firefighting and rescue specialists Marines with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, it is a daily practice. EFR specialists provide aircraft rescue and firefighting services in support of airfield operations and respond to any fire-related emergencies and situations with a maximum response time of five minutes. “It’s all about making sure we are prepared for anything that comes our way,” said Lance Cpl. Nicklas Martin, a native of Troy, Michigan, and an EFR specialist with H&HS, MCIPAC...

Register for April 15 webinar on TRICARE For Life
Register for TRICARE webinar promotion
April 9, 2021 - Will you soon be eligible for Medicare and TRICARE For Life, or TFL, coverage? If yes, be sure to join the TRICARE webinar titled “TRICARE For Life: Coverage Basics, Eligibility, and Costs” from 1 to 2 p.m. ET April 15 to learn important information on how TFL works.

DOD prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations to those deployed
Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, provides a COVID-19 vaccination update to the media at the Pentagon, April 8, 2021.
April 9, 2021 - Defense Department health leaders said the DOD is rapidly administering COVID-19 vaccines in a tiered priority process to service members, DOD contractors and civilians and their families who are stationed overseas.

Fathers celebrate Month of the Military Child
Father and son share the Army Unit Patch Multinational Forces-Iraq after their deployments to Iraq. Staff Sgt. John ‘Jordan’ Travis, domestic operations management support, emergency operations center, NCOIC, deployed in 2009. His father, retired Col. William ‘Terry’ Travis, deployed in 2006.
April 9, 2021 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The term "military brat" is a badge of honor claimed for many generations by

NY National Guard helicopter crews train to fight fires
New York Army National Guard helicopter pilots, crews and Soldiers with 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion,142nd Aviation Regiment, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 42nd Infantry Division, conduct water bucket training using UH-60M and UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters April 6, 2021. The training was at Camp Smith Training Site and over the Hudson River.
April 9, 2021 - CAMP SMITH, N.Y. – Eight New York Army National Guard aviation Soldiers practiced the skills they

After a decade in the “Boneyard,” Wise Guy back in action
The flight crew receives a briefing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, March 23, 2021. The bomber had been in mothballs for a decade at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. With the support of Defense Logistics Agency Aviation’s Customer Operations Directorate’s Nuclear Enterprise Customer Facing Division and DLA Aviation at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, it is only the second B-52 to undergo regeneration, restoring it to full flight status.
April 9, 2021 - On May 19, 2016, an Air Force B-52 Bomber, with seven crew members onboard, crashed at Anderson Air Force Base on Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific close to 4,000 miles west of Hawaii. All survived the fiery crash that reduced the Air Force’s B-52 fleet to 75, one less than the congressionally mandated 76.

Third event in History & Heritage Race Series on tap
Air Force Marathon History & Heritage Series
April 9, 2021 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - The F-117 Nighthawk will be the third historical aircraft

New scheduling tool available for COVID-19 vaccine
Since establishing a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Wright-Patterson Club in late January, 88th Medical Group providers have been able to administer as many as 1,260 shots in a single eight-hour day.
April 9, 2021 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Beginning April 9, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel

Strengthening, caring for team runway to success
The 88th Air Base Wing recently updated its lines of effort. (U.S. Air Force Graphic)
April 9, 2021 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - The 88th Air Base Wing recently updated its mission, vision,


Ninety-six Percent of 7th Fleet Sailors Vaccinated
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Javier Flores administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Retail Specialist Seaman Jordan Davis aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18). New Orleans, part of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelby Sanders
April 8, 2021 - PHILIPPINE SEA -- More than 14,000 personnel throughout the Navy’s U.S. 7th Fleet – 96% of the force

U.S. Joins Timor-Leste in Welcoming Arrival of COVAX Vaccine
U.S. Joins Timor-Leste in Welcoming Arrival of COVAX Vaccine.
April 8, 2021 - U.S. Embassy in Timor Leste -- The United States joined Timor-Leste to welcome the successful

First Lady Calls Joining Forces Effort a National Security Imperative
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden announces the priorities of the newly relaunched Joining Forces initiative at the White House, April 7, 2021. She is surrounded by monitors showing the virtual audience for the event.
April 8, 2021 - Joining Forces, an Obama administration initiative, is being reintroduced with new priorities, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden announced April 7 in a virtual White House event.

Arctic Littoral Strike: Marines, Norwegian Military Conduct Exercise in Northern Norway
A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force Europe 21.1 (MRF-E), Marine Forces Europe and Africa, communicates with Marines down range during a company live-fire attack as part of Exercise Arctic Littoral Strike in Blåtind, Norway, March 30, 2021. Exercise Arctic Littoral Strike improved MRF-E’s ability to confront the challenges of anti-access, area denial capabilities posed by a notional peer adversary in a contested littoral environment. MRF-E demonstrated the ability to support joint fleet operations by providing over watch to a Norwegian submarine and destroying a notional adversary integrated air defense system. MRF-E focuses on regional engagements throughout Europe by conducting various exercises, arctic cold-weather and mountain warfare training, and military-to-military engagements, which enhance overall interoperability of the U.S. Marine Corps with allies and partners. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick King)
April 8, 2021 - U.S. Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 21.1 (MRF-E) enhanced their warfighting ability above the Arctic Circle during exercise Arctic Littoral Strike in Northern Norway from March 11-31, 2021.

Joint Base Anacostia- Bolling celebrates milestone renovations as part of first awarded contract since lead service transfer
The 11th Logistics Readiness Squadron celebrated renovations to its ground transportation and vehicle management facilities at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C. Updates to these key operation centers are part of the historic first awarded contract managed by the 11th Contracting Squadron and will enable JBAB to support important missions throughout the National Capital Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brian Nestor)
April 7, 2021 - The Joint Base Anacostia- Bolling (JBAB) Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) celebrated a major milestone by the completion of the very first awarded contract at JBAB on March 12th.

CBIRF Remembers Operation Tomodachi
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Capt. Klusmann, initial response force commander, provides Toshimi Kitazawa, Japan Minister of Defense, a demonstration of IRF functions at Hangar 15 here April 23.  The specialized team deployed to Yokota and remains on stand-by to support the Government of Japan if requested. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chad C. Strohmeyer)
April 7, 2021 - Operation Tomodachi Naval Support Facility, Indian Head Maryland – Over 10 years ago, on March 11, 2011, one of the United States of America’s closest allies, Japan, was struck by a 9.1 earthquake. This catastrophic event caused a massive tsunami which was over 133 feet high, and caused several of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima facility to go into meltdown. This tragic event was met with massive amounts of international aid, along with support from the U.S. Department of Defense. In April 2011, the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), was requested by the Japanese Self-Defense force to come support their consequence management operations as a quick reaction force from Yokota Air Base. Within several days, CBIRF was in Japan, and ready to assist the Japanese Self Defense force however possible. CBIRF quickly set up joint training with the Japanese, and created an environment that enabled both entities the ability to complement and enhance each other’s operational capabilities. As a quick reaction force, CBIRF’s responsibility in Japan was to maintain a state of high readiness, in the event that the Japanese needed CBIRF to assist them with extraction of their personnel. Luckily, no call was placed where CBIRF had to act in this capacity, and after a month of support, CBIRF started the return home. The unit remained on alert in the event that they were needed again, but both CBIRF and the Japanese Self-Defense force gained a strong friendship and helped foster joint training between the two agencies. This friendship continues today, as the Japanese Self Defense force sends its service members to attend the CBIRF Basic Operators Course (CBOC).

CBIRF Remembers Operation Tomodachi
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Capt. Klusmann, initial response force commander, provides Toshimi Kitazawa, Japan Minister of Defense, a demonstration of IRF functions at Hangar 15 here April 23.  The specialized team deployed to Yokota and remains on stand-by to support the Government of Japan if requested. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chad C. Strohmeyer)
April 7, 2021 - Operation Tomodachi Naval Support Facility, Indian Head Maryland – Over 10 years ago, on March 11, 2011, one of the United States of America’s closest allies, Japan, was struck by a 9.1 earthquake. This catastrophic event caused a massive tsunami which was over 133 feet high, and caused several of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima facility to go into meltdown. This tragic event was met with massive amounts of international aid, along with support from the U.S. Department of Defense. In April 2011, the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), was requested by the Japanese Self-Defense force to come support their consequence management operations as a quick reaction force from Yokota Air Base. Within several days, CBIRF was in Japan, and ready to assist the Japanese Self Defense force however possible. CBIRF quickly set up joint training with the Japanese, and created an environment that enabled both entities the ability to complement and enhance each other’s operational capabilities. As a quick reaction force, CBIRF’s responsibility in Japan was to maintain a state of high readiness, in the event that the Japanese needed CBIRF to assist them with extraction of their personnel. Luckily, no call was placed where CBIRF had to act in this capacity, and after a month of support, CBIRF started the return home. The unit remained on alert in the event that they were needed again, but both CBIRF and the Japanese Self-Defense force gained a strong friendship and helped foster joint training between the two agencies. This friendship continues today, as the Japanese Self Defense force sends its service members to attend the CBIRF Basic Operators Course (CBOC).

SOCEUR completes HIRAIN training exercise at RAF Mildenhall, enhancing lethality in close coordination with USMC HIMARS
Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and loadmasters assigned to 352d Special Operations Wing prepare to on-load a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) onto an MC-130J Commando II at RAF Mildenhall on March 25, 2021 during low-visibility, night training. Special operation’s capabilities enhance the execution of HIMARS Rapid Aerial Insertion missions, extend the reach of long-range, precision strike capabilities and enable the joint force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Roidan Carlson)
April 7, 2021 - RAF MILDENHALL, United Kingdom – The 352d Special Operations Wing from RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom conducted High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), Rapid Aerial Insertion (HIRAIN) training with Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 24-30 March, 2021. As part of a series of interoperability training opportunities, Air Commandos and Marines paired HIMARS long-range, precision-strike and MC-130J austere environment, infiltration/exfiltration capabilities to highlight another lethal, rapid response tool for employment by United States European Command (USEUCOM).

SOCEUR completes HIRAIN training exercise at RAF Mildenhall, enhancing lethality in close coordination with USMC HIMARS
Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and loadmasters assigned to 352d Special Operations Wing prepare to on-load a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) onto an MC-130J Commando II at RAF Mildenhall on March 25, 2021 during low-visibility, night training. Special operation’s capabilities enhance the execution of HIMARS Rapid Aerial Insertion missions, extend the reach of long-range, precision strike capabilities and enable the joint force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Roidan Carlson)
April 7, 2021 - RAF MILDENHALL, United Kingdom – The 352d Special Operations Wing from RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom conducted High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), Rapid Aerial Insertion (HIRAIN) training with Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 24-30 March, 2021. As part of a series of interoperability training opportunities, Air Commandos and Marines paired HIMARS long-range, precision-strike and MC-130J austere environment, infiltration/exfiltration capabilities to highlight another lethal, rapid response tool for employment by United States European Command (USEUCOM).

Europe and Africa haz waste specialists undeterred by pandemic
Hazardous waste items from Poland, Djibouti, Germany, and Portugal represent some of the estimated 15 million pounds of hazardous waste removed from U.S. military operations and installations across Europe and Africa annually through DLA Disposition Services disposal contracts.
April 7, 2021 - The DLA contracting officer representatives who oversee removal of millions of pounds of waste from dozens of countries annually have adapted their methods to overcome a global threat.

2021 Sousa's March Mania Results
All the votes have been tallied, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band has declared its champion for Sousa’s March Mania 2021 - John Philip Sousa's
April 7, 2021 - All the votes have been tallied, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band has declared its champion for Sousa’s March Mania 2021. The winner is...

2021 Sousa's March Mania Results
All the votes have been tallied, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band has declared its champion for Sousa’s March Mania 2021 - John Philip Sousa's
April 7, 2021 - All the votes have been tallied, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band has declared its champion for Sousa’s March Mania 2021. The winner is...

2d Marine Division Marines and Sailors Support Community Vaccination Center in Memphis, Tennessee
April 7, 2021 - MEMPHIS, Tennessee– Personnel from the U.S. Marine Corps Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to the 2d Marine Division (2d MARDIV), II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) are tasked to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), federal, state, and local agencies at the state-run, federally-supported Community Vaccination Center (CVC) located at the Pipkin Building, Memphis Fairgrounds in Memphis, Tennessee.

Guard Vaccinates Military Dependents
U.S. Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Abraham Virata, a medical technician with the 146th Medical Group (146 MDG), administers a COVID-19 vaccination into the arm of a military dependent, at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, Calif., March 31, 2021.
April 7, 2021 - California National Guard medical facilities across the state are scheduling military dependents for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Test Pilot school graduates first Space Test Fundamentals class
United States Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, responds to a question from Spc. 4 Haley Roll, Space Test Fundamentals Class 21-1 student, at Edwards Air Force Base, California, April 6. (Air Force photo by Giancarlo Casem)
April 7, 2021 - The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School graduated the first-ever Space Test Fundamentals class April 6, 2021, at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Fifteen enlisted, officer, civilian Airmen and Guardians represent the first class dedicated to testing within the newly contested domain of Space.

Airman Translates for Community Getting COVID-19 Vaccine
Air Force Senior Airman Can Liu, from Queens, New York, and a general purpose Airman assigned to the 335th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron, takes a short break at the state-led, federally-supported Medgar Evers College Community Vaccination Center in Brooklyn, New York, on March 24, 2021.
April 7, 2021 - For Brooklynites who are most comfortable speaking a foreign language or do not speak English as their primary language, they can turn to some of the deployed U.S. Air Force Airmen of the 335th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron, or EMDOS, to help translate.

Multinational Naval Forces Conduct Exercise
Ships operate in the Bay of Bengal in support of exercise La Perouse 2021, April 5.
April 7, 2021 - USS Somerset joins units from the Royal Australian Navy, French Navy, Indian Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to participate in the third iteration of La Perouse.

USO of North Carolina Celebrates Reopening
Therapeutic doges attend the USO of North Carolina reopening at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, April 01, 2021. Attendees cuddled the dogs and spoke to their handlers getting to know more about the dogs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jordan Colvin)
April 7, 2021 - The USO of North Carolina’s reopening showcases their newly installed gaming computers during their

My Hurricane Laura Deployment Experience
Christina Eddleman, environmental engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District, deployed to Lafayette, Louisiana, for 30 days in March 2021 to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary housing mission. USACE supports FEMA in emergency operations under the National Response Framework’s Emergency Response Function 3: Public Works and Engineering. (Courtesy photo provided by Christina Eddleman)
April 7, 2021 - Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given me a lot of opportunities to learn, grow, and challenge myself. Most recently, I was deployed down to Lafayette, Louisiana, along with several other USACE teammates, and we were assigned to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary housing mission.

My Hurricane Laura Deployment Experience
Christina Eddleman, environmental engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District, deployed to Lafayette, Louisiana, for 30 days in March 2021 to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary housing mission. USACE supports FEMA in emergency operations under the National Response Framework’s Emergency Response Function 3: Public Works and Engineering. (Courtesy photo provided by Christina Eddleman)
April 7, 2021 - Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given me a lot of opportunities to learn, grow, and challenge myself. Most recently, I was deployed down to Lafayette, Louisiana, along with several other USACE teammates, and we were assigned to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary housing mission.

New Marine Corps maternity uniforms: designed by women, for women
A U.S. Marine provides her assessment of the Marine Corps’ modified maternity uniform items, March 4.
April 7, 2021 - The Marine Corps is improving many facets of maternity uniforms to meet the needs of all Marines. In April, Marine Corps Systems Command will begin releasing a series of modifications to the service, dress, combat and physical training maternity uniform items to address capability gaps involving fit, comfort and appearance. The efforts include improvements to existing uniforms and the development of new clothing items. The enhanced maternity uniforms incorporate clothing attributes reflective of innovative commercial industry technology in design and fabric development...

U.S. Northern Command executes the second in a series of Global Information Dominance Experiments (GIDE)
A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CP-140 long range patrol aircraft flies in formation with two U.S. Air Force F-16s and a RCAF CF-18 during North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Arctic air defense exercise, Amalgam Dart 21-02, March 22 and 23, 2021. The exercise will run from March 20-26 and range from the Beaufort Sea to Thule, Greenland and extend south down the Eastern Atlantic to the U.S. coast of Maine. Amalgam Dart 21-02 provides NORAD the opportunity to hone homeland defense skills as Canadian, U.S., and NATO forces operated together in the Arctic. A bi-national Canadian and American command, NORAD employs a network of space-based, aerial and ground-based sensors, air-to-air refueling tankers, and fighter aircraft, controlled by a sophisticated command and control network to deter, detect and defend against aerial threats that originate outside or within North American airspace. NATO E-3 Early Warning Aircraft, Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter aircraft, CP-140 long-range patrol aircraft, CC-130 Search and Rescue and tactical airlift aircraft, CC-150T air refueler, and CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopters; as well as U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft, KC-10 Extender refueler, KC-46 Pegasus, KC-135 Stratotanker, as well as C-130 and C-17 transport aircraft will participated in the exercise. (Photo credit:RCAF)
April 6, 2021 - The second in a series of Global Information Dominance Experiments (GIDE) took place March 22-23, 2021, and was designed to enable cross-combatant command collaboration to generate globally integrated effects using artificial intelligence enabled information. 

2d Marine Division Marines and Sailors Deploy to Memphis, Tennessee in Support of Memphis COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center
April 6, 2021 - MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA. – In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and state and local agencies, Marines and Sailors with the 2d Marine Division (2d MARDIV), II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) will deploy to support a city-run, federally-supported community vaccination center (CVC) located at the Pipkin building at the Memphis Fairgrounds in Memphis, Tennessee.

A Winter to Remember: Corps of Engineers continues annual winter maintenance fight to preserve aging infrastructure
The U.S. Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, dewatered Lock and Dam, 4 near Alma, Wisconsin to perform an inspection, maintenance and repairs.
April 6, 2021 - The American Society of Civil Engineers 2021 infrastructure report card released in March was less than perfect for the nation’s inland navigation system. According to the report, they gave the Inland waterway infrastructure a D+. The ASCE report said the infrastructure "includes locks and dams as well as navigation channels” but added that shipping delays cost up to $739 per hour for an average tow within the United States.

New Marine Corps maternity uniforms: designed by women, for women
Emily Madden, a U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center clothing designer supporting Marine Corps Systems Command, adjusts a prototype version of the modified maternity tunic’s side tabs on Maj. Calleen Kinney, March 4, 2021, aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. In April 2021, MCSC will begin gradually releasing a series of updated maternity items in response to concerns about fit, comfort and appearance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Tonya Smith)
April 6, 2021 - In April, Marine Corps Systems Command will begin releasing a series of modifications to the service, dress, combat and physical training maternity uniform items to address capability gaps involving fit, comfort and appearance.

TACPs recognize Military Child of the Year
The 353rd Training Squadron, Special Warfare Training Wing, honored Nyah Gray, Operation Homefront 2021 Military Child of the Year® for the Air Force, during an Air Force Tactical Air Control Party, TACP,
April 6, 2021 - Nyah Gray was recently named Operation Homefront's 2021 Military Child of the Year® for the Air Force. Gray was honored by the 353rd Training Squadron, Special Warfare Training Wing, during an Air Force Tactical Air Control Party, or TACP, final formation ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex April 2. Selectees for the honor were chosen based on the positive impacts they had on their military family, school, and community.

CFSCC commander visits JTF-SD
SCHRIEVER AFB, Colo. - Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, commander of Combined Force Space Component Command, U.S. Space Command; and deputy commander of Space Operations Command, U.S. Space Force, and Chief Master Sgt. Grange Coffin, CFSCC command senior enlisted leader, stand with leaders of CFSCC’s sister component, Brig. Gen. Tom James, Joint Task Force-Space Defense commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, JTF-SD command senior enlisted leader, during their April 1 visit to the organization at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. During the visit, CFSCC and JTF-SD leaders discussed ways to maximize their effectiveness as they execute USSPACECOM missions. (U.S. Space Force photo by Kathryn Damon)
April 5, 2021 - Leaders from U.S. Space Command's two component commands, Combined Force Space Component Command and Joint Task Force-Space Defense, convened at the latter's headquarters April 1.

DOD Closely Monitoring Russian Activities in Arctic
Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Wendler, warfare development officer, Submarine Force Atlantic, stands watch during Ice Exercise 2016 in the Arctic Circle, March 19, 2016.
April 5, 2021 - Russian military activities and infrastructure build-ups in the Arctic are not going unnoticed, the Pentagon press secretary said.

Another Project Under the Belt for the Far East District
Col. Garrett Cottrell (left), Deputy Commanding Officer - Transformation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District, and Col. Pyo In Tae (right), Chief, Program Management Team, ROK Design and Construction Agent, sign the Acceptance Release Letter for SPT060 Site 2 Building E, which will support storage requirements for various agencies across USAG Humphreys, Republic of Korea, Apr. 2, 2021.
April 5, 2021 - USAG HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Far East District

New ‘Air Force Review Boards Agency’ website launched
The Department of the Air Force debuted a new website for past and present Airmen and Guardians to correct their military records April 5.
April 5, 2021 - The Department of the Air Force debuted a new website for past and present Airmen and Guardians to correct their military records April 5.

Nebraska World War II soldier's remains identified nearly 80 years after he died (via Nebraska TV ABC)
April 5, 2021 - It was a reunion made for history books; an army private lost during World War II was finally coming

AFRL commander shares journey, inspires change in Women’s Fireside Chat
Air Force Research Laboratory Commander Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle provided a rare glimpse into the path she has blazed as a leader, woman and mother during a 30-year career in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
April 5, 2021 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – As part of a female leadership spotlight during

Sexual Assault Prevention Response – What the program is all about
April 5, 2021 - Anybody could be a victim of sexual assault. It could happen anywhere and at any time. In the Marine Corps, one of Marines’ most important responsibilities is to look out for their brothers and sisters beside them. Through the Sexual Assault Prevention Response program, Marines receive that capability. The Department of Defense initiated the SAPR program to provide victims the resources and support systems they need to recover from the trauma they suffered. The program also educates the military community on prevention methods...

Sexual Assault Prevention Response – What the program is all about
April 5, 2021 - Anybody could be a victim of sexual assault. It could happen anywhere and at any time. In the Marine Corps, one of Marines’ most important responsibilities is to look out for their brothers and sisters beside them. Through the Sexual Assault Prevention Response program, Marines receive that capability. The Department of Defense initiated the SAPR program to provide victims the resources and support systems they need to recover from the trauma they suffered. The program also educates the military community on prevention methods...

Easter parade brings cheer to military families
A family is greeted by the Easter Bunny during the “Operation Bunny Trail” Easter parade in military family housing April 1, 2021, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Airmen volunteers delivered candy, treats and cheer to celebrate the holiday with families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)
April 5, 2021 - HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Holiday celebrations are a little different this year due to COVID-19,

Heritage evolved: United States Air Force Honor Guard breaks barriers with first women-led funeral honors
U.S. Air Force Col. Erica Rabe, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and 11th Wing vice commander, presents a flag to the family of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce Burns as the United States Honor Guard Pallbearers stand at attention as part of modified military funeral honors with funeral escort in Section 82 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, March 22, 2021. Burns served in the Air Force from 1962 to 1982. His spouse, Janet Burns, received the flag from his service. The funeral was an historic occasion for the United States Honor Guard, with the largest female presence on a pallbearers team in Air Force history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Katie Edelman)
April 5, 2021 - At the Millennium Project section of the cemetery, a ceremonial burial is underway. A caisson approaches, and behind that, for the first time in United States Air Force history, a pallbearer team of four women and two men.

Book Review: China’s Crisis of Success
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April 5, 2021 - In the latest from the Air University Press Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, Mr. Paul David-Albert reviews William Overholt’s book, "China’s Crisis of Success" (2018). According to David-Albert, Overholt’s research proves useful as a road map of China’s rapid economic development from 1979–2010, the transitions China’s economy must undergo to continue growing, and the political challenges Pres. Xi Jinping faces going forward.

Instructor Pilots Reflect on Women’s History Month
Pictured (Left to Right): Col. Cary Jones, Capt. Susan Jennie, Capt. Melany Delgado, and Maj. Emily Brown stands in front of a T-6 Texan II. The T-6 is the first aircraft all pilots must fly during there training during their time at Laughlin.(Courtesy photo taken by 2nd Lt. Esther Min)
April 5, 2021 - “A wise woman once told me, ‘In aviation, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female—you’re a flyer,” said Major Jamie Van Neste, T-6 Texan II Instructor Pilot. “Your gender doesn’t change that ability…and your aircraft can’t tell the difference.”

Tenant feedback drives housing programs improvement
Department of the Air Force housing program officials are analyzing data from the recently completed 2020 Department of Defense Annual Tenant Satisfaction Survey for trends and ways to improve the enterprise’s privatized and government-owned housing portfolio and tenant experience.
April 5, 2021 - Department of the Air Force housing program officials are analyzing data from the recently completed 2020 Department of Defense Annual Tenant Satisfaction Survey for trends and ways to improve the enterprise’s privatized and government-owned housing portfolio and tenant experience.

Honors, recognition given to Vietnam Veterans at JBA during national observance
Members from the 316th Wing honor Vietnam War veterans on base for Vietnam War Veterans Day, Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 29, 2021. The veterans represented most of the military branches; many arrived by bus from the Old Soldiers’ Home in Washington. The observance day was established in 2012 as the day to honor the millions of veterans who returned from war to their home country and did not receive assistance or respect. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)
April 5, 2021 - Members from the 316th Wing honored Vietnam War veterans on base for Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29, 2021.

Counter-Cyber Reflections for NATO
Senior Airman Zach Wilt, 49th Communications Squadron cyber system operator, installs Microsoft Windows 10 to a laptop at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Nov. 1, 2017. Wilt is one of a few Airmen tasked with installing Windows 10, and other various programs such as Adobe and Java, to Holloman’s computers following the Air Force’s transition to a Microsoft Windows 10 secure host baseline. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)
April 5, 2021 - Background Since the mid-1990s, Russia has steadily recovered its ailing economy from post-Soviet

Full speed ahead: Mach 18 now available to test customers at AEDC Tunnel 9
AEDC Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 Advanced Diagnostician and physicist Michael Smith works in the Tunnel 9 Laser Lab. Recently-developed advanced laser diagnostics are helping pave the way for a Mach 18 capability at Tunnel 9, an AEDC facility located in White Oak, Maryland. (U.S. Air Force Photo)
April 5, 2021 - Test customers in need of serious speed are lining up to take advantage of an unprecedented

USS Essex Honors Service Members and Families during Burial at Sea
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 29, 2021) Sailors fold the national ensign during a burial at sea ceremony aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting routine operations in U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brett McMinoway)
April 5, 2021 - The crew of Wasp-Class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) held a burial at sea for 25 service members and two spouses while at sea in the Pacific Ocean, March 29.

Projects in Benin increase both healthcare capacity and ability to document births
The Mayor of Malanville, accepts keys to a newly constructed health clinic from Humanitarian Assistance Program Coordinator Cosme Quenum, a local national with the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin in the village of Money, Benin in Africa at the end of January 2021. The clinic and various associated facilities also built with it comprise one of two similar clinic projects recently completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in that region of Benin through funding from AFRICOM and coordinated closely with the U.S. State Department. (Courtesy Photo)
April 5, 2021 - Villagers in two communities in northeast Benin will no longer need to cross the border to give birth or receive other basic medical care with the delivery of two new medical facilities in the remote villages of Money and Godjekoara, both of which sit in the larger border region of the Commune of Malanville. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District implemented and managed the construction of the facilities. Project requirements and funding were provided by AFRICOM with onsite coordination provided by the U.S. Embassy and Office of Security Cooperation.

Projects in Benin increase both healthcare capacity and ability to document births
The Mayor of Malanville, accepts keys to a newly constructed health clinic from Humanitarian Assistance Program Coordinator Cosme Quenum, a local national with the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin in the village of Money, Benin in Africa at the end of January 2021. The clinic and various associated facilities also built with it comprise one of two similar clinic projects recently completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in that region of Benin through funding from AFRICOM and coordinated closely with the U.S. State Department. (Courtesy Photo)
April 5, 2021 - Villagers in two communities in northeast Benin will no longer need to cross the border to give birth or receive other basic medical care with the delivery of two new medical facilities in the remote villages of Money and Godjekoara, both of which sit in the larger border region of the Commune of Malanville. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District implemented and managed the construction of the facilities. Project requirements and funding were provided by AFRICOM with onsite coordination provided by the U.S. Embassy and Office of Security Cooperation.

Florida National Guard helps mitigate reservoir leak
A Florida National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter places pumps at the leaking Piney Point Reservoir in Manatee County in the Tampa Bay area April 4, 2021. Guard members placed two pumps at the pond to accelerate efforts to lower the water level enough to repair the leak.
April 5, 2021 - PINEY POINT, Fla. – The Florida National Guard is supporting state partners in the ongoing response

China's System: Face to Face - In their Own Words
April 5, 2021 - This book closely focuses on studying, propagating, and implementing the spirit of the 4th Plenary

Commander, 7th Fleet Visits Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Bill Merz, left, commander of 7th Fleet, participates in a tour of MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, Apr. 1, 2021. Leadership made visits with squadrons that make up Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, including the
April 5, 2021 - 7th Fleet leadership met with Sailors and Marines from various commands at Marine Corps Air Station

DLA Installation Management Susquehanna initiates April Prepareathon
Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Susquehanna Security and Emergency Services team has begun what it’s termed “April Prepareathon.” Every week in April, the Emergency Management team will provide a topic to assist employees with preparing for disasters and other emergencies. This week’s topic is flooding. Graphic source: Ready.gov.
April 5, 2021 - Every week in April, the Emergency Management team will provide a topic to assist employees with preparing for disasters and other emergencies.

U.S. Army Medical Professionals Administer COVID-19
Sgt. Franchesca Esteban, assigned to 25th Infantry Division, administers a COVID-19 Vaccine in support of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) COVID-19 Vaccination team at the Medical Care and Treatment Site (MCATS). U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, through U.S. Army Pacific, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Navy photo by Brad Ruszala)
April 4, 2021 - A team of 12 U.S. Army medical professionals began administering COVID-19 Vaccine doses to members of the local community in Saipan, April 3.

AFRL scientist selected for Undergraduate Pilot Training
Air Force Research Laboratory physicist 1st Lt. James Wymer tests a laser source in one of the Directed Energy Directorate’s high power microwave labs while fellow researcher Alex Englesbe looks on. (Courtesy photo/AFRL)
April 4, 2021 - KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFRL) - "I joined the Air Force twice," stated 1st Lt. James Wymer,

First-class aviator reflects on her storied career
Capt. Kathy La Sauce is shown in her Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 77-08 graduation photo. In October 2020, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force debuted an exhibit dedicated to the 10 women of UPT Class 77-08, the UPT class that included women. (Courtesy photo by Kathy La Sauce)
April 4, 2021 - Kathy La Sauce didn’t blaze trails during her 20-year Air Force career. She scorched them.

USS Roosevelt Conducts Replenishment-at-Sea
210401-N-CJ510-0154 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 1, 2021) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Andrew Rowe, left, shoots line to the dry cargo ship USNS William McClean (T-AKE 12), during a replenishment-at-sea aboard the USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), April 1, 2021. Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its second patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Rumple/Released)
April 3, 2021 - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) conducted a scheduled replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the dry cargo ship USNS William McClean (T-AKE 12), April 1, 2021.

USSPACECOM, Japan Air Self-Defense Force Sign Liaison Officer Arrangement
April 2, 2021 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., -- U.S. Space Command and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force signed an

Global Lightning exercise tests multi-domain space capabilities
Many operations during U.S. Space Command's recent Global Lightning exercise were based in the command's joint operations center.
April 2, 2021 - More than 100 U.S. Space Command personnel and 900 total participants took part in Global Lightning 2021 on March 8-12, which integrated space capabilities into a multi-domain exercise.

ERDC team uses unique tool in Navy aircraft runway testing
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center's Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory uses a Heavy Vehicle-load Simulator-Aircraft system to test AM2 matting for the U.S. Navy's P-8 Poseidon aircraft in March 2021 at the Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
April 2, 2021 - Since aircraft have been used as wartime weapons, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has led the charge of creating tools that allow those planes to land anywhere in the world. Today, that mission has not changed, and the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) is using a unique machine to better understand the Navy’s P-8 Poseidon and how it distresses temporary, rapidly constructed runways.  

Army tech, modernization at the forefront of mission objectives
The head of U.S. Army Materiel Command, Gen. Ed Daly met with Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) Commander Col. Joseph Parker and top leaders to review the ongoing efforts to modernize existing manufacturing technologies, Mar. 26.
April 2, 2021 - The head of U.S. Army Materiel Command, Gen. Ed Daly met with Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) Commander Col. Joseph Parker and top leaders to review the ongoing efforts to modernize existing manufacturing technologies.

Oldest Recruit In the History of Parris Island
April 2, 2021 - The average age of a United States Marine Corps recruit is 21 years old. When Paul Douglas enlisted in 1942, he left behind his wife, child, and career and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island at the ripe age of 50. Even though thousands of visitors have walked the halls of the Douglas Visitor Center, very few know the story of the man behind the namesake, who became the oldest recruit in the history of Parris Island...

Exercise Supports Multinational Interoperability
Army Staff Sgt. Robert Moore (right), with 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, helps U.K. Army LT. Tom Chapman (left), assigned to the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, set up M18A1 Claymore mine during a multinational claymore training exercise with Battle Group Poland at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland on July 10, 2018.
April 2, 2021 - The U.S. Army has planned Warfighter 21-4, a major multinational warfighter exercise for April 6-15.

Offutt begins using new online scheduling system for COVID-19 vaccinations
COVID-19 vaccination information for eligible Team Offutt personnel. Scan the QR label to register for the vaccine. (U.S. Air Force graphic illustration by Josh Plueger)
April 2, 2021 - Offutt has begun using the Defense Health Agency online scheduling system for registering Team Offutt personnel for the COVID-19 vaccination.

Program for sexual assault survivors available at JBSA
For more information about the Sexual Assault Intensive Outpatient Program or the pilot study, contact the Psychological Health Intensive Outpatient Program patient care coordinator at 210-539-1066.
April 2, 2021 - Joint Base San Antonio has been home to an intensive outpatient program for survivors of sexual assault since 2014, and now that program has been selected as a pilot site for an evaluation study of TRICARE’s Sexual Trauma Intensive Outpatient Programs.

Directorate awards contract to upgrade C-5 avionics
Infographic created to showcase C-5 Galaxy. (U.S. Department of Defense Graphic by Travis Burchum) Submitted for Digital Art - GIDA 2016.
April 2, 2021 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The largest aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory, will

TAD Stands Up – Extremism stand down begins a challenging, but essential, conversation
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division conducted a division wide stand down March 30 to bring a more direct focus on extremism in the ranks. The extremism stand down was part of a larger effort the Army is executing to shift its attention back to people and address head-on the harmful behaviors that tear at the fabric of its force, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, suicide, discrimination, extremism.

The Official Army Stand-To included a video message from Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III addressing extremism in the military released February 19, 2021. Austin’s words inspired, reminded, and challenged every individual at every level to reaffirm their oaths of office and refocus our attention on people. (Photo courtesy of open source media)
April 2, 2021 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division conducted a division wide stand down March 30 to bring a more direct focus on extremism in the ranks. Throughout the stand down event, participants brought questions and scenarios to the surface and had some hard discussions on what extremism looks like and how we can learn to better address issues before they become acts of violence.

ARNORTH to oversee military vaccination support to FEMA at three new locations
A U.S. Army combat medic assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the Community Vaccination Center in Miami, March 24, 2021. Combat medics enable the state-run, federally-supported CVC to administer upwards of 2,000 daily vaccinations. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing continued, flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joseph Carpenter/47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin Air Force Base Public Affairs)
April 2, 2021 - At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approximately 420 Department of Defense military medical and support personnel will deploy to Maryland, Tennessee and Wisconsin to support state-run, federally supported Community Vaccination Centers.

Connecticut Guard, naval sub base team up for vaccinations
Sgt. 1st Class Sara Landon, Connecticut Army National Guard Medical Detachment readiness noncommissioned officer, prepares vials of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, April 1, 2021. The Connecticut National Guard partnered with the base to distribute vaccines to approximately 1,000 Sailors and eligible Navy personnel.
April 2, 2021 - HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut National Guard helped Naval Submarine Base New London vaccinate

National Museum USAF to open an aircraft one day each month
DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed AC-130A
April 2, 2021 - Beginning in April 2021, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will provide the opportunity for

Department of the Air Force remains focused on suicide prevention
April 2, 2021 - In 2019, the Department of the Air Force suicide count and rate were the highest in recent history.

DCNG hosts Burkina Faso military attaché in SPP visit
Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, Brig. Gen. Aaron R. Dean II, adjutant general, and other senior leaders hosted a bilateral engagement with Colonel Major Rémi Jean de Dieu Kaboré, defense, military and air attaché of the Embassy of Burkina Faso March 30, 2021. The DCNG and Burkina Faso are partners under the National Guard's State Partnership Program.
April 2, 2021 - WASHINGTON – Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, commanding general of the District of Columbia National

Air Force Marathon relay returns
Air Force Marathon Relay
April 2, 2021 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - The Air Force Marathon’s three-person relay has returned and

88 MDG team makes progress in Detroit
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Leonardo Coronado Castillo, a Marietta, Georgia, native and Aerospace Medical service member, part of the 88th Medical Group, stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, assigned to the 1st Detachment, 64th Air Expeditionary Group, goes through the entire vaccination procedure during a dry run exercise at the state-run, federally-supported Ford Field COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center, March 22, 2021. The exercise covered all aspects of what a community member would experience upon arrival, through the entire vaccination process, at the CVC. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the whole-of-government COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Wash, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
April 2, 2021 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - The 120 Airmen from the 88th Medical Group who departed for

Michigan, Latvia strengthen partnership in virtual workshop
The Michigan National Guard and Latvia strengthened their partnership under the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program with a virtual workshop March 15-19, 2021. U.S. military public affairs professionals from Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington joined with counterparts from the Republic of Latvia to sharpen their skills as media content creators.
April 2, 2021 - LANSING, Mich. – U.S. military public affairs professionals from Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey and

Deployed couple withstands challenges with 3-year-old home
Cpl. Ashley Hibbler, left, and Spc. Kyle Hibbler, deployed with Delta Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, video chat with their 3-year-old son Landon from an airfield in the 28th ECAB’s area of operations in the Middle East.
April 2, 2021 - CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – “He has his days where he is mad at us for leaving and other days, he cannot

20 OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PHOTOS FROM MARCH 2021
U.S. Marine advance during a force on force exercise at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, March 4.
April 1, 2021 - From Marines in the Gulf of Omen to the ranges of Okinawa, these are 20 of the most influential

Marine Aviation Support to AFRICOM Crisis Response Force Changes Hands
April 1, 2021 - A new detachment of U.S. Marine Corps aircraft has arrived at Moron Air Base, Spain, to support U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) ability to respond to crises in the African continent and to protect American facilities, personnel and interests.

Marine Forces Special Operations Command Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Personnel with Marine Forces Special Operations Command are awarded for their accomplishments during a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 22, 2021. On Feb. 24, 2006, the Marine Corps combined several of its specialized and uniquely trained units, gave them a name and a commander and directed them to become pioneers in a new chapter of Marine Corps history. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt Jesula Jeanlouis)
April 1, 2021 - CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marines with Marine Forces Special Operations Command celebrate the 15th anniversary of the organization, Feb. 22, 2021. Fifteen years ago, the Marine Corps combined several of its specialized and uniquely trained units to become pioneers in a new chapter of Marine Corps history within Special Operations Command. While MARSOC can still be considered a relatively young unit, the history of Marine Corps specialized forces can be traced back much further than 2006.