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SMC and its government, industry partners successfully launch GPS III SV 2 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
A Delta IV carrying the GPS III SV2 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC-37, Aug. 22. The satellite will become part of a 31 satellite constellation on orbit providing enhanced timing and navigation to civilians and the warfighter. (Photo courtsey of ULA)
Aug. 22, 2019 - The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the second Global Positioning

Women’s Equality Day panelists share experiences as police officers, firefighters
(Third from left) Panelists Battalion Chief Tiffanye Wesley, DLA Police Capt. Jacquelyn Marshall, Fire Chief Trisha Wolford, and DLA Police Sgt. Diborah Scarpine pose with McNamara Headquarters Complex tenant organization leaders. Photo by Teodora Mocanu
Aug. 22, 2019 - The McNamara Headquarters Complex tenant organizations hosted four public service officials who shared unique perspectives during the Women’s Equality Day observance, August 21.

Women’s Equality Day panelists share experiences as police officers, firefighters
(Third from left) Panelists Battalion Chief Tiffanye Wesley, DLA Police Capt. Jacquelyn Marshall, Fire Chief Trisha Wolford, and DLA Police Sgt. Diborah Scarpine pose with McNamara Headquarters Complex tenant organization leaders. Photo by Teodora Mocanu
Aug. 22, 2019 - The McNamara Headquarters Complex tenant organizations hosted four public service officials who shared unique perspectives during the Women’s Equality Day observance, August 21.

Troop Support improves analysis, decision making through project management
Sandra Allen, Christopher Sapsis and Peter Cruz, pictured left to right, pose for a photo after instructing a one hour session on project management tools at a hands-on training session Aug. 20, 2019 in Philadelphia. Sapsis and the CPI team presented the PM tools as a way to: efficiently manage projects; analyze and assess inputs and tasks; and communicate how decisions are made.
Aug. 22, 2019 - The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support recently emphasized a focus on project management to enable better data-driven decision making and analysis. The Continuous Process Improvement office is leading the charge in support of PM training with classroom sessions to improve the workforce's PM skills and provide tools intended to help employees and leaders.

Updated regulation encourages Soldiers to utilize performance, health experts
The same resources and expertise the Army is using to build high performing units and ready and resilient Soldiers can now be utilized by Soldiers, commanders and leaders in executing the Army Body Composition Program (ABCP) according to the updated version of Army Regulation 600-9.
Aug. 21, 2019 - The same resources and expertise the Army is using to build high performing units and ready and resilient Soldiers can now be utilized by Soldiers, commanders and leaders in executing the Army Body Composition Program (ABCP) according to the updated version of Army Regulation 600-9.

September is National Preparedness Month; make time to plan for disasters
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder to plan and prepare for emergencies that could impact our homes, workplace, schools, and communities. Planning and preparation is essential in building resilient communities and coincides with this year’s theme of “Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters.”
Aug. 21, 2019 - September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder to plan and prepare for emergencies that could impact our homes, workplace, schools and communities. Planning and preparation is essential in building resilient communities and coincides with this year’s theme of “Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters.”

Conference: Inspectors general live 'to teach and train'
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, director, Army National Guard, addresses National Guard inspectors generals during the 2019 National Guard Bureau Inspectors General conference, July 30, 2019, Arlington, Virginia.
Aug. 21, 2019 - ARLINGTON, Va. – Embracing the motto “to teach and train,” over 100 inspectors general from the 50

Lead Inspector General for Classified Overseas Contingency Operations in Africa and the Middle East I Quarterly Report to the United States Congress I April 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Aug. 21, 2019 - As required by the IG Act, the Lead IG report on three classified overseas contingency operations designated by the Secretary of Defense in February 2018: the East Africa Counterterrorism overseas contingency operation, the North and West Africa Counterterrorism overseas contingency operation, and Operation Yukon Journey. These operations, which seek to degrade al Qaeda and ISIS-affiliated terrorists in specific regions of Africa and the Middle East, are classified. The Lead IG report is classified as a result. We have provided the report to the federal agencies and congressional committees.

USACE remains the "Go-To" solution for engineering challenges nationally
Roof framing is underway on the Life Support Area at the Aviation Enhancement Project in Kandahar.
Aug. 21, 2019 - As the peace talk's loom the Afghanistan USACE District maintains its course for success.

Soldiers, Airmen work together to save lives during exercise
Brian Yohn, 733d Civil Engineer Division firefighter, checks a patient’s status during an aircraft crash exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 13, 2019. The first responders worked quickly to evacuate patients from the crash while also maintaining safety as a top priority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal)
Aug. 21, 2019 - Service members assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, worked alongside one another to participate in a downed aircraft crash exercise at Felker Army Airfield, Aug. 13, 2019.

National Guard Counterdrug Program celebrates 30 years
The National Guard Counterdrug Program celebrates 30 years of support to more than 300 federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies across all 54 states and territories this year.
Aug. 21, 2019 - AUSTIN, Texas — The National Guard Counterdrug Program this year celebrates 30 years of support to

Appreciation dinner highlights volunteers contributions to 'give a helping hand to Okinawa'
U.S. Marines and U.S. Government employees, eat dinner at the United Services Organization Volunteer Recognition at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan Aug. 20, 2019.  The Dinner was held to reward and recognize U.S. Service Members who had volunteered a large amount of hours to community service during the previous fiscal year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samuel Brusseau)
Aug. 21, 2019 - CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Camp Foster – The United Service Organization on Camp Foster hosted a dinner for service members who volunteered a large amount of their time to community events throughout 2019, Aug. 20 on Camp Foster. Service members who volunteered throughout the year were treated to a dinner to enjoy with friends, family, and co-workers. The USO itself assists in scheduling and providing transportation to and from volunteer events for military personnel stationed all across Okinawa.

New employment initiative targets Far East Region military spouses
Penny Ferguson (left), a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Far East District (FED) workforce management specialist, speaks with a colleague at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Aug, 21.
Aug. 20, 2019 - CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea – Servicemembers are expected to move several times throughout their

Director addresses Energy workforce
Six DLA Energy personnel were acknowledged with the Director’s “Ya Done Good!” awards: Senior Procurement Process Support Analyst Donna Black; Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization Analyst Patricia Beyer; Supplier Operations Contract Specialist Shane Banks; Quality Assurance Specialist Mark Mizrahi; Customer Account Specialist Phillip Ray Adams; and DLA Energy Middle East Navy Lt. Jonathan Gazaille. Photo by DLA photographer Tea Mocanu
Aug. 20, 2019 - DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams praised the Energy workforce during a town hall event at the McNamara Headquarters Complex at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Aug. 12, saying, “I have been here for two years and the longer I am, the greater my appreciation for this phenomenal team. I can’t think of another organization with a broader impact not only on DLA but also on the Department of Defense.”

Organizations help families get back to school
Local students and parents line up to pick up school supplies at the Madrigal Youth Center on Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 10, 2019. The Sheppard Spouses' Club, Sheppard 1st Sergeant's Council and Sheppard Parent Advisory Board teamed up to gather the supplies to provide an easier start to the school year for families. (Photo courtesy of the Sheppard Spouses' Club)
Aug. 20, 2019 - The Sheppard Spouses’ Club, Sheppard 1st Sergeant’s Council and Sheppard Parent Advisory Board pooled their resources and volunteers together Aug. 10, 2019, for a Back to School Brigade event that saw more than 5,000 donated school supplies go to more than 225 military children to help get the new school year started.

DLA-GSA partnership to manage federal supply classes spans history
The Defense Logistics Agency and General Services Administration work together to manage 600-plus federal classes of supply, which include over 6 million National Stock Numbered items.
Aug. 20, 2019 - The Defense Logistics Agency and General Services Agency work together to manage 600-plus federal classes of supply, which include over 6 million National Stock Numbered items.

Lethal and Ready to Respond
190729-M-MI961-1026 CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait (July 29, 2019) Marines with Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/5, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), fires an AT-4 on a range during live-fire training. The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jared Sabins/Released)
Aug. 19, 2019 - Marines and Sailors from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed a two-week training exercise aboard multiple U.S. military installations in Kuwait, Aug. 9.

Air Force workshop focuses on installation support, environmental stewardship
More than 400 environmental, legal and public affairs professionals from Air Force installations across the globe attended the three-day Air Force Environmental Workshop Aug. 13-15 in downtown San Antonio. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Environmental Directorate led the workshop allowing an opportunity for attendees to gain invaluable career training to continue improving the Air Force’s environmental stewardship and compliance.
Aug. 19, 2019 - Building resilient installations was the theme of an Air Force Civil Engineer Center workshop that brought together environmental, public affairs and other base professionals Aug. 13-15 in San Antonio.

187th Medical Battalion donates more than $10,000 worth of school supplies
187th Medical Battalion Soldiers delivered donated supplies at Briscoe Elementary School Aug. 8.
Aug. 19, 2019 - Students and teachers at Briscoe Elementary School in the San Antonio Independent School District received a welcome surprise when Soldiers from the 187th Medical Battalion, Health Readiness Center of Excellence, or HRCoE, delivered more than $10,000 worth of school supplies Aug. 8 as part of the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Adopt-a-School program.

Travis AFB produces first certified 3-D printed aircraft parts
A Stratasys F900 3D printer prints aircraft parts, Aug. 15, 2019, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Travis AFB is the first field-unit location in the Air Force to have the Stratasys F900 3D industrial printer certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center for use on aircraft replacement parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)
Aug. 19, 2019 - Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the Air Force website — The Stratasys F900 3D printer, which is capable of printing plastic parts up to 36-by-24-by-36 inches, uses a material called Ultem 9085 that is more flexible, dense and stronger than typical plastic.

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

The OSD DOT&E Working Oversight List has been updated. CAC required to view.
Aug. 16, 2019 - The OSD DOT&E Working Oversight List has been updated. CAC required to view.

OSHA Safe + Sound campaign held at Defense Supply Center Columbus
A Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime associate, tests his driving skills using an impaired driving simulator that allows participants to experience what it’s like to drive with a simulated blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 to 0.15 during the 2019 OSHA Safe & Sound Campaign event Aug. 14 at the Defense Supply Center Columbus. The campaign was sponsored by the Safety and Occupational Health Division as part of a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs.
Aug. 16, 2019 - The Safety and Occupational Health Division hosted an interactive, informational fair Aug. 14 at DSCC to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs as part of a nationwide campaign.

Emerging Technologies Industry Study
Aug. 16, 2019 - The Emerging Technologies industry study is one of the most highly demanded courses at the Eisenhower School. This past year’s syllabus revolved around the rapidly increasing applicability of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The subject matter attracted a slew of motivated students from many diverse backgrounds created an atmosphere for thoughtful seminar-style discussion. Site visits to Zurich, Cambridge, Toronto and Silicon Valley further immersed the students in the ever-changing world of emerging technology.

DOD Marks 70th Anniversary of the Chairmanship
Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson swears in U.S. Army Gen. Omar Bradley as the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Aug. 16, 1949.
Aug. 15, 2019 - This week marks the 70th anniversary of the swearing-in of Army Gen. Omar N. Bradley as the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This followed the Aug. 10, 1949 signing of an amendment to the National Security Act by President Truman, which created the permanent position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unified the control of the Armed Forces under the Secretary of Defense, and renamed the National Military Establishment as the Department of Defense.

DLA, DHA agree on joint military health care support
Aug. 15, 2019 - The Defense Logistics Agency and Defense Health Agency directors signed a memorandum of agreement that established DLA as the acquisition enabler of choice for medical materiel Aug. 15 at the DHA headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.

DLA Land and Maritime successfully completes week long Agency Management Review
Land and Maritime Commander Navy Rear Adm. John Palmer greets DLA Chief of Staff Kristin French as she arrived at the Defense Supply Center Columbus Aug. 8 to  join the contingent of DLA Land and Maritime senior leadership who were taking part in the 2019 DLA AMR.
Aug. 15, 2019 - A team of more than 30 subject matter experts completed an intensive, week long internal review at the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime at Defense Supply Center Columbus’ to identify best practices to apply across the agency.

Mobile communication system brings networks to the tactical edge
Imre Kovacs, a vehicle integration specialist at Marine Corps Systems Command, instructs Cpl. Joshua Deleon on how to distinguish cables in the Networking On-the-Move system during Island Marauder’s Network Integration Event July 16, aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Fielded in 2013, NOTM is a satellite communication system that enables Marines to communicate while mobile on the battlefield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Matt Gonzales)
Aug. 15, 2019 - Fielded in 2013, NOTM is a satellite communication system that enables the Marine Air-Ground Task Force to communicate while mobile on the battlefield. The capability can connect to a network from various ground and amphibious vehicles, and aircraft—including the MV-22 Osprey—within minutes.

Two rising DCMA leaders excel during Pentagon-level fellowship
Aug. 14, 2019 - “The fellowship opened my eyes to the interworking of the DoD at the highest levels,” said Wendi Duffy.

Two rising DCMA leaders excel during Pentagon-level fellowship
Navy Capt. Lorenzo Williams, the Defense Contract Management Agency Baltimore commander; Wendi Duffy, a DCMA Baltimore supervisory industrial specialist; Robert McMahon, assistant secretary of defense for sustainment; Cal-Abram Johnson, DCMA’s Enterprise Architecture Group lead capital planning investment control manager; and Ray Coleman, the agency’s chief information officer, pose for a picture at the Pentagon after Duffy and Johnson recently graduated from the year-long Office of the Secretary of Defense Sustainment Fellows Program. (Photo courtesy of the Pentagon)
Aug. 14, 2019 - “The fellowship opened my eyes to the interworking of the DoD at the highest levels,” said Wendi Duffy.

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

Engaging with industry
Representatives from DLA Energy Supplier Operations Directorate, Small Business Programs, Quality Technical Directorate, Supply Chain Management, Business Process Support, and the Procurement Policy Support Directorate answered questions and provided information about upcoming contract solicitations during DLA Industry Day at the McNamara Headquarter Complex, July 31. Photo by Michael R. Fitts, DLA Acquisition.
Aug. 14, 2019 - DLA Energy Commander hosted two breakout sessions to talk about DLA Energy opportunities and encourage industry feedback during the second annual DLA Industry Day at the McNamara Headquarter Complex, July 31. Eleven companies representing the oil and gas, renewable energy, and utility services sectors attended the breakout sessions.

What is a National Stock Number?
DLA answers FAQs about National Stock Numbers.
Aug. 14, 2019 - Wonder what an NSN is and how DLA uses it? The fast facts about National Stock Numbers are all in this video.

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

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

U.S. Marine to meet FBI agent who saved his life in a 1997 kidnapping case
U.S. Marine Cpl. Stewart Rembert, a motor vehicle technician with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, poses for a photo at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 7, 2019. Rembert was invited to attend a retirement ceremony for FBI Special Agent Troy Sowers on Aug. 9, 2019.
Aug. 13, 2019 - U.S. Marine Cpl. Stewart Rembert is scheduled to attend FBI Special Agent Troy Sowers retirement ceremony as a special guest Friday at the FBI Field Office in Knoxville, Tenn.

New contracts, Aug. 12
The agency currently manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion. The agency also currently authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day. (DCMA graphic by Elizabeth Szoke).
Aug. 12, 2019 - The agency currently manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion, and authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day.

Ukraine to Ghana: Celebrating Friendship across Continents and Generations
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ACCRA, Ghana (July 24, 2019) Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy, meets with Dominic Nitiwul, Ghanaian minister of defence, in Accra, Ghana, July 24, 2019. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6thFleet, headquartered in Naples, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Nelson/Released)
Aug. 12, 2019 - In the 11th episode of “On the Horizon: Navigating the European and African Theater” podcast, Adm. James G. Foggo III highlights the great power competition in the Black Sea and the importance of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

USACE awards FED employee Program Manager of the Year
Jennifer Moore (second from left), Air Force Program Branch Chief, Programs and Project Management Division US Army Corps of Engineers Far East District, was selected as the 2019 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Program Manager of the Year. Ms. Moore has skillfully used her communication skills, passion, positive attitude, and attention to details to develop and successfully lead internal and external project delivery teams through various stages of the project life cycle producing outstanding results and outcomes. With a clear understanding and appreciation for beginnings on the right foot, she ensured that stakeholder requirements were accurately captured during the scoping process through design and construction. She has gained the trust and respect from her stakeholders as cited in the USACE external stakeholder survey.
Aug. 11, 2019 - CAMP HUMPHEYS, South Korea – Jennifer Moore, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Far East District

New Army chief of staff: Taking care of people key to winning the fight
Gen. James C. McConville, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, discussed progress on a fighting position with a Soldier from 277th Aviation Support Battalion, at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, July 14. McConville toured 10th Combat Aviation Brigade's area of operations during exercise Saber Guardian 17 and recognized Soldiers outstanding work.
Aug. 9, 2019 - Gen. James McConville, who was sworn in as the Army's 40th chief of staff Aug. 9, has led multiple units in combat before most recently serving as the 36th vice chief of staff under Gen. Mark Milley, who will be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. McConville also oversaw the Army's G-1 (personnel) and legislative liaison offices.

Emerging technology may save Airmen’s lives
Tech. Sgt. Scott Siesel, 60th Operations Squadron wing tactics noncommissioned officer in charge and Tech. Sgt. Emanuel Espino-Mata, 60th OSS NCOIC of survival, evasion, resistance and escape operations, discuss logistics during a SERE training exercise Aug. 5, 2019, in a remote area near Travis Air Force Base, Calif. SERE instructors conduct the training to improve aircrew’s skill sets and update them on new techniques, procedures and technologies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Heide Couch)
Aug. 9, 2019 - This focus on readiness was on display Aug. 5 during a SERE exercise in Vallejo, California, which provided Airmen an opportunity to train using realistic scenarios while testing new technology.

Encourage, Empower and Elevate
Defense Logistics Agency Energy women were among the roughly 900 federal employees from across the nation who attended the annual Federally Employed Women’s National Training Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 22-26.
Aug. 9, 2019 - Defense Logistics Agency Energy women were among the roughly 900 federal employees from across the nation who attended the annual Federally Employed Women’s National Training Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 22-26.

AF Week in Photos
Pilots from the 25th Flying Training Squadron and the 5th FTS soar through the sky in a T-38C Talon July 26, 2019 over Oklahoma. The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Crul)
Aug. 9, 2019 - This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

NISP Classified Configuration available within eMASS
Aug. 9, 2019 -

The NISP Authorization Office has made the NISP Classified Configuration tool (NISP CC) available to download via the NISP eMASS instance.  The NISP CC is intended to assist industry in initial and maintenance configuration of NISP authorized information systems.  Detailed instructions regarding accessing, downloading, and applying the NISP CC can be found in the NISP CC in eMASS Job Aid, located here


First Female F-35B Pilot
Capt. Anneliese Satz conducts pre-flight checks prior to a training flight aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, March 11. Satz graduated the F-35B Lighting II Pilot Training Program June and will be assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 in Iwakuni, Japan.
Aug. 9, 2019 - U.S. Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz left her legacy on the Marine Corps’ F-35B Program when she became

Polar Security Cutter Integrated Program Office Recognized as DHS Program of the Year
Aug. 8, 2019 - Members of the Polar Security Cutter Integrated Program Office (IPO) were recognized by Department

This Week in DIA History: DIA and the Nairobi Bombing
On Aug. 7, 1998, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and wounded more than 4,500.
Aug. 8, 2019 - DIA officers responded quickly to the 1998 embassy bombings identifying the perpetrators, monitoring indications and warning of follow-on attacks and supporting operational planners.

2019 Cyber Summit focuses on domain as warfighting platform
Participants from the Continental U.S. NORAD Region - 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) 2019 Cyber Summit take a break for a photo opportunity at the 9-11 Memorial on the grounds of the 601st Air Operations Center. (Air Force photo by Mary McHale)
Aug. 8, 2019 - With a focus on approaching the cyber domain as a warfighting platform, members from across the Continental U.S. NORAD Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) enterprise recently gathered for the annual 2019 Cyber Summit here.

Lackland EFMP, Lighthouse for the Blind assist the Alamo Wing with back-to-school supplies
Aug. 8, 2019 - The Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Exceptional Family Member Program and the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired teamed together at JBSA-Lackland Aug. 4 to provide no-cost backpacks and back-to-school supplies to Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 433rd Airlift Wing.

Vaccines: A public health success story
Tech Sgt. Joseph Anthony, medical technician with the 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, administers a vaccination to a member of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 336 Engineering Company Command and Control, Chemical Radiological and Nuclear Response Enterprise Team at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, April 11, 2019. Department of Defense-issued vaccinations are used to prevent a variety of diseases that military members may encounter in the course of their duties.
Aug. 8, 2019 - Throughout U.S. history, people have benefited from improvements in the field of public health. The availability of clean water, the development of sewage systems, and other effective interventions worked to cut the rate of disease in entire segments of the population at relatively low cost. Vaccination is an intervention that has proved effective in terms of cost and effort in protecting the population from disease.

What is the IG?
Jim LaBarre, 633rd Air Base Wing Inspector General director and Jennifer Ellis, 633rd ABW IG inspector, pose for a photo at the 633rd ABW IG office at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA, Aug. 5, 2019. LaBarre and Ellis talked about the importance of knowing how the IG can help U.S. Army Soldiers and Air Force Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sarah Dowe)
Aug. 7, 2019 - For some, the Inspector General is just a term they have heard and many don’t understand the importance of the office or how to access them.

Active shooter awareness training held at DSCR
Don Bartlett, criminal intelligence analyst, Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Richmond, Security and Emergency Services Division, talks about the importance of what to do in case of an active shooter situation during Active Shooter Awareness training held in Bldg. 46 on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, Aug. 1, 2019.
Aug. 7, 2019 - Note: This training was held a few days before active shooter situations in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead and more than 50 injured in less than 24 hours. Nine people killed when a gunman opened fire inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Twenty students and six staff members killed after a 20-year old man shot them inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A night of partying at Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida, turned tragic on June 12, 2016 when a man walked in and opened fire, killing 49 and injuring close to 60 more.

Bank fraud victim: It can happen to anyone
Kelleye Elmore, internal controls manager for DLA’s Audit Task Force, wants employees to know they, too, can become victims of bank fraud. Photo by Beth Reece
Aug. 6, 2019 - The internal controls manager for the Defense Logistics Agency's Audit Task Force wants employees to know they, too, can become victims of bank fraud.

Speed wins: MacDill AFB contracting awards 100k in swift fashion
6th Air Mobility Wing leaders discuss considerations prior to awarding a contract at the first-ever Pitch Day Aug. 1, 2019, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Pitch Day is an opportunity for MacDill AFB to partner with local startups and small businesses with innovative ideas to improve the force. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Brandon Hanner)
Aug. 6, 2019 - With the success of its first Pitch Day, MacDill AFB showcased how partnerships with local businesses are an integral part of advancing innovation to improve warfighting capabilities. Even further, Pitch Day was a testament to the base’s efforts to open their doors even more to small businesses in the community.

DIA soldier leads by example during Best Warrior Competition
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Lepkowski regains his balance while making his way through the obstacle course during the ARCYBER Best Warrior Competition at Marine Corps Base Quantico, July 25. (Photo by Brian Murphy, DIA Public Affairs)
Aug. 6, 2019 - When Michael Lepkowski sat down at his desk for Spanish nearly two decades ago, he had no clue his life would change forever before class let out.

DSCC talks trash
The Defense Supply Center Columbus Environmental Division is focused on reducing solid waste diversion for the installation. The installation minimizes solid waste generation through source reduction, recycling, reuse or composting. In addition to the on base efforts, the division provides at home tips to include reducing waste, conserving water, saving energy and decreasing food waste.
Aug. 6, 2019 - DSCC Environmental Division is focused on reducing solid waste diversion for the installation. The installation minimizes solid waste generation through source reduction, recycling, reuse or composting. The Environmental Division has made it easy for associates to participate in assist in meeting its goals and help the environment while also providing tips for continued efforts at home.

New DOD program leaves sexual predators nowhere to hide
A new Defense Department program called Catch a Serial Offender, or “CATCH,” aims to make it more difficult for perpetrators of sexual assault to evade identification and capture by law enforcement.
Aug. 5, 2019 - A new Department of Defense program called Catch a Serial Offender, or "CATCH," aims to make it more difficult for perpetrators of sexual assault to evade identification and capture by law enforcement.

DoD OIG Newsletter - August 2019
Aug. 5, 2019 - The DoD OIG newsletter summarizes the reports and investigations released by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General in the previous month and those we anticipate releasing in the coming month.

Improving the quality of life of Security Forces
David Hardin, USACE TAAC Project Manager and TAAC Local National Lead Engineer discuss ongoing assessment of Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police at the Kabul Project Delivery Platform.
Aug. 5, 2019 - Train, Advise, Assist Command partners with USACE Afghanistan District to provide improved quality of life for Soldiers throughout Afghanistan.

New AFSC website simplifies hiring
Aug. 5, 2019 - The Air Force Sustainment Center has a new website, afscciviliancareers.com, aimed at easing the

10th Annual USSTRATCOM Deterrence Symposium Focuses on Great Power Competition
Mr. Angus Lapsley, Director General Strategy and International, Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom, provides perspectives on deterrence during his keynote address at the 2019 United States Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium at La Vista Conference Center in La Vista, Neb., Aug. 1, 2019. This annual symposium draws academic, government, military and international experts with the goal of creating a forum to explore a broad range of deterrence issues and thinking.
Aug. 2, 2019 - More than 650 deterrence experts from 13 countries around the globe gathered at La Vista Conference Center in Omaha, Nebraska, July 31 – Aug. 1, during U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) 10th Annual Deterrence Symposium to discuss deterrence and assurance in an era of great competition.

AFPC hosts 2019 Civilian Personnel Training Summit
More than 250 civilian personnel professionals from across the Air Force gathered in San Antonio for the third annual Civilian Personnel Training Summit July 22-26.
Aug. 2, 2019 - More than 250 civilian personnel professionals from across the Air Force gathered in San Antonio for the third annual Civilian Personnel Training Summit July 22-26. The event was hosted by the Air Force’s Personnel Center Civilian Personnel Programs division in the Personnel Programs Directorate.

Hand, Foot and Mouth disease
Aug. 2, 2019 - A relatively unfamiliar, yet common, communicable disease has caused some health concern during this summer of 2019—hand, foot and mouth disease.

Defense Travel Management Office Allowances and Regulations Update
July 31, 2019 - The Defense Travel Management Office has updated the following information for 01 Aug 2019:

Systems-based Approach to Biodefense Policy Analysis
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July 23, 2019 - In this article, co-authored by Dr. Diane DiEuliis, the authors describe a systems-based analysis of the US biosecurity and biodefense policy landscape to analyze functional relationships between policies. They identify 2 approaches in US policy for countering biological threats: prevention of theft, diversion, or deliberate malicious use of biological technologies, and development of capabilities and knowledge to assess, detect, monitor, respond to, and attribute biological threats.

Historic F-22 Raptor Qatar deployment
An F-22 Raptor from the 1st Fighter Wing, 27th Fighter Squadron prepare to take-off during a deployment to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The F-22's deployed to Qatar for the first time in order to defend American forces and interests in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
July 18, 2019 - In a historic deployment, Airmen and F-22 Raptors have been sent to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar for the first time in order to defend American forces and interests in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna Fire and Emergency Services takes advantage of unique training opportunity
DLA Susquehanna firefighters rush to stop the spread of a controlled burn during training structural burn training.
July 18, 2019 - One example of this “culture of frugality” can be seen in the recent demolition of base housing

Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering Program Provides Full Spectrum Learning
Samuel Coleman, a Tennessee State University senior civil engineering major, is interviewed at a construction site, Camp Humphreys, South Korea, July 15. Coleman is currently working as an intern at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, as a part of the Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering program.
July 17, 2019 - CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Working alongside industry experts provides university interns with a

Fort Dix Army engineers expand skills at Beyond the Horizon
U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Zakiya Magid, a supply specialist from Bronx, New York, with the 358th Engineer Company, prepares mortar for a cinder block wall during the construction of a medical clinic June 21 in Tojocaz, Guatemala. The 358th Engineer Co. brought a diverse team including U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from Haiti, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Ghana and throughout Pennsylvania to work with Guatemalan partners to build a medical clinic for the people of Tojocaz. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Ryan Matson, 652nd Regional Support Group)
July 17, 2019 - The 990th Engineer Company, Fort Dix, N.J. is fresh off a deployment to the Middle East and now faces a different kind of mission — building a trade school in remote Central America as part of the partnership for joint exercise Beyond the Horizon. The exercise is a chance for more than 1,200 Service members from the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard to work and train intimately on combat support roles like building structures and providing medical services alongside Guatemalan counterparts.

USAF begins new Egyptian F110 upgrade program
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Skyler Fleming, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron engine test facility (ETF) journeyman, inspects an active General Electric F110-GE-129 engine at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 29, 2019. Airmen assigned to the ETF facility ensure all engines tested are compliant with the standards set by General Electric engineers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)
July 17, 2019 - A big step forward to modernize the Egyptian Air Force F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fleet will take place July 25th in San Antonio, Texas. United States Air Force contracting, through Defense Logistics Agency-Aviation’s Strategic Acquisition Program, has awarded an Egyptian long-term F110 propulsion sustainment contract to GE Aviation. The ceremony will recognize the enterprise collaboration with a focus on Egyptian F-16 mission readiness.

Land the Landing Force!
Australian Army soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, aboard a light armored vehicle-25, come off a landing craft onto Langham Beach, Queensland, Australia, July16, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. Talisman Sabre 19 is a bilateral exercise that provides U.S. and Australian forces realistic and relevant training to strengthen regional security, peace and stability.
July 17, 2019 - U.S. Marines, Australian soldiers, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members trained in Combined

Clinics, patients turn to hyperbaric medicine
Gennette Jones, a hyperbaric patient, wears an oxygen hood inside a hyperbaric chamber May 31, 2019 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas. Typical hyperbaric patients suffer from post-radiation injuries; decompression sickness; arterial gas embolism; chronic wounds;  diabetics that have end-organ disease and poor circulation; sensory hearing loss; and burns.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Katherine Spessa/Released)
July 17, 2019 - “We call it the fog. It's like they’ve been awake for a few days straight,” said Col. (Dr.) Michael Richards, 59th Medical Specialty Squadron Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine section chief. “His wife had to finish his sentences. He could no longer take care of himself, really. He couldn’t manage his finances, he couldn’t drive, he couldn’t take care of his children. He couldn’t make decisions, even on small things like choosing what kind of milk to buy at the grocery store.” For this patient, a fighter pilot, suffering from arterial gas embolism, a condition that causes gas bubbles to enter the blood stream and prevent blood flow - “the fog” was a career ender. Or would have been, without the use of hyperbaric medicine.

Bluestone Dam Edges Closer to Completion
The makeover at Bluestone Dam has been a slow process – but the final part of the process is now underway. 

Located on the scenic New River in southern West Virginia, the dam is a massive concrete structure built in the 1940s to reduce flooding across the state. It’s enjoyed a long history of success, preventing more than $6 billion in flood damages during its lifetime - but the ability of the dam to withstand a major storm was called into question in the late 1990s.
July 17, 2019 - The makeover at Bluestone Dam has been a slow process – but the final part of the process is now underway. Located on the scenic New River in southern West Virginia, the dam is a massive concrete structure built in the 1940s to reduce flooding across the state. It’s enjoyed a long history of success, preventing more than $6 billion in flood damages during its lifetime - but the ability of the dam to withstand a major storm was called into question in the late 1990s.

Colorado National Guard breaks ground on 117th Space Battalion Readiness Center at Fort Carson
The Colorado National Guard’s 117th Space Battalion  Armory will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the 117th Space Battalion Readiness Center on July 19 at 10 a.m. at Fort Carson.
July 16, 2019 - The Colorado National Guard’s 117th Space Battalion Armory will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the 117th Space Battalion Readiness Center on July 19 at 10 a.m. at Fort Carson.

Esper Nominated as Defense Secretary, Spencer Now Acting Secretary
Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Richard V. Spencer walks into his office following the announcement of the nomination of Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper to Secretary of Defense by President Donald J. Trump on July 15, 2019. Secretary Esper will reassume the role of Secretary of the Army during his process of confirmation.
July 16, 2019 - WASHINGTON -- Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer has become acting defense secretary, as the Senate

Artist to Airman: Street Artist to Art of War
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg, combat photojournalist with the 4th Combat Camera Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, works on meal-ready-to-eat coffee watercolor paintings April. 23, 2019, in a deployed location. Lundborg continues to explore new avenues to express his artistic interest on duty and as a civilian. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg)
July 16, 2019 - Muralist, painter, street artist and 315th Airlift Wing Reservist, Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg, combat photojournalist with the 4th Combat Camera Squadron at JB Charleston, South Carolina, used his creative talent and public affairs training to win 2018 Military Photographer of the Year and first place in the 2018 Military Visual Awards portrait category. “On a daily basis we are evolved with creativity, adventure and challenge,” said Lundborg.

Marine Big Band Features Guest Vocalist Kate Reid
On Aug. 16, 2015, the U.S. Marine Big Band performed at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Ghadiali/released)
July 16, 2019 - This week’s outdoor summer concerts feature the Marine Big Band performing jazz and big band favorites, showcasing special guest jazz vocalist and pianist Kate Reid. The Marine Big Band will perform at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 17 on the west terrace of the U.S. Capitol and at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18 at Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va. Both Concerts are free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

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

Military spouses awarded grants for medical courses
Military spouses are now able to receive assistance with relicense or recertify professional accreditations costs through the Military and Family Readiness Center. The spouse reimbursement for relicensure and recertification program was introduced in May 2019 and was championed by military spouses who found themselves in financial hardship from relocating frequently due to permanent change of stations throughout their service member’s career.
July 16, 2019 - The career of a military spouse can sometimes be transient, but funds were made available at the beginning of 2019 to the Military and Family Readiness Center here to assist them.

Supporting Apollo 11
The Defense Supply Agency in Cameron Station, Virginia – the predecessor agency of Defense Logistics Agency – provided more than 76 items to the Apollo 11 mission including high-gain antennas responsible for the TV broadcast of man’s first walk on the moon, space suits, propellants and life sustaining packs worn by the astronauts. Photo courtesy of NASA
July 16, 2019 - Fifty years ago, Defense Supply Agency in Cameron Station – the predecessor agency of Defense Logistics Agency – supported the first manned mission to land on the Moon receiving written appreciation from NASA's director and an Apollo 11 astronaut.

Resilience experts aim to boost performance at ROTC camp
A Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet, attending advance camp at Fort Knox, Ky., gets an encouraging fist bump from Ross Simonson, an MRT-PE with the SHARP, Ready and Resilient Directorate, during the cadet's rappel tower training July 3. The Army has embedded 55 performance experts with ROTC cadets at the camp to enhance their physical and mental performance during the yearly training that is a prerequisite for ROTC cadets in order to be commissioned as officers in the Army.
July 16, 2019 - Performance psychologists have long been a staple in the rosters of professional sports teams, and now the military is treating its future leaders like elite athletes.

Air Force stands up Air Force Medical Readiness Agency
U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, speaks at the official activation of Air Force Medical Readiness Agency, at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia, June 28, 2019.
July 16, 2019 - In a ceremony June 28 at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, the Air Force Medical Service stood up a new field operating agency, the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency.

Breeze 2019 Kicks off In the Black Sea
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July 15, 2019 - Three P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft assigned to the “Red Lancers” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 began their participation in exercise Breeze 2019 July 12th.

Guard Coordination Center helps states respond to disasters
Army Master Sgt. Mark McCray reviews and updates information at the National Guard Coordination Center in Arlington, Virginia, July 12, 2019. McCray is serving in the NGCC during the National Guard’s response to Tropical Storm Barry.
July 13, 2019 - ARLINGTON, Va. – As Tropical Storm Barry fast approaches the Gulf Coast, the Louisiana National

National Military Strategy Addresses Changing Character of War
Soldiers prepare for a night air-assault training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., July 18, 2018. The soldiers are assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht
July 12, 2019 - A military contingency in one country will quickly spread around the world, and this reality is what the new National Military Strategy addresses, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Description of the 2018 National Military Strategy Released
U.S. soldiers fire a howitzer in Iraq, Aug. 12, 2018, while supporting Iraqi forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Jamie Douglas
July 12, 2019 - An unclassified overview of the 2018 National Military Strategy has been posted on the Joint Staff website.

Three deaths, zero life jackets: personal flotation devices are No. 1 life saver on water
Erin Parnell, park ranger at Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake, helps children try on life jackets during a water safety program at the Corps’ 23rd Annual Kid’s Fishing Day.
July 12, 2019 - Over the Independence Day weekend there were three fatalities at the Corps of Engineers supervised

Joint forces provide no-cost medical care in New York
Airmen assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing, Madison, Wisconsin, board an Illinois Air National Guard C-130 Hercules for transport to New York July 9, 2019, for the Greater Chenango Cares and Healthy Cortland Innovative Readiness Training.
July 12, 2019 - HOMER, N.Y. – More than 50 Wisconsin Air National Guard members assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing

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

The Last Firefighter
Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers with 297th Engineer Detachment Fire Fighting Team attend a professional development seminar with James G. Davis, Member, Historian and last living member of the 1204th Army Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon, May 4, 2019 at the 103D Troop Command Headquarters, Pearl City, Hawaii. James G. Davis served in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany during World War II.
July 11, 2019 - PEARL CITY, Hawaii -- "I am 95 years old," said James Davis. "I am a World War II veteran, and I'm

DFAS brings live coding, realism to Army Reserve’s Diamond Saber
Gregory Martin, Defense Finance and Accounting Service Defense Military Pay Office lead military pay technician, trains U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard financial management Soldiers during Diamond Saber 2019 at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 28, 2019. DFAS brought realism to the Army’s largest financial management exercise through live coding of actual Soldier’s pay. (U.S. Army photo by Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner)
July 11, 2019 - It’s been said to “train like you fight,” and for financial management Soldiers preparing to deploy in the next year, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service brought a healthy dose of realistic training and experience. DFAS Defense Military Pay Office personnel brought more than 100 years of military pay experience to help train Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers preparing to deploy during the Army Reserve’s Diamond Saber 2019 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, June 18 to July 1.

UPDATE Changes coming to G.I. Bill Transfer of Education Benefits for Guard, Reserve
GI Bill Changes
July 11, 2019 - *Editor’s Note: This article was originally published May 17, 2019. Updates were made July 10,

Federal laws steer DLA mission, business practices
The Defense Logistics Agency has been affected by Congress as much as the executive branch during its 58-year history. While some of the influence has come through oversight, the majority resulted from legislation that determined how the agency is structured, operates and employs its workforce.
July 10, 2019 - The Defense Logistics Agency has been affected by Congress as much as the executive branch during its 58-year history. While some of the influence has come through oversight, the majority resulted from legislation that determined how the agency is structured, operates and employs its workforce. 

MCSC STEM camp fosters comradery, creativity among teens
A student presents a flower billowing smoke after it was dipped in liquid nitrogen at the ninth annual Marine Corps Systems Command Quantico STEM Camp June 26, aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. MCSC, who hosted the camp, engaged with 67 middle- and high-school students throughout the weeklong event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Matt Gonzales)
July 9, 2019 - For one week in June, 67 middle- and high-school students conducted science experiments, built unmanned underwater vehicles and constructed miniature submarines—made of potatoes.

Air University Press releases book on secret war in Laos
Air University Press releases book on secret war in Laos. ( Courtesy Graphic)
July 9, 2019 - Air University Press’s latest book release is Special Air Warfare and the Secret War in Laos: Air

Edwards AFB sends earthquake response to nearby base
A portion of Highway 178 near Ridgecrest is damaged following two earthquakes July 4 and 5, as seen from a Blackhawk helicopter. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)
July 9, 2019 - According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first earthquake struck at 10:33 a.m. July 4 with a 6.4 magnitude and is now considered a foreshock. A second quake shook the area the following day at 8:20 p.m. with a stronger 7.1 magnitude. Estimated economic losses of what the USGS now calls the Searles Quake are at least $1 billion; furthermore, the air control tower at Plant 42 was also damaged. The exact extent of that damage is still under review.

USO Tour entertains troops, educates performers
Left to right: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau; Toni Trucks; Sally Lengyel; Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief, National Guard Bureau; Quinton “Rampage” Jackson; Laura Bryna; Anjelah Johnson; Cassadee Pope; Mayim Bialik; and Nia Franklin pose for a photo after a USO performance, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, July 4, 2019. Gen. Lengyel is hosting a USO Tour, visiting troops in six countries in three combatant commands.
July 9, 2019 - CAMP LEMMONIER, Djibouti – A six-nation USO Tour hosted by the chief of the National Guard Bureau

Support staff takes flight to see mission in action
A team member with the dining facility at Grissom Air Reserve Base observes pilots in the flight deck during a refueling in one of Grissom’s KC-135R Stratotankers, June 25, 2019. Services support staff from throughout the base got a firsthand look at the mission they help support at Grissom during an employee incentive flight.
July 9, 2019 - Over two dozen civilian support staff from the 434th Air Refueling Wing received an incentive flight June 25, to allow them to see firsthand how they support the mission. Employees from Grissom’s lodging and dining facilities, outdoor recreation and fitness center were joined by members of the Miami Correctional Facility K9 unit on a refueling exercise.

Happy 221st Birthday Marine Band!
On July 11, 1798 President John Adams signed an Act of Congress which reorganized the Marine Corps and allowed for
July 9, 2019 - This week the United States Marine Band turns 221 years old! Celebrate with us at 8 p.m., Wednesday,

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

Schroeder doesn't play a Soldier on TV, she is one
Spc. Carly Schroeder, center, stands with 450 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment as they await to reunite with their Family members for Family Day, on June 26. These Soldiers will have an opportunity to spend a day with their Families and new friends the day before official graduation ceremonies.
July 9, 2019 - Not many people could recognize Carly Schroeder at Fort Jackson's Hilton Field on June 27. The actress, who traded her red carpet heels for combat boots, blended into the crowd of roughly 450 identically dressed Soldiers as they walked across the field during their Basic Combat Training graduation ceremony.

Internship opens door for FED employee
Benjamin Ellis,  Project Engineer, Central Resident Office, U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District
July 8, 2019 - When I signed up for the Pathways internship program in September of 2014, I expected to expand my

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

Female chaplain’s mission field is with Wisconsin troops
1st Lt. Jennifer Kuhnert, a chaplain with the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 257th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks during a Jan. 13, 2019, memorial service for Staff Sgt. Madeline Wegner.
July 8, 2019 - MADISON, Wis. – Watching her husband and other Soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry of the

Increasing Lethality – U.S. Army Reserve Small Arms Trainer Course Developed at Fort McCoy
FORT McCOY, Wis. – Sgt. Reinaldo Silva of Marysville, Wash., an instructor with Task Force Cold Steel, provides direction to Sgt. Sterling Arneson of the 592nd Ordnance Company in Billings, Mont. on the M-2 qualification range during the Small Arms Trainer Course. 

The course is 12 days long and focuses on the six individual and crew-served weapons most commonly found within the Army Reserve. Instructors focus on Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction on each weapons system and their associated optics, and ensure students understand the purpose and procedures for maintenance on each. (U.S. Army photo by Christopher Hanson)
July 8, 2019 - In keeping with Chief of Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey’s vision to shape the U.S. Army Reserve into a more lethal, capable and combat-ready force, the 84th Training Command’s Task Force Cold Steel has developed a new weapons proficiency course at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

WVDHSEM completes full-scale nuclear accident preparedness exercise, recognized for strengths
Leadership from various West Virginia state agencies discuss operations during the 2019 Beaver Valley Power Station radiological preparedness exercise held March 12, 2019, at the West Virginia National Guard armory in Charleston. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management completed a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) full-scale exercise designed to test the agency’s abilities to deal with a nuclear accident or event at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)
July 8, 2019 - The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) recently completed a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) full-scale exercise designed to test the agency’s abilities to deal with a nuclear accident or event at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Supporting today’s NCO Corps with yesterday’s past
Dr. Everett Dague the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence Command Historian, reviews historical documents to verify the information provided through a submission on the historical website, on March 18.
July 8, 2019 - Dr. Everett Dague the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence Command Historian, reviews historical documents to verify the information provided through a submission on the historical website, on March 18. By Danielle O’Donnell NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, Public Affairs Office

Sea Breeze 2019 partners celebrate Navy Day in Ukraine
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ODESA, Ukraine (July 7, 2019) Adm. Ihor Voronchenko, commander of the Ukrainian Navy, left, gives a tour of Odesa Port to Vice Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet during Ukraine Navy Day which coincides with exercise Sea Breeze 2019 in Odesa, Ukraine, July 7, 2019. Sea Breeze is a U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea and is designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen maritime security and peace within the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kyle Steckler/Released)
July 8, 2019 - The president of Ukraine joined the Ukrainian Navy, military members from exercise Sea Breeze 2019, and the people of Ukraine to celebrate Navy Day in Odesa, Ukraine, July 7.

4th of July Message
July 2, 2019 - Tomorrow we celebrate our Independence Day- a day which commemorates the birth of our young nation 243 years ago. On July 4, 1776 Congress declared that America was a united, free, and independent land. These liberties were hard fought for and won by many of our ancestors. Each and every one of you uphold their legacy today.

Air Force stands up Air Force Medical Readiness Agency
U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, speaks at the official activation of Air Force Medical Readiness Agency, at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia, June 28, 2019.
July 2, 2019 - In a ceremony June 28 at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, the Air Force Medical Service stood up a new field operating agency, the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency.

Installation Management fire inspector shares fireworks safety tips
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, make sure fireworks are legal in your area and follow firework safety tips.
July 2, 2019 - As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, many are excited to see the fireworks show sparkling in color across the dark skies. It’s a beautiful sight that many try to duplicate in their backyards, parks and sometimes in neighborhood streets. This can lead to some devastating mishaps that I’m sure we’ve all heard about before.

Do's and Don'ts for Displaying Old Glory
Women from Joint Base Charleston fold the flag during an all female retreat ceremony on March 23 to celebrate Women’s History Month. About forty women from the 628th Air Base Wing, the 437th and 315th Airlift Wings took part in the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Dukes)
July 2, 2019 - This week, American flags will be displayed across the nation in celebration of the Independence Day holiday. Following a few guidelines can ensure we are displaying Old Glory properly.

BAMC treats patient impaled with firework; underscores need for safety
The majority of fireworks-related incidents are due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade, or other illegal fireworks or explosives. In 2017, eight people died and more than 12,000 needed medical treatment due to these incidents.
July 2, 2019 - Fireworks won’t be the only thing skyrocketing on the Fourth of July. Injuries will also be on the rise if people light up the sky without keeping safety in mind. One San Antonio resident found out the hard way that fireworks festivities can backfire in life-changing ways in a split second.

Air Force officials announce certain tour length changes
Airmen stand in formation during a Military Training Leader course graduation ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, May 30. The MTL course is responsible for training approximately 120 MTLs per year. Those MTLs are then responsible for training approximately 30,000 Airmen in 49 different locations that fall under Air Education and Training Command.
July 2, 2019 - After listening to feedback from Airmen and career field managers, Air Force officials are reducing targeted special duty and instructor tour lengths to create a more ready and resilient force.

Second Lady Visits Pearl Harbor
Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence addresses military spouses at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Mrs. Pence visited with military families and addressed military spouses while in Hawaii, June 29, 2019.
July 1, 2019 - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Second Lady Karen Pence wrapped up a three day trip to Hawaii where she

Agency employee becomes first woman to lead NATO codification
Elaine Chapman, Defense Logistics Agency Logistics Operations employee and new chair of Allied Committee 135’s Main Group, presents a plaque to the previous chair, Thierry Vanden Dries of Belgium after he turned over the chair to her in Reims, France, at the Main Group.
July 1, 2019 - While some prepared for summer to begin, Elaine Chapman, international logistics data program manager for the Defense Logistics Agency Logistics Operations, began her new duties as she completed her first official act as chair of the Main Group for Allied Committee 135 when she opened some codification training courses in Luxembourg.

99th FTS pays tribute to fallen Tuskegee Airman
Dr. Granville Coggs hero shot is embedded in a photo collage honoring the Tuskegee Airmen in the hallway of the 99th Flying Training Squadron. The 99th FTS traces lineage to the Tuskegee Airmen and they pay homage to their history within their hallways and by sporting a red stripe on the tail to resemble the red tails the original Tuskegee Airmen piloted. (U.S. Air Force photo by: Airman 1st Class Shelby Pruitt)
June 28, 2019 - The 99th Flying Training Squadron paid tribute June 21 to a member of a groundbreaking African-American flying unit that overcame racial prejudice and stereotypes to excel in its mission at the height of World War II.

Army Futures Command study adds sense of touch, motion to medical simulation scenarios
A cadre member of the 32nd Medical Brigade, Heath Readiness Center of Excellence, participates in a HaptX usability study using Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulation, or TC3Sim, medical trainer scenarios. The study, funded by Army Futures Command, Simulation and Training Technology Center was conducted June 19-20 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
June 28, 2019 - The U.S. Army Medical Department, Health Readiness Center of Excellence, or HRCoE, Directorate of Simulation hosted a usability study of Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulation, or TC3Sim, medical trainer scenarios using HaptX Gloves June 19-20 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

Fireworks safety: don’t get burned on the Fourth of July
According to the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, fireworks produce an average of almost 18,500 reported fires per year. Sparklers are credited for more than one-quarter of emergency room injuries.
June 28, 2019 - This Fourth of July, people across America will be celebrating the nation’s birthday. Backyard picnics, family gatherings, food, drink and of course mom’s apple pie will be a treat. Fireworks will lighting up the sky around cities and towns.

Creating a culture of safety
Dr. Michael Levine, physician, Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Richmond’s Occupational Health and Safety Clinic, discusses cancer prevention with installation firefighters in the firehouse training room on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, as part of Firefighter Safety Stand Down week, June 16-22, 2019.
June 28, 2019 - Each year the third week in the month of June is designated as Firefighter Safety Stand Down week. This year’s national theme is “Reduce your exposure: It’s everyone’s responsibility” and is chosen by the Firefighter Safety Stand Down group.

Annual summit fosters acquisition excellence
DLA's Fifth Estate organization representatives met with leaders to discuss acquisition oversight and support with continuous process improvements throughout their community, which implements procurement systems, policies and regulations.
June 26, 2019 - Representatives from DLA Acquisition met with senior leaders during their annual Fifth Estate Chief Contracting Officer Summit and senior procurement executive visit in Lorton, Virginia, June 25-26 to discuss advancing acquisition oversight and support with continuous process improvements throughout the acquisition community.

From Paper to Product
Marine Corps Maj. Sean Hicks, Defense Contract Management Agency H-1 flight representative, prepares to deliver a new Cobra helicopter to the Marine Corps on August 7, 2018, in Amarillo, Texas. (DCMA graphic by Elizabeth Szoke)
June 26, 2019 - DCMA presents its new operational overview video.

DLA Distribution Industry Day Highlights Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Connections Between Civilian and Government Agencies
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Deputy Commander, Ms. Twila Gonzales, SES, provides opening remarks at the second annual DLA Distribution Industry Day, highlighting the importance of establishing and maintaining connections between civilian and government agencies.
June 26, 2019 - Defense Logistics Agency Distribution held its second annual DLA Distribution Industry Day June

Former Sergeant Major of the Army remembered on National Flag Day, 244st Army Birthday
Command Sgt. Maj. Gilberto Colon, 187th Medical Battalion, was the guest speaker at the ceremony honoring retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Leon Van Autreve June 21 at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
June 25, 2019 - Former Sergeant Major of the Army Leon L. Van Autreve was honored with a wreath laying at his gravesite during a ceremony celebrating the 244th Army Birthday and National Flag Day at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery June 21.

Strategic Insights: Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy Walsh, USCYBERCOM
Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy Walsh, USCYBERCOM
June 25, 2019 - In this episode of Strategic Insights, the series that brings you thoughts from leaders at the intersection of information, cyberspace, and national security, US Cyber Command Strategic Initiatives, Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy Walsh, shares his unique perspective on the cyber domain and the critical role of graduate education.

History Proves, Force Protection is Everyone’s Responsibility
Nineteen Airmen died and hundreds were injured in the terrorist attack at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on June 25, 1996. At the time, it was the worst terrorist attack against the American military since the bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983.
June 25, 2019 - It was 23 years ago, June 25, 1996, Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia and Air Force Sgt. Tim Moore was

Biologist working on new solution to test hydrological effects on plant habitat in Southwest
ERDC Commander Col. Ivan P. Beckman, center, welcomes the six selectees for the 2019 six-month session of ERDC University in March in Vicksburg, Miss. Participating in March kickoff activities were, from left to right, ERDC-U Program Manager Cynthia Brown; Civil Engineer Dominique Williams, New Orleans District; Biologist Damian Walter, Walla Walla District; Biologist Chris Solek, Los Angeles District; Project Coordinator Rebekah Lujan, Fort Worth District; Executive Assistant Kathleen Payne, Little Rock District; Civil Engineer Brian Lucarelli, Pittsburg District; and ORTT Technology, Knowledge and Outreach Division Chief Tisa Webb. Corps’ division and district selectees partner with ERDC subject matter experts to apply and implement technical solutions.
June 24, 2019 - A Los Angeles District biologist is working to expand the capabilities of modeling software in hopes of creating a better understanding of hydrological effects on plant habitat along rivers in the Southwest. Christopher Solek, Environmental Resources Branch, Planning Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District, is conducting the work as a 2019 participant in the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s outreach program, ERDC University.

Hall of Fame inductee helped expand mission, provide humanitarian support
Patrick McCormick earns a position in the 2019 DLA Hall of Fame with a career that helped modernize the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution mission and provide years of support to humanitarian aid.
June 24, 2019 - A career that helped modernize the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution mission and provide years of support to humanitarian aid earned Patrick McCormick a position in the 2019 DLA Hall of Fame.

Annual event celebrating the end of slavery held on DCSR
Members of the Richmond-based Hood Praise Dancers performed a routine during the annual Juneteenth celebration held in the atrium outside of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Operations Center cafeteria on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, June 19, 2019.  The Bellwood Chapter of Blacks in Government hosted this year’s observation event.
June 24, 2019 - Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19 every year and is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. It commemorates the freeing of black slaves two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863.

Natural disasters inspire Guard members to re-enlist
Maj. Drew Polen (left), executive officer of the 891st Engineer Battalion, gives the reenlistment oath to Spc. Russell O'Neill (right), assigned to 891st Forward Support Company, June 2, a top of pallets of water that are ready to be distributed to communities in Kansas devastated by flooding in May. O'Neill was one of two National Guardsmen from the 891st FSC who decided to re-enlist after volunteering to conduct support missions to help their fellow Kansans.
June 21, 2019 - TOPEKA, Kansas – No one wants bad things to happen, especially in their communities. However, for

BAMC Pride Month observance celebrates LGBT community
Brig. Gen. George Appenzeller (left), Brooke Army Medical Center commanding general, and Sgt. Maj. James Brown (right), chief clinical noncommissioned officer, present Army Capt. Ellen Simpson with the San Antonio Pride Month proclamation and a token of appreciation June 19 during the BAMC Pride Month observance. Simpson is a perioperative registered nurse at BAMC.
June 21, 2019 - Brooke Army Medical Center celebrated Pride Month June 19 with an observance in the fourth-floor auditorium. Pride Month honors lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the gay movement in the United States.

Gathright Dam’s first pulse release set for Wednesday
Gathright Dam in Alleghany County, Virginia, impounds water flowing down the Jackson River to create the 2,500-acre Lake Moomaw. Since opening in 1979, the dam has prevented numerous floods, saving countless dollars and lives. (U.S. Army photo/Vince Little)
June 21, 2019 - COVINGTON, Va. – Gathright Dam operators are scheduled to conduct the year’s first water-pulse release from Lake Moomaw on Wednesday. It will occur about 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

International collaboration strengthens surveillance capabilities
Defense Contract Management Agency United Kingdom employees hosted the second annual information gathering meeting at RAF Wyton, England, February 27, 2019. Meeting workshop groups discussed experiences of requesting government quality assurance across national organizational borders. (DCMA photo by Paul Hudson)
June 20, 2019 - “Meeting face-to-face with our host nation partners helps form stronger bonds, which in turn helps with the communications to carry out efficient surveillance,” said Erald Wiggan, DCMA U.K. quality assurance specialist.

Changes in GI Bill transfer benefits for National Guard members coming July 12
National Guard members will soon see changes to the program that allows them to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse or children that will limit the time frame they can initiate that transfer. Set to go in effect July 12, Guard members will need to have served six years before they can transfer benefits and they must transfer the benefits by the time they hit 16 years of service. Additionally, Guard members extend their enlistment contract by at least four years to transfer benefits.
June 20, 2019 - Provisions allowing Guard members to transfer some or all of their Post- 9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse or children are set to change in less than 30 days, limiting the time frame Soldiers and Airmen can transfer those benefits.

The story of Mom & Pop; Air Force pioneers
(Courtesy Photo) Gwyneth and Robert Johnson when Robert was nominated for Outstanding Airman of the Year in 1970.
June 19, 2019 - Three wars. World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. For some, these conflicts that shook the world may be hard to imagine, but for 92-year-old Gwyneth Johnson, all three were nothing less than reality.

Interview with Lisa Jung, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy Lisa Jung answers a question during a Department of Defense Energy Program panel discussion at the 2019 DLA Energy Worldwide Energy Conference in the Gaylord National Hotel Convention Center, Maryland, May 22. To her right is her Principal Director Oliver Fritz. Photo by Irene Smith
June 19, 2019 - Lisa Jung, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, spoke to DLA Energy public affairs during the 2019 Worldwide Energy Conference, May 22.

Get prepared: hurricane season is here
The Defense Contract Management Agency Emergency Management Team encourages employees to become familiar with the sites and tools available to assist in getting ready for damaging weather. (DCMA graphic)
June 19, 2019 - Take proactive steps now to be ready for hurricanes or other unusual events.

High-dollar contacts announced
The agency currently manages approximately 350,000 contracts with an overall total value of $5.2 trillion. The agency also currently authorizes $678.4 million in contractor payments per business day. (Graphic by Elizabeth Szoke)
June 17, 2019 - The following contracts with a value of over $7 million were awarded last week and will be administered by the DCMA.

Army Emergency Relief offers $2,500 relicensing aid for spouses
Janice Taylor, a representative from the Defense Finance & Accounting Service speaks with a potential candidate Sept. 19, 2018, during the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Department of Defense Hiring Heroes Career Fair. Army Emergency Relief recently announced a new program that would reimburse spouses up to $2,500 for relicensing expenses, making it easier for them to continue their careers when they move to another state.
June 17, 2019 - Army spouses can now apply for reimbursement of up to $2,500 in professional relicensing expenses through Army Emergency Relief when they move to another state.

Army announces Expert Soldier Badge
Army senior leaders announced the implementation of the Expert Soldier Badge June 14. Similar to the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Expert Field Medical Badge, the ESB will allow commanders the opportunity to recognize Soldiers outside the Infantry, Special Forces and medical communities who have met a high standard of performance in physical fitness and warfighting tasks.
June 17, 2019 - In conjunction with the U.S. Army's 244th Birthday, the Army announced a new proficiency badge June 14 called the Expert Soldier Badge.

12th Flying Training Wing historian recognized by AETC
Lane Bourgeois, 12th Flying Wing historian, sifts through a pile of historical documents in his office at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph June 12, Texas. Bourgeois was honored with the 2019 Wing Excellence in History Programs award from Air Education and Training Command June 12. Lane received Air Education and Training Command's 2019 Wing Excellence in History Programs award for his critical thinking presentations and being the first wing to produce a historical study in the new format.
June 17, 2019 - The preservation of Air Force history is an important task which allows Airmen to look back in time and remember important milestones and events that were important to the identity of a unit. For the last 13 years, Lane Bourgeois, 12th Flying Training Wing historian at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, has ensured the 12th's history lives on forever.

USAFMCOM celebrates Army, Finance Corps birthdays
Maj. Gen. David C. Coburn, U.S. Army Financial Management Command commanding general, left; Spc. Kayla Adkins, 384th Military Police Company, center; and Command Sgt. Maj. Courtney Ross, USAFMCOM command sergeant major, cut a birthday cake during a ceremony celebrating both the 244th Army birthday and the 244th birthday of the Army Finance Corps at the Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in Indianapolis June 14, 2019. It is an Army tradition that the youngest Soldier available at an Army birthday celebration help the commander and sergeant major cut a cake, and Adkins was the youngest at 22 years old.
June 14, 2019 - For most of the Army, June is a very special month, but it’s twice as special for Army financial management Soldiers, including twice the cake. The U.S. Army Financial Management Command held a ceremony celebrating both the Army’s 244th birthday and the Army Finance Corps’ 244th birthday at the Emmett J. Bean Federal Center here June 14.

Freedom Award 2019 recipients named
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has announced its Freedom Award recipients for 2019.
June 14, 2019 - WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense

Vermont Guard Soldiers and Airmen in Senegal for exercise
Dr. Theresa Aida B. Ndiaye, director of the Regional Center Hospital at Tambacounda, Senegal, and U.S. Army Maj. Christopher Gookin review the list of supplies that were brought to Senegal, on April 9, 2019. Vermont Guardsmen worked with their Senegalese  counterparts to share best practices while providing the Department of Defense with cost-effective ways to strengthen alliances and attract new partners in conjunction with the State Partnership Program.
June 14, 2019 - TAMBACOUNDA, Senegal – U.S. Soldiers and Airmen with the Vermont National Guard traveled to Senegal

National Guard Bureau chief to Army: Happy birthday!
Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, delivered a happy birthday message to the U.S. Army, which is celebrating its 244th birthday.
June 14, 2019 - On behalf of the entire National Guard, I extend best wishes and congratulations to our fellow

DLA, DoD IT professionals share business system practices, efficiencies
June 14, 2019 - Defense Logistics Agency senior leaders hosted colleagues from the services and various Department of Defense agencies at the Cross Service Program Executive Officer Summit in Chantilly, Virginia, in May.

Louisville District furnishes DoDEA schools around the globe
June 13, 2019 - For the past five years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District has partnered with

As Army turns 244 years old, lessons of D-Day still relevant today
Lawmakers join Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper (3rd from left), Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey (right) in cutting a cake in honor of the Army's 244th birthday during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol June 12, 2019.
June 13, 2019 - As Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke to veterans at the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, he asked what lessons they had learned from hitting the beach in that deadly campaign.

Air Force looks at faster, smarter hardware acquisition and big data to help solve T-6 OBOGS issues
Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty (left), 19th Air Force commander, and Maj. Lincoln Olsen, T-6 Texan II instructor pilot, conduct a T-6 Texan II safety check before conducting an operational demonstration at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Feb. 21, 2018. Doherty was on the flightline getting test data first-hand during the command-wide T-6 operational pause.
June 13, 2019 - Nineteenth Air Force hosted a forum of experts from both in and outside the Department of Defense as part of the ongoing process to improve the safety of the T-6 On-Board Oxygen Generating Systems during a conference at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph May 29-30.

JSQC develops technology for contract oversight
Defense Contract Management Agency employees from around the agency visited DCMA Raytheon Tucson Missile Systems in Arizona to assess the status of the virtual remote project. (DCMA photo courtesy of DCMA Technical Directorate)
June 13, 2019 - DCMA is working with the council to develop strategies and concepts aligned with the agency’s strategic plan.

District’s Small Business Deputy Shares How to Work with USACE
TRINIDAD, Colo. – District contracting officer Stephanie Parra speaks to small business representatives about how to work with the Corps of Engineers during the “Small Business Development Day” held at Trinidad State Junior College, May 22, 2019.
June 12, 2019 - Monique Chisholm, Albuquerque District’s Small Business Programs Deputy, and Stephanie Parra, District contracting officer, recently shared an overview of how small businesses can work with USACE and other federal agencies, and what opportunities are available.

Golden Knights join commemoration of 75th anniversary of D-Day
Army Parachute Team (Golden Knights) member Sgt 1st Class Ryan O’rourke (right) listens as Harry Read shares his memories of jumping into Normandy on D-Day 75 years ago.  The British WWII veteran later completed a tandem into Normandy with the British Red Devils parachute demonstration team.
June 12, 2019 - FORT KNOX, Ky. -- After descending thousands of feet over Normandy, France, in early June, members of the United States Army Parachute Team reminisced about the storied history of the nighttime jump made during the D-Day invasion 75 years ago.

2019 Cogswell winners announced
June 12, 2019 -

The Defense Security Service (DSS) congratulates the winners of the 2019 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. Fifty-one facilities were selected for the award, which was presented today at the annual NCMS training seminar, in St. Louis, Mo.

These 51 facilities were chosen from approximately 13,000 cleared facilities. The award criterion focuses on principles of industrial security excellence, and factors include establishing and maintaining a security program that far exceeds the basic National Industrial Security Program requirements.

The award was established in 1966 in honor of the late Air Force Col. James S. Cogswell, the first chief of industrial security within the Department of Defense. Cogswell was responsible for developing the basic principles of the Industrial Security Program, which includes an emphasis on the partnership between industry and government to protect classified information.


HQC employees honor soldiers past, present at Army birthday celebration
Army Air Corps Master Sgt. Harry Miller (middle) and Army Sgt. 1st Class Rafael Lopez (right), both veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, salute the U.S. flag during a celebration of the Army’s 244th birthday at the McNamara Headquarters Complex June 11. Photo by Teodora Mocanu
June 12, 2019 - McNamara Heaquarters Complex employees celebrated the Army's 244th birthday June 11 with veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., and soldiers from the Warrior Transition Unit on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, present.

New DLA hiring policy targets qualified applicants, expedites hiring process
Jose Pereira, DLA Troop Support Industrial Hardware tech/quality division chief, left, and Annie Firth, Troop Support lead human resources specialist, right of Pereira, speak with a potential applicant at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 30, 2019. Pereira worked with Firth to create Troop Support’s first job vacancy announcement listed using the expedited hiring authority signed into DLA policy in April 2019 and vetted applicants at a Hiring Our Heroes event to target qualified potential applicants.
June 12, 2019 - The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support teamed up with their servicing human resources office to bring one of the agency’s first job openings under the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act-authorized Expedited Hiring Authority to a Hiring Our Heroes event May 30 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

USAFMCOM, DFAS partner, celebrate Asian American Pacific heritage
Claire Hoang, Defense Finance and Accounting Service financial management analyst, left, and Josie Swinarski, a local caterer, serve U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Holloman, 326th Financial Management Support Center military pay technician currently assigned to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, during an Asian American Pacific Heritage event at the Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Center here June 4, 2019. The U.S. Army Financial Management Command and DFAS teamed up to host the event meant to showcase Asian and Pacific Islander heritage, whit this year’s event focused specifically on South Korea and the Philippines.
June 11, 2019 - To celebrate those contributions, the U.S. Army Financial Management Command partnered with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to host an Asian American Pacific Heritage event at the Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Center here June 4.

Cross-functional team receives national award for BAMC Secretarial Designee program
Members of the Brooke Army Medical Center Secretarial Designee Cost Analysis Team receive the 2018 Distinguished Team Award from the American Society of Military Comptrollers at the ASMC Professional Development Institute May 29 in San Antonio. The SECDES program gives BAMC the ability to treat critically injured patients who would not otherwise be eligible to receive care at a military treatment facility.
June 11, 2019 - The Brooke Army Medical Center Secretarial Designee Cost Analysis Team received the 2018 Distinguished Team Award at the local and national level from the American Society of Military Comptrollers. The national award was presented at the ASMC Professional Development Institute in San Antonio May 29.

Fuerzas Comando 2019 Set to Take Place in Chile
Logo for Fuerzas Comando 2019. (By Special Operations Command South)
June 11, 2019 - Special operations forces from 20 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2019 in Santiago, Chile, June 17-27.

Chairman: Alliance Building Is a Lesson of Normandy Invasion
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attends the D-Day 75th anniversary with the UK delegation in Bayeux, France June 6, 2019.
June 10, 2019 - The success of D-Day was the result of the cooperation among the wartime allies, and that is one of the lessons from Operation Overlord that still resounds today, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Air Force leaders discuss strategy, policy at CORONA South 2019
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein greets former 1st Lt. Bob McClintock, a World War II veteran, at a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., June 6, 2019. Goldfein was joined by Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and other senior leaders in recognizing nine WWII veterans who reside in the Tampa Bay community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)
June 10, 2019 - CORONA South allows senior leaders such as Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright to meet in-person with other Air Force commanders to discuss strategy and policy.

Inspector General: fact finders for customers, commanders
The Air Force Inspection System places more control and responsibility in the hands of the squadron, group and wing commander and places the weight of inspections on the Wing Inspector General.
June 7, 2019 - The inspector general’s office at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is charged with facilitating the commander’s inspection program and operating the complaints resolutions program to help the mission continue successfully.

Using robots to build better kids
The FIRST Championship was held in Detroit, Michigan, April 24-27, and Team 5029, the Powerstackers, coached by William Pickl, an engineering branch chief, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Business Systems Division and his wife, Teri, competed against 159 teams from around the world, taking second place. Left to right: Neev Gupta, 14, Laksmi Avanthsa, 14, Terence Chu, head coach, and Krishna Suresh, 16. (Courtesy photo)
June 7, 2019 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The FIRST Championship was held in Detroit, Michigan, April

Installation Health Assessment goes live in the cloud
The status of Air Force installation and mission support programs is now just a click away, thanks to the new Installation Health Assessment tool’s cloud analytics capability. The IHA tool can help assess the overall health of various installation and mission support program areas across major commands. This displays performance, funding and risk with trendlines and base reports. Areas indicated in gray are still under development.
June 7, 2019 - The status of Air Force installation and mission support programs is now just a click away, thanks to the new Installation Health Assessment tool’s cloud analytics capability. The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland first launched the IHA in 2017 as a first-of-its-kind, metrics-based framework to integrate information from authoritative databases across the I&MS enterprise.

‘Atomic Veterans’ Can Apply For Defense Secretary’s Honor Certificate
June 6, 2019 - Veterans who were exposed to radiation in the military between 1945 and 1992 are eligible to apply for the newly created Atomic Veterans Service Certificate signed by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan.

Air Force Basic Military Training continues to fine-tune program with major modernizations
U.S. Air Force basic military training trainees practice assembling and disassembling their M-16 trainer weapon at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland May 2. Airmen must know how to fix malfunctions in order to continue the fight and protect their fellow Wingman. Basic military training is an eight-week course designed to challenge Airmen mentally and physically.
June 6, 2019 - As part of the Basic Military Training curriculum revamp centered on readiness and lethality, airmanship, fitness and the warrior ethos, multiple changes to training are set to begin this summer. BMT is set to receive close to 9,000 M4 training rifles and after renovations to the combat arms range are completed, BMT will switch from the M16 weapons familiarization course to the M4 weapons qualification course.

Official Digital Portraits will soon be on permanent display in Pentagon Corridors
Ms. Lisa Hershman, Acting Chief Management Officer, recognized Ms. Kathleen M. Jones of the WHS Executives Services Directorate for her outstanding digital art portraits of DoD senior leaders at the June 3, CMO Town Hall.
June 6, 2019 - Ms. Lisa Hershman, Acting Chief Management Officer, recognized Ms. Kathleen M. Jones of the WHS Executives Services Directorate for her outstanding digital art portraits of DoD senior leaders at the June 3, CMO Town Hall.    

Flight equipment redesigned to better fit female aviators
An Airman gets her head measured at the Female Fitment Event at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 4. The purpose of the event was to take the measurements of female aviators to use when designing female flight equipment prototypes.
June 6, 2019 - Flight equipment is on its way through a major overhaul. The biggest change coming to the equipment is it is being designed with measurements from female aviators.

Statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
U.S. Army soldiers disembark a landing craft at Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. By the end of the day, about 160,000 Allied troops had landed on five Normandy beaches and three airborne drop zones. The invasion marked the beginning of the final phase of World War II in Europe, which ended with the surrender of Germany the following May.
June 6, 2019 - On the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, we express our utmost gratitude to our Nation’s World War II veterans. Their unwavering dedication and devotion to our country and our way of life cannot be overstated.

Key to success: Allied airpower at Normandy
Nearly a thousand C-47 Sky Train transports, such as these assigned to the 316th Troop Carrier Group, transported 24,000 Allied paratroopers across the English Channel for the massive paratrooper operations that began right after midnight, June 6, 1944. In addition, to paratroopers many also towed gliders (right center) with glider-borne troops and equipment aboard. All D-Day aircraft had wide white stripes painted on both wings and the rear fuselage to prevent Allied ships and soldiers from mistaking them for enemy aircraft. (Courtesy photo)
June 6, 2019 - On June 6, 1944, nearly 160,000 Allied soldiers from 16 nations stormed ashore onto Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches along a 50-mile stretch of France’s heavily fortified Normandy Peninsula. The commander, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and other senior Allied leaders knew that the key to the success of this major undertaking, especially during the critical first few days after the landings, was the establishment and maintenance of air superiority over the beachheads.

Remembering D-Day 75 years later
A P-47 Thunderbolt, similar to one the 50th Pursuit Group used during World War II, is on display at the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 30, 2019. The black and white patterns on the P-47 were to make the aircraft more recognizable to allied forces during the D-Day invasion in order to reduce friendly fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jonathan Whitely)
June 6, 2019 - On June 6, 1944, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, more than 2,000 Americans lost their lives in the name of freedom.

National Guard 'ready' as 2019 hurricane season kicks off
A South Carolina National Guard Soldier with Task Force Palmetto, helps clear a road in the vicinity of Cayey, Puerto Rico. The Soldiers are working in conjunction with the 190th Engineer Battalion of the Puerto Rico National Guard to clear mud and debris from the roads in the wake of Hurricane Maria and subsequent rain storms.
June 5, 2019 - The National Guard has been busy responding to recent tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest, as well as other areas, but stands ready for this year's "hurricane season" that began June 1.

D-Day 75: DLA supports troops commemorating anniversary
DLA delivered materials to three locations in France to sustain service members supporting the D-Day anniversary. But it was an engineering feat that helped sustain Allied troops following the Normandy invation 75 years ago. Graphic by Paul Crank
June 5, 2019 - DLA delivered materials to three locations in France to sustain service members supporting the D-Day anniversary. But it was an engineering feat that helped sustain Allied troops following the Normandy invasion 75 years ago.

Technology, AFWERX, helping SF Academy graduates become more lethal, ready
Airman 1st Class Valric Suyom, a recent graduate of the Security Forces apprentice course, participates in a use of force training scenario in the Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives, or MILO, simulator as Staff Sgt. James McKinney, 343rd Training Squadron instructor, guides the training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland May 29. The MILO system puts student in various interactive use of force training scenarios, including the potential application of deadly force, through the use of enhanced video screens.
June 4, 2019 - Recognizing the pace of change is accelerating, the Security Forces Academy at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has taken full advantage of an opportunity to help field tomorrow’s Air Force faster and smarter by adding innovative technology into its apprentice course to help produce more lethal and ready Airmen.

Message from the Secretary of Defense: Indo-Pacific Strategy Report
U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan delivers remarks at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore, June 1, 2019. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)
June 3, 2019 - WASHINGTON -- The Indo-Pacific is the Department of Defense’s priority theater. The United States is

Air Force announces partnership with FAA
The Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration announced a collaborative effort to counter the national aircrew shortage May 31. This effort aims to ensure the continued and long-range health and safety of the aviation industry by collaborating to inspire a passion for aviation in the next generation.
June 3, 2019 - The Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration announced a collaborative effort to counter the national aircrew shortage May 31. This effort aims to ensure the continued and long-range health and safety of the aviation industry by collaborating to inspire a passion for aviation in the next generation.

Defense Travel Management Office Allowances and Regulations Update
May 31, 2019 - The Defense Travel Management Office has updated the following information for 01 June 2019:

Semiannual Report to the Congress: October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019
May 31, 2019 - The Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, requires the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to prepare semiannual reports summarizing its activities for the preceding 6-month period. These semiannual reports are intended to keep the Secretary of Defense and Congress fully informed of significant findings, progress the DoD has made relating to those findings, and recommendations for improvement.

Army boards to rank NCOs solely on merit
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey (center) greets Fort Leonardwood-based Soldiers during an installation visit Nov. 1-2, 2018.
May 31, 2019 - More deserving Soldiers will be promoted sooner and fewer school seats should go vacant under the Army's new Enlisted Centralized Promotion Board process, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey May 29.

National Contracts program success gives ‘a billion’ reasons to celebrate
Staff Sgt. Victoria Keyes, the outgoing 379th Expeditionary Medical Group (EMDG) pharmacy services NCO in charge, counts pills at the clinic Jan. 15, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The National Contracts team celebrated surpassing $1 billion in avoided costs for Department of Defense customers purchasing generic pharmaceutical drugs for the first time in its six-year history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
May 31, 2019 - The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Medical supply chain’s Pharmaceutical National Contracts program helped Department of Defense customers avoid $1 billion on generic pharmaceutical drugs.

FOCUS ON STEM: How about some Raspberry Pi?
A close-up of the Raspberry Pi computer.
May 30, 2019 - Michael Porter is encouraging students' interest in STEM subjects through the use of Raspberry Pi computers.

New National Guard space control squadron stands up
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Reeman is the commander of the 138th Space Control Squadron, part of the 233rd Space Group, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard. The newly minted squadron, which received federal recognition May 8, 2019, will be formally activated in a ceremony June 1, 2019, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
May 30, 2019 - The Colorado National Guard will conduct a stand up ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 1 at 1 p.m. to recognize the 138th Space Control Squadron as the first new unit to expand U.S. military presence into the space domain since the reestablishment of U.S. Space Command was announced.

Educating the Next Generation of Cyber Warriors
Cybersecurity program at University of Texas at San Antonio business students receive hands-on applied training. (Photo credit: UTSA)
May 30, 2019 - NSA and its academic, industry, agency partners are at the forefront of fostering the next generation of cyber warriors. As the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program continues to grow, the focus remains on promoting higher education and research in cyber defense to produce professionals that are prepared to solve tomorrow’s problems.

Army Criminal Investigation Command warns about social media impersonation of Soldier accounts
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit is once again warning Soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for “social media scams” where cybercriminals impersonate service members by using actual and fictitious information, not just for “trust-based relationship scams,” also known as romance scams, but for other impersonation crimes such as sales schemes and advance fee schemes.
May 28, 2019 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit is once again warning Soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for “social media scams” where cybercriminals impersonate service members by using actual and fictitious information, not just for “trust-based relationship scams,” also known as romance scams, but for other impersonation crimes such as sales schemes and advance fee schemes.

Arlington Ceremony Remembers America's Fallen Heroes
Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford honor the fallen men and women of the U.S. military, at the 151st Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 27, 2019.
May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day is the day that makes possible all other days of the American republic, Vice President Mike Pence said at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. "Without it and the patriots we honor… there would be no other American days," he said.

Media Awards Submissions Up Across Services
U.S. Sailors maneuver a rigid-hull inflatable boat alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) while participating in visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training during Exercise Bright Star 2018 in the Mediterranean Sea Sept. 10, 2018. Bright Star is a multilateral U.S. Central Command exercise held with the Arab Republic of Egypt focused on responding to modern-day security scenarios. U.S. Navy and coalition assets are participating in numerous exercises, such as Bright Star, as part of the greater Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan U. Kledzik)
May 24, 2019 - Entries from the services are now at the Defense Media Activity for judging, and perhaps equally impressive as the actual entries themselves is the increase in number of entries across the board.

Wilson praises Airmen, expresses gratitude in farewell remarks reflecting on her tenure as Air Force secretary
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson receives the Exceptional Civilian Service Award during her farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, May 21, 2019.
May 22, 2019 - Two years and nine days since becoming the 24th Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson bid a formal farewell May 21 to the institution and its Airmen, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to serve and declaring, “I will always be an Airman.”

NDU Graduation Dates Announced
Grad Stage
May 21, 2019 - WASHINGTON, D.C. --NDU's 2019 graduation ceremonies will be held in Washington, D.C. on June 13;

History in the making: “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Visits Japan for First Time
May 21, 2019 - IWAKUNI CITY, YAMAGUCHI, JAPAN -- “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band traveled to Japan

New G-Invoicing, cost transparency key topics at 12th Cost Summit
Senior leaders from DLA and the services discuss demand planning and G-Invoicing during the 12th Cost Summit at the McNamara Headquarters Complex May 20. Photo by Teodora Mocanu
May 21, 2019 - Demand planning, G-Invoicing and cost transparency were key topics of the Defense Logistics Agency’s 12th Cost Summit at the McNamara Headquarters Complex May 20.

May 18 is Armed Forces Day
Nations around the world honor their military forces with an Armed Forces Day. In the United States, the celebration is held the third Saturday in May. Graphic created by Paul Crank
May 17, 2019 - Nations around the world honor their military forces with an Armed Forces Day. In the United States, the celebration is held the third Saturday in May.

Military Global Integration Is About Change, Joint Staff Official Says
A C-130H Hercules aircraft, operated by the 142nd Airlift Squadron, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard New Castle Air Guard Station, Delaware, sits on the flight line at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 9, 2019, in preparation for Exercise Immediate Response 2019. The 166th AW is one of three Air Force C-130 units participating in the exercise, which is designed to rain airborne forces and enhance interoperability among allied and partner nations in Europe.
May 16, 2019 - Military global integration is about change and remaining ahead of possible adversaries, the Joint Staff's director of strategy, plans and policy said.

Reflecting on Our Ancestors: Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up of Japanese-American soldiers, stands in formation at Iolani Palace, Hawaii, prior to a departure for training, March 1943. The month of May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. This monthlong observance celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. and recognizes the hardships and challenges they endured.
May 9, 2019 - OKINAWA, Japan -- The month of May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

DOD, OPM Team Up for Improved Online Training
May 6, 2019 - A new memorandum of agreement between the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management promises to reduce the cost for training for defense employees and enhance the training experience.

Fight, Flight, or Freeze
The neurobiology of trauma, its emotional and physical manifestation and how it affects sexual assault survivors over their life-span, was the topic of a Defense Logistics Agency Energy lunch and learn session May 1. Heather Turner, the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, led an interactive discussion on how the brain is impacted by trauma. Photo by Irene Smith
May 6, 2019 - The neurobiology of trauma, its emotional and physical manifestation and how it affects sexual assault survivors over their life-span, was the topic of a Defense Logistics Agency Energy lunch and learn session May 1. Heather Turner, the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, led an interactive discussion on how the brain is impacted by trauma.

Innovation Board Report Looks to Foment Software Revolution
Ellen M. Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, listens to Defense Innovation Board chairman Eric Schmidt speak about the board's yearlong software acquisition and practices study at the Pentagon, May 3, 2019. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
May 3, 2019 - The Defense Innovation Board, chaired by businessman and software engineer Eric Schmidt — who accompanied Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment — looked at the department’s software acquisition and practices, and discussed the board’s conclusions.

DOD Reform Strides Lauded by Senior Defense Officials
David L. Norquist, performing the duties of deputy secretary of defense, presents Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer, the DOD Gears of Government Award for her DOD Regulatory Reform Task Force team at the Pentagon, May 1, 2019.
May 2, 2019 - Performing the duties of deputy defense secretary, David L. Norquist spoke at the Defense Department Gears of Government Awards Ceremony in the Pentagon.

Eye injury prevention depends on protective eyewear at work, home
Frank Callahan, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron heavy equipment mechanic, performs maintenance on a government vehicle wearing proper safety gear at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Eye injuries are an all-too-common occurrence in the United States, affecting more than 20,000 workers each year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young)
May 2, 2019 - Eye injuries are an all-too-common occurrence in the United States, affecting more than 20,000 workers each year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

Middle East Security Still Critical to U.S.
April 30, 2019 - Though the National Defense Strategy has shifted U.S. focus to China and Russia as near-peer competitors, North Korea and Iran as “rogue state actors,” and has also placed emphasis on counterterrorism as a priority, the Middle East is still going to be getting U.S. attention, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East said.

Washington cyberteam stands up to protect DoD infrastructure
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Gosch, left, of Milton, Washington, points out a network abnormality to Capt. Sameer Puri of Federal Way, Washington, during Cyber Shield 19 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, from April 5-19, 2019. Both Soldiers are members of the Washington National Guard’s Cyber Mission Assurance Team.
April 29, 2019 - CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - As the use of technology increases, so does the threat of a dangerous cyber

PrepareAthon! encourages Americans to plan before disaster strikes
America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide campaign held April 30 to increase community emergency preparedness through hazard-specific group discussions, drills and exercises.
April 29, 2019 - America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide campaign held April 30 to increase community emergency preparedness through hazard-specific group discussions, drills and exercises.