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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.

The next generation learns about DLA
Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime associate's children explore various police equipment during Take Your Kids to Work Day on the Defense Supply Center Columbus April 25.
April 26, 2019 - Kids got to see first-hand how DLA Land and Maritime associates often have to adapt to changing requirements when the weather required other plans for Take Your Kid to Work Day activities April 25. DLA Land and Maritime associates and their children gathered in the auditorium, many were excited to be on the installation for the first time, others curious as to what happens at their parents or grandparents work place, but a consensus from all were they were happier to be here with their loved ones rather than at school.

Washington Headquarters Services 2018 Combined Federal Campaign Re-CAP!
From left: WHS Acting Deputy Director William Relyea, Mr. Kenneth Ward, Executive Director, College Bound and 2018 WHS CFC Program Manager Albert
April 25, 2019 - Is “Paying it Forward” in your DNA? I would say so. Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) federal personnel were a decisive part of smashing its 2018 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) goal by more than 35 percent and by becoming the second Department of Defense (DoD) agency to exceed its goal – more than 60 days ahead of the extended solicitation deadline.

Executive Order directing transfer of investigative mission signed by President
April 25, 2019 -

Consistent with the Executive Order signed on April 24, 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) will begin a phased transition of the investigations conducted by the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) to DoD. This action will include the transfer of personnel and resources from NBIB to DSS, as authorized by the president of the United States. The transfer of NBIB's operations, personnel, and resources to DoD will commence not later than June 24, 2019 with the transfer completed by Oct. 1, 2019. DSS will be renamed the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and serve as the primary Federal entity for conducting background investigations for the Federal Government. DCSA will also serve as the primary Department of Defense component for the National Industrial Security Program and shall execute responsibilities relating to continuous vetting, insider threat programs, and any other responsibilities assigned to it by the Secretary of Defense. NBIB and DSS have and will continue to work in an integrated manner to minimize disruptions to existing missions while beginning the transfer process.


U.S. Nuclear Umbrella Extends to Allies, Partners, Defense Official Says
April 24, 2019 - Allies and partners around the world should and do take comfort in the fact that the U.S. has both the will and the means to use its nuclear weapons, if necessary, to protect them from aggression, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said here.

Federal agencies kickoff working dog collaboration effort for stronger, sustainable future
Clark Young, Transportation Security Administration trainer, takes his explosives detection dog Bina through a training exercise at TSA’s canine training center on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland April 17. Every year, TSA trains about 250 canine teams at JBSA-Lackland to operate in the aviation, multimodal, mass transit, and cargo environments.
April 19, 2019 - Ten federal agencies — including the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice and State — began an important dialogue at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for government-wide collaboration in working dog operations.

How to effectively use ICE feedback
When our customers take a brief moment to provide us with positive feedback they may show thanks or appreciation and that feeling alone can make most of us feel warm and happy inside. Naturally though, you are going to check your e-mail, social media or ICE feedback one day and you will experience the shock of negative feedback.
April 16, 2019 - How do you feel when you receive feedback about the services you provide?

Mobile devices and OPSEC
Mobile devices are being introduced into the Department of Defense at an astonishing rate. The Defense Logistics Agency defines mobile devices as a wireless-enabled portable device. These include but are not limited to iPhones, iPads and tablets.  This fast paced integration has caused a paradigm shift to occur within DOD and DLA. Our adversaries target these types of devices because they can process information with the same capabilities as a computer. To combat this, DLA has established policy with the issuance of DLAI 8130.01 Mobile Device Management. The policy covers DLA military, civilian and contractor personnel.
April 16, 2019 - Mobile devices are being introduced into the Department of Defense at an astonishing rate. The Defense Logistics Agency defines mobile devices as a wireless-enabled portable device. These include but are not limited to iPhones, iPads and tablets.

New Washington Headquarters Services Director Selected
Thomas Muir, Director, Washington Headquarters Services, Department of Defense, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Apr. 17, 2019.  (U.S. Army photo by Monica King)
April 12, 2019 - Thomas (Tom) M. Muir is the newly appointed Director, Washington Headquarters Services, effective April 15, 2019.  He will manage the organization's $1.2 billion budget and its nearly 2,300 civilian, military, and contract employees providing a vast portfolio of complex and integrated operational services supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Military Departments, Defense Agencies and Field Activities, Congress, and the White House.

2019 Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) and Department of Defense (DoD) Spirit of Service Ceremony
2017 PSRW 4'logo
April 9, 2019 - The 2019 Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) and Department of Defense (DoD) Spirit of Service Ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in the Pentagon Auditorium, will recognize outstanding civilian employees within the National Capital Region who display the core qualities of honor, integrity, and excellence in their everyday service to the Department.

Artificial Intelligence Could Aid Future Background Investigators
April 8, 2019 - In the future, artificial intelligence could augment the background investigative work performed by humans, cutting the time it takes and providing a more realistic, in-depth and realistic profile of the individual, the technical director for research and development and technology transfer at the Defense Security Service’s National Background Investigative Services said.

April is Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness month
Message from the U.S. Department of Defense
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Everyone can work to further reduce, with the goal to eliminate, sexual assault from the armed forces. The military is the most trusted institution in the nation and service members have signed a blank check to the American people, payable with their lives. This crime must not threaten those who have volunteered to serve.
April 3, 2019 - U.S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Message

A Short History of NATO
April 2, 2019 - At the end of World War II, in Europe, the Soviets and the Americans confronted each other from their occupation zones. Germany was divided into four zones, as was Berlin, the German capital that was squarely in the Soviet zone.

Pentagon Spokesman Discusses Variety of Topics With Reporters
Charles E. Summers Jr., acting assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, speaks to reporters at the Pentagon, March 8, 2019. DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence
March 8, 2019 - Chief Pentagon spokesman Charles E. Summers Jr. discussed a variety of topics with reporters at the Pentagon, including Turkey's plans to buy a Russian anti-aircraft missile system, the U.S. Space Force and building alliances.

Clear Skies for DOD Cloud Initiative
Feb. 4, 2019 - The Defense Department is unveiling the DOD Cloud Initiative that will move its computer and storage functions to the cloud, the department’s chief information officer said.

Shanahan Encouraged by NATO Progress on Operations, Burden-Sharing
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, right, welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the Pentagon for a meeting to discuss issues facing the alliance, Jan. 28, 2019. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Jan. 28, 2019 - During a meeting with NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said he is encouraged by NATO’s operational progress its efforts to increase burden-sharing.

Official Explains Federal Tax Changes for Military, Spouses
Service members will likely see a reduction in their tax bills this year as a number of changes to the tax code come into effect. Credit: Michael Strasser, Army
Jan. 25, 2019 - Most service members and their families will see a reduction in their tax bills this year, but there are a number of changes in U.S. federal tax laws that they need to be aware of, said the executive director of the Pentagon’s Armed Forces Tax Council.

AFWERX hosts Spark Cell workshop to share ideas, build innovation network
Maj. Ryan Brewer (right), 14th Flying Training Wing Spark Cell director, explains how the Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, Spark Cell is creating a culture of innovation at the AFWERX Spark Cell Workshop Dec. 13, 2018, in Austin, Texas. The workshop was designed to help grow the network of willing collaborators and share ideas and approaches that foster a results-driven culture of innovation.
Jan. 4, 2019 - Airmen from across the Air Force gathered in Austin Dec. 13 and 14 to learn about the Department of Defense’s innovation ecosystem and the best ways to plug into the overall culture of innovation at every level of the total force.

Shanahan Stresses National Defense Strategy in First Meetings as Acting Secretary
Reporters greet Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan as he arrives at the Pentagon, Jan. 1, 2019. Shanahan assumed duty as acting secretary following the departure of former Defense Secretary James N. Mattis. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Jan. 3, 2019 - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan will use the National Defense Strategy as his blueprint moving forward.

Follow safety tips for a happy holiday season
For more information about Winter Holiday Safety visit the National Fire Prevention Association website at http://www.nfpa.org/education or contact the Fire Prevention Offices at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston at 210-221-2727, JBSA-Lackland at 210-671-2921 or JBSA-Randolph at 210-652-6915.
Dec. 11, 2018 - The Christmas season can be the most joyous of times, but it can also be deadly. Approximately 400 fires occur annually involving Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, resulting in more than a dozen deaths, injuries and more than $10 million in property loss and damage.

Dunford Discusses Near-Peer Competition, Keeping U.S. Military Edge
Dec. 10, 2018 - WASHINGTON -- Near-peer competition and the United States retaining its military competitive edge

America Bids Goodbye to President George H.W. Bush
Joint Forces Honor Guard members participate in a departure ceremony for former President George H.W. Bush at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Dec. 3, 2018. Nearly 4,000 military and civilian personnel from all branches of the U.S. armed forces, including Reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support during the state funeral for the 41st president of the United States. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Lee
Dec. 5, 2018 - Eulogies hailed former President George Herbert Walker Bush as both a great and a good man at a state funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Mattis: Bush Taught Others to Live ‘A Life without Regret’
Dec. 1, 2018 - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke for all members of the Defense Department in expressing sorrow for the passing of President George H. W. Bush today during his remarks at the Reagan Defense Forum in California.

Tributes Flow in as Nation Mourns Passing of George H.W. Bush
Former President George H.W. Bush celebrates following a parachute jump for the 10th anniversary and rededication ceremonies of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, Nov. 10, 2007. Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Dec. 1, 2018 - President Donald J. Trump has declared Dec. 5 as a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night at age 94.

DOD AI Industry Day Fosters Relationships with Industry, Academia
Nov. 29, 2018 - In its continued efforts to develop and deploy artificial intelligence to address some of the nation’s toughest defense challenges, the Defense Department, in coordination with Army Research Lab, hosted its second AI Industry Day in Silver Spring, Maryland.

DoD Recognizes Outstanding Administrative Civilians
U.S. Department of Defense civilians attend the 2018 Department of Defense David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration and Distinguished Civilian Service Award Ceremony in the Hall of Heroes in the Pentaogn, Arlington, Va., Nov 15, 2018. (L to R, Lisa Hershman, Acting Chief Management Officer; Phyllis Toor, Martin Drake, Daniel Burke, Thomas Jones, Samantha Sumner, Michael Buckley, James Stevens, Carl Tierney, Michael Rhodes, Director of Administration, Office of the Chief Management Officer (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Trevor Wiegel)
Nov. 29, 2018 - DoD recognizes its 2018 David O Cooke Excellence in Public Administration awardee and seven Distinguished Service Awardee 15 November 2018 in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

Mattis Honors House Speaker at Pentagon Ceremony
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis presents the citation for the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service to House Speaker Paul Ryan in a Pentagon ceremony, Nov. 28, 2018. DOD photo by David Vergun
Nov. 28, 2018 - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis presented the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service to House Speaker Paul Ryan during a Pentagon ceremony.

Citizen-Soldier helps contain California’s deadliest fire
A U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter co-piloted by 1st Lt. Vincent Sherrill of the California Army National Guard's 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, flies through the Feather River Canyon with a bucket of water, Nov. 16, 2018, in Butte County, California, during a mission to drop water on the deadly Camp Fire. Sherrill is a traditional Guard member who also works as a civilian insurance underwriter; this is his first year flying wildfire missions. Also on board are pilot Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rob Metoyer and crew chief Sgt. Gregory Fernandez, seated at edge of cabin.
Nov. 27, 2018 - MATHER, Calif. – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Vincent Sherrill left his desk job Nov. 10 and headed for the

U.S. Marines Reserve Unit Nearly Doubles Alaskan Villages Reached in 24th Toys for Tots Mission
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Julius Howard, Toys for Tots Alaska volunteer coordinator assigned to Alaska Marines Detachment Delta Company 4th Law Enforcement Battalion Force Headquarters Group, talks with individuals about the Toys for Tots campaign at the Base Exchange at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 9, 2018. Toys for Tots is a national community action program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve with a goal of delivering, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children.
Nov. 26, 2018 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- U.S. Marines assigned to Delta Company, 4th Law

Central, South American Nations Demonstrate Power of Democracy
Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, provides guidance to Marine Corps Col. Michael Oppenheim on Latin America operations during a meeting at the command's headquarters in Doral, Fla., May 16, 2018. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Zachary Dyer
Nov. 21, 2018 - Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said that the power of democracy is increasingly on display in Central and South America.

DLA Troop Support provides a taste of home for service members away for the holiday
U.S. Soldiers of the 369th Sustainment Brigade eat a Thanksgiving holiday meal at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait Nov. 26, 2016.  The 369th SB is currently deployed to Kuwait to oversee the logistics and transportation operations in support of Coalition forces across the Middle East. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Bratt)
Nov. 20, 2018 - Service members deployed overseas, as well as those serving at the United States’ southern border, get to experience a taste of home on Thanksgiving Day due to the efforts of Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support employees. “America’s military men and women continually make sacrifices to secure our freedom,” said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Simerly, DLA Troop Support commander. “It is our duty to show our gratitude by providing them the very best Thanksgiving meal our country has to offer.”

Great Power Strategy Affects DOD Priorities, Allocations, Dunford Says
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, center, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is interviewed by BBC World News presenter Yalda Hakim during the Halifax International Security Forum, taking place in Canada, Nov. 17, 2018. Dunford provided insight on the shift towards great power competition in the most recent U.S. National Defense Strategy and the steps the U.S. military is taking to maintain its technological competitive advantage. DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Nov. 17, 2018 - Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said great power competition among the United States, China and Russia is a reality and that the United States must change the funding and development trajectory moving forward.

Halifax Forum Looks for Solutions to World’s Security Challenges
Peter Van Praagh, president of the Halifax Forum, and Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan discuss security challenges that will be aired at the Halifax International Security Forum during a press conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 16, 2018. DOD photo by Jim Garamone
Nov. 16, 2018 - The chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff is one of many security and military leaders attending the Halifax International Security Forum, with discussions covering security challenges throughout the world and the role democracies can play to address them.

The Biggest Audit in Human History ... Really?
Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist discusses the DOD budget during testimony on the fiscal year 2018 defense budget request before the Senate Committee on Armed Services in Washington, June 13, 2017. Norquist announced the results of the first DOD-wide audit on Nov. 14, 2018. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Nov. 16, 2018 - The first Defense Department-wide audit covered $2.7 trillion in assets and $2.6 trillion in liabilities for fiscal year 2018, making it most likely the largest known audit of an organization in history, the DOD comptroller said.

WHS Implements FY19-23 Business Plan
Cover for the Washington Headquarters Group Business Plan 2019-2023
Nov. 9, 2018 - Over a series of strategic offsites taking a critical look at the way Washington Headquarters

Federal Employees Health Benefits Open Season: Nov. 12 to Dec. 10
Nov. 9, 2018 - This year’s Federal Employees Health Benefits Open Season runs from November 12 through December

2018 Spirit of Hope Awardees Recognized
Awardees pose for photos during the Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Awards in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, Arlington, Va., Sept. 28, 2018. The event was hosted by the Director of Administration, Office of the Chief Management Officer Mr. Michael Rhodes. The Spirit of Hope Award is presented for outstanding service to the United States of America.  (U.S. Army photo by Joseph B. Lawson)
Oct. 15, 2018 - Six individuals and organizations were recently recognized by the Department of Defense (DoD) for

2018 CFC in Full Swing
Sept. 12, 2018 - CFC Campaign Kickoff

Defense Digital Service Emphasizes Results for Service Members
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Lisa Disbrow and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein discuss the importance of Defense Digital Service and what they bring to the fight with Chris Lynch, the team leader, right, and Paul Tagliamonte, a section member at the Pentagon, April 12, 2017. The DDS section is a unique team of industry experts assisting the Air Force. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark
June 26, 2018 - Chris Lynch calls working at the Defense Digital Service a “deployment,” saying it is a “tour of duty for nerds." In fact, the organization’s website lists his job title as the service’s “fearless leader.”