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Space Force Top Leader Visits NASIC
Col. Maurizio Calabrese is the Commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, leads U.S. Space Force Gen. John
Sept. 25, 2020 - Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force, visited the National

Reserve Sailors Sharpen Skills, Bolster Defenses in Valiant Shield
Rear Adm. James Aiken addresses the U.S. Navy element of exercise Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas.
Sept. 25, 2020 - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Joining an estimated 11,000 personnel from each branch of the U.S. military

Culture vital to organization makeup, success
Electrician Travis Burns installs circuit breakers in an Armament Repair Shop Set panel.
Sept. 25, 2020 - The key to success for one ever-evolving depot organization is its people. As a team, they have embraced a culture of continuous improvement that advances products, services or processes through incremental or breakthrough changes all at once.

Deployed LRAFB Airmen support East Africa Response Force exercise
U.S. Army Soldiers from Charlie Troop, 2-206 Cavalry, Task Force Bayonet, deployed with the East Africa Response Force (EARF) in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), load pallets of cargo on a C-130J Super Hercules, assigned to the Expeditionary Airlift Squadron during an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), Sep. 25, 2020. The EARF is responsible for providing combat-ready rapid deployment capabilities to support crisis operations on the African continent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dana J. Cable)
Sept. 25, 2020 - Airmen deployed from Little Rock Air Force Base and assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron supported an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 25, 2020.

Leaders with MARFORCOM, SSP visit MCSFR for a JLTV Demonstration
U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy visit Marine Corps Security Force Regiment for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle capabilities brief and demonstration Sept. 22.
Sept. 25, 2020 - U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, and U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Johnny R. Wolfe, Director of Strategic Systems Programs, visited Marine Corps Security Force Regiment for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle capabilities brief and demonstration Sept. 22, 2020 at Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Virginia. The demonstration showcased the off-road performance, suspension capabilities and safety advancements of the JLTV. There are four variants of the vehicle and one trailer...

‘COVID Cops’ keeping Expeditionary Civilians virus-free during restriction of movement
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Sept. 25, 2020 - Camp Atterbury, IN – Stamped in raised metal letters, local license plates around here read: “The Crossroads of America.” Scores of out-of-state license plates also transit Indiana’s corn-lined interstate highways, making sense of the “crossroads” motto. Since mid-March 2020, the coronavirus has traveled those same highways, sideswiping many organizations’ established plans – including the Department of Defense (DoD) civilian deployment process.

IANG, PRANG build partnership over new mission
Members of the Iowa National Guard's 132d Wing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the end  of their Aug. 14-28, 2020, mission to help the Puerto Rico Air National Guard transition from an airlift wing to a contingency response and combat communications wing.
Sept. 25, 2020 - SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Members of the Iowa National Guard's 132d Wing helped the Puerto Rico Air

DLA celebrates small business partnerships during National Small Business Week
DLA has about 1,200 suppliers and over 80% of them are small businesses.
Sept. 25, 2020 - DLA has about 1,200 suppliers and over 80% of them are small businesses. During National Small Business Week, the agency celebrates small business contributions.

Marine Teams Train in South China Sea
Marines provide security during a simulated visit, board, search, and seizure mission aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown in the South China Sea, Sept. 6, 2020.
Sept. 25, 2020 - The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and America Amphibious Ready Group executed a simulated visit, board, search, and seizure mission in the South China Sea.

Army Aims to Modernize Ammo Manufacturing
Completed MK84 2,000-pound general purpose bombs hang at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Okla., as they await transfer down the line for explosive fill Feb. 17, 2015.
Sept. 25, 2020 - The Army is eyeing a 15-year, $16 billion strategy to automate and improve the military's ammunition manufacturing process, the Army’s top acquisition leader said.

Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Concludes Valiant Shield 2020
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 25, 2020) The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721), front, the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), the dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ships USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) and USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) steam in formation with the Navy�s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in support of Valiant Shield 2020. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erica Bechard)
Sept. 25, 2020 - The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group concluded Valiant Shield 2020, Sept. 25, while operating in

Corps, Samaritan's Purse go above and beyond for Laura survivor
IN THE PHOTO, Southwest Louisiana homeowner and blue roof recipient Brennon Williams’ home before blue roof installation. Williams’ home was one of 3,730 to receive a blue roof during Hurricane Laura recovery efforts.
Sept. 24, 2020 - "The day I met Mr. Williams, I was looking for his house and drove past it because I didn't see it; all I saw were trees," Roofing Quality Assurance Specialist George Hayes recalled. "Honestly, I wasn't expecting anyone to be home. So many folks evacuated after the storm, I just figured no one was home. As I got closer to the door, I heard his little dog bark. I yelled, "Is anyone home?" and I saw a movement through the window. The door opened, and he drove his wheelchair out onto the front porch. My heart just sank." At that moment, Hayes knew he needed to go above and beyond to help this man.

Space Delta 4 welcomes Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett
Col. Richard Bourquin, Space Delta 4 commander, gives a mission brief to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett on Sept. 23, 2020, at DEL 4’s Mission Control Station on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Bourquin showcased DEL 4’s role in the U.S. Space Force and explained its vital role to national security. DEL 4’s mission is to provide strategic and theater missile warning to the United States and our International Partners. It manages weapon system architectures and ensures operations are intelligence-led, cyber-resilient, and driven by innovation, while postured to operate in a contested, degraded, and operationally-limited environment . It  is one of eight mission-oriented Deltas within the United States Space Force. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua T. Crossman)
Sept. 24, 2020 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett visited Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 23, 2020, to observe the capabilities and role that Space Delta 4 (DEL 4) provides the United States Space Force.

Remembering Fallen Yukla 27 Crew
Sept. 24, 2020 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Surviving family members, distinguished guests and

U.S. Donates Locally Procured Personal Protective Equipment to Support Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Response
United States Donates Locally Procured Personal Protective Equipment   to Support Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Response
Sept. 24, 2020 - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz donated Personal

NTTR: Training our way to victory
An F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet assigned to the 17th Weapons Squadron flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev., May 15, 2019. The NTTR supports the Department of Defense’s advanced composite force training, tactics development and electronic combat testing as well as DOD and Department of Energy testing, research and development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Guthrie)
Sept. 24, 2020 - Red Flag, an air-to-air combat exercise for pilots, and Green Flag, a ground combat training exercise, are two of the largest training operations in the Department of Defense. The the Nevada Test and Training Range enables training opportunities like these, while also providing a practice home to the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration team and daily flying operations for squadrons based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Changes continue for MOMMC
Staff Sgt. Kayla Lee, medical technician assigned to the 99th Surgical Operations Squadron, takes down a patient’s information at the Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center (MOCMMC) on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 20, 2020. In support of a major initiative to attain trauma center accreditation, the Defense Health Agency has approved construction projects designed to modify and modernize MOMMC's existing facility infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bryan Guthrie)
Sept. 24, 2020 - The Defense Health Agency has approved construction projects designed to modify and modernize the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center’s (MOMMC) existing facility infrastructure in support of a major initiative to attain trauma center accreditation. These projects are essential since the 2017 Nation Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) identified the hospital as one of four pilot sites to receive trauma accreditation. MOMMC will begin to evaluate and treat civilian, non-DoD patients at military medical treatment facilities, in an effort to increase access to critical care in military communities and provide training platforms to support ready medics.

Understanding Depression
Sept. 24, 2020 - This is a stressful, uncertain time. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many significant changes to how we live daily life. Social distancing, quarantine, and isolation can be overwhelming and may cause feelings of insecurity, confusion, hopelessness, and, ultimately, depression.

Be THAT sergeant: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Staff Sgt. Soleine Izquierdo, international student manager at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, knew joining the military would make her parents proud.
Sept. 24, 2020 - “I was so afraid when I went to Basic Military Training because it was my first time ever being in an environment where everyone spoke only English,” said Staff Sgt. Soleine Izquierdo, international student manager at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Volume 34 Issue 3, Fall 2020
U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew members assigned to the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron conduct a preflight briefing at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 2, 2020. The KC-135 enables global reach for U.S. and coalition aircraft, providing war-winning air power throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Sept. 24, 2020 -

Fall 2020 Edition


Turning brass into cash: Qualified Recycling Program generates revenue from recyclable materials
Boxes of expended brass shell casings await recycling at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., in this 2017 file photo.
Sept. 24, 2020 - Expended brass shell casings are one of the many materials collected at Fort Indiantown Gap as part of the Qualified Recycling Program. Known as QRP, it is an installation-managed and run recycling program aimed at pollution prevention and minimizing environmental impacts.

Leaders with MARFORCOM, SSP visit MCSFR for a JLTV Demonstration
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. General Robert F. Hedelund, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, and Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, and U.S.Navy Vice Adm. Johnny R. Wolfe, Director of Strategic Systems Programs, visit Marine Corps Security Force Regiment (MCSFR) for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle(JLTV) capabilities brief and demonstration Sept. 22, 2020, at Naval WeaponsStation, Yorktown, Virginia. The JLTV has several safety features, including an advanced hull design built to optimize survivability against a full range of blast and ballistic threats, as well as blast protected seats, restraints, and stowage to minimize crew impact during adverse events. The JLTV is being fielded as a replacement for the High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles currently in use at MCSFR. (U.S.Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Desmond Martin/released)
Sept. 24, 2020 - U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic (FMFLANT), and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM), and U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Johnny R. Wolfe, Director of Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), visited Marine Corps Security Force Regiment (MCSFR) for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) capabilities brief and demonstration Sept. 22, 2020 at Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Virginia.

Revised Guidance for Replacing Expiring Common Access Cards (CAC) and Uniformed Services Identification Cards (USID)
Sept. 24, 2020 - All Common Access Cards that have expired must be renewed by Sept. 30, 2020 per MARADMIN 542/20.

Prepare to be Boarded: 31st MEU - America ARG conduct VBSS rehearsal in South China Sea
U.S. Marines provide security during a simulated visit, board, search, and seizure mission aboard dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), Sept. 6.
Sept. 24, 2020 - The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and America Amphibious Ready Group executed a simulated visit, board, search, and seizure mission, here, Sept. 6, 2020. The exercise began with detailed planning across all three ships assigned to the America ARG. During the execution, dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) posed as a foreign ship that had been identified as a non-compliant vessel transporting illicit cargo, while amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) carried out the simulated mission...

Watch Live: Top DOD Officials to Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting
A graphic showing top defense leaders  and the words 'virtual town hall.'
Sept. 24, 2020 - Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper; Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman Ramón "CZ" Colón-López host a virtual global town hall meeting at the Pentagon to provide service members, their families and DOD civilians an opportunity to ask questions on the department’s COVID-19 response and diversity and inclusion at 10 a.m. EDT.

Marine Depot Maintenance Command restores World War II vehicle
The most recent historic vehicle restoration project undertaken by Production Plant Albany was a World War II era truck that was brought back to its former glory largely with the help of visual aids and 3-D printing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Jennifer Parks)
Sept. 23, 2020 - Those undertaking historical vehicle restoration efforts at Marine Depot Maintenance Command, a

Guard Gives Food to Those In Need
Michigan National Guard Spc. Ralph Mitchell of the 1-182nd Field Artillery Regiment, and nine other members of his regiment help process and distribute food at the Forgotten Harvest Food Bank of Royal Oak, Mich., Sept. 15, 2020.
Sept. 23, 2020 - The Michigan National Guard is helping a charitable food distribution network complete its mission despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Air Force Improves Lactation Support
A nursing mother assigned to U.S. Space Command uses resources located in the private nursing mother’s room in Building 1, Sept. 11, 2020 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
Sept. 23, 2020 - The Department of the Air Force recently announced new guidance that will improve support to nursing mothers when they return to work after having a baby.

Pioneering Cyberspace Squadron hosts Mission Defense Team Conference
Members from the 62d Cyberspace Squadron pose for a photo outside of building 730 on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Kirchner)
Sept. 23, 2020 - The 62d Cyberspace Squadron hosted a Mission Defense Team Conference at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 10, 2020. The conference was held to collaborate across the Air and Space Force cyberspace communities.

Revised Guidance for Replacing Expiring Common Access Cards (CAC) and Uniformed Services Identification Cards (USID)
Sept. 23, 2020 - MARADMIN 542/20 was released this week, and it provides updated guidance for those personnel with

Revised Guidance for Replacing Expiring Common Access Cards (CAC) and Uniformed Services Identification Cards (USID)
Sept. 23, 2020 - MARADMIN 542/20 was released this week, and it provides updated guidance for those personnel with

Quantico Firehouse Tour
Firefighters with Fire and Emergency Services, with Marine Corps Installation Pacific, respond to a fire drill scenario during the Constant Vigilance 2020 exercise, Sept. 23, on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan.
Sept. 23, 2020 - Amy Watson, education and outreach specialist with Exceptional Family Member Program training, takes the community on a virtual tour of the local firehouse at Marine Corps base Quantico, Virginia.

Team Shaw honors POW/MIA
The 20th Force Support Squadron honor guard sets a prisoner of war/missing in action (POW/MIA) during a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Sept. 18, 2020. The POW/MIA table represents the soldiers who can no longer join us for a meal and a place is set for them to honor their memory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destani K. Matheny)
Sept. 23, 2020 - Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, honored prisoners of war/missing in action during a remembrance ceremony, Sept. 18.

Nano-Bio Materials Consortium, AFRL release RFP for Smart MedTech innovations
A soft ultrasonic patch that continuously measures blood pressure waveforms is a current project at NBMC in collaboration with the Dr. Sheng Xu research group at the University of California, San Diego, Department of NanoEngineering. (Courtesy photo)
Sept. 23, 2020 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Nano-Bio Materials Consortium (NBMC), led by the Air

2020 Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinators of the Year
The Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office congratulates the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps 2020 Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinators of the Year: Mrs. Raquel Hernandez with the Fleet and Family Support Center Naval Air Station Lemoore as well as Ms. Shirley D. Stephens, Marine Corps Installations Pacific.
Sept. 22, 2020 - Sexual Assault Response Coordinators oversee the immediate safety needs of those who report sexual assault, connecting them to resources and assigning a Victim Advocate to provide advocacy and assistance throughout the medical, investigative, and legal processes. They train thousands of Service Members each year to respond more effectively to victims and on prevention initiatives...

Step-by-Step Guide for how to Transfer GI Bill Benefits
Sept. 22, 2020 - You must meet all eligibility requirements outlined in DoDI 1341.13, Change 1, Post-9/11 GI Bill and

Marine Corps fields first new service pistol in 35 years
Marines and civilians test the M18 Modular Handgun System at a firing range during Instructor and Key Personnel Training June 25 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Marine Corps Systems Command began fielding the M18 in September. The striker-fired, semi-automatic 9-mm weapon will be the Marine Corps’ new service pistol. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Nathan Sheppard)
Sept. 22, 2020 - For the first time since former President Ronald Reagan’s Administration, the Marine Corps is fielding a new service-wide pistol replacement.

Air National Guard recruiter reinvents himself, excels during COVID-19
Tech. Sgt. Reza Whitehead, a recruiter with the Georgia Air National Guard, set a modern-day record with 14 accessions in one month to reach the state record in July 2020. Whitehead had to reinvent his recruiting approach due to COVID-19 restrictions, using social media and marketing to reach recruits. (Courtesy photo)
Sept. 22, 2020 - SAVANNAH, Ga. – A highly competitive recruiter with the Georgia Air National Guard has reinvented

AI Aiding DOD in Early Detection of COVID-19, Say Technologists
Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff
Sept. 22, 2020 - The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Defense Innovation Unit are applying commercial technology for early detection of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, which causes the COVID-19 coronavirus disease.

Commentary: Connect to protect
September is Suicide Prevention Month.
Sept. 22, 2020 - September is Suicide Prevention Month. What can you do to help?

Nebraska Guard assumes firefighter training stalled by virus
Brent Bergstrom, Offutt Air Force Base Fire Department firefighter, trains new firefighters on Aircraft Rescue Firefighter (ARFF) operations, Aug. 26, 2020, at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb.  Since firefighter schools closed due to COVID-19 concerns, the Nebraska Air National Guard decided to conduct the training on its own.
Sept. 22, 2020 - LINCOLN, Neb. – The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed or closed formal firefighting schools, making it

The longest shift: dam operator trapped at Detroit Dam during wildfires
A photo of security camera footage of the Beachie Fire approaching Detroit Dam.

Imagery shows the destruction in the North Santiam Canyon, near Detroit Dam from the Bechie Fire, Sept. 15, 2020
Sept. 21, 2020 - Before leaving for his work shift, Mike Pomeroy said goodbye to his wife, Ronda, the way he always did: with a promise. “I’ll see you in 14.” The powerplant operator then made the hour drive for his shift at Detroit Dam that Labor Day evening, in “red flag” conditions as the Beachie Fire consumed swaths of land to the northeast.

Hurricane Hunters Track Sally
Airmen fly into Hurricane Sally to gather data in the Gulf of Mexico, Sept. 14, 2020. The Hurricane Hunters fly through tropical systems to gather weather data that they provide to the National Hurricane Center for their use in updating the storm forecast warnings.
Sept. 21, 2020 - The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters," flew nine missions into Hurricane Sally to track the storm and gather data.

USS Antietam Conducts Tomahawk Missile Shoot
A tomahawk land-attach cruise missile  exits the USS Antietam in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 20, 2020, during Valiant Shield. Valiant Shield is a biennial field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces.
Sept. 21, 2020 - USS Antietam conducted a Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile strike scenario, Sept. 20th, targeting the Farallon de Medinilla range, located on an uninhabited 200-acre island off the coast of Guam as part of Valliant Shield 2020.

Soldiers Bid Military Working Dog Vito Farewell
Army Sgt. 1st Class Vito, a military working dog who served more than eight years, relaxes after his retirement ceremony at Camp Zama, Japan, Sept. 17, 2020.
Sept. 21, 2020 - The Soldiers of the 901st Military Police Detachment held a retirement ceremony for Sgt. 1st Class Vito here Sept. 17, praising him for his nearly nine years of dedicated service to the Army as a military working dog.

Joint Base Charleston commissary offers online ordering
Joint Base Charleston air base commissary customers can do their grocery shopping over the internet starting Sept. 22 when the store starts its CLICK2GO online ordering-curbside pickup service.
Sept. 21, 2020 - Joint Base Charleston air base commissary customers can do their grocery shopping over the internet starting Sept. 22 when the store starts its CLICK2GO online ordering-curbside pickup service.

Sexual assault prevention training continues virtually amid COVID-19
The National Guard Bureau’s Sexual Assault and Prevention Response office will hold its annual training for sexual assault response and victim advocate coordinators in a virtual environment Sept. 21-23, 2020.
Sept. 21, 2020 - ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard Bureau’s Sexual Assault and Prevention Response office is

SECNAV Braithwaite’s 100-Day Message
Sept. 20, 2020 - Shipmates, in my first 100 days as your Secretary, I have had several opportunities to engage with

The Vice President arrives at MCAS Yuma
Vice President, the Honorable Mike Pence, arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ, on Sept. 18, 2020.
Sept. 19, 2020 - Vice President, the Honorable Mike Pence, arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ, on Sept. 18, 2020.

U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) troops fighting wildfires in California
Soldiers with Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, attached to the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion, hike up a mountain carrying hoses and equipment to plume the fireline, in order to cool down hotspots, at the August Complex wildland fire Sept. 13, 2020, in Mendocino National Forest.
Sept. 18, 2020 - In the midst of the California wildfires, there are over 200 U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) Soldiers supporting wildland fire ground response operations in the August complex, located in the densely forested northern part of the state.

Community rolls up sleeves for EFMP blood drive
Sept. 18, 2020 - The Joint Base San Antonio community rolled up its sleeves Sept. 16 in support of the JBSA Exceptional Family Member Program’s blood drive at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center.

AFW2 Virtual CARE Week: Warrior Care Month
Graphic for the Virtual CARE Week in November, from the 16th-20th. Check your emails for the invite. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Melissa Espinales)
Sept. 18, 2020 - Staying connected through virtual platforms has become an adopted lifestyle people have implemented in their everyday lives. With the ever-changing events taking place around us, the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program embraces the virtual bonds between wounded warriors, caregivers and their families. This connectedness is the foundation that drives the program’s mission forward, which is why AFW2 is gearing up to host its second Virtual CARE Week, November 16-20.

Idaho National Guard Soldier spent 309 days as a POW
Sgt. Ray Servatius, far right, spent 309 days as a prisoner of war in 1953 during the Korean conflict. The Idaho National Guard Soldier was captured after his plane was shot down.
Sept. 18, 2020 - BOISE, Idaho – Ray Servatius has a lot to think about at night. Mostly he thinks about that day in

DeCA nominates FSH commissary worker for DOD 2020 Outstanding Disabled Employee of the Year
The legally blind Marcus Montague, who has worked at the Fort Sam Houston commissary for six years, was nominated in May for the 2020 Annual Secretary of Defense Awards for Components and Individuals.
Sept. 18, 2020 - The legally blind Marcus Montague, who has worked at the Fort Sam Houston commissary for six years, was nominated in May for the 2020 Annual Secretary of Defense Awards for Components and Individuals.

Holocaust observance highlights story of survival
Peter Stern, lower right with his hands on his brothers shoulders, and other survivors are liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany, April 15, 1945. Stern told his families story during the DLA Troop Support's virtual Holocaust observance program September, 16.
Sept. 18, 2020 - The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support held a virtual Holocaust observance program Sept. 16 in remembrance of the atrocities that took place during WWII, and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of multiple concentration camps with the ending of the war.

DIA honors prisoners of war and those missing in action
2020 National Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action Recognition Day
Sept. 18, 2020 - Established by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 and commemorated every third Friday in September, National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day honors those Americans who were prisoners of war and those who served and never returned home.

VI members complete senior gunner course in Puerto Rico
Sept. 18, 2020 - A two-week Senior Gunner Course held at Camp Santiago, PR, seated 30 members from the Puerto Rico

Omaha District recognized with distinguished industry awards
Terry S. Morgan, General Service Administration (GSA), Zorinsky Federal Building Manager presents the 2019 Federal Employee-Manager/Supervisor of the Year by the Lincoln Federal Executive Association Award to Lee McCormick, Civil Branch Chief, Contracting Division U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District the for his work on the 2019 Flood Response (OSRT), July 2020.
Sept. 17, 2020 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District received multiple awards from industry stakeholders for performance in construction, small business contracting, safety and public affairs. Receiving these awards is credited to overall teamwork, the culture, and recognition of individuals who have made a significant impact in contributing to the overall success of the USACE mission during fiscal year 2020.

Should I get the flu vaccination this year?
The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.  When the vaccine becomes available, the 75th Medical Group Immunization Clinic will begin focusing their efforts on vaccinating the base active duty population.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II)
Sept. 17, 2020 - The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.  Flu viruses are constantly changing.  The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match projected circulating flu viruses.  These vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on the vaccine) that research suggests will be the most common. 

Door-to-door delivery policy effective Oct. 1
Team Hanscom celebrates the Class of 2020
Sept. 17, 2020 - Commercial door-to-door deliveries for all routine Government Purchase Card procured items will begin here Oct. 1.

The Wake Island Avengers have Arrived
Five F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA-211), Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, taxi at Royal Air Force Station Marham, United Kingdom (UK) on 03 September, 2020. VMFA-211 is training with UK’s 617 Squadron at Marham in preparation for next year’s inaugural, global deployment on the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Navy-Marine Corps team is humbled and proud to represent the United States and serve alongside our British counterparts.
Sept. 17, 2020 - (ROYAL AIR FORCE BASE MAHRAM, England) -- Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 deployed for

Air Force improves lactation support for nursing mothers
A nursing mother assigned to U.S. Space Command uses resources located in the private nursing mother’s room in Building 1, Sept. 11, 2020 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. An Air Force guidance memorandum signed on August 15 2020 details responsibilities and procedural steps to better enable commanders to align the needs of nursing mothers with mission requirements by supporting nursing mothers with a private, secure and clean area within unit facilities. (U.S. Space Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)
Sept. 17, 2020 - The updated policy, which is effective immediately, increases flexibility with lactation breaks and also mandates access to a refrigerator for the purpose of storing human milk.

Vice Chairman Discusses Weapons of Mass Destruction at Symposium
Army Sgt. Rakan Falah surveys for radiological sources during a detection and identification training event at Icahn Stadium, Randall’s Island, N.Y., Aug. 20, 2020.
Sept. 17, 2020 - The new Joint Warfighting Concept will be enabled by deterrence — a concept in vogue during the Cold War, but becoming relevant again, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Depot recognizes employees on National Tradesman Day
Peter Savage, a maintenance worker assigned to the Roads and Grounds Branch, performs concrete work at Tobyhanna Army Depot. The Roads and Grounds mission is extensive and ranges from masonry repairs to installation grounds keeping.
Sept. 17, 2020 - Tobyhanna Army Depot will observe National Tradesman Day on September 18 by shining a spotlight on some of its expert tradesmen and saluting all tradesmen who contribute to the organization’s mission.

Investment in People is Space Force Focus
Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman, senior enlisted advisor of the U.S. Space Force, delivers remarks after a ceremony at the Pentagon transferring airmen into the Space Force, Sept. 15, 2020.
Sept. 17, 2020 - Senior Enlisted Advisor of the U.S. Space Force, Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman highlighted his areas of focus during a live presentation for the Air Force Association’s 2020 Virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference at the Pentagon.

Academy gives out gunlocks to reduce suicides
Violence prevention officials at the U.S. Air Force Academy gave out 1,500 gunlocks like the one seen above Sept. 15, 2020 to drivers entering the base. The give-away is part of the Defense Department's
Sept. 17, 2020 - Scores of drivers braving rush hour to the Air Force Academy received a gift Sept. 15: a gunlock. Violence Prevention officials and other staff gave out 1,500 gunlocks during the morning commute at the base’s North and South gates. September is Suicide Prevention Month across the Defense Department, with each service branch working to raise awareness about suicide and violence prevention. The DOD’s slogan for the month is “Connect to Protect,” meant to emphasize healthy connections to family, friends and communities.

Joint warriors utilize JBSA landing zones for vertical lift training
Airmen assigned to the 74th Aerial Port Squadron rig equipment to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a rigging practice mission Sep. 9, 2020, at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Annex, Texas.
Sept. 17, 2020 - For the second time in as many weeks, joint warriors converged on Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Annex to formally confirm the suitability of helicopter landing zones in order to expand the maneuver space for vertical lift operations and improve home-station training for San Antonio’s military units.

Retired four-star challenges workforce to not “walk past” inclusive diversity issues
Retired General Vincent K. Brooks. Brooks served as an Army officer commanding large, complex military organizations for more than 42 years before retiring from active duty in 2019.
Sept. 17, 2020 - The Defense Intelligence Agency and DIA Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley Jr. virtually hosted retired Gen. Vincent K. Brooks as part of the Agency’s MasterMinds series, Aug. 28.

Exercise Black Widow 2020 Kicks off in the Atlantic
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 13, 2020) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to Helicopter Marine Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 prepares to lower a dipping sonar transducer during anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is currently underway conducting ASW training in support of Exercise Black Widow 2020. (U.S. Navy photo taken by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Shorter)
Sept. 17, 2020 - U.S. Navy aircraft, surface ships and submarines will participate in Exercise Black Widow 2020 in the North Atlantic Sept. 12-18.

Task force Marines place first in innovation challenge
U.S. Marines hold a cash prize during an award ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 15.
Sept. 17, 2020 - Three communications Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command developed a solution to limited radio frequency range capability that won them first place in 4th Marine Logistics Group’s Innovation Challenge on Sept. 9. This innovation challenge asked Marines and Sailors, of all ranks, to bring their new ideas and solutions to current capabilities gaps to MLG leadership...

Task force Marines place first in innovation challenge
U.S. Marines hold a cash prize during an award ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 15.
Sept. 17, 2020 - Three communications Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command developed a solution to limited radio frequency range capability that won them first place in 4th Marine Logistics Group’s Innovation Challenge on Sept. 9. This innovation challenge asked Marines and Sailors, of all ranks, to bring their new ideas and solutions to current capabilities gaps to MLG leadership...

Louisiana nurse practitioner realizes dream to serve in U.S. Army
Capt. Emily Stansbury with her family. Pictured (left to right) is her son Nate, husband Bill, Capt. Stansbury, son Will, and daughter-in-law, Ashtyn. An Army Reserve nurse practitioner that resides in Rayville, La., Stansbury mobilized with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force - 7452 to support DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas as part of the Department of Defense support to COVID-19.  U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 17, 2020 - An alumna of the University of Mississippi Medical Center nurse practitioner program in Jackson, Stansbury is one of more than 1,000 Army Reserve medical professionals that have answered the nation’s call for assistance with COVID-19 since March. The Soldiers are part of the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s whole-of-America response to the pandemic.

Providing Engineering Excellence
Interior of the CPS Tunnel
Sept. 17, 2020 - If you were to ask a person to define the job of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the answers you received would be as unique as the individuals in your sample. We took this question to a small group of people ranging from active-duty Soldiers to restauranteurs and stay at home moms. Here are some of the answers we received.

FY21 Reserve Inactive Duty Training (IDT), Readiness Management Period (RMP) Scheduling Requirements and Waiver Process
Sept. 16, 2020 - This message announces key dates, responsibilities and policies for commands and SELRES members when scheduling Inactive Duty Training (IDT) drills, Readiness Management Periods (RMP), and Additional Training Periods (ATP) in FY21.

SECAF unveils new “eSeries” classification in nod to digital future
Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett announced a new weapons system designator, the “e” series, at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Arlington, Va., Sept. 14, 2020. Aircraft, satellites, weapon systems and more that are digitally engineered will receive the “e” prefix.” (U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic)
Sept. 16, 2020 - A true paradigm shift, systems being considered for acquisition will be designed, developed and manufactured on a digital foundation, just like the Boeing eT-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer. The new process is part of the Air Force's digital eSeries approach.

Disaster preparedness, one step at a time
(Graphic by Natalie Skelton)
Sept. 16, 2020 - Virginia has seen its share of disaster events this year. From heavy snow to damaging winds, to flooding and tornadoes, residents continue to prove their resilience in the face of adverse events.

DLA Distribution Quality Assurance Civilian of the Year awarded to Nicole James
General Supply Specialist/Quality Assurance Expert Nicole James, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Hill, Utah, has received the 2019 DLA Distribution Quality Assurance Civilian of the Year award. Photo by DLA Distribution Public Affairs.
Sept. 16, 2020 - James was nominated for her dedication and exemplary performance as a member of the Continuing Government Activity at DLA Distribution Hill, Utah.

U.S. Navy Conducts Follow-on Joint Operations with NATO in the Black Sea
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) as seen from the window of a P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, April 23. The ship and aircraft are forward deployed to U.S. 6th Fleet.
Sept. 16, 2020 - Following operations in the Adriatic Sea, U.S. Navy and NATO units again conducted a joint maritime and air training mission in the Black Sea, Sept. 15, 2020.

Providing Engineering Excellence
Sept. 16, 2020 - If you were to ask a person to define the job of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the answers you received would be as unique as the individuals in your sample. We took this question to a small group of people ranging from active-duty Soldiers to restauranteurs and stay at home moms. Here are some of the answers we received.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
This layout and design was created by 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Yokota Air Base, Japan, in honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month on Sept. 15, 2020. (U.S. Air Force layout & design by Staff Sgt. Taylor A. Workman)
Sept. 16, 2020 - The most important step in preventing suicide is about taking care of ourselves and our Wingmen, even one is too many.

New commander visits Bragg site
Army Col. Fredericka Harris, new commander 406th Army Field Support Brigade, offers her gratitude for their support as she addresses Defense Logistics Agency employees on the importance of collaboration between DLA Disposition Services and her unit.
Sept. 16, 2020 - Warfighter first and strong partnership are two tenants of the Defense Logistics Agency strategic plan that were reinforced as the staff at the DLA Disposition Services’ site at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, hosted a new unit commander for a tour.

Space Delta 5 Transfers to the USSF
Col. Monique Delauter, Space Delta 5 commander, signs an enlistment document, enabling an Airman’s transfer from the United States Air Force to the United States Space Force following the USSF Chief of Space Operations ceremonial transfer event, Sept. 15, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. With the creation of the USSF, enlisted Airmen and officers in space-related career fields have been given the opportunity to transfer to the new branch, joining Gen. Jay Raymond, U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations, Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman, U.S. Space Force Senior Enlisted Advisor, and many other Space Professionals as official members of the USSF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)
Sept. 15, 2020 - Space professionals from Space Delta 5 swear into the United States Space Force during the USSF Chief of Space Operations ceremonial transfer event, Sept. 15, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Gen. Jay Raymond, U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations, officiated a ceremonial transfer during the Air Force Association’s Virtual Air Space Cyber conference, where he spoke about the innovative new branch and the men and women who will power it. These members will become some of the first Space Professionals to join the newest branch of service, which was created on Dec. 20, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

AFRL Technology traveling to Mars
Over the last 25 years, the AFRL Space Electronics Technology (SET) program has funded the technology behind the BAE RAD750 computer processing unit (CPU) – the brains – and memory, the Xilinx Virtex5QV reprogrammable computer, and the Honeywell GVSC flight computer being used on the Mars Perseverance rover
Sept. 15, 2020 - The Red Planet, Mars, will soon be receiving more visitors when NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover accompanied by its flight companion, a 4-pound Mars Helicopter named Ingenuity, touches down in February 2021.

Before it’s too late: How Airmen can recognize mental health concerns
Staff Sgt. Emmanuel Pate, a sheet metal mechanic with the 944th Maintenance Squadron, completes a survey at the conclusion of “Frontline Supervisors and Mental Health” training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 12, 2020. This is new training for the Air Force, being piloted by the 944th FW, to remove the stigma from mental health in the military and help Airmen be more proactive with one another in addressing it. The 944th Fighter Wing is the Air Force Reserve’s largest training wing with more than 2,200 members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken)
Sept. 15, 2020 - The new training, introduced for the first time during the wing’s September 2020 Unit Training Assembly, was held virtually and in-person at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

Aggressors Kick Off Participation in Valiant Shield 2020
In this file photo, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five ships as U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy aircraft, led by a B-52 Stratofortress long-range bomber, pass overhead during Valiant Shield 2018. The biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise focuses on integration of joint training among the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the seventh exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006.
Sept. 15, 2020 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Pilots assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing’s 18th Aggressor

Direct Access updating process to improve reserve pay
Sept. 15, 2020 - The Coast Guard’s Human Capital System, otherwise known as Direct Access, underwent a change Sept. 4, 2020, to be more effective when paying reserve members as they transition between reserve status and active duty status.

AMC’s top leader emphasizes diversity, interoperability while gathering with medical logistics team
Focused on diversity and inclusion, Gen. Ed Daly, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, explains how the Army must lead the way in positive culture change as he speaks to leaders from Army Medical Logistics Command on Sept. 11 at Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Ellen Crown)
Sept. 15, 2020 - Gen. Ed Daly said the Army must boost diversity and improve interoperability within supply systems serving the materiel enterprise.

Pendleton Marines observe Hispanic Heritage Month
Gunnery Sgt. Milton Espinoza, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of Installation Personnel Administration Center, Outbound (Separations), poses for a photo in front of his workplace. Espinoza lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras until his teenage years, when he came to Miami, Florida to finish high school. He joined the United States Marine Corps upon graduation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Angela Wilcox)
Sept. 15, 2020 - Each year, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The month-long celebration is observed to honor the history, culture, and impact of Hispanic Americans in the United States.

Pendleton Marines observe Hispanic Heritage Month
Gunnery Sgt. Milton Espinoza, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of Installation Personnel Administration Center, Outbound (Separations), poses for a photo in front of his workplace. Espinoza lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras until his teenage years, when he came to Miami, Florida to finish high school. He joined the United States Marine Corps upon graduation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Angela Wilcox)
Sept. 15, 2020 - Each year, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The month-long celebration is observed to honor the history, culture, and impact of Hispanic Americans in the United States.

U.S. Army, Estonia sign historic agreement for collaborative research in cyber defense
1st Lt. Winters the fire direction officer for Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment talks with Estonian soldiers about the complexities of fire NATO missions with Allied and Partner nations such as Estonia, during Rail Gunner Rush live fire exercise in Tapa, Estonia Sept. 5, 2020. This was the first live fire exercise from 41st Field Artillery Brigade outside their home base of Grafenwoehr Germany since they reactivated. (Official photo by Maj. Joe Bush)
Sept. 15, 2020 - The U.S. Army and the Republic of Estonia’s Ministry of Defence signed an agreement today that will enable the two countries to conduct future collaborative science and technology efforts in cyber defense.

Jordanian and U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Maritime Security Exercise Infinite Defender
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command and Royal Jordanian Marines receive a safety brief before beginning close quarters battle training during Exercise INFINITE DEFENDER 20 in Jordan, Sept. 1, 2020. Exercise INFINITE DEFENDER 20 is an annual, bilateral explosive ordnance disposal and maritime security exercise between U.S. 5th Fleet and the Royal Jordanian Navy to enhance mutual capabilities and interoperability. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Robert Kuehn)
Sept. 15, 2020 - The Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) and U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard forces are participating in the exercise Infinite Defender (ID) 20 from Sept. 1 to 10.

AFCEC helps Air Force transition to the next generation KC-46A tanker
KC-46 depot maintenance hangar exterior at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Sept. 15, 2020 - The Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is expanding global reach through a multi-phase construction effort to support the new KC-46A Pegasus refueling tanker.

Tennessee Guard tests Hurricane Sally first responders
Mississippi National Guard Spc. Jan Lao and Pfc. Mckenzie Smith of the 890th Engineer Battalion load supplies onto a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle in Gulfport, Miss., Sep. 14, 2020. The Soldiers will be part of a 10-person team on standby to rescue residents from flooded areas due to Hurricane Sally.
Sept. 15, 2020 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Soldiers with the Tennessee National Guard’s Task Force Medical conducted

Camp Lejeune Marines take aim with new annual rifle qualifications to develop more proficient marksmen
U.S. Marines sight in on their targets during a new experimental annual rifle qualification on Bravo Range at Stone Bay on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 2.
Sept. 15, 2020 - Marines from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune took to Bravo range at Stone Bay to test fire what is possibly the most drastic change to the annual rifle qualification in nearly a century. The new shooting qualification, projected to be implemented across the Corps by 2021, is shorter, more realistic and geared toward increasing the combat effectiveness of Marines during operations...

Hispanic Heritage Month: Ms. Coralis Rodriguez Discusses How Her Puerto Rican Heritage Contributed to Her Success as an Auditor
Ms. Coralis Rodriquez flamenco dances during one of her dance shows.
Sept. 15, 2020 - When an array of ideas, traditions, and customs come together, something magnificent is formed. As a

A Bag Full of Dreams: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Ismael Lopez celebrates traditions, shares customs with friends from different backgrounds, and teaches his children about their Hispanic roots during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Sept. 14, 2020 - “I was born in Monterrey, Mexico,” said Ismael Lopez. “My hometown is Villaldalma, Nuevo Leon.” It has been quite a journey to get to where he is now, from his hometown to a new life in America.

‘We Care’ message resonates throughout JBSA community
U.S. Navy Seaman Bianca Lathrop and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Caroline Miller, 502nd Air Base Wing commander, greet people entering the base through Walters Street Entry Control Point at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Sept. 10.
Sept. 14, 2020 - Signs proclaiming “We Care” greeted motorists as they entered the gates of Joint Base San Antonio installations on an unseasonably cool Sept. 10 morning.

Oregon National Guard to Help Combat Wildfires
Oregon Air National Guardsmen load gear into a truck before leaving from the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Sept. 13, 2020. The airmen departed to support Operation Plan Smokey, an interagency wildfire relief effort in the state.
Sept. 14, 2020 - The Oregon Air National Guard is sending 125 members to aid in fire emergency response efforts – 75 from the 142nd Wing at Portland ANG Base and 50 from Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Klamath Falls.

New tracking devices to aid in continuing study of black vultures
A transmitter is carefully tied to the back of a black vulture in Martinsburg, W.Va., Aug.18, 2020. Black vultures have been roosting near the airfield at the 167th Airlift Wing since 2017 and pose a threat to local air traffic. The transmitter will provide information about the bird’s behavior and flight patterns, helping to mitigate aviation hazards.
Sept. 14, 2020 - Black vultures were fitted with five new tracking devices as part of an ongoing study to mitigate aviation hazards around Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Air Force Recruits Future Space Professionals
Space Force logo
Sept. 14, 2020 - The Department of Defense’s newest military branch is relying on Air Force Recruiting Service to find America’s best and brightest to fill more than 300 enlisted positions next fiscal year.

New 'eSeries' Classification Unveiled
Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett announced a new weapons system designator, the “e” series, at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Arlington, Va., Sept. 14, 2020.
Sept. 14, 2020 - Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett told Air Force Association conference attendees that the future of Air and Space technology will include aircraft, weapons and satellites which will be digitally engineered and virtually tested before ever taking physical form.

Whatever It Takes to Soar: RAF Alconbury youth speaks with Blue Angels pilots
Daniella Pantoja, Alconbury Middle High School sophomore and Youth Programs member, participates in a discussion panel with Blue Angels pilots and other Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) students. RAF Alconbury Youth Programs collaborated with the Boys and Girls Club of America to host an educational panel for students to learn about pilots in the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jennifer Zima)
Sept. 14, 2020 - A RAF Alconbury youth at the Child and Youth Programs spoke with U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilots during a virtual discussion panel with other members of the Boys and Girls Club of America Sept. 9, 2020.

U.S., Allied Forces Conduct Exercise Pacific Vanguard
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 11, 2020) – Navy warships sail in formation with Australian, Korean and Japanese vessels in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 11, 2020, during Pacific Vanguard, an exercise aimed at improving interoperability.
Sept. 14, 2020 - Pacific Vanguard brings together more than 1,500 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea.

Specialized Navy Sailors Deployed with Marine Squadron ahead of V-22 Transition
U.S. Navy Sailors stand in front of a MV-22B Osprey in Kuwait, Aug. 5.
Sept. 14, 2020 - In February, the U.S. Navy took delivery of the first CMV-22B Osprey aircraft as the primary aircraft to conduct Airborne Re-supply/Logistics to the Sea Base. The CMV-22B platform will eventually replace the C-2 Greyhound across the Navy. Modernization of any program, regardless of service, is a complex process to ensure the proper manpower, training and equipment meets the highest standards for operation. At times, this requires creative solutions and opportunities to train service members and ready the force...

Marines pay tribute to 9/11
U.S. Marines run up stairs during a stair walk at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Sept. 11.
Sept. 13, 2020 - Today does not need an intro. For nineteen years, Sept. 11 has become more than just another date on the calendar – it’s a day that has affected every American’s life in some way, shape, or form. ‘Never Forget,’ became a phrase strongly associated with the day and quite frankly, we have not. Marines from the 12th Marine Corps District showed a form of remembrance this morning at the San Diego Convention Center in an effort to pay homage to those we lost on that tragic day...

Army Corps' New York District heralds the arrival of the largest container ship to Call in the Port
The CMA/CGM Brazil is the largest-capacity container ship to enter the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Brazil’s arrival was made possible as a result of the Harbor Deepening Project.
Sept. 12, 2020 - The CMA/CGM BRAZIL arrived at the Port of New York and New Jersey, Sept. 12. The arrival of the CMA/CGM Brazil was made possible as a result of the Harbor Deepening Project — a multi-year effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Pathfinder's honor the fallen during 9/11 remembrance ceremony
A firefighter from the 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron holds a rose during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at RAF Alconbury, England, Sep. 9, 2020. Airmen from the 501st CSW along with cadets from the Alconbury High School JROTC participated in the ceremony to honor those who lost their lives during the September 11th terrorist attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eugene Oliver)
Sept. 11, 2020 - On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, a series of four terrorist attacks caused over 2,900 deaths, 25,000 injuries. These attacks forever changed our nation and the entire world. Cadets from the Alconbury Highschool JROTC along with Airmen from the 501st Combat Support Wing participated in a 9/11 remembrance ceremony to honor the memory of those who lost their lives during the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The Wolf Pack remembers 9/11
An honor guardsman rolls the American Flag after a 9/11 memorial service on Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony was in honor of the lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, marking the 19th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristin High)
Sept. 11, 2020 - Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing gathered for a ceremony here, Sept. 11, 2020, to remember a series of events that forever changed the nation’s history.

Be prepared, build an emergency kit
Backpacks and plastic tubs serve to keep critical items in a central location for use during a crisis. (File Photo Courtesy of Mike Kneip)
Sept. 11, 2020 - September is National Preparedness Month. Are you prepared for an emergency?

Joint Force Quarterly 98 (3rd Quarter, July 2020)
Joint Force Quarterly 98
Sept. 10, 2020 - As I write this column from my table far away from my NDU Press office during the pandemic, I am wondering about the scope of it all, as I am sure many of you are. Was COVID-19 unexpected? Unprecedented? Did we all think it would not happen? One thing I am certain about—such times bring out the need for capability and teamwork in the harshest of conditions. While not a typical environment for the military, often when we see the need to team up in ways that might not be traditional to work out a “wicked problem” like this one, I wonder if this situation is exactly what jointness is for.

Surrogate Warfare
Surrogate Warfare: The Transformation of War in the Twenty-First Century
Sept. 10, 2020 - What do you get when two Middle Eastern subject matter experts decide to update the age-old concept of proxy warfare and explore the potential of machines to serve as surrogates that substitute or supplement a nation’s formal military forces? The answer is an ambitious and useful examination of how war is changing in light of emerging technologies, such as autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) and cyber weapons able to leverage artificial intelligence (AI). Members of the joint force willing to brave the occasional academese passages on Clausewitzian theory will find gems of insight throughout Surrogate Warfare.

The Culture of Military Organizations
The Culture of Military Organizations
Sept. 10, 2020 - It would be difficult to find scholars who are better qualified to edit this excellent new volume of military culture. Having retired from the U.S. Army following a distinguished career, culminating as one of General David Petraeus’s most trusted aides in Iraq in 2007, Peter Mansoor has published a number of books on military history and Iraq. Williamson Murray has been a major figure in military studies for over 30 years, producing, among many other works, the now classic three-volume study Military Effectiveness (Cambridge University Press, 2010) with his long-term collaborator Allan R. Millett.

The New Rules of War and The Dragons and the Snakes
The Dragons and the Snakes
Sept. 10, 2020 - It is said that generals always want to refight the last war. Often scholars are willing to do the same. Martin Van Creveld’s Transformation of War (Free Press, 1991) was heavily influenced by the painful intifadas in his native Israel. Mary Kaldor’s New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era (Stanford University Press, 1999) was based on the criminal warlords of the ethnic Balkan clashes. In his The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World (Knopf, 2007), British general Rupert Smith declared that war, as he was taught, no longer existed and drew heavily on the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and his tour in Bosnia. Conventional warfare was thrown into history’s dustbin and “wars amongst the people” presented as a novel paradigm shift.

Delivering AI to Warfighters Is Strategic Imperative
Navy Seaman Anthony Migliori troubleshoots a computer aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey somewhere in the East China Sea, Aug. 20, 2020.
Sept. 10, 2020 - Accelerating AI and delivering tangible solutions for the warfighter are imperative to preserve the nation's strategic military advantage, the DOD chief information officer said.

Esper Says Artificial Intelligence Will Change the Battlefield
Secretary of Defense, Dr. Mark T. Esper records statement for virtual A.I. Symposium in the Pentagon Briefing Room September 8, 2020.
Sept. 10, 2020 - WASHINGTON -- One aspect of the return of great power competition is the race to develop artificial

Operations Short of War and Operational Art
Soldier assigned to 182nd Transportation Company fires M240B machine gun as part of Operation ROM, hosted by 79th Theater
Sustainment Command, at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, December 2, 2017 (U.S. Army Reserve/Heather Doppke)
Sept. 10, 2020 - In peacetime, one’s military forces are predominantly involved in conducting diverse and low-intensity actions, arbitrarily called operations short of war. Focus in these operations is almost entirely on strategy and tactics, while operational art—that critically important intermediate field of study and practice of the art of war—is given short shrift. One reason for this unsatisfactory situation is the belief that operational art is applicable only to a high-intensity conventional war, but this is indisputably false. Operational art can, and should, be applied across the entire spectrum of conflict.

Financial managers recognized during virtual ceremony
AFLCMC Logo
Sept. 10, 2020 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (AFLCMC) – Financial management award winners for the Air Force Life

Evaluating Strategies: Six Criteria for National Security Professionals
Sailors assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 conduct military dive operations off U.S. East Coast, Atlantic Ocean, September 18, 2019 (U.S. Navy/Jayme Pastoric)
Sept. 10, 2020 - It is relatively easy to examine past strategies and evaluate whether they were successful; it is much more difficult to evaluate current and proposed strategies to determine whether they are likely to be effective. This article briefly discusses some of the proposals in business literature for evaluating corporate strategies and incorporates many of these ideas into six criteria for evaluating security strategies.

AETC innovators invited to attend virtual innovation summit Sept. 24
AETC Innovation Community
Sept. 10, 2020 - In an effort to fuel collaboration amongst Air Education and Training Command innovators, AETC’s Analysis and Innovation Directorate (AETC/A9) will host the Command’s next virtual iSummit September 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CDT.

The Cutting Edge of Defense
Sept. 10, 2020 - The cyberspace domain is one of the most critical areas of national defense. It is a field that

'Victory Garden' Approach Could Aid AI Effort
Marines participate in a command and control exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 7, 2017. Command and control is one area of military operations that’s being looked at for enhancement with artificial intelligence.
Sept. 10, 2020 - The Defense Department can use the same methods that were used to bolster the war effort during World War II to advance artificial intelligence today, DOD officials say.

USAREC to launch new shoulder sleeve insignia Sept. 14
Sept. 10, 2020 - Tradition runs deep in the U.S. Army, and unit patches are just one staple in an organization steeped in history. On Sept. 14, 2020, U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s 48-year-old patch will get an official makeover.

MRF-D, ADF complete Exercise Koolendong
A U.S. Marine conducts a joint range brief at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Sept. 5.
Sept. 10, 2020 - U.S. Marines from Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and Australian Army soldiers and have completed a live-fire, high-end warfighting exercise in the Northern Territory. Conducted at the Mount Bundey Training Area from 1 to 11 September, Exercise Koolendong enhanced our ability to mutually support one another in a combined arms environment and improved the ability of the combined force to rapidly respond to crises and assist allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. MRF-D Commanding Officer, Col. David Banning stated Koolendong was designed to build proficiency and interoperability among the Marines and ADF to better respond to a variety of security challenges and crises in the region...

Social Security Payroll Tax Deferral
A Presidential Memorandum to temporarily defer Social Security (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI)) tax withholdings was issued on August 8, 2020 with following guidance from the Internal Revenue Service on August 28, 2020. This tax deferment is designed to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the tax deferral, visit https://www.dfas.mil/taxes/Social-Security-Deferral/
Sept. 9, 2020 - A Presidential Memorandum to temporarily defer Social Security (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI)) tax withholdings was issued on August 8, 2020 with following guidance from the Internal Revenue Service on August 28, 2020. This tax deferment is designed to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reserve Support: First In, Last Out
Kimberly Branche, 944th Mission Support Group management support specialist and Senior Airman Wren Doyle, 944th Fighter Wing customer service support specialist pose for a photo Aug 8 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.Tyler Bolken)
Sept. 9, 2020 - One weekend a month, Reserve Citizen Airmen across the United States travel to military installations throughout the country to perform readiness training with their Reserve units during their Unit Training Assemblies [UTA]. More than 1,600 Airmen in the 944th Fighter Wing attend their monthly UTA at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, while nearly one thousand more members of the 944th serve at other installations across the country.

DLA provides mobile hospitals to SOUTHCOM nations for COVID-19 response
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Aug. 24, 2020) -- U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day delivered three field hospitals, purchased by U.S. Southern Command, to the Costa Rican government during an official donation ceremony Aug. 24, 2020. Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support has procured 24 mobile hospitals for SOUTHCOM to donate to 11 countries throughout the region. (Photos courtesy U.S. Embassy Costa Rica)
Sept. 9, 2020 - : Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support is providing 24 mobile hospitals to the U.S. Southern Command for distribution to 11 countries in its region in support of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office to host inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Olympics
The Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office will host its inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Olympics on October 20-23.  (Air Force graphic)
Sept. 9, 2020 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (AFLCMC) -- On October 20-23, the Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office will

Social Security Payroll Tax Deferral
Sept. 9, 2020 - In order to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Presidential Memorandum was issued on August 8, 2020 and guidance followed from Internal Revenue Service on August 28, 2020, to temporarily defer Social Security (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) tax withholdings. This change is effective through the end of the 2020 calendar year.

Social Security Payroll Tax Deferral
Sept. 9, 2020 - In order to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Presidential Memorandum was issued on August 8, 2020 and guidance followed from Internal Revenue Service on August 28, 2020, to temporarily defer Social Security (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) tax withholdings. This change is effective through the end of the 2020 calendar year.

Introducing the new DMA Archivist, Lisa Crunk
Sept. 9, 2020 - Hello, my name is Lisa Crunk and since February of this year I've been the strategic archivist at

Air Force seeks dress and appearance ideas through new crowdsourcing campaign
Air Force trainees are issued the first operational camouflage pattern uniform at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Oct. 2, 2019.
Sept. 9, 2020 - Airmen and civilians are invited to submit ideas beginning Sept. 3.

Excerpt from Gen Frank McKenzie’s speech in Iraq
Sept. 9, 2020 - Moving forward, we must continue our D-ISIS work together with our partners in Iraq and Syria. We are continuing to expand on our partner capacity programs that enable Iraqi forces and allow us to reduce our footprint in Iraq. In recognition of the great progress the Iraqi forces have made and in consultation and coordination with the Government of Iraq and our coalition partners, the United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September. This reduced footprint allows us to continue advising and assisting our Iraqi partners in rooting out the final remnants of ISIS in Iraq and ensuring its enduring defeat. This decision is due to our confidence in the Iraqi Security Forces’ increased ability to operate independently. The U.S. decision is a clear demonstration of our continued commitment to the ultimate goal, which is an Iraqi Security Force that is capable of preventing an ISIS resurgence and of securing Iraq’s sovereignty without external assistance. The journey has been difficult, the sacrifice has been great, but the progress has been significant. Your mission is important and there is still much work to be done- so let’s get back to it.

Partnerships, realism key for virtual Cyber Shield 2020
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Cho with the Hawaii Army National Guard’s Cyber Mission Assurance Team participates in a cyber exercise during Cyber Shield 19 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, April 6, 2019. Now in its 13th year, the exercise helps prepare National Guard cyber troops to defend critical infrastructure from the growing threat of cyber assaults. This years exercise, Cyber Shield 2020, will be conducted in a virtual environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sept. 9, 2020 - ARLINGTON, Va. — Annual exercises like Cyber Shield 2020 bring an added layer of readiness to

USS Winston S. Churchill Completes PASSEX with Tunisian Armed Forces
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 22, 2020) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) sails in formation with Tunisian navy Warships Damen Opv 1400 class Hanon (PS 612) and Albatross class Hasdrubal (PR 509) for maneuvering drills, Aug. 22 2020. Winston S. Churchill is currently deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
Sept. 9, 2020 - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) executed a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Tunisian naval counterparts in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 22, 2020.

Virtual FC deployment conference brings unexpected benefits
Mark Burton, U.S. Army Financial Management Command plans and operations specialist, takes a photo during a virtual Theater Orientation Conference at his home in central Indiana Aug. 17. The purpose of the TOC is to prepare deploying finance and comptroller units by creating a forum for them to discuss issues with units currently deployed alongside USAFMCOM and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
Sept. 8, 2020 - Preparing for deployment is tough enough, but during a pandemic the challenges grow exponentially, especially when it comes to the coordination between incoming and outgoing units. To address those challenges and continue a practice that has increased deploying unit success for nearly 16 years, the U.S. Army Financial Management Command held a Theater Orientation Conference in an all virtual environment for the deploying 175th Financial Management Support Center and the redeploying 469th FMSC recently.

U.K. leads U.S. and Norwegian Ships to Train in the Barents Sea
NORWEGIAN SEA (Sept. 5, 2020) The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) conducts a refueling at sea (RAS) with allies, British Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Tidespring (A136) Tide-class replenishment tanker, and Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland (F81), Sept. 5, 2020. Ross is forward deployed to Rota, Spain, in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
Sept. 8, 2020 - Ships from Norway, the U.S. and U.K. entered the Barents Sea Sept. 7, 2020, working together to conduct maritime security operations in the challenging environment above the Arctic Circle.

Security Force Assistance Brigade Soldiers Complete First Mission to Indo-Pacific
Capt. Matthew Orders, 1st Battalion, a team leader with the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, observes a training event alongside Col. Aekanan Hemabut, the Royal Thai Army 111th Infantry Regimental Combat Team Commander, Aug. 25, 2020 in Chachoengsao, Thailand. The engagement provided an opportunity for the two countries to discuss tactics and maneuvers ahead of future engagements and exercises between the two countries.
Sept. 8, 2020 - Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) Soldiers wrapped up their first mission to the Indo-Pacific region Monday, despite hurdles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New policy addresses 3D parts for Army aircraft
A UH-60L fuselage and operational helicopter were transported from Corpus Christi Army Depot to Wichita State University where researchers at the National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR) will create a virtual model of the work horse of Army aviation. U.S. Army photo by Ervey Martinez.
Sept. 8, 2020 - As the Army explores the potential of some advanced manufacturing methods and 3D-printed parts to maintain and sustain its aviation fleet, recently published guidance aims to strike a balance between safety, improvements to readiness and escalating costs.

Baltimore District employee honored as USACE Architect of the Year
Sept. 8, 2020 - Jah-Ras Hodge, a Baltimore District architect with the Military Design Branch, Architecture

DOD closing in on COVID-19 convalescent plasma collection goal
Steve Holton, a collection specialist and site supervisor for the East End Louisville American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, monitors the apheresis process, so named for separating whole blood into parts to use as needed. Yellow plasma is collected into the left bag, to be used for the treatment of COVID-19.
Sept. 8, 2020 - In just three months, the Department of Defense passed the 65 percent mark toward meeting its goal of obtaining 10,000 units of COVID-19 convalescent plasma, or CCP, by Sept. 30.

Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation Is Arming Tomorrow's Terrorists
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Author: Audrey Kurth Cronin
Reviewer: Capt Matthew H. Ormsbee, USAF   

 


Exercise SENTRY REX: More robust than ever
An E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft from Tinker Air Force Base, Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System aircraft from Robins AFB, MQ-9 Reapers operated from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, MC-12s from the 137th Special Operations Wing, CV-22 Osprey and AC-130 Gunships from Cannon AFB, an MC-130H Combat Talon IIs from Hurlburt AFB and KC-135R Stratotankers from the 314th Air Refueling Squadron at Beale AFB participated in SENTRY REX 20-03. Sentry Rex is a joint-exercise hosted by the 552nd Air Control Wing, specializing in Combat Search and Rescue mission integration.
Sept. 8, 2020 - Joint-service exercise, SENTRY REX 20-3, was back for its third iteration August 23-28, and was more

I Own This: August 2020 Nominees
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Sept. 8, 2020 - PS Magazine’s I Own This campaign is designed to recognize Soldiers and Marines who exemplify the highest standards of care for their assigned vehicles and equipment and contribute in meaningful ways to their unit's overall maintenance and supply posture. In short, they live and breathe readiness. Here are the nominees for August 2020.

Colorado Springs, Colo., nurse adjusts wedding plans as she joins federal COVID response
U.S. Army Reserve 1st Lt. Tina Simpson in Edinburg, Texas, August 17, 2020. A medical-surgical nurse from Colorado Springs, Colo., Simpson is currently mobilized with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 7452, assigned to DHR Medical as part of the Department of Defense support to COVID-19. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 8, 2020 - Most brides spend the final week leading up to their wedding day making sure that all the last minute details are in place. U.S. Army Reserve 1st Lt. Tina M. Simpson spent the 10 days prior to her wedding readjusting plans to allow her to get married before departing to answer the nation’s call for her skills as an Army Reserve medical-surgical nurse.

100th CS spearhead quality-of-life improvement for NCO housing
Ground ducts containing bundles of cable that transmit data traffic are pictured at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 2, 2020. The installation of fiber optic cables in NCO housing provides residents the option to upgrade to faster internet bandwidth speeds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)
Sept. 8, 2020 - Fiber optic cables were installed in on-base NCO housing at RAF Mildenhall, England, providing residents the ability to obtain faster internet bandwidth speeds. The installation was coordinated by the 100th Communications Squadron and 48th Civil Engineer Squadron housing office and executed by an outside company in August.

Task force Marines increase unit readiness with small unmanned aircraft system
SPMAGTF-SC Marines train with an RQ-11B Raven during an operator course at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Marines with SPMAGTF-SC are training with unmanned aircraft systems to enhance their capabilities for upcoming missions.
Sept. 8, 2020 - The crisis-response capabilities of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command reached new heights. Task force U.S. Marines certified as small Unmanned Aircraft System operators at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, after months of training for the capability to use these small drones to get aerial depictions of a given terrain. This is the first iteration of the SPMAGTF-SC out of the last six years to have eight Marines certified as SUAS operators...

Department of the Air Force delegates approval authority for nonchargeable emergency leave of absence
The Department of the Air Force launched a new crowdsourcing campaign to solicit ideas for dress and appearance improvements on the Air Force Ideation Platform, IdeaScale. Airmen and civilians are invited to submit ideas beginning Sept. 3.
Sept. 8, 2020 - The Department of the Air Force recently announced the delegation of the approval authority for emergency leave of absence from the Secretary of the Air Force to unit commanders or civilian directors.

Exercise bolsters readiness and partnerships
Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Brearley (right), 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron fire chief, explains happenings in an accident scene to the United Arab Emirates first responders during the Major Accident Response Exercise (MARE) Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The exercise tested the ability of the 380 AEW leadership and emergency personnel to prepare for and respond to a mass casualty incident. Personnel from the UAE Air Force observed the exercise as host-nation partners of the United States. The two countries strive to build a partnership on mutual respect, which is critical for current and future missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Taylor)
Sept. 8, 2020 - Airmen from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing and United Arab Emirates Air Force participated in a

Noble Partner 20 multinational exercise begins
Georgian Defense Forces Col. Irodi Kadagishvili, deputy commander of East Command, and Georgia Army National Guard Col. Jason Fryman, U.S. exercise director of Noble Partner 20, participate in the opening ceremony at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Sept. 7, 2020. The Georgia National Guard and the country of Georgia have participated in the U.S. Army National Guard State Partnership Program for 26 years, ensuring interoperability, functionality, and regional stability.
Sept. 8, 2020 - VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia – Allied and partner nations from around the world gathered at

Marine Corps expedites fielding of Common Aviation Command and Control System
U.S. Marines with Marine Air Support Squadron 2 conduct New Equipment Training with Phase II of the Common Aviation Command and Control System aboard Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 19, 2019. CAC2S modernizes aviation command and control equipment and improves interoperability among Marine Air Command and Control squadrons, Marine Air-Ground Task Force assets and joint agencies. Program Executive Officer Land Systems recently completed fielding all full rate production units of CAC2S.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ethan M. LeBlanc)
Sept. 8, 2020 - Program Executive Officer Land Systems recently completed fielding all full-rate production units of the Common Aviation Command and Control System. The task was accomplished nearly two years ahead of schedule, saving the government millions of dollars in the process.

Service Members, Civilians Bound By DOD Rules During Election Campaigns
Marines and DOD personnel receive a brief on different options for voting during a Federal Voting Assistance Program workshop at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 23, 2020. The workshop was an interactive, hands-on training session oriented toward installation and unit voting officers to ensure service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so from anywhere in the world.
Sept. 8, 2020 - Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper's latest ethics message lays out the importance of political activity rules that Defense Department civilian employees and service members must follow. 

U.S. Marine Crash Fire Rescue joins Slink Fire battle
U.S. Marine Corps Crash Fire Rescue personnel pose for a photo at an Interagency improvised helicopter airfield near Coleville, Calif., Sept. 6.
Sept. 7, 2020 - U.S. Marine firefighters arrived on scene to support firefighting efforts for the Slink Fire near Coleville, California, September 4. The Marines, Crash Fire Rescue personnel with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, joined the interagency firefighting force that has been battling the Slink Fire since it started August 29. “The Interagency requested support from the DoD for Crash Fire Rescue because of the increased number of aircraft supporting the fire moving toward the base,” said Col. Daniel Wittnam, commanding officer, MCMWTC...

Spotlight Webinar: Situational Awareness Technology & Crisis Decisionmaking
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Sept. 4, 2020 - On 10 September, 2020, CSWMD is hosting a virtual panel featuring research from a two-year study examining the implications of emerging situational awareness technologies for managing crises between nuclear-armed adversaries.

Fresno Guard members help fight California wildfires
U.S. Army Spc. Daniel Rincon, a hand crew member with Fresno-based Joint Task Force Rattlesnake Alpha team, on the steep slope of Rumsey Canyon where he and other members of the California State and National Guard help try to contain the LNU Lightning Complex fire near Rumsey, Aug 30, 2020.
Sept. 4, 2020 - RUMSEY, Calif. – The smell of smoke hangs heavy in the air as the Soldiers and Airmen make their way

The Place, The Legend, The Man
Retired Maj. James Capers Jr. speaks to a crowd in his hometown of Bishopville, S.C., after his plaque unveiling in the town’s Memorial Park, Aug. 29.
Sept. 4, 2020 - The residents of Bishopville, a small South Carolina town, filled the streets, Aug. 29, for a special celebration honoring their hometown hero. The motto “Heritage, History, Home,” proudly painted on the Main Street mural perfectly embodied the town’s spirit as everyone gathered for the return of retired Major James “Jim” Capers Jr. Maj. Capers, described by his comrades as the “utmost Marine”, is the recipient of a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with “V” for valor, and three Purple Hearts...

U.S., Australian militaries demonstrate rapid, long-distance airstrike capabilities
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Micheal Mendoza, a joint terminal attack controller with Command Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, left, and Australian Defence Force Sgt. Aaron Costas, with 102nd Coral Battery, communicate to a B-1B Lancer pilot at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 14, 2020. The combined training allowed both Marines and Australian Defence Force members to learn how to communicate effectively to be ready to work together to to contribute to regional security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Marshall)
Sept. 4, 2020 - The U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force and Australian Defence Force took a major step toward multinational interoperability as a combined task force during a major training scenario throughout August. The scenario focused on a small naval expeditionary force’s ability to rapidly deploy, integrate with foreign partners, coordinate airstrikes and call for close air support on targets within contested environments...

Army Ranger to Receive Medal of Honor
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Sept. 4, 2020 - An Army Ranger who risked his life to save dozens of hostages facing imminent execution by ISIS fighters will be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Michigan Guard conducts free COVID tests on Mackinac Island
A Michigan National Guard medic tests a Mackinac Island worker for COVID-19. The Guard and the county health department provided free walk-thru testing for all residents and seasonal workers on the island Aug. 26, 2020.
Sept. 4, 2020 - MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Mackinac Island is untouched by cars and untouched by COVID-19, and would

Disasters Don’t Wait – get prepared during National Preparedness Month
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month to promote family and community disaster planning throughout the year. This year’s theme is
Sept. 4, 2020 - National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved than this September.

Practicing COVID Resilience: How the FED Stays Ahead
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Sept. 3, 2020 - From improving warfighter capabilities and laying the foundation for a 216-bedroom housing unit on Camp Humphreys to ensuring the support staff has the capability to work remotely, the Far East District (FED) has not allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to slow them down.

The family we are given and the family we choose
Alexia Fields, a poolee with Permanent Contact Station Dyersburg, Recruiting Substation Jackson, Recruiting Station Nashville, discusses the importance of family and how she considers the other poolees and Marines to be a part of her extended family while at her home in Dyersburg, Tennessee, Aug. 28, 2020.  Alexia, a senior with Dyer County High School, is awaiting her graduation to receive a date to attend Marine Corps Recruit Training.
Sept. 3, 2020 - The Fields family of Dyersburg, Tennessee is awaiting baby number nine, bringing them just shy of a full-sized Marine Corps rifle squad. This family of almost 11 has provided at least two of those children with the foundation of leadership and teamwork that is inherent among Marines. Much like the close-quarters living that many junior Marines experience, living with so many people under one roof can often be fun, frustrating, noisy, and chaotic, but the bonds it creates among them are unbreakable.

Technology bridges telework interpersonal communication gap
Defense Logistics Agency Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Jimmy Canlas and Deputy Commander Eric Smith recorded a video to bridge the interpersonal communication gap during maximum telework. DLA Energy is using live, virtual and video technology to interact with employees during the pandemic. Photo by DLA Energy Public Affairs
Sept. 3, 2020 - Live, virtual and video technology is helping DLA Energy bridge the interpersonal communication gap during maximum telework. 

Army Updates Military Leave Policy
Army Spc. Dallas Ochoa reunites with his daughter, following a homecoming ceremony at William Bill Reed Special Event Center, Fort Carson, Colo., Nov. 13, 2018.
Sept. 3, 2020 - A revision of the Army's policy covering leaves and passes is part of the largest update to Army military leave policy in more than a decade,

Department of the Air Force to survey members on interpersonal violence
Sept. 3, 2020 - The Department of the Air Force will soon survey total force Airmen and Space Professionals about their experiences surrounding interpersonal violence.

VCSAF visits Offutt AFB
Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, visited Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Sept. 1, 2020. Wilson spoke with Airmen and received an update on COVID-19 response and flood recovery efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Montano)
Sept. 3, 2020 - Gen. Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, visited Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.,

Audit of the Supply Chain Risk Management for the Navy's Nuclear Weapons Delivery System
Sept. 3, 2020 - The report is classified. To file a Freedom of Information Act Request, please submit a request to FOIA Online.

Investigative Summary - Substantiated Findings of Military Whistleblower Reprisal and Restriction against a Member of the Army National Guard
Sept. 3, 2020 - The DoD Office of Inspector General initiated these investigations upon receipt of allegations that an Army National Guard (ARNG) major reprised against an ARNG second lieutenant for making protected communications and that a separate ARNG major attempted to restrict the second lieutenant from lawfully communicating with an Inspector General.

Summit charts future of installation, mission support innovation
The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center delivered an in-depth look into the Air Force innovation ecosystem during its inaugural Worldwide Innovation Summit Sept. 1-2. The summit included discussions about the future of Air Force innovation and AFWERX, Small Business Innovation Research opportunities, Airmen Empowerment, rapid acquisition programs and more. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Shannon Carabajal)
Sept. 3, 2020 - The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center delivered an in-depth look into the Air Force innovation ecosystem during its inaugural Worldwide Innovation Summit Sept. 1-2.

DLA Distribution and Defense Security Cooperation Agency align mission and efficiencies to save costs.
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution assumed oversight of Defense Security Cooperation Agency Humanitarian Assistance Program Excess Property sites in Albany, Georgia, Livorno, Italy and Okinawa, Japan, in June 2020. DLA Distribution currently stores and distributes humanitarian assistance property in all three locations. In the photo, Albany, Georgia, employee Jason Stewart offloads pallets of Tyvek protective suits for staging.
Sept. 3, 2020 - In response to the defense wide review conducted Dec. 17, 2019, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution assumed oversight of three Defense Security Cooperation Agency Humanitarian Assistance Program Excess Property sites. The alignment, a current and on-going effort, will not involve the movement or exchange of material, but, with DLA Distribution assuming oversight, is projected to save taxpayers upward of 18% of the current storage and distribution costs.

AFRL virtual town hall addresses COVID-19, U.S. Space Force, Air Force S&T Strategy
Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, AFRL Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kennon Arnold, AFRL Command Chief, addressed questions during an AFRL virtual town hall event streamed live on AFRL’s Facebook page Aug. 21. During the event, Pringle announced her top three priorities as commander: to accelerate the AF S&T Strategy, to support the U.S. Space Force as one AFRL and to lead the best AFRL Team. (Courtesy photo)
Sept. 2, 2020 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The coronavirus pandemic, the United States Space Force and

Bouncer Bot lends robotic hand to defenders
Airman 1st Class Ceara Larson, 66th Security Forces Squadron entry controller, checks a visitor’s identification with Bouncer Bot at the Visitor Control Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Aug. 20. Bouncer Bot, a remote process automation software application, can check base visitors’ credentials against national crime databases in a matter of seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt)
Sept. 2, 2020 - A robotic workhorse has been assisting the 66th Security Forces Squadron here during the past month. Bouncer Bot, a remote process automated robot software, has been assisting Hanscom defenders at the Visitor Control Center complete background security checks on guests entering the installation.

DOD Official Outlines U.S. Nuclear Deterrence Strategy
A B-52H Stratofortress bomber assigned to the 340th Weapons Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., takes off for Weapons School Integration from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 21, 2019.
Sept. 2, 2020 - There is broad, bipartisan support for the modernization of the nuclear triad, which includes bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarines and the systems that control them, a Defense Department expert said.

Reservists put their training to work
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jesus Martinez, left, observes as Army Staff Sgt. Derek Grudzieski guides Army Sgt. Bobby Wright in forklift operation during a mid-July annual reserve training assignment in support of the DLA Disposition Services site at Warner Robins, Georgia.
Sept. 2, 2020 - Reservists spent mid-July putting their training requirements to work meeting Defense Logistics Agency needs.

12th Maintenance Squadron demos new tow technology
Jaime Villarreal, 12th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, sits inside a T-38 aircraft during a practice transport Aug. 27 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The T-38 is being pulled by a remotely controlled aircraft towing system designed to make transporting aircraft more cost efficient.
Sept. 2, 2020 - The 12th Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph recently demonstrated the capabilities of a remotely controlled aircraft towing system, or RCATS, designed to make transporting aircraft more cost-efficient. The RCATS will reduce manpower requirements, allow close-quarter towing and quicker aircraft stowing ahead of inclement weather.

Marine Corps Activates Network Activity - NCR to Provide Unity of Command and Effort to the Enterprise Network
A U.S. Marine monitors network activity from the operations floor at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 31.
Sept. 2, 2020 - The Marine Corps is modernizing how it commands and controls its enterprise network. Now a dedicated group will upgrade the Corps’ ability to prevent and counter adversarial cyber-attacks and minimize network disruptions and outages. Today in Quantico, Virginia, the Marine Corps stood up Network Activity - National Capital Region, the second network focused unit following the model pioneered by the 1st Network Battalion out of Camp Pendleton, California. The network activity will command and control the Marine Corps Enterprise Network within the NCR...

Using natural forces, sediment to restore coastal marsh habitat
A juvenile snowy egret observed in nests on the Horseshoe Bend Island during nesting season.
Sept. 2, 2020 - In this episode of the Engineering With Nature® Podcast, guest Jeff Corbino, environmental resources specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New Orleans District, shares several examples of Engineering With Nature (EWN) to restore coastal marsh habitat as a key part of the district’s navigation mission.

Learn to manage risk during the extended Labor Day weekend
The long Labor Day weekend marks the traditional end of summer and offers many Joint Base San Antonio service members, civilians and their families the final opportunity to take to the highways and byways for a summertime adventure.
Sept. 2, 2020 - Labor Day weekend typically marks the end of summer and it’s a time to take a well-deserved break to relax and recharge one last time before temperatures start falling. Unfortunately, this weekend has also historically been associated with increased mishaps.

Idaho Guard Uses an Electric Bike
Idaho National Guard Staff Sgt. Daniel Walters, chief dispatcher of ground transportation with the 124th Logistics Readiness Squadron, drives an Elf Solo electric bicycle at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Aug, 13, 2020.
Sept. 2, 2020 - The 124th Logistics Readiness Squadron is using an Elf Solo solar bicycle to make small deliveries to other organizations at Gowen Field.

Marines Read Letter to World War II Veterans
Navy landing ships unload reinforcements, heavy weapons and additional supplies on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, June 9, 1944.
Sept. 2, 2020 - Marines read an open letter to World War II veterans from Commandant of the Marine Corps David H. Berger and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific.

CSAF outlines strategic approach for Air Force success
In his first major pronouncement as Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., declared Aug. 31 that the service must go fast, must collaborate more effectively with Congress and military, industry and allied partners, and “must accelerate the transition from the force we have to the force required for a future high-end fight.”
Sept. 2, 2020 - In his first major pronouncement as Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., declared Aug. 31 that the service must go fast, must collaborate more effectively with Congress and military, industry and allied partners, and “must accelerate the transition from the force we have to the force required for a future high-end fight.”

Boyd's rite of passage, history as greatest instrument of learning
Gary W. Boyd, Air Education and Training Command historian, reads through documents of the formation of Randolph Field July 28, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. A respected researcher and writer of history, Boyd has lived through several significant periods of history—all of which he believes has determined our present and shapes our future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell)
Sept. 2, 2020 - A respected researcher and writer of history, Gary W. Boyd, the command historian of Air Education and Training Command, has lived through several significant periods of history — all of which he believes has determined our present and shapes our future.

Emergency responders adopt Lexipol
Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Tworek uses the LedxiPol program on his government computer to update policies and procedures that keep the Marine Corps Fire Department aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., operating on a day to day basis, August 24.
Sept. 1, 2020 - A time consuming, oftentimes tedious, but absolutely vital task necessary to keep Marine Corps Fire and Emergency Services operating aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California is now being pushed into the computer age by a new type of knowledge management system specific to the emergency services community. “Lexipol knowledge management system allows members of fire and police departments to stay on top of new state and federal legislation, case law and evolving best practices affecting their agencies,” said Ryan Tworek, deputy fire chief, MCLB Barstow Fire and Emergency Services...

Service Before Self: USAFE-AFAFRICA Airmen give back
Volunteers from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa clean a grave marker at Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in France, Aug. 19, 2020. Airmen and spouses from USAFE-AFAFRICA came together to volunteer their off-duty time to clean up the cemetery. (Courtesy photo)
Sept. 1, 2020 - Service Before Self is one of the Air Force’s core values and most Airmen stationed overseas have the unique opportunity to give back not only to their military communities but their host nation communities through volunteerism.

Better Together: Whiteman AFB Airman initiates change by connecting community
Will Taylor, a business owner, and Staff Sgt. Jarrod Peterson, center, a 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron software engineer, talk with Chief Rich Lockhart, Warrensburg, Mo., chief of Police, mid-June 2020, at Warrensburg, Mo. Peterson and Lockhart met through Taylor. Together, they initiated a community forum which consisted of local community representatives made up of key leaders from the chamber of commerce, city manager, business owners and people from Whiteman Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)
Sept. 1, 2020 - Current events, such as the death of George Floyd, have made organizations across the U.S. Air Force take a deep dive into talking about views on racial disparity. Staff Sgt. Jarrod Peterson, a 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron software engineer, took the racial disparity discussion outside the gate into the local community.

September is National Preparedness Month 
September is National Preparedness Month, an annual outreach program sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that educates and empowers Americans to prepare for and respond to natural and manmade disasters like flooding, active shooter incidents and terrorist attacks.
Sept. 1, 2020 - September is National Preparedness Month, an annual outreach program sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that educates and empowers Americans to prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters like flooding, active shooter incidents and terrorist attacks. 

Off-duty DLA Susquehanna police officer rescues child from drowning at family gathering
While off duty at a personal gathering, Defense Logistics Agency Susquehanna Police Officer Jerome Whitfield rescues a 10 year-old boy from drowning in a pool July 28. His quick actions directly contributed to the boy surviving the incident.
Sept. 1, 2020 - Defense Logistics Agency Susquehanna Police Officer Jerome Whitfield rescued a 10-year-old boy from drowning while off duty July 28.

Joint Air Defense Exercise 20-2 increases readiness, strengthens partnerships
Royal Air Force Air Commodore Godfrey, Combined Air & Space Operations Center director, center, prepares for a meeting regarding Joint Air Defense Exercise 20-2 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Aug. 28, 2020. Led by U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the bi-annual exercise focused on improving readiness of air defense assets within the CENTCOM area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Monica Ricci)
Sept. 1, 2020 - U.S. Central Command Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and space warfighters joined regional and coalition partners last week for Joint Air Defense Exercise 20-2.


An AFMS look back at August 2020
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kokou Dekadjevi, 96th Medical Group, administers a COVID-19 test at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 10, 2020. Dekadjevi and the medical group’s diagnostic testing center employees administered more than 330 tests in a two-day span to 7th Special Forces Group Soldiers returning from a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ilka Cole)
Sept. 1, 2020 - This month’s photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting the Air Force medical mission.

Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors Tackle TCCC
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen participate in ‘Care Under Fire’ and Tactical Field Care as part of their Tactical Combat Casualty Care assessment at Sagami Depot, Sagamihara Japan, August 21, 2020. The program consists of three phases Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care and Tactical Evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica R. Avallone)
Sept. 1, 2020 - You have three minutes until your wingman bleeds out. You’re exhausted, sirens are blaring in your

Teamwork and Innovation
District boat scanning the riverbed downstream of the dam (U.S. Army photo by Joe Premozic)
Aug. 31, 2020 - Every day, Pittsburgh District is faced with the task of using limited resources to remain good stewards of our region’s infrastructure. Tuesday, Aug. 4, was no different.

Special Tactics unit surpasses 6,900 days combating war in Middle East
A Special Tactics Airman with the 17th Special Tactics Squadron fires an M4 carbine during Jaded Thunder at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Aug. 20, 2018. Special Tactics is U.S. Special Operation Command’s tactical air and ground integration force, and the Air Force’s special operations ground force, leading global access, precision strike, personnel recovery and battlefield surgery operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)
Aug. 31, 2020 - In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks which marked the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism, U.S. service members saw an increased spike in deployments that has ultimately sustained its high tempo for nearly two decades. For the men and women of the 17th Special Tactics Squadron, since their initial response to the GWOT in October 2001, there have been no breaks in deployments and combat operations for over 6900 days in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and RESOLUTE SUPPORT.

AFIMSC provides AF with innovative post-COVID workspace options
Aug. 31, 2020 - Members of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and the AFIMSC Ventures innovation office are working together to develop a viable plan that will optimize telework operations for the workforce.

DOD Working Toward Networked Indo-Pacific
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, right, and Navy Adm. John C. Aquilino, the Pacific Fleet commander, watch live-fire demonstrations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 26, 2020. The visit is part of a key leader engagement to demonstrate Navy and Marine Corps combat readiness and resilience during a global pandemic. .
Aug. 31, 2020 - WASHINGTON -- When Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper talks about the Indo-Pacific he talks about

ARNORTH to oversee military wildland fire ground response operation in California
Soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, prepare to deploy in support of the Department of Defense wildland firefighting response operations. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible DOD support to the National Interagency Fire Center to respond quickly and effectively to protect lives, property, critical infrastructure and natural and cultural resources.
Aug. 31, 2020 - At the request of the National Interagency Fire Center, approximately 200 U.S. Army Soldiers will support a wildland fire ground response operation in Northern California. U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, will oversee the military ground operation in support of federal and state efforts.

Virtual Aim High Flight Academy targets diversity, inclusion improvement
The Air Force Recruiting Service’s Detachment 1 hosts the Virtual Aim High Flight Academy. The Virtual AHFA, allows teens to connect with mentors and work toward getting their private pilot’s certificate, and ultimately a step closer to becoming an Air Force pilot. The Virtual AHFA has two main phases. During phase one, students meet once a week virtually with the Det. 1 team and select mentors and guests. In phase two, students work to complete their private pilot certificate at a local flight school while paired with a mentor. Programs like the Virtual AHFA try to reach students who may otherwise not have an opportunity to be exposed to aviation. This exposure allows the Air Force to reach under-represented areas that can help improve diversity by targeting youth who traditionally don’t have access to aviation. (Courtesy screenshot)
Aug. 31, 2020 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited some in-person

One year later, U.S. Space Command is protecting, defending the space domain
One year later, U.S. Space Command is protecting, defending the space domain
Aug. 31, 2020 - In only one year since the activation and stand-up of the nation’s 11th  Combatant Command, U.S. Space Command is celebrating the anniversary milestone by focusing on the myriad of mission accomplishments.

Lifeliners’ Behavioral Health in the face of COVID-19
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Aug. 31, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has altered all spheres of our lives. Leaders and Soldiers, from the 101st Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), had to learn how to overcome barriers brought on by the pandemic. Barriers such as sense of isolation, an increase in the unknown, and a sense of uncertainty can easily increase anxiety amongst even the most resilient. The diminished physical and social connection between Soldier

Lifeliners’ Behavioral Health in the face of COVID-19
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Aug. 31, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has altered all spheres of our lives. Leaders and Soldiers, from the 101st Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), had to learn how to overcome barriers brought on by the pandemic. Barriers such as sense of isolation, an increase in the unknown, and a sense of uncertainty can easily increase anxiety amongst even the most resilient. The diminished physical and social connection between Soldier

District employee earns Civil Responder of the Year
Jessica Fischer, Chief of the Readiness Branch at the Sacramento District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, prepares to board a U.S. Army C-12 during the Corps’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. Fischer continues to lead the Sacramento District Emergency Operations Center, having earned the Civil Responder of the Year Award for Fiscal Year 2019 because of her actions and leadership during the federal response to the Camp Fire near Paradise, California.
Aug. 31, 2020 - When Jessica Fischer started her career at the Army Corps of Engineers 11 years ago, she didn’t plan on becoming an emergency manager. She was set on a quiet career as a Project Engineer at the New York District. Then 2011 happened.