Chief Master Sgts. Melanie K. Noel, Air Force District of Washington command chief, right, and Michael D. Noel, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, give closing remarks during their combined retirement ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., May 31, 2019.
Air Force District of Washington commander Maj. Gen. James A. Jacobson listens to questions from ROTC cadets from universities across the country and offers leadership insight. The chat was part of the cadets' tour of the Washington area May 22.
Exec coach Henry F. De Sio Jr. kicks off new WHYTANK series focused on leadership, team-building, mentorship
Air Force senior leaders interact with local science, technology, engineering and mathematics students at the JB Andrews Air & Space Expo
U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Joshua Lucas, 1st Helicopter Squadron flight engineer, prepares for flight in a UH-1 Huey during the opening ceremonies at the Joint Base Andrews Air & Space Expo, May 10.
Air Force District of Washington Airmen wave to fans during a Salute to Service at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., April 30, 2019. Salute to Service is a year-round effort to honor, empower, and connect the nation’s service members, veterans, and their families.
2019 AFDW Squadron Commander and Spouse Orientation Course sets the bar higher
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice F. Smith brings motivational message to Squadron Commander and Spouse Orientation Course
2019 AFDW Squadron Commander and Spouse Orientation Course kicks off April 15
New mobile app enables, engages, empowers Airmen
Lt. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, Headquarters Air Force director of staff, gives Mae Krier, an original Rosie the Riveter a tour of the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., March 20, 2019. Krier was accompanied by Dawn Goldfein, the spouse of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein.
Air Force District of Washington and Air Combat Command Airmen and their daughters create paths for small robots during the Air Force STEM fair at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., March 7, 2019.

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AFDW celebrates #earthday and salutes the 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards recipients!
We are grateful to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for sharing their mission and all they do for our nation’s gold star families with members of our very own AFDW family.
LEADERSHIP HUDDLE | NFL labor organization director shares insight at AFDW Squadron Commander and Spouse Orientation Course By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- As part of ongoing efforts to convey leadership principles, Air Force District of Washington tapped into its partnership with the executive director of the NFL Players Association to mentor and advise attendees at the 2019 AFDW Squadron Commander and Spouse Orientation Course. Unanimously elected in 2009, DeMaurice F. Smith has had a major role in representing NFL professional American football players and helping to negotiate terms of collective bargaining agreements. During his guest speaker presentation to field grade officers primed to take command of various squadrons, Smith described the power of good communication, team building, and management in the context of disorder. He compared the complexities of advocating for the NFL's roughly 2,000 players to some of the triumphs and challenges commanders will face in balancing the needs of Airmen with mission necessities. He also noted the source of support spouses can be as commanders mature into their leadership roles. In gratitude for his candid advice and time, AFDW commander Maj. Gen. James A. Jacobson presented Smith with a customized Air Force Academy football jersey bearing the number 47, representing 1947, the year the Air Force entered into its own branch of service from the Army Air Corps. Smith noted that though he's amassed many jerseys from professional players over the years, this is one is special to him. "I have some very cool jerseys, but this is one of the best I've ever seen," Smith said. The five-day immersive course wrapped today and AFDW hosts a course with new commanders and spouses each year. NFL | #leadership |#management | #teamwork
LESSONS FROM THE FIELD | “The intent of this is to give future commanders a sense of how other people in similar lines of work lead,” said Maj. Gen. Jake Jacobson, commander of the Air Force District of Washington. “We’ve designed this whole course from beginning to end to bring in external viewpoints to give them another perspective on how to deal with similar problems.” Read more from Military Times about the leadership panel with the Washington Nationals here: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/04/18/washington-nationals-partner-with-air-force-to-teach-new-commanders-about-leadership/
CREATING COMMANDERS | Check out more highlights from the 2019 Air Force District of Washington Squadron Commanders and Spouses Course!
LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES | See what's taking place this week at the 2019 AFDW Squadron Commander and Spouse Orientation Course https://www.afdw.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1816136/afdw-leaders-discuss-readiness-retention-at-squadron-commanders-and-spouses-cou/ Joint Base Andrews AFDW Command Chief #leadership
THAT PART! | Here's some of that it takes to keep an F-16 in tip-top shape and ready to wow crowds during aerial demonstrations. Don't miss the Air Force Thunderbirds when they land here for the 2019 Joint Base Andrews Air Show May 10-12!
FURRY FRIENDS | Hey there, did you know it's #nationalpetday? According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), there are approximately 2,700 active-duty military working dogs in the U.S. Armed Forces. They are deployed around the world, with a large number serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2000, “Robby’s Law” was passed that facilitates “the adoption of retired military working dogs by law enforcement agencies, former handlers of these dogs, and other persons capable of caring for these dogs.” Save-A-Vet is one organization that helps find suitable homes for K-9 veterans. Now let's see your pet's glamour pics in the comments section!
LEGEND | The last surviving Doolittle Raider has passed away at the age of 103. Learn more about Lt. Col. Cole. #knowyourmil
PROTECT OUR PEOPLE, PROTECT OUR MISSION | Each April, Air Force District of Washington joins the military and civilian communities in recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and the Department of Defense Self Helpine  Every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted  On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.  Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.  Those age 65 and older are 92% less likely than 12-24 year olds to be a victim of rape or sexual assault, and 83% less likely than 25-49 year olds.  One out of every six American women has been the victim of attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, with 14.8 percent completed and 2.8 percent attempted. In addition, millions of men in the United States have been victims of rape.  As of 1998, 2.78 million men in the U.S. had been victims of attempted or completed rape  About 3% of American men -- or 1 in 33 -- have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime  One out of every 10 rape victims are male  In the fiscal year ending September, 2016,14,900 military members experienced unwanted sexual contact and in the military 4.3% of active duty women and 0.6% of active duty men experienced unwanted sexual contact  Of the 14,900 survivors, 43% of females and 17% of males reported. The Department of Defense Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247 provides live, one-on-one crisis intervention, support, and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is anonymous, secure, and available 24/7 — providing victims with the help they need, anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit https://www.safehelpline.org/ or https://www.rainn.org/. Caption: Veronica Griffin, Air Force District of Washington Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program manager, conducts annual training for AFDW staff members in the Gen. Jacob E. Smart Conference Center at Joint Base Andrews April 2. The Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response mission is to educate, advocate and collaborate to stop sexual assault and to provide direct response services to victims of sexual assault. The Air Force will ensure response services are gender-inclusive, culturally competent and recovery-oriented. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)
OUR FUTURE | April is the Month of the Military Child. We salute our military children, their important role in the armed forces community, and the sacrifice military families make worldwide. #monthofthemilitarychild
TO LIFE! | Did you know ... 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 58% are registered? Help bridge the gap by consider becoming an organ donor.
ADIVSORY | PLEASE TRAVEL SAFELY The Virginia Department of Transportation’s NoVa District update: "Beltway at Van Dorn: Fire response has closed all lanes in both directions. Both Inner and Outer Loops are closed. Pls plan alternate routes." They are providing live updates on their twitter @VaDOTNOVA for additional information. https://twitter.com/VaDOTNOVA/status/1113865584847069187
ICYMI | The Washington Nationals hosted a Military Appreciation Day game last night at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Check out a few photos from the pregame ceremonies before their matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies. #militaryappreciationday #baseballseason #mlb AFDW Command Chief | Joint Base Andrews
REMINDER | Come be appreciated with the Nats tonight at 7:05 pm! #militaryappreciationday
YOU CAN HELP | Did you know April is not only the Month of the Military Child, but it's National Volunteer Month! You can help by volunteering with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). This unique organization offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in U.S. Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. #monthofthemilitarychild #taps https://www.taps.org/militarymentor/?fbclid=IwAR0T8KXmZYFNuUl6a5wYqtT8ripgeEGZ271FfQpaDtXLPbR4Jd-6m5YCcPw
PLAY BALL! | The Washington Nationals 2019 Major League Baseball season has begun! So why not come see the players donning the Curly W face off against the Philadelphia Phillies on Military Appreciation Day, April 2 at 7:05 p.m. EDT! The Nationals will offer two complimentary tickets to all active duty, dependents, veterans, retirees, and reservists with military ID or proof of service. The event features on-field programming, pregame ceremonies and patriotic uniforms to honor service members and their families. Visit the windows next to the First Base Gate on Potomac Avenue SE beginning at 3 p.m. on April 2 to pick up your tickets while supplies last. By the way, did we mention our very own Maj.Gen. James A. Jacobson, AFDW commander, will be throwing the first pitch? #mlb #militaryappreciationday #baseballseason Captions: U.S. Air Force Day at Nationals Park, Sept. 20, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photos by 2nd Lt. Jessica Cicchetto)
VISIONARY WOMAN | Women’s History month has drawn to a close, and Air Force District of Washington also observed National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29. Vietnam War military history is rich, though less familiar are the women who served as members of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps and the Women’s Air Force during the conflict. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation estimates that approximately 11,000 military women were stationed in Vietnam during the conflict, and nearly all of them were volunteers. Though 90 percent served as military nurses, women also worked as physicians, air traffic controllers, intelligence officers, clerks and other positions in the U.S. Women’s Army Corps, U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Army Medical Specialist Corps. On April 4, 1975, Capt. Mary Therese Klinker, one of the eight military women killed in Vietnam, was the flight nurse on the U.S. Air Force C-5A Galaxy that crashed near Saigon. She was 27. The mission, Operation Babylift, placed Southeast Asian orphans with families in the United States. The crash claimed the lives of 138 people, including many Vietnamese children and a number of female civilians working for U.S. government agencies. Klinker was posthumously awarded the Airman’s Medal for Heroism and the Meritorious Service Medal, and was the last nurse and only member of the Air Force Nurse Corps to be killed in Vietnam. (Source: Air Force Historical Agency; photo: National Archives)
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