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Dec. 14, 2020

National Medal of the Arts

At a special ceremony at the Pentagon Wednesday, December 2, 2020, Colonel Don Schofield, Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band, accepted the National Medal of Arts on behalf of all Air Force band members, past and present, from both active duty and the Air National Guard. The award was presented by Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Charles Q. Brown. In 2019, President Donald J. Trump awarded the National Medal of Arts to the musicians of the United States Military “for personifying excellence in music and service to country. From concert halls to war zones, these extraordinary patriots have inspired and uplifted their fellow Americans over generations with their incredible courage and breathtaking musical talent.” On Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the White House, Army Staff Sergeant Jan Knutson, a guitarist who is a member of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” accepted the award from President Trump on behalf of all military musicians.

Dec. 8, 2020

First Lady visits JBAB for 2020 Toys for Tots

Since 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps has been collecting and donating toys during the holiday season, providing a tangible sign of hope to children at Christmas. First lady Melania Trump joined U.S. Marines stationed on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling to meet families for the Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” program.

Dec. 4, 2020

JBAB Goes Virtual for Annual Tree Lighting

As with everything in 2020, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling’s Tree Lighting Ceremony was a little different this year. Even amidst the challenges of current COVID-19 restrictions, the 11th Wing was still able to share its holiday spirit with a virtual offering. As a tribute to military tradition, those in attendance stood reverently as retreat sounded to signify the end of the work day. After a brief moment of silence, the stillness was broken by festive music performed by the Ceremonial Brass Quintet from The United States Air Force Band.

Nov. 16, 2020

2020 Supplemental Environmental Assessment

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (United States Air Force (USAF)) announces the availability of a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) to develop and operate a Charter School in partnership with Lawndale Educational and Regional Network.  The USAF is seeking to evaluate an Alternative that was not analyzed in the original Environmental

Nov. 4, 2020

Graves Cater: finding a family

Long past his bedtime, a young boy lost in his own world plays on his computer. He didn’t have much and lived in a low-income neighborhood in Kansas City, but was happy with what he did have. There is a knock on the door. His three older siblings walk into the room, their heads down and quiet. “Mom died,” said the oldest sister. The child looks up from the computer not fully understanding until everyone in the room starts to cry. His mother is never coming home.

Oct. 26, 2020

11SFS fosters renewed sense of community on JBAB

Entering into a new fiscal year, there are plenty of changes on the horizon for JBAB, some of which have already taken effect. On Oct. 1, the Air Force officially became the lead service of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, taking over from the Navy after 10 years. The switch marks the first time any joint base transferred control.

Oct. 21, 2020

Keeping JBAB Clean

It’s a cool, crisp morning at the park, as an Airman starts her day strolling the base. Her shoes aren’t ideal for her walk and last night’s rain has her feet soaked. It doesn’t bother her and will not stop her. With gloves on her hands and a big black trash bag, she begins her mission. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ashley Keeks, AF Band premier vocalist, is one of 23 volunteers that gathered at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., on Oct. 13, 2020, to pick up garbage and fallen branches.

Oct. 1, 2020

Air Force takes responsibility of JBAB

After more than 17 months of planning, a historical moment took place on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Oct. 1, 2020. Marked by a special ceremony, the Air Force officially took responsibility of JBAB, which was led by the Navy for the past 10 years. This is the first time in Department of Defense history that a joint installation switched direct responsibility from one branch of service to another.

Sept. 2, 2020

Keeping your workplace safe from fire

To prevent your workplace from catching fire, whether that is your desk or on a ship, here are a few safety tips from The Naval District of Washington Emergency Services to prevent a potential fire from starting, and how to minimize damage if one does start. Extension cords and surge protectors are helpful when needing to plug in more equipment, but when used improperly they can start an electrical fire. When using an extension cord, be sure not to use it for more than eight to 12 hours, or to transfer power from one area to another. Surge protectors can be used for computers, printers and monitors, but should not be used with other surge protectors and extension cords.

Aug. 25, 2020

JBAB, 11th Operations Group NCO named Air Force Outstanding Airman of the Year

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Portia Short, 11th Operations Group United States Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, was selected for one of the Air Force’s biggest honors. She earned recognition as one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year (OAY) for 2020. Every year an Air Force selection board considers nominees for the OAY award who demonstrate superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements. The Airman must earn the annual award at all subordinate unit tiers starting at the squadron level. If earned at the group, wing and major command levels, they then move on to compete at the Air Force level.