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Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Charter School
By (Courtesy article) | Jan. 22, 2021
JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, Washington — Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (United States Air Force (USAF)) announces the availability of a Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact to develop and operate a Charter School in partnership with Lawndale Educational and Regional Network. The USAF evaluated an Alternative that was not analyzed in the original Environmental Assessment (EA). The USAF adopts the EA that was previously conducted by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington, which yielded a Finding of No Significant Impact in September 2020. Inquiries regarding this Final SEA and FONSI should be sent to Ms. Erica Hahn, JBAB, 370 Brookley Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20032 or by email to erica.hahn@us.af.mil.

Beginning in February 2021, female Airmen will be able to wear their hair in up to two braids or a single ponytail with bulk not exceeding the width of the head and length not extending below a horizontal line running between the top of each sleeve inseam at the under arm through the shoulder blades. In addition, women’s bangs may now touch their eyebrows, but not cover their eyes. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Corey Parrish)
Air Force to allow longer braids, ponytails, bangs for women
By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs | Jan. 21, 2021
As an outcome of the 101st Air Force uniform board, Air Force women will be able to wear their hair in up to two braids or a single ponytail with bulk not exceeding the width of the head and length not extending below a horizontal line running between the top of each sleeve inseam at the underarm through the shoulder blades. In addition, women’s bangs may now touch their eyebrows, but not cover their eyes.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kelvin Thomas, 316th Medical Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of immunizations, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to U.S. Air Force Lt. General Dorothy A. Hogg, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force Surgeon General, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., Jan. 6, 2021. As initial quantities of the vaccine are limited, medical, fire department and security forces professionals are the first at JBAB to be offered the vaccine in line with the Department of Defense phased prioritization plan. When available, the DOD will ensure the vaccine is available for all beneficiaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Corey Hook)
Air Force Surgeon General visits Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, receives COVID-19 vaccine
By Tech. Sgt. Corey Hook | Jan. 6, 2021
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kelvin Thomas, 316th Medical Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marie Brancato (far left), 316th Medical Squadron commander, and Senior Airman Aiden Herring (far right), 316th MDS immunization technician, receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., Dec. 30, 2020. As initial quantities of the vaccine are limited, medical, fire department and security forces professionals are the first at JBAB to be offered the vaccine in line with the Department of Defense phased prioritization plan. When available, the DOD will ensure the vaccine is available for all beneficiaries. The DOD remains committed to protecting our Service members, civilian employees, and families around the globe; safeguarding our national security capabilities; and supporting the whole-of-nation response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright)
JBAB begins limited, phased COVID-19 distribution
By 1st Lt. Kali L. Gradishar | Dec. 30, 2020
The 316th Medical Squadron at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling administered the first locally available COVID-19 vaccines to JBAB first responders Dec. 30. As initial quantities of the vaccine are limited, medical, fire department and security forces professionals are the first to be offered the vaccine in line with the Department of Defense phased prioritization plan. The vaccine, made available under an Emergency Use Authorization, will remain voluntary until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides full and final approval.

The holiday services schedule for the 11th Wing Chapel.
JBAB Chapel serves community during holidays, year-round
By Master Sgt. Mandi Harper | Dec. 23, 2020
The Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Chapel is bustling as the holidays approach, hosting events to bring cheer in the upcoming season and sharing with the JBAB community their overall mission. “We want people to know more about who we are,” said Capt. Wesley Sneed, 11th Wing chaplain. “We love to serve, and we’re a part of the readiness and resiliency of the base.”

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Charles Brown Jr., Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne Bass and various Air Force band members stand with Colonel Don Schofield after he received the National Endowment of the Arts Award during a ceremony in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Dec 2, 2020. (US Air Force Photo by Andy Morataya)
National Medal of the Arts
By Capt. Christina Muncey | Dec. 14, 2020
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.

Melania Trump interacts with a child attending the Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., Dec. 8, 2020. The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute them to less fortunate children at the holidays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright)
First Lady visits JBAB for 2020 Toys for Tots
By Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright | Dec. 8, 2020
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.

Col. Mike “Goose” Zuhlsdorf, 11th Wing commander, welcomes Santa during the annual tree lighting ceremony on Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, Washington D.C., Dec. 3, 2020. The ceremony was recorded live and is available to be viewed on the JBAB official Facebook page. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)
JBAB Goes Virtual for Annual Tree Lighting
By Master Sgt. Mandi Harper | Dec. 4, 2020
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.

2020 Supplemental Environmental Assessment
By (Courtesy article) | Nov. 16, 2020
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (United States Air Force (USAF)) announces the availability of a

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jaimon Graves Cater, Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office executive assistant, poses for a portrait at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., Oct. 13, 2020. Graves Cater lost his mother at the age of 12 years-old when she passed away, but was adopted by his current family when he was 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright)
Graves Cater: finding a family
By | Nov. 4, 2020
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.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tyler Duncan, U.S. Air Force Band trumpet player, walks along the river front looking for garbage at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., October 13, 2020. On the second or third Tuesday every month, volunteers from around JBAB meet to help clean up the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright)
Keeping JBAB Clean
By Staff Sgt Stuart Bright | Oct. 21, 2020
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.

U.S. Air Force Col. Mike Zuhlsdorf, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) and 11th Wing commander, stands in front of members of the 11th Wing during the lead-service transfer ceremony at JBAB, Washington, D.C., Oct. 1, 2020. The ceremony signified the transfer of the installation from the U.S. Navy to the U.S. Air Force.
Air Force takes responsibility of JBAB
By Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright | Oct. 1, 2020
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.

Keeping your workplace safe from fire
By Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright | Sept. 2, 2020
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.

Col. Mike “Goose” Zuhlsdorf, left, 11th Wing and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Christy Peterson, right, 11th Wing command chief, present a letter of appreciation to Staff Sgt. Portia L. Short, United States Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial guardsman, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., July 22, 2020. Short was selected as one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year out of 36 Airmen of the year from different major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies, and headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stuart Bright)
JBAB, 11th Operations Group NCO named Air Force Outstanding Airman of the Year
By Tech. Sgt. Corey Hook | Aug. 25, 2020
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.

Meet Deuce: A leader born and raised to serve
By Tech. Sgt. Corey Hook | Aug. 25, 2020
One of the more common questions service members are asked is, “Why do you serve?” Some answer because of patriotism and for the love of the United States of America. Some answer because of opportunity, college or travel. For Col. Erica Rabe, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and 11th Wing vice commander, the answer lies in a long family lineage of service members and a community that surrounded her family before, during and after her father's battle with cancer.

Goose View infographic. (By Master Sgt. Stephen J. Caruso)
Goose View: sharing our leader perspectives
By Master Sgt. Stephen J. Caruso | Aug. 21, 2020
In order to better communicate with the JBAB Family, Col. Mike “Goose” Zuhlsdorf and will host a regular segment called Goose View, providing a leadership perspective on key issues at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Goose View will be delivered in two formats: a recorded video/audio podcast and a regular live video broadcast on the official JBAB Facebook page.

Chief Master Sgt. Christy L. Peterson, the command chief master sergeant for the 11th Wing, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., poses for an official portrait. Chief Peterson enlisted in 1996 and has been stationed at locations in Montana, California, Maryland, Louisiana, Ohio, and England, and has deployed to Qatar and Italy.
Meet Goose Chief: A hard-working, family-centered, faith-filled, resilient leader
By Master Sgt. Stephen J. Caruso | Aug. 6, 2020
For Chief Master Sgt. Christy L. Peterson, the command chief master sergeant for the 11th Wing, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., the journey to serving in the top enlisted rank started even before she joined the Air Force 24 years ago.

U.S. Air Force Col. Mike Zuhlsdorf, 11th Wing and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling commander, thanks members in attendance while they applaud during the 11th Wing activation and assumption-of-command ceremony on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., June 12, 2020. Zuhlsdorf will be dual-hatted as the 11th Wing commander under an Air Force chain of command and the JBAB installation commander under a Navy chain of command. The 11th Wing -- The Chief’s Own was activated on the base in preparation for assuming host-wing responsibilities. The base will officially transfer from Navy to Air Force responsibility in October 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Kali L. Gradishar)
Meet Goose: Colonel Mike Zuhlsdorf shares personal past, priorities, vision for JBAB
By Master Sgt. Stephen J. Caruso | July 22, 2020
For Col. Mike “Goose” Zuhlsdorf, commander of the 11th Wing, assuming command of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, a strategically located base in the Nation’s capital, provides an incredible opportunity to use his experience as an Air Force officer, leader and career civil engineer.

Senior enlisted leaders of their respective squadrons unfurl their unit flags during an assumption-of-command ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., June 26, 2020. The 11th Wing hosted the ceremony to officially activate the 11th Comptroller Squadron, 11th Contracting Squadron, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron and 11th Security Forces Squadron. The 11th Wing and subordinate units are standing up in preparation for the wing to take lead service responsibility of JBAB from the U.S. Navy by October 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Kali L. Gradishar)
11th Wing hosts 4 assumptions of command: CPTS, CONS, CES, SFS
By 1st Lt. Kali L. Gradishar | June 30, 2020
The 11th Wing commander hosted a ceremony encompassing four assumptions of command at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., June 26, 2020. The 11th Wing hosted the ceremony to officially activate the 11th Comptroller Squadron, 11th Contracting Squadron, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron and 11th Security Forces Squadron. The 11th Wing and subordinate units are standing up in preparation for the wing to take lead service responsibility of JBAB from the U.S. Navy by October 2020.

JBAB reduces health protection condition to BRAVO, plans to reopen some services
By | June 29, 2020
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is decreasing the Health Protection Condition for the installation from CHARLIE to BRAVO effective June 29. To lower the risk to the JBAB Team, many facilities on the installation have been closed for more than two months. Some JBAB facilities will reopen as they are determined to be able to do so safely. All facilities and services that reopen will still need to adhere to social distancing guidelines and other procedures to help ensure the well-being of all patrons.

Sign at the entrance to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., June 12, 2020. The 1,018-acre military installation is situated between the Potomac and Anacostia rivers in southeast Washington D.C. JBAB’s primary mission is to support 17,000 military and civilian members it serves in the National Capital Region.
Air Force, Navy sign memo establishing Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling service-lead transfer
By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs | June 25, 2020
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed June 24 transferring the lead responsibility of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., from the Navy to the Air Force.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Eugene Harrison, 316th Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge, verifies the identification of a pedestrian entering the base at the main gate on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., June 12, 2020. Members of the 316th SFS at Joint Base Andrews are integrating with Navy civilian police at JBAB as the newly activated 11th Wing prepares to assume host-unit responsibilities in October 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stephen J. Caruso)
Air Force Elite Gate Guard, Navy civilian police join forces at JBAB
By Master Sgt. Stephen J. Caruso | June 15, 2020
Navy civilian police and the U.S. Air Force Elite Gate Guard began joint gate operations June 12 providing physical security for the installation. The integration of the Elite Gate Guard into Navy installation access operations provides an opportunity for both the Air Force Defenders and the Department of the Navy civilian police officers to learn the others' culture and ensure a smooth transition in October when the Navy transfers lead service responsibility for the base to the Air Force.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Christy Peterson, 11th Wing command chief, unfurls the 11th Wing flag while U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Ricky Rupp, Air Force District of Washington commander, and U.S. Air Force Col. Mike Zuhlsdorf, 11th Wing and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling commander, stand at attention during the wing activation and assumption-of-command ceremony on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C., June 12, 2020. The 11th Wing -- The Chief’s Own was activated on the base in preparation for assuming host-wing responsibilities. The base will officially transfer from Navy to Air Force responsibility in October 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Kali Gradishar)
11th Wing activates on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling; preparation continues to transfer base to Air Force responsibility
By 1st Lt. Kali L. Gradishar | June 12, 2020
The 11th Wing – The Chief’s Own returned to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in an activation and assumption-of-command ceremony June 12 at the Bolling Club on base. Air Force Col. Mike Zuhlsdorf, also the JBAB installation commander, assumed command of the wing. Zuhlsdorf was previously the vice commander of the installation and assumed command from Navy Capt. Jose Rodriguez in a June 11 ceremony.