A few years ago, I heard a story about a young boy who grew up and left his hometown to seek a better life.
Since 2012, the Department of Defense has celebrated the LGBQT community through observances during June, which is also called Pride Month.
We know that there is only one who is able to satisfy all of our longings for justice, all of desires for meaning and purpose and is trust worthy to the end.
Army Community Service has al-ways provided services to ensure the readiness for Soldiers, Family members and civilian employees
People want and need hope in life.
While people make their way around the base, they may have noticed several new landscaping and hardscaping features.
On Tuesday, Col. James J. Tuite IV relinquished command of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) to Col. Patrick M. Roddy Jr. in Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
The Memorial Chapel Little Library is all set up and loaded with resources.
I’ve played board and card games with members of my family who love to “bend” the rules and playfully cheat
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples will host a virtual ceremony of the annual Bakers Creek Memorial Observance at 8 a.m., June 14, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the air crash in Queensland, Australia — a tragedy that took the lives of 40 Army Air Corps service members during World War II.
It is no secret that COVID-19 has created challenges for us all in our daily life and work. As a result, your JBM-HH Military Retiree Council now seeks feedback from you to help us submit an informed recommendation to the JBM-HH leadership team regarding the 2020 Retiree Appreciation Day.
Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) held a longstanding tradition known as Flags-In to honor the nation’s fallen Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery May 21, ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
Beginning next week, the Pentagram will become an online-only publication.
It is an unprecedented time in history as millions of Americans are stuck at home and going online has become their primary outlet to the world.
The green, cloth-covered fencing that went up around the Old Post Chapel on the Fort Myer side of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in January has finally come down to reveal a beautifully refurbished parking lot and a newly installed fence and gate that separate the chapel from Arlington National Cemetery.
Although traffic to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall has been a bit sparse due to the commonwealth’s shelter-in-place order, drivers may have noticed some big changes on highways and roads near the base.
Pentagram May 14, 2020: Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater reaches milestone anniversary
It has been the site of countless ceremonies honoring the nation’s veterans and fallen heroes.
Seven Old Guard Soldiers have been inducted into a very select group, having the honor of wearing the Order of Saint Maurice collar pin.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a new policy that is intended to improve the health of Americans will take effect later this summer.
It’s been almost six weeks since most of us from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall were told to pack up our computers and start working from home because of COVID-19. After a transition period and some initial misgivings, most of us are somewhat used to the drill — and we’re doing well.
Pentagram May 7, 2020: Understanding COVID-19 retention policy changes can ease separation, career worries
Soldiers who have expiration term of service dates before Sept. 30 may be eligible to extend their service due to the COVID-19 situation.
On Monday, Henderson Hall reopened the three shopping levels in the Marine Corps Exchange main store.
Since 2018, trauma survivors have been finding solace and recovery through the Women’s Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Group, offered by Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic.
Following the release of reports showing increasing incidents of sexual assaults and harassment within the military, Department of Defense officials announced in 2019 that sexual harassment is a criminal offense.
With COVID-19 causing social isolation, employment and financial worries, along with health fears, one could easy turn to alcohol to escape the pressures of daily life.
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. – As the world continues to react to the COVID-19 pandemic, Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), continue to conduct military funeral honors in Arlington National Cemetery, April 16.
Pentagram April 23, 2020: Sexual assault survivors have strong allies in special victims’ counsel office
The members of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Special Victims’ Counsel program would like individuals to know that in the aftershock of a sexual assault, victims have a support team they can rely on.
Pentagram April 23, 2020: Remembering the Holocaust: Virtual ceremony showcases past speakers, survivors
It’s been said if people aren’t careful in history, mankind is doomed to repeat it. The Holocaust was one of the darkest periods in history when more than 6 million lives were lost.
Pentagram April 16, 2020: The Bugle Sounds, Small team comes together to produce special Easter service
A cool night’s breeze moved gently through historic Tanner Amphitheater Easter morning on Arlington National Cemetery
As the sun rose, a familiar sound echoed across the rolling hills of Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” bugler performed the church call, a long-held Easter sunrise tradition.
Sgt. 1st Class Neary Ung serves as a 42A40, the human resources noncommissioned officer in charge for joint activities at Headquarters Battalion on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall held its first virtual COVID-19 town hall April 2 hosted by JBM-HH Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples.
COVID-19 safety requirements may have halted live concerts at Brucker Hall, home of The U.S. Army Band on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, but TUSAB has found a new way to entertain music lovers around the Military District of Washington, and beyond.
The potential for contracting the virus known as COVID-19, and its accompanying Health Protection Condition measures has forced the Department of Defense to enact increasing levels of protective measures for those in and out of uniform.
In a time of social distancing, a long-held tradition will continue at Arlington National Cemetery April 12. While the cemetery will not physically open to the public for the ceremony, a virtual experience will be offered for all, as long as conditions allow.
Arvester Brooks, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Commissary officer said that while the COVID-19 situation has affected store operations, his staff is working hard to ensure shoppers are safe and able to get the items they need.
Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Majeski assumed the role of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s senior enlisted leader Tuesday during a live stream ceremony at Brucker Hall.
Protecting the Defense Department’s people, maintaining military readiness and supporting the whole-of-government interagency response are DOD’s top three priorities amid the coronavirus pandemic, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said.
On March 16, Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the commander of Northern Command, activated the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region as a joint task force to provide the resources and authorities the force will need for the current COVID-19 health crisis.
Ever since late January when the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in the United States, major commands throughout the Army and the military in general have been planning ways to protect their respective populations responsibly, while continuing the mission.
Times are stressful for many people. The COVID-19 virus leads every news announcement and decisions that can affect people’s daily lives are being made in the workplace.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Fire Department has a new Army Pumper — a 2020 Pierce Saber, which is one of 37 pumpers the Army ordered through the efforts of its Tank Automotive Command and the assistant chief of staff for Installation Management Command.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Gospel Service hosted a final Black History Month celebration Saturday in Memorial Chapel to close out a month full of special events, which highlighted the contributions and sacrifices made by African Americans to benefit the nation.
On Tuesday, the ribbon was cut on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s renovated USO Honor Guard Lounge.
Last year, a member of the Army National Guard appeared at a campaign event in uniform and publicly told a political candidate of their hope that he would win the election.
On Saturday, The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” performed at the Rachel M. Schlesigner Concert Hall in Alexandria, Virginia, in a concert that featured the world premiere of a composition commissioned by a fellow military band member, who conducted the full band in the performance.
When Army senior leaders approved the new strenuous fitness test, it was designed to better prepare Soldiers for combat tasks, reduce injuries and lead to ample cost savings across the service.
Pentagram Feb. 27, 2020: Progress made in trans-state professional license agreements for military spouses
The Defense Department — working with state governments — is making it easier for military spouses’ professional licenses to be accepted in their new state when service members are transferred, a DOD official said.
TikTok is a popular short video application, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, that poses a potential national security risk through its ability to collect personal information from a user’s mobile device.
It has come to the attention of the Department of Defense that some direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies are encouraging DOD personnel to purchase genetic ancestry and health information through the offering of military discounts or other incentives.
See something, say something has become a recognizable phrase that’s often uttered by those who work for the Department of Defense.
The anticipated opening date for the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Tax Center is Feb. 3, subject to change.
The Department of Defense is expanding commissary, military exchange and morale, welfare, and recreation retail privileges on U.S. military installations as specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019.
Pentagram Nov. 21, 2019: Piscataway Nation performers celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month
Eagle feathers and ornately beaded dresses were the order of the day as the Piscataway Indian Nation singers and dancers performed for attendees of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s National American Indian Heritage Month Observance held at the Community Center Nov. 13.
More than 40 students can now be called ‘graduates’ after a joint services graduation and recognition ceremony on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Nov. 14.
Army Community Service has served Soldiers since 1965, providing an array of Family support services.
Pentagram Nov. 14, 2019: Commandant, sergeant major of Marine Corps kickoff birthday, celebrate 244 years of tradition
On Nov. 5, the Marine Corps began its week long festivities, which lead up to the celebration of its 244th birthday.
Pentagram Nov. 14, 2019: Service members give back by reading, helping with community service projects
On Friday, service members participated in Barcroft Day of Service.
On Sunday, the United States Marine Corps celebrated its 244th birthday with the annual birthday lunch and cake cutting ceremony.
As the season changes from fall to winter, a few things are destined to happen each year.
One of the most subtle struggles that we have in the Christian life is knowing when to say no.
Celebrate America Recycles Day throughout November by reducing, reusing, recycling and then repeating the cycle year-round.
On Friday and Saturday Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall was host to pre-Halloween festivities.
Pentagram Oct. 31, 2019: Health officials, researchers unsure about long-term effects of e-cigarette products
For decades, health campaigns have showed the negative effects of smoking cigarettes, but when e-cigarettes were manufactured, some individuals started believing this was the way to a healthier smoking lifestyle — especially, toward quitting smoking.
As October ends, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month concludes, it’s important for the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall community to be aware that domestic violence is one of the hardest things a person can go through, according to regain.us.
Pentagram Oct. 24, 2019: Battalion staff ride teaches Soldiers benefits of learning about past battles
The late Harvard professor of philosophy George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Pentagram Oct. 24, 2019: BOSS holds luncheon to show appreciation to service members, civilian workforce
The Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program and Single Marine Program worked together to provide a luncheon to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall service members and civilians in appreciation for their hard work and dedication each day Friday in the JBM-HH Community Center.
At this time, vaccines are available for those most susceptible to the flu, pediatrics (36 months and under) and seniors (over 65).
A small crowd gathered at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Dining Facility Oct. 10, to celebrate the beginning of the Combined Federal Campaign donation season.
On Friday, the Marines of Henderson Hall participated in the fourth annual Domestic Violence Prevention Month flag football game hosted by Marine and Family Programs.
The joint relationship between the Army and Marine Corps was celebrated outside the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Dining Facility for the 10th anniversary of merging fort Myer and Henderson Hall into joint base Tuesday.
On Sept. 24, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Family Advocacy Program hosted training for leaders in victim advocacy and social work to discuss domestic violence, trauma and grief to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
On Friday, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will host its annual Retiree Appreciation Day in the JBM-HH Community Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pentagram Sept. 26, 2019: US Army Blues concert celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Gold Star Families
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Brucker Hall was full of Cuban, Venezuelan, jazz and other styles of music as guest artist César Orozco and others performed with the United States Army Blues during a Hispanic Heritage Month Concert Sunday.
When disaster strikes, most individuals or their families are not prepared. And not being prepared can possibly create problems.
Pentagram Sept. 26, 2019: Domestic violence found in military, civilian homes; men, women victimized
. October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month, which is a national focus on the problem.
Wednesday, JBM-HH firefighters hosted youth from the International Burn Camp, an annual weeklong event that brings together campers from burn camps across the United States and Canada.
For years, tight budgets restricted facilities’ maintenance. From leaking ceilings to a broken lock, almost every office has some infrastructure problem it would like to solve immediately. The reality, however, is that resources are limited and some projects will have to wait.
Fifty-two elderly veterans and volunteers from Middle, Tennessee, formed a group they call “Guardians.”
Local heroes and first responders were the focus of this year’s flag unfurling at the Pentagon Wednesday.
The 18th annual First Responders Cup was held at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Virginia, where Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples made remarks and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Harris threw out the first pitch for the tournament, Saturday.
The tolling of the bells rang outside of the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s firehouse as an announcement was heard to have a moment of silence to honor the fallen.
In his first trip as the Army’s chief of staff, Gen. James McConville touted the work of National Guard Soldiers, adding the Army plans to take advantage of the skill-sets many citizen Soldiers possess.
Individuals and different units on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall participated in the Women’s Equality Day 5k Run Aug. 29.
At Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, constant maintenance is required to keep the balance between day-to-day base support requirements of installation facilities and services, while preserving the historical buildings on some of the nation’s oldest active military bases.
Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019 was at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall the weekend of Aug.16 to spend time with United Service Organizations and perform at the 1812 Overture concert.
The Army Management Staff College has announced that Civilian Education System courses are open for FY20 enrollment.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Family Life Program hosted a training on how a connection with self while single builds for stronger future relationships at The Gift of Singleness at Autobahn in Manassas, Virginia, Aug. 8.
Andrew Rader Health Clinic held the inaugural readiness summit in the commander’s conference room Aug. 2.
Gen. James McConville smiled as he reminisced when he was chosen to lead the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), before he became its longest-serving commander.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Arcelio Alleyne, the financial readiness program manager with Army Community Service, counseled a Soldier and a civilian on eliminating a combined debt of more than $50,000 in June and July.
This year’s final Twilight Tattoo was held at Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall July 31. The Tattoo was hosted by 54th Chief of Engineers and commanding general of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite.
The Fort Myer Army Education Center hosted a military career and education expo at the Myer Fitness Center to provide information on higher learning and transitioning from military to civilian life August 1.
Pentagram July 18: US Army Futures Command holds expo on JBM-HH Showcases what battlefield will look like using technology
Elements of U.S. Army Futures Command and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology were on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Tuesday and showcased new technology that transforms the future of fighting on the battlefield for the Army.
On July 11 the 12-inch water main break along the fence line between Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and Arlington National Cemetery was secured by the Directorate of Public Works.
JBM-HH’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate hosted the Color Run that included 155 participants. Richard Pulignani was the orchestrator of the event and he said it was meant to allow everyone to have fun.
Monday morning’s severe rain fall flooded a portion of the Henderson Hall Marine Corps side of the base.
Olli, a level-four autonomous vehicle, was the main attraction Tuesday at a demonstration on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall when several state organizations were interested in learning more about the pair of autonomous vehicles.
A mechanized monument to men and women of the military who lost their lives protecting the United States of America visited the Fort Myer Post Exchange July 2.
On Wednesday, Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall will formally welcome Olli — a level-four autonomous vehicle, to the joint base.
Almost 20 students were adorned in cap and gown at the 9 a.m. Strong Beginnings graduation ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Cody Child Development Center Friday.
The Headquarters Company United States Army guidon was passed to a new leader on Summerall Field Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Friday.
Jones becomes MDW/JFHQ-NCR commander
New JBM-HH SARC talks calling for sexual assault, victim advocacy
Spc. Sean Dermody, a 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and current member of the United States Army Drill Team, used quick thinking and some first aid training at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on Fairfax County’s Richmond Highway May 14.
Iftar — in Arabic means “break fast”— the evening meal in which those of Islamic faith end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.
The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Tax Center’s closing ceremony was held May 1, and the numbers show how much preparers helped customers this year.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Deputy Commander Marine Lt. Col. Mark Paolicelli and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Harris presided over the joint base awards recognition ceremony held April 24 at Spates Hall.
Headquarters and Service Battalion Headquarters Marine Corps Henderson Hall has a new senior enlisted advisor and team member. Marine Sgt. Maj. Joseph Griffin was welcomed as the new H & S Bn. sergeant major during a relief and appointment ceremony at Henderson Hall’s Joe Rosenthal Theatre April 18.
Could one imagine accidentally falling off the roof, and having a back injury? The physician prescribes strong prescription painkillers to alleviate the pain in the following weeks. As weeks turn into months, the painkillers really assist with alleviating pain, but the physician stops prescribing it. If that is not the case, it is now difficult to afford it. Where could one go to assist with this back pain? Perhaps they heard that John Doe down the street could provide percocets for an affordable price. When health is an issue and money is too, where can one go to alleviate the pain?
Early Sunday, Arlington National Cemetery visitors received a special wake-up call. Attendees of the 6 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service were welcomed with clear skies, a light spring breeze and a message titled “The Best Part of Waking up.”
Sherwood “Woody” D. Goldberg was the guest speaker at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Days of Remembrance Tuesday at Spates Community Center.
Invented in New Orleans, jazz is an authentic, made-in-the-USA product. Since the musical genre was developed, nurtured and perfected in America, it is fitting that “Pershing’s Own” has its own jazz ensembles entitled The U.S. Army Blues and Swamp Romp.
Pentagram April 18, 2019: Collaboration efforts in Arlington community may decrease numbers in opioid crisis
Instead of opioids becoming harmless, doctors began to increase these medications, which led to widespread misuse of prescription and nonprescription drugs before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive, according to HHS. In 2017, HHS declared a public emergency and announced a five-point strategy to combat the opioid crisis.