Barbara Kelley, the wife of the late retired Marine Corps Gen. Paul Kelly, the 28th commandant of the Marine Corps, receives the flag at Arlington National Cemetery at her husband’s burial. Courtesy photo

JBM-HH Year in Review

When 2020 began, many in the nation believed the November General Election would be the most pressing thing on their minds. 

However, COVID-19 presented a challenge that had not been seen for more than 100 years. Enduring a pandemic presented a challenge but Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall showed its resiliency by making sure the missions continued on the joint base, with many being conducted in a virtual environment.

Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians began to participate in Project Inclusion listening sessions to have a better understanding of those who are of different cultures and ethnicities.

According to the U.S. Army, the secretary of the Army and chief of staff of the Army announced a new initiative, Project Inclusion, to improve diversity, equity and inclusion across the force and build cohesive teams. The holistic effort includes a series of worldwide “Your Voice Matters” listening sessions with Soldiers and civilians, an examination of possible racial disparity in military justice cases, and the removal of photos from all promotion boards.

The joint base also said farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Harris and hello to Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Majeski.

The pandemic changed the way business was conducted on the joint base. Soldiers now had to wear facemasks when working out at physical fitness centers, the din-ing facility started to-go meals and the Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities like the library, started an appointment and pick up for checking out materials. Even though large gatherings were-n’t allowed, the Easter Sunrise Service was held but in a virtual environment.

One of the challenges on the joint base has been renovating historical infrastructures. The JBM-HH Directorate of Public Works and the Army Corps of Engineers has addressed those challenges through renovations, which started in November with a completion date of this year and 2022.

Although 2020 was an anomaly for many due to the pandemic, it’s vital that the joint base continues to practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings and wear a facemask to combat COVID-19.