The Defense Information School (DINFOS) has a long-standing mission of producing outstanding Public Affairs and Visual Information personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense. We are a component of the Defense Media Activity.

The Visual Information Awards Program (VIAP), the Thomas Jefferson (TJ) and the Visual Information Production Awards Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for competition year 2014 has been released. Please contact the DINFOS Competition Coordinator for any questions or concerns: Commercial: 301-677-4364; DSN: 622-4364; Email: dma.meade.dinfos.list.competitions-coordinator@mail.mil
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  • Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hammer, a Defense Information School instructor, speaks during the Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course 070-14 graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School on Nov. 17, 2014. (Photo by Brent A. Skeen/Released)

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  • Mr. Jim Gilbert, Defense Information School Director of Training, presents Pfc. Daniel Diaz with the Distinguished Honor Graduate diploma at his graduation from the Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course at DINFOS on Nov. 17, 2014. (Photo by Brent A. Skeen/Released)

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  • Ronald Rahorn, Broadcast Operations and Maintenance department head, thanks guest speaker Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hammer, a Defense Information School instructor, during the Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course 070-14 graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School on Nov. 17, 2014. (Photo by Brent A. Skeen/Released)

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  • Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell (far right) observes Intermediate Photojournalism Course students during his tour of the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Nov. 19, 2014. Cantrell toured the school in order to gain a better understanding of how our military public affairs and visual information personnel are trained and also to attend a Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course graduation ceremony, during which three Coast Guard students graduated and two were advanced to Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi

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  • Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Stumberg explains to Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell the projects that Basic Multimedia Illustrator Course and Digital Multimedia Course students complete during Cantrell's tour of the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Nov. 19, 2014. Cantrell toured the school in order to gain a better understanding of how our military public affairs and visual information personnel are trained and also to attend a Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course graduation ceremony, during which three Coast Guard students graduated and two were advanced to Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi

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  • Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell (second from left) meets with Army Command Sgt. Maj. Emma Krouser, command sergeant major of the Defense Information School, and Air Force Lt. Col. John Hutcheson, DINFOS deputy commandant, during his tour of the school at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Nov. 19, 2014. Cantrell toured the school in order to gain a better understanding of how our military public affairs and visual information personnel are trained and also to attend a Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course graduation ceremony, during which three Coast Guard students graduated and two were advanced to Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi

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  • Brig. Gen. Ronald Lewis, Chief of Public Affairs for the U.S. Army, speaks to students in Public Affairs Qualification Course 010-15 Nov. 18 about the current military environment and the Army's public affairs role. During his address he stressed the importance of leveraging the many voices that make up the Army as an organization to tell the Army and joint military story. (DoD photo by Rick Corral/released)

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  • Mary Hudetz, member of the Crow tribe in Montana and president of the Native American Journalists Association and editor-in-chief of Native Peoples Magazine, speaks to service members, faculty, and staff of the Defense Media Activity (DMA) at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Nov. 12, 2014, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)

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  • Mary Hudetz, member of the Crow tribe in Montana and president of the Native American Journalists Association and editor-in-chief of Native Peoples Magazine, speaks to service members, faculty, and staff of the Defense Media Activity (DMA) at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Nov. 12, 2014, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)

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  • Ray B. Shepherd, director of Defense Media Activity (DMA), presents Mary Hudetz, member of the Crow tribe in Montana and president of the Native American Journalists Association and editor-in-chief of Native Peoples Magazine, with a plaque in appreciation of her support and participation as the guest speaker at DMA's Defense Information School (DINFOS) on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Nov. 12, 2014, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)

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  • Sgt. 1st Class Billie Nelson, Defense Information School Video Production and Documentation (VPD) instructor, presents the best final documentary award to U.S. Army Private Angelica Vasquez, Nov. 5, 2014. Vasquez was one of 21 students to graduate from the VPD course, which provides training in the principles and techniques of visual information production. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Herrera/Released)

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  • Public Affairs Department Head Bryan Logan speaks to the graduating class of Video Production and Documentation (VPD) course 080-14 at the Defense Information School Nov. 5, 2014. The VPD course provides training in the principles, techniques, and skills required to perform the duties and functions of production and combat documentation specialists. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Herrera/Released)

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  • Col. Jeremy Martin, the Defense Information School (DINFOS) commandant, presents Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hernandez, a Broadcast Communication Specialist instructor, with his master instructor certificate and badge at DINFOS at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Nov. 6, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody S. Paschall/Released)

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  • Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course 050-14 graduates pose for a group photo prior to their graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School, Oct. 30, 2014.

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  • Cmdr. Leslie Hull Ryde, guest speaker and Defense Information School (DINFOS) Navy Element Commander, and Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Luke Edwards, distinguished honor graduate, pose for a photo during the graduation ceremony of Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course 050-14 at DINFOS, Oct. 30, 2014.

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  • Mr. Bruce Colkitt, Visual Communications department head, and guest speaker Cmdr. Leslie Hull Ryde, Defense Information School (DINFOS) Navy Element Commander, pose for a photo during the Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course 050-14 graduation ceremony at DINFOS, Oct. 30, 2014.

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  • Chief Mass Communication Specialist Dale Davis, Visual Communications department section chief, presents Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kristopher Ruiz with the Bobby McRill Excellence award during the graduation ceremony of Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course (BMCSC) 050-14 at the Defense Information School, Oct. 30, 2014.

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