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
VIAP SOP 2014       TJ SOP 2014      VIPA SOP 2014
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  • Sgt. Jeremy Miller, Defense Information School student, conducts an on-camera interview during the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 010-15 field training exercise Jan. 20, 2015, Fort Meade, Md. Miller was giving a localized interview on how it feels to be in a deployed environment during a four-day FTX designed to simulate a deployment allowing the students to hone their public affairs skills. (DoD photo by Pfc. Caitlyn M. Wager/Released)

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  • Lance Cpl. Fatmeh Saad, Defense Information School student, talks to an actor playing an Afghan woman, Zahra Ali Ghatola, during the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 010-15 field training exercise Jan. 20, 2015, Fort Meade, Md. The FTX simulates a deployed environment and students participate in common scenarios to hone their press release writing, photography and on-camera interview skills. (DoD photo by Pfc. Caitlyn M. Wager/Released)

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  • Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 010-15 students from the Defense Information School march out to the field training exercise site Jan. 16, 2015, Fort Meade, Md. The students will be at the site for four days to simulate a deployed environment and participate in common scenarios to hone their press release writing, photography and on-camera interview skills. (DoD photo by Pfc. Steven Tran/Released)

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  • Public affairs specialists Sgt. Jeremy Miller and Spc. Jeff Thompson assigned to the 1st Infantry Brigade, 13th Infantry Division, conduct breech and entry of a structure during a training exercise in Camp Sierra, Afghanistan Jan. 15, 2015. Soldiers continuously train to sharpen their skills and ensure combat readiness. (Photo taken by Army Pvt. Zachary Tomesh/Released)

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  • Sonya Moore (from left), Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Dimestico, Army Staff Sgt. Jason Olivencia, and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Timothy Sinkler, Combined Federal Campaign team members, pose for a picture on Fort Meade, Md., Dec. 15, 2014. The Defense Information School members contributed more than $11,000 to this year's campaign. Other team members include Sgt. Aaron Vandenberg and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Samuel Bendet. (DoD photo by Joseph Coslett/Released)
    We would like to thank the team for going above and beyond, and for their innovative approach to making this year a success.

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  • Faculty, friends and guests celebrated Edward Cant's, Defense Information School director of plans and technology, 38 years of civil service on Fort Meade, Md., Dec. 18, 2014. Among his many accomplishments, he led a team to provide a vast array of technology services to fulfill the training requirements for more than 50,000 students trained since 1994. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Lewis)
    "You have been a key architect of DINFOS and our first 50 years," said Col. Jeremy Martin, commandant. "You never let us down, and you never let me down. Your contributions will continue to enhance our communication and [visual information] programs for generations to come."

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  • Ray Shepherd, Defense Media Activity director, presents Edward Cant, Defense Information School director of plans and technology, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service on Fort Meade, Md., Dec. 18, 2014. Cant served with distinction for 38 years as a Department of Defense civilian. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Herrera)
    "He has touched everyone in ways we can't see," Shepherd said. "The outstanding education we provide the students is a result of his great work."

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  • Linn Foster, Defense Information School facility manager, clears the student entrance of snow on Fort Meade, Md., Jan. 6, 2015. (DoD photo by Joseph Coslett/Released)

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  • U.S. Navy Apprentice Seaman Recruit Jamaal Liddell, Defense Information School student and Linn Foster, facility manager, clear the student entrance of snow on Fort Meade, Md., Jan. 6, 2015. (DoD photo by Joseph Coslett/Released)

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  • DINFOS Team, you can find out information about inclement weather by:
    - Calling 677-MEAD (301-677-6323) or visiting www.ftmeade.army.mil.
    - Checking DINFOS Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1aaViCd (NOTE: You do not need to have your own Facebook account to view this page).
    - You will receive a call via the DINFOS recall roster verifying the school's posture providing additional specific instructions, if necessary.

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  • U.S. Marine Sgt. Matthew Troyer, Defense Information School instructor, and Pfc. Ryan Kierkegaard, DINFOS Basic Still Photography student, practice a combat patrol during a field training exercise at Training Area Charlie on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Dec. 17, 2014. Troyer was instructing Kierkegaard and the rest of the BSP class who all participated in the field training exercise to learn how to take uncontrolled action photos as part of the BSP class at DINFOS.(U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Evan Ahlin/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Noel Toye takes photos of a simulated enemy compound during a field training exercise at Training Area Charlie on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Dec. 17, 2014. Toye participated in the field training exercise to learn how to take uncontrolled action photos as part of her Basic Photography Class at the Defense Information School. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Mitchell Knaus/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Pvt. Elliott Page scans the ground for simulated improvised explosive devices at Training Area Charlie on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Dec. 17, 2014. Page participated in a field training exercise to learn how to take uncontrolled action photos as part of his Basic Photography Class at the Defense Information School. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Zakia Gray/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Pfc. James Melis and Pvt. Michael Parnell set up a surveillance camera for reconnaissance during a Field Training Exercise at Training Area Charlie on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Dec. 17, 2014. The students participated in the FTX, designed to help them photograph uncontrolled action in a simulated combat environment for their Basic Still Photography Class at the Defense Information School. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Cardoza/ Released)

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