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) and the Thomas Jefferson (TJ) 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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  • Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Franklin E. Lawrence gives an interview to Navy students of the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course (BMCSC) during the students' visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home for a class video assignment, Oct. 9, 2014. Lawrence, 85, retired in 1968 after 21-years of service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)

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  • Retired Navy Chief Yeoman Helen Sadowski gives an interview to Seaman Robert Martinez, a Navy student of the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course (BMCSC) during a class visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home for a video assignment, Oct. 9, 2014. Sadowski, 86, retired in 1972 after 20 years of service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)

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  • Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Franklin E. Lawrence gives an interview to Seaman Cody Deccio, a Navy student of the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course (BMCSC), during a class visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home for a video assignment, Oct. 9, 2014. Lawrence, 85, retired in 1968 after 21-years of service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)

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  • Navy students of the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course (BMCSC), Class 060-14, pose for a photo with Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. John E. Smith during the students' visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home for a class video assignment, Oct. 9, 2014. Smith, 78, retired in 1973 after 20 years of service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael/Released)

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  • Famed author Joe Galloway, guest speaker for the Defense Information School's (DINFOS) Dining Out ceremony, speaks to the attendees at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct 25, 2014. Galloway spoke about his personal experiences as a combat journalist. He also co-authored the book, We Were Soldiers Once...And Young. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Phillip A. Elgie/Released)

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  • Famed author Joe Galloway, guest speaker for the Defense Information School's (DINFOS) Dining Out ceremony, speaks to the attendees at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct 25, 2014. Galloway spoke about his personal experiences as a combat journalist. He also co-authored the book, We Were Soldiers Once...And Young. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Phillip A. Elgie/Released)

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  • Fort Meade's Command Sergeant Major Rodwell L. Forbes and his wife Patricia Forbes, arrive at the Defense Information School's (DINFOS) Dining Out at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct 25, 2014. DINFOS hosts a Dining Out ceremony annually. It is a formal dinner in which military members can bring their spouses in order to foster camaraderie and esprit de corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Phillip A. Elgie/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin presents the Joint Service Commendation Medal to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnathan Bentley at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., on 23 Oct. 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Billy Brothers/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin presents the Warrior of the Year fiscal year 2014 plaque to U.S. Navy Mass Communications Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Jackson at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., on 23 Oct. 2014. Each year service-members from every branch compete for Warrior of the Quarter. The winners of the quarter then compete for Warrior of the Year. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Billy Brothers/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin presents the Warrior of the Quarter, 3rd Quarter plaque to U.S. Navy Mass Communications Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Weyers at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., on 23 Oct. 2014. Every quarter service-members from every branch compete for Warrior of the Quarter in the schoolhouse. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Billy Brothers/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin presents the Defense Information School Civilian of the Quarter 4th quarter plaque to Mrs. Joann Anderson at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., on 23 Oct. 2014. Each quarter leaders from the Defense Information School select a civilian employee to honor as the civilian of the quarter. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Billy Brothers/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin presents the Lean Six Sigma Certificate of Completion to Mrs. Pamela Bott at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., on 23 Oct. 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Billy Brothers/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin presents the Lean Six Sigma Certificate of Completion to Mr. Richard Brown at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., on 23 Oct. 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Billy Brothers/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin presents the Lean Six Sigma Certificate of Completion to Mrs. Patricia Huizinga at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., on 23 Oct. 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Billy Brothers/Released)

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  • U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin presents the Lean Six Sigma Certificate of Completion to Mrs. Mary O'Shea at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., on 23 Oct. 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Billy Brothers/Released)

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  • Master Gunnery Sgt. Chuck Albrecht, public affairs chief for the Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication at Headquarters Marine Corps, speaks at the graduation ceremony for the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 060-14 at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md. Oct. 21, 2014. Albrecht gave insight to the class on tools to a successful career within the public affairs profession. (DoD photo by Matthew D. Williams/RELEASED)

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  • Taiwanese Army Maj. Jing-Hao Kuan accepts his graduation certificate from Master Gunnery Sgt. Chuck Albrecht, public affairs chief for the Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication at Headquarters Marine Corps, at the graduation ceremony for the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 060-14 at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md. Oct. 21, 2014. Kuan spent 56 training days at DINFOS learning the basics of the U.S. military public affairs profession. (DoD photo by Matthew D. Williams/RELEASED)

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  • The Crofton Middle School Dance Company demonstrates a variety of Latin dances to Defense Information School (DINFOS) staff and faculty on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct 9, 2014. DINFOS celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a reminder of the contributions Hispanics have made to U.S. and military history, followed by a demonstration of Latin dances and a salsa making contest. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gregory N. Juday/Released)

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  • The Defense Information School (DINFOS) Commandant Col. Jeremy M. Martin presents a certificate of appreciation to the Crofton Middle School Dance Company for their demonstration of Latin dances to DINFOS staff and faculty on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 9, 2014. DINFOS celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a reminder of the contributions Hispanics have made to U.S. and military history, followed by a demonstration of Latin dances and a salsa making contest. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gregory N. Juday/Released)

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  • Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course (BTVEM) 060-14 graduates pose for a group photo following a graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 16, 2014. The BTVEM a 124-day course designed to teach students electronic and broadcast television fundamentals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Kyle Steckler/released)

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  • Graduates of Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course (BTVEM) 060-14 sing "The Army Goes Rolling Along", the United States Army's (USA) official song, after receiving their diplomas during a graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 16, 2014. The BTVEM a 124-day course designed to teach students electronic and broadcast television fundamentals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Kyle Steckler/released)

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  • Ronald Rahorn, Broadcast Operations and Maintenance department head, presents 1st Sgt. Endesha Johnson with a certificate of appreciation Oct. 16, 2014. Johnson was the guest speaker during the Basic Television Equipment Maintenance (BTVEM) course 060-14 graduation at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) on Fort George G. Meade, Md. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kyle Steckler/released)

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  • U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to the Defense Information School (DINFOS) on Fort Meade, Md., pose for a group picture in the Hall of Heroes. DINFOS Sailors celebrated the Navy's 239th birthday with a guest speaker and cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gabriel Kotico /Released)

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