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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  • U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin, DINFOS commandant, presents Charles Brown, retiree, a certificate of retirement during Brown's retirement ceremony at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 29, 2014. Brown was the International Military Student Liaison at DINFOS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew Troyer/Released)

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  • Charles Brown speaks at his retirement ceremony at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 29, 2014. Brown served as the International Military Student liaison for DINFOS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew Troyer/Released)

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  • Charles Brown, right, shakes hands with Bruce Colkitt, visual communication department head, after Brown's retirement ceremony at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), at Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 29, 2014. Brown retired as the International Military Student liaison at DINFOS. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew Troyer/Released)

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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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