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Jan Curtis, a library technician at the Staff Sgt. Paul D. Savanuck Memorial Library at the Defense Information School on Fort Meade, Md., processes a book returned by a student, Air Force Airman Destani K. Matheny, on Dec. 6, 2018. Curtis began her career as a classroom teacher and subsequently discovered a rewarding career in libraries.
Former teacher finds satisfaction in library career
By Army Pvt. Agustin J. Lopez | Dec. 18, 2018
Janet Curtis was interested in teaching since her childhood in Yorktown, Virginia.She cleaned the

Tengetile Tsabedze, a first lieutenant in the eSwatini Defense Force, is scheduled to graduate Oct. 24, 2018, from the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course at the Defense Information School on Fort Meade, Md. Although she struggled at times, she knew she could rely on her friends to help her make it to graduation, she said. (Photo by Sgt. Justin Navin)
A little help from her friends
By Coast Guard Seaman John Rooney | Oct. 23, 2018
eSwatini Defense Force officer succeeds at DINFOS

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DINFOS Intermediate Motion Media Course student Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell from 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Dover Air Force Base, introduces us to Dover AFB firefighters as they share the importance of trust and teamwork.
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Intermediate Motion Media Course student Senior Airman Caroline Burnett from Luke AFB 56th Fighter Wing, shares the story of Marta Kumer. After retiring from a career in IT, Kumer pursued her dream of opening her her home to her hobby. Selling used books is now the next chapter in her story. *student work*
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The Defense Information School's Mass Communication Foundations course is now in its pilot phase. A multi-service, multiple platform course, the MCF combines disciplines currently taught in more than a dozen DINFOS courses, and is designed to increase content creation capabilities for graduates across the Department of Defense. The course is scheduled to launch beginning FY20. Video by Staff Sgt. Michael Owen and Sgt. Ebony Banks.
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Navy Students in the Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course work as teams to gather video footage, interviews and photos for their first complete multimedia project. This unique practice allows students to use the same information and imagery to each create a piece they feel best reflects their concept. In this way, they can also see how their fsllow students package the same information. In this example by Seaman Joseph C. Vazquez, Hannah Lagno, a chief pilot and mechanic at Kent Aero, describes how aviation has been a part of her life since childhood. Her father, Fred Lagno, is an Air Force veteran and used to take her flying even when she was an infant. Lagno was pursuing a career in music, but returned to her first love, flying in 2014. Graphic by Seaman Joseph C. Vazquez. Photo by Seaman Recruit Stephanie Contreras. Video by Seaman Apprentice Dylan M. Lavin, Seaman Brandon T. Pitts, Seaman Erin C. Zorich, Seaman Brandie S. Nuzzi and Seaman Joseph C. Vazquez.
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The Chief Petty Officer (CPO) as we know it today was officially established April 1, 1893. Every year, the Navy celebrates this date as recognition for fundamental role they play and the storied legacy they hold within the United States Navy. Navy Chief and Senior Chief Petty Officers from the Defense Media Activity and the Defense Information School participated in a birthday ceremony and celebration, hosted in the DINFOS Hall of Heroes and led by Navy Senior Chief Ja'lon Rhinehart, Senior Enlisted Advisor at the Naval Technical Training Center, Detachment DINFOS.
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Air Force Students in the Basic Photojournalist Course cap their photography training with a multi-day photo shoot where they employ techniques and storytelling lessons they have learned throughout the 87-day training course. They visit locations throughout the local area, testing their ability to properly frame, light and capture personal moments with their subjects. Airman Alex T. Chase, a student who graduated today, met and photographed Thomas G. Raybon, a membership representative with the Maryland Athletic Club in Baltimore. *Student work. Please comment accordingly*
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(Left to right) Senior Master Sgt. Heather Dalton, NCOIC DINFOS Public Affairs Leadership Department; MaryAnn B. Cummings, Senior Strategic Communications Advisor, Naval Criminal Investigative Service; Navy Master Chief Melissa “Mel” Weatherspoon, DINFOS’ military liaison to the Public Affairs Training and Education Council; Denise Nichols, Workforce Development with the Chief Human Capital Office (CHCO) at Defense Media Activity Headquarters spoke to DMA and DINFOS staff and students at the Women’s Mentorship Panel March 26. The current and former military leaders discussed and shared their experiences during the eras they served, the lessons they learned and their hopes for the future of women in the military.
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Petty Officer Guerra was a 1966 graduate of the Basic Military Journalism (BMJ) Course. We applaud the continuous work that the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency does to bring peace to the family and friends of the missing and the fallen.
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Senior Airman Caleb Pavao from the 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Office captured this story on fellow DINFOS student, as she works to overcome her anxiety. During the Intermediate Motion Media Course, students are introduced to intermediate-level motion media techniques with emphasis on camera movement, lighting, audio, editing, interviewing, and visual storytelling. *Student work. Please comment accordingly*
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Defense Information School instructor Marine Capt. Skye Martin (left) was recently selected as a recipient of the 2018 Rear Admiral T. McCreary Junior Public Affairs Alumni Award by San Diego State University’s School of Journalism & Media Studies. The award honors junior public affairs alumni who integrate the strategic planning skills learned at SDSU into their fleet work after graduation. “Skye has been crushing it since she returned to the fleet,” said Kaye Sweetser, PHD. (right) Professor of Public Relations in School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University. “She is constantly looking for ways to improve her own craft and share her SDSU skillset with a new generation of CommStrat (Communication Strategy and Operations) and PAOs in her position at DINFOS. She is nothing short of phenomenal, and we are so proud of her.” Martin is in Orlando this week presenting research at the International Public Relations Research Conference.
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A rite of passage for Navy students in the Basic Mass Communication Specialist Course: shooting an uncontrolled action exercise in the atrium in the new wing of the Defense Information School. The tiny plastic paratroopers provide the students with a repeatable scenario for photographing action, with just enough change each time to keep students challenged.
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"We are deeply gratified to know that Petty Officer Guerra's remains have been accounted for. We hope that this chapter will bring peace to his widow and family. We will continue to hold his name in honor in our Hall of Heroes at the Defense Information School, along with his fellow military public affairs and visual information professionals who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation." - Col. Martin Downie, Commandant, Defense Information School The Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Navy Reserve Journalist 3rd Class Raul A. Guerra, killed during the Vietnam War, was accounted for Feb. 20.
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Day one (of 15) for the latest DINFOS Instructor Training Course (ITC). There’s a lot of energy, passion and team building that goes into the first few days. Training for new instructors ramps up quickly, focusing on the basics of developing lesson plans, creating an active learning environment, and delivering content in an engaging way. The course, overseen by the Faculty Training and Development Office, is just the beginning of learning for DINFOS’ instructors. Team mentors, in-house seminars and FTDO programs such as the revamped Master Instructor program all provide avenues toward improved effectiveness in the classroom. Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Christophe Paul.
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Students enrolled in DINFOS’ Intermediate Photojournalism Course spend an immersive and often intense 40 training days creating multimedia products that incorporate design, photo, audio and video elements. They are encouraged to seek out stories that are meaningful and create impact. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Clyde Laster found just that when he documented a Marine Master Sergeant and his 4-year-old daughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia. See more images from this story on our official Instagram: dinfos_official
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During the school's latest in-service day, DINFOS Commandant Col. Martin Downie, along with staff and faculty said farewell to some of some of our most longstanding mentors. Wes Ellenburg, former Director of Faculty Training and Development, Ron Rahorn, former department head of the Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department, and DINFOS former Director of Training and Command Sergeant Major (94-99) James Gilbert were some of the school's most recognized faces and accomplished leaders.
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Air Force students from the Basic Photojournalist Course learn to control lighting, background and their photo subjects while in the Studio portion of the course. This lesson not only teaches them to be skilled at taking formal portraits, but is one of the early steps in preparing them to use mobile lighting kits for environmental and personality feature portrait setups. Once they have completed their graded exercise, they have the opportunity to show off what they have learned with a few hours of original portrait time. They plan out their concepts, based on magazine or other media, and set up every aspect of the shoot.
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Command Sergeant Major Timothy Guden, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), toured the Defense Information School Feb 14, as part of a visit to examine the Defense Media Activity’s capabilities to support combatant commands and Service members worldwide. Guden discussed school’s curriculum, manning and leadership roles with DINFOS Command Sergeant Major Montigo White and senior enlisted DINFOS leadership from all services. He also visited students and instructors throughout the building. DoD photos by Pete Robertson.