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Donovan Phillips, USMEPCOM Chief of Staff, (right) reads the citation for an honorary Hamby award presented to David Hamby, USMEPCOM inspector general (left) during a command and staff meeting, May 6. The Hamby award, usually presented to Soldiers at Fort Irwin, was created in memory of the late U.S. Army Col. Jerrell Hamby, David’s father.
USMEPCOM IG Surprised With Hamby Award
By Derrik Noak | May 9, 2022
David Hamby, USMEPCOM command inspector general, was surprised with an honorary Hamby award during a command and staff meeting May 6. The Order of Hamby, or Hamby award, is an internal award for Soldiers at Fort Irwin.

Jill Anderson, field support branch chief, J-8, leads a class during the Program Support Specialist (PSS) Workshop at USMEPCOM. The PSS Workshop provided an opportunity for battalion PSSs to network, learn about upcoming software programs and provide feedback to headquarters.
USMEPCOM Hosts PSS Workshop
By Derrik Noack | April 29, 2022
USMEPCOM hosted a Program Support Specialist (PSS) Workshop, April 26-28. The workshop covered all aspects of the PSS position to maximize utilization of both logistics and budgeting resources.

Shannon Midgette, St. Louis MEPS test control officer, takes a selfie during a break from her eight-day-long ride in Washington.
Cross Country Chopper Adventure
By Susan VanBoening | April 26, 2022
Rise and Ride,” was the mindset 28 women fostered when they set off for a 48-state motorcycle adventure in memory of Bessie Stringfield, the mid-century legend known as “The Motorcycle Queen.” For the group of women, including Shannon Midgette, St. Louis MEPS test control officer, the idea to take on the cross-country ride came about in late 2019.

MHS Genesis Logo
Military Entrance Processing Stations roll out MHS GENESIS
By Susan VanBoening | March 10, 2022
On March 10, the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command launched MHS GENESIS at its remaining 55 stations across the nation. Prior to this “big bang go-live” event, 12 of the command’s 67 processing stations launched MHS GENESIS as part of a “soft go-live” on Feb. 24. “The deployment of MHS GENESIS is another leap in medical modernization at USMEPCOM,” said Col. Megan Stallings, USMEPCOM commander. “It is revolutionizing our medical processing. The new electronic health record will follow applicants from the moment they walk through ‘Freedoms Front Door’ into active duty, and eventually into the VA system.”

Chicago MEPS personnel Nelson Gonzalez (left) and U.S. Army Sgt. Arnaldo Garcia (right) participate in a communication building exercise during CARES Day activities. CARES Day was a non-processing day given to MEPS for their hard work throughout the pandemic.
Chicago MEPS Personnel Strengthen Communication Skills During Cares Day
By Derrik Noack | Feb. 25, 2022
Chicago MEPS personnel Nelson Gonzalez (left) and U.S. Army Sgt. Arnaldo Garcia (right) participate in a communication building exercise during CARES Day activities. CARES Day was a non-processing day given to MEPS for their hard work throughout the pandemic.

Applicants take the Oath of Enlistment at Chicago MEPS as part of their processing into the Armed Forces. To further support military recruiting partners meeting current goals, select MEPS will open for processing one Saturday per month, from January through March and in May.

Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Dylon Hopp
Saturday processing days added by USMEPCOM to support recruiting partners
By Susan VanBoening | Feb. 11, 2022
To further support military recruiting partners meeting current goals, select MEPS will open for processing one Saturday per month, from January through March and in May. On Jan. 22, the command began the first of four Saturday openings at 10 MEPS.

From left, Heather Taylor and Pfc. Kayla Abele of the NHARNG state wellness program demonstrate the high-tech FIT3D Full Body Scanner on Oct. 5, 2021, at the state military reservation in Concord. Taylor says the machine is a more accurate means of measuring fat and lean body mass percentages than tape measure calculations. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Johnston, NHNG Deputy State PAO.
Biggest Loser
By Derrik Noack | Jan. 27, 2022
A common resolution for many at the start of a new year is losing weight, feeling better and living a healthier lifestyle. As the weeks go by and winter storms are at their strongest, those resolutions can soon be forgotten. Old habits come back and soon, we are binge-watching TV under the throw blankets and binge-eating junk food.