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Members, Delayed Entry Program, view the cockpit of a C-130H Hercules at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, Ga., May 7, 2022. The DEP is a program designed for those joining the military to receive a range of training and preparation for basic training before attending. Marching, physical training, and base visits are some of the things members participate in during their time in the program, which can range from weeks, to months, or even years depending on individual factors.
USMEPCOM and Recruiting Partners Streamline Waiver Process
By Derrik Noack | Nov. 30, 2022
USMEPCOM implemented a program to allow applicants with frequently waivered medically disqualified conditions to conditionally enroll in the delayed entry program.

Jordan Page (left) and father, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Page, Eastern Sector senior enlisted advisor (right), pose for a photo following Jordan's oath of enlistment at Milwaukee MEPS. Jordan joins the Air Force Delayed Entry Program as he prepares to leave for basic training July 2023.
Son of Air Force Chief Prepares to Take Flight
By Derrik Noack | Nov. 9, 2022
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Page, Eastern Sector senior enlisted advisor, was able to witness his son take the oath, sign his contract and join the United States Air Force at Milwaukee MEPS Oct. 24.

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Page, Eastern Sector Senior Enlisted Advisor (far left) poses with the five Military Members of the Year (MMOY) finalists from Eastern Sector. (From L to R) Navy Senior Chief Brandon Majors (Ft. Jackson MEPS), Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Addisen Rutkoske (Chicago MEPS), Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Welling (Montgomery MEPS), Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Antionette Ward (Atlanta MEPS) and Navy Chief Petty Officer Richard Calderone (Louisville MEPS) visited San Diego for this year's competition.
Military Members of the Year Compete in San Diego
By Derrik Noack | Oct. 24, 2022
The 2022 USMEPCOM Military Members of the Year (MMOY) competition brought the final 10 contenders to San Diego for a week of mental and physical challenges. After competing through the levels of command, five military personnel from each Sector faced off to claim MMOY for their rank.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Michael Keppen, former Eastern Sector deputy commander, receives a Joint Service Commendation Medal from U.S. Army Col. Megan Stallings, USMEPCOM commander, during an awards ceremony at headquarters, Oct. 12 for his heroic efforts to save two people from drowning. Upon seeing a child and older man struggling in the Fox River May 30, Keppen dove into the water and swam them both to safety.
Navy Officer Awarded for Life-Saving Action
By Derrik Noack | Oct. 12, 2022
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Michael Keppen, former Eastern Sector deputy commander, received a Joint Service Commendation Medal (JSCM) during an awards ceremony at headquarters, Oct. 12. The JSCM is presented by the United States Armed Forces to individuals who have performed an exceedingly heroic act, exceptional achievement or commendable service.

Army Col. Megan Stallings, USMEPCOM commander, addresses the Joint Recruiting Commander’s Conference (JRCC) in North Chicago, Ill. Sept. 27 -28. The conference brought together Recruiting Command, Accession Policy and USMEPCOM leaders to discuss issues and opportunities for collaboration and share ideas and best practices.
HQ USMEPCOM, North Chicago, Ill.
By Darrin McDufford | Oct. 3, 2022

Dr. Ashley Jackson, USMEPCOM Western Sector medical officer, trains U.S. Army Maj. Marsha Paul, U.S. Army Maj. Marjorie Whitehead and U.S. Army Maj. Wendy Hand in completing medical prescreens in MHS GENESIS. Paul, Whitehead and Hand all recently retired from service but chose to come back and become providers, assisting MEPS with completing medical prescreens.
Retired Soldiers Return to Support USMEPCOM
By Derrik Noack | Sept. 22, 2022
It had only been a few months since U.S. Army Maj. Marsha Paul, nurse practitioner, retired and put away her uniform, but luckily, she did not pack it too far back into her closet. While checking her email, she saw an exciting opportunity to come back and work with the latest medical technology. Paul decided to return to assist with the Prescreen Support Coordination Center (PSCC). Paul is among nine retired Army doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners answering the call to come back on active duty to help review prescreens virtually.

Jodi Goss answers a question about cybersecurity during the Information Technology Specialist training held at USMEPCOM.
USMEPCOM focuses on cybersecurity
By Darrin McDufford | Sept. 7, 2022
The annoyances of entering your PIN multiple times and the removal of the Common Access Card every time you walk away from the computer can pay big dividends to an organization and its members.