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Retired Soldiers Return to Support USMEPCOM
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.
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.

USMEPCOM focuses on cybersecurity
Jodi Goss answers a question about cybersecurity during the Information Technology Specialist training held at USMEPCOM.
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.

Master Chief shapes leaders, leaving military members of the year in his wake
A group photograph of the USS Carter Hall chiefs mess. The individuals in color left to right are Senior Chief Brandon Majors, Master Chief Adam Singleton and Senior Chief Ioana Wolfinger.
Aug. 26, 2022 - True leaders always hope to see their people achieve more than they did, but they don’t always get the satisfaction of seeing that success come to fruition. For Master Chief Adam Singleton, former Honolulu MEPs senior enlisted advisor (SEA), confirmation came when Senior Chiefs Brandon Majors, Ft. Jackson MEPS SEA, and Ioana Wolfinger, New Orleans MEPS SEA, respectively became the Eastern and Western Sector military members of the year.

USMEPCOM Hosts Battalion Executive Director's Conference
Battalion Executive Directors engage in an open table discussion during a conference at USMEPCOM. USMEPCOM hosted the first ever ED conference, Aug. 9-11.
Aug. 12, 2022 - USMEPCOM hosted the Battalion Executive Director (ED) conference Aug. 9-11. Bringing together all 12 Battalion EDs, the conference was the first of its kind since the position was established five years ago.

Sword Presentation
From L to R) U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Peterson, Chicago Recruiting Battalion command sergeant major; U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Renee Barton, policy NCOIC, J-3/5/7; and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Shane Doolan. Chicago Recruiting Battalion commander, pose for a photo during an awards ceremony at USMEPCOM, Aug. 9.
Aug. 10, 2022 - USMEPCOM’s August Awards Ceremony began with a special presentation in recognition of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Renee Barton, policy NCOIC, J-3/5/7. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Shane Doolan and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Peterson presented Barton an engraved sword for her work in training Chicago Recruiting Battalion’s company command teams.

Western Sector welcomes new Senior Enlisted Advisor
Outgoing Western Sector Senior Enlisted Advisor, CSM Michael Jackson passes the unit guidon to Western Sector Commander, Col. Jesse L. Sjoberg, during a change-of-responsibility ceremony at U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command headquarters July 29, 2022.
July 29, 2022 - Army Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Rendon accepted responsibility as the senior enlisted advisor of Western Sector, USMEPCOM, succeeding Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Jackson during a change of responsibility ceremony at USMEPCOM headquarters July 29.

MEPCOM Hones Virtual Capabilities
Illustration by Amy Gregorski
June 29, 2022 - USMEPCOM takes advantage of the electronic health record to create capability for remote prescreening.

United States Military Entrance Processing Command welcomes new Eastern Sector commander
(Left to right) Col. Janelle Kutter, incoming Eastern Sector commander, Col. Megan Stallings, USMEPCOM commander, and Col. Joe Ratliff, outgoing Eastern Sector commander, take part in the Eastern Sector change of command ceremony June 23 at USMEPCOM headquarters in North Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Israel Molina)
June 23, 2022 - Army Col. Janelle V. Kutter assumed command of Eastern Sector, USMEPCOM, succeeding Army Col. Joe Ratliff at a ceremony held June 23 at USMEPCOM headquarters in North Chicago, Illinois.

MEPCOM Employees Take Expeditionary Opportunity
Matthew Koger, IT specialist, Denver MEPS, and Stephen Boyd, IT specialist, USMEPCOM J-6 Information Technology, pose for a photo in front of their office in Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. Koger and Boyd were selected for temporary duty in Kosovo as part of the Expeditionary Civilian Workforce (ECW) program. (Courtesy photo)
June 22, 2022 - Two MEPCOM join the Expeditionary Civilian Workforce (ECW) program for a temporary assignment in Kosovo.

USMEPCOM IG Surprised With Hamby Award
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.
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.

USMEPCOM Hosts PSS Workshop
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.
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.

Cross Country Chopper Adventure
Shannon Midgette, St. Louis MEPS test control officer, takes a selfie during a break from her eight-day-long ride in Washington.
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.

Military Entrance Processing Stations roll out MHS GENESIS
MHS Genesis Logo
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 Strengthen Communication Skills During Cares Day
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.
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.

Saturday processing days added by USMEPCOM to support recruiting partners
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
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.

Biggest Loser
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.
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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Visits MEPS
Medal of Honor recipient, retired Kansas National Guard Col. Donald Ballard, administers the oath to applicants during an Oath of Enlistment ceremony at Minneapolis MEPS, Nov. 22, 2021.
Dec. 30, 2021 - Applicants at Minneapolis MEP got a rare glimpse of military history when they had the privilege of

Amarillo’s first Space Force enlistment
Just five days before the U.S. Space Force’s second birthday, 19-year-old Dakota Veale raises his right hand to enlist as Amarillo MEPS’ very first Space Force applicant.
Dec. 17, 2021 - Just five days before the U.S. Space Force’s second birthday, 19-year-old Dakota Veale raised his right hand to enlist as Amarillo MEPS’ very first Space Force applicant.

Future Warfighters Essay Competition Awards Ceremony
Future national guardsmen Jacob Oliver, from Emmetsburg, Iowa, wins Future Warfighters Essay Competition organized by Des Moines MEPS. From L to R: Maj. Aaron Taylor (Des Moines MEPS Commander), Jacob Oliver, Sgt. 1st Class Steven Weede (National Guard Senior Guidance Counselor) and 1st Sgt. Anthony Toolin (Des Moines MEPS senior enlisted advisor) pose for a photo at the Future Warfighters Essay Competition awards ceremony, Nov. 19, 2021.
Dec. 3, 2021 - Future national guardsmen Jacob Oliver, from Emmetsburg, Iowa, wins Future Warfighters Essay Competition organized by Des Moines MEPS.

Sacramento MEPS Turkey Drive
William D. King (processing supervisor), left,  and Wallace A. Oliver (human resources assistant), second to right,  are pictured with volunteers from Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services during the turkey drive on Nov. 12, 2021
Nov. 22, 2021 - November and December are the seasons of thanks and giving. A west coast MEPS sprang into the holiday spirit by organizing a turkey drive to help those in need in their community.

Sioux Falls MEPS personnel volunteerism gives back more than soccer skills in community building experience
Volunteers, participants and their parents lined up for a hot lunch the last day of the soccer league Oct. 23. 1st Sgt. Rivera, Sgt. 1st Class Dodds, HM3 Smith and Heather Rivera were major contributors the day's events.
Nov. 15, 2021 - In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the youth have one thing in common: they love soccer. When Army 1st. Sgt. Daniel Rivera, Sioux Falls MEPS senior enlisted advisor, was asked to volunteer at a grassroots soccer league for his community's youth, the answer was easy.

Collaboration Leads to Largest Test Event in the Pacific
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) examinees from Yokota High School fill out the information on a mark sheet before starting the ASVAB test at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 3, 2021. 120 Yokota high school students from 10th to 12th graders took the ASVAB examination. This is the largest administration of the ASVAB test ever given in the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
Nov. 9, 2021 - Personnel from Yokota High School, the 374th Force Support Squadron, Honolulu MEPS and USMEPCOM worked together to administer the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) test for 116 students Nov. 3, the largest single administration of the ASVAB CEP in the Pacific.

Springfield MEPS supports zoo Spooky Safari
1st Sgt. Benjamin Ringman’s son, 1st Sgt. Benjamin Ringman, Staff Sgt. Mark Ashland, Capt. Nathan Hogan, Angel Hogan, Lt. Andrew Dobrowolski, and Lt. Cmdr Abaigeal Hillyard participated in an afternoon of community service at the Zoo in Forest Park in Springfield, Mass. Springfield MEPS personnel assisted the zoo in preparing for their Spooky Safari event held on Halloween.
Nov. 1, 2021 - The leaves are falling and the weather is cooling. For children, big and small, the end of October is a special time of year to participate in fall programs and festivities. For the Zoo in Forest Park in Springfield, Mass., prepping for their festival was a little easier this year, thanks to the volunteers from Springfield MEPS.

USMEPCOM Perseveres Through Pandemic
210811-N-WF272-1039 JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (Aug. 11, 2021) U.S. Army 1st Lt. Juan Fajardo, a native of Hamilton, N.J., administers the oath of enlistment to a future New Jersey Air National Guardsman at the Military Entrance Processing Station Fort Dix. MEPS process applicants for military service, putting them through a variety of tests and examinations to ensure that they meet the standards required to serve in the United States Armed Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Diana Quinlan/Released)
Oct. 29, 2021 - Every year, thousands of people enlist in the United States military. Whether it be a call to service, to pay for college, or for job stability, enlistees all support the defense of our nation. When the pandemic struck, shutting down recruitment and processing was just not an option. Our nation relied on force readiness and those going into service depended on beginning their careers. Starting March 2020, USMEPCOM went on the defense.

USMEPCOM Military Members of the Year
BOSTON (Sep. 20, 2021) Service members of the United States Military Entrance Processing Command climb the shrouds aboard USS Constitution. USS Constitution, is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. During normal operations, the active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people a year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history and maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence. USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents. The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alec Kramer)
Oct. 4, 2021 - USMEPCOM announces winners of the annual USMEPCOM Military Members of the Year (MMOY) competition.

An Immigrant Story
Captain Career Course graduation 2017, Fort Jackson, S.C.
Oct. 4, 2021 - U.S. Army Capt. Mohammad Hossain, Oklahoma City MEPS assistant operations officer, shared his story of immigrating to the Unites States and the opportunities afforded to him by becoming a U.S. service member. A Bangladesh native, Hossain’s story exemplifies what America uniquely offers; the chance to achieve dreams through hard work and determination.

USMEPCOM holds change-of-command ceremony
Army Col. Megan Stallings, incoming USMEPCOM commander, delivers remarks during a change of command ceremony held at USMEPCOM headquarters in North Chicago, Ill, Aug. 13. Through its 67 processing stations across the United States, USMEPCOM evaluates applicants for enlistment into the Armed Forces based on established Department of Defense and service-specific standards; it is the vital link between recruiting and training the All-Volunteer Force.
Aug. 13, 2021 - Army Col. Megan B. Stallings assumed command of United States Military Entrance Processing Command from Marine Corps Col. Richard T. Brady during a change-of-command ceremony Aug. 13.

MICC-Fort Knox supports nation’s gateway to military service
Reyjie Cliff Blando Madriaga, a Hawaiian native, receives the oath of enlistment from U.S. Army Capt. Donald McCoullough, Honolulu Military Entrance Processing Station Officer, as the first Hawaiian U.S. Space Force recruit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 4, 2021. The oath of enlistment is a promise made by members of the United States Armed Forces to support and defend the Constitution. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Makensie Cooper)
Aug. 4, 2021 - Acquisition professionals at the Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Knox contracting office in Kentucky provide support to the nation’s newest recruits entering military service across the country.

USMEPCOM implements mask mandate at all facilities
Applicants take the oath of enlistment at Chicago MEPS July 14.
July 29, 2021 - U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command directed employees, assigned personnel, applicants and visitors to its facilities across the United States to wear masks regardless of vaccination status beginning July 29.

Marine rescues children in overturned vehicle
First responders provide medical care to passengers in vehicle rollover accident June 30, 2021. Maj. Leslie Seaton, Dallas MEPS executive officer, extracted the young passengers from the vehicle.
July 8, 2021 - When he hopped into his vehicle to make the short drive from his home in Venus, Texas on June 30th, Marine Corps Maj. Leslie Seaton, couldn’t imagine he would stumble on an accident, let alone rescue two little girls trapped in an overturned van during a routine 15-minute trip.

World War II Veteran conducts oath ceremony at Sacramento MEPS
Army applicant Victor Bassett shakes hands with World War II veteran Dennis Thompson during his enlistment ceremony at Sacramento MEPS
June 24, 2021 - World War II veteran Dennis Thompson, a retired Army first lieutenant, visited the Sacramento MEPS to conduct an enlistment ceremony on March 26th. He enlisted Army applicant Victor Bassett into the Delayed Entry Program after mentoring him for the past five years.

Service recruiting commands meet with USMEPCOM leadership
Service recruiting commands meet with USMEPCOM leadership
April 30, 2021 - U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command leadership met with representatives from military recruiting commands during its biannual Stakeholders Meeting April 27 to discuss issues and share information about the accessions enterprise.

Civilian Fitness Program Grows
The civilian fitness program has expanded at USMEPCOM.
April 13, 2021 - The civilian fitness program has expanded at USMEPCOM.

New York MEPS Swears In Their First Space Force Recruit
Capt. Preston Giddens, New York MEPS operations officer, presiding officer for the Oath of Enlistment with new recruit Fernando Lopez
April 6, 2021 - Fort Hamilton, N.Y. – Fort Hamilton’s mission partner, the New York Military Entrance Processing Station, swore in their first Space Force recruit, here, Mar. 3, 2021.

Space Force processing has launched!
Oct. 20, 2020 - The U.S. Space Force will welcome its first four enlistments at the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station and three at the Denver MEPS.

Military Museum Visit Highlights Columbus MEPS Staff Ride
Sept. 10, 2020 - Carr was joined on the Columbus trip by Army 1st Sgt. Mary Reed, who recently became senior enlisted advisor at Chicago MEPS. After touring the Columbus MEPS and participating in unit physical training, they joined a staff ride led by Navy Command Senior Chief Brandon Fullmer.

United States Military Entrance Processing Command COVID-19 Questions and Answers
Aug. 19, 2020 - Q1. What is the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) doing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease? A1. USMEPCOM has been and continues to adjust operations to mitigate risk to the health, safety and welfare of the nation’s military applicants, its employees and contractors, military recruiting and training partners, and the family members of all.

Guam Processing Resumes
Aug. 13, 2020 - After a coronavirus-related shutdown that lasted about two months, military processing in Guam resumed in May.

Miami MEPS Gets Red Cross Award
July 5, 2020 - Since taking over as commander of the Miami MEPS Miami, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Kaleb Perez has strengthened the station’s partnership with the Red Cross.

Eastern Sector Change of Command
June 19, 2020 - Eastern Sector, United States Military Entrance Processing Command welcomed a new commander at a June 12 virtual change of command ceremony.

Remote Processing Station Opens in Riverside, California
June 2, 2020 - A new Remote Processing Station has opened in Riverside, California.

Testing Mission Resumes At Some Locations
May 28, 2020 - Twenty-one Military Entrance Test (MET) sites have returned to an operational status for the scheduling of Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Testing.

Delayed But Not Deterred
May 18, 2020 - Although issues resulting from the coronavirus pandemic delayed the delivery and set-up of equipment and furniture, USMEPCOM's Rapid Delivery Team is still moving forward by constructing a room that will support their mission of delivering USMIRS 1.1, the command's future military processing data system.

USMIRS 1.1 gets Interim Authority to Test
Feb. 5, 2020 - Interim Authority to Test USMEPCOM Integrated Resource System 1.1 was granted by Stephanie Miller, director of Military Accession Policy in January.

USMEPCOM Receives Third JMUA
Jan. 8, 2020 - United States Military Entrance Processing Command has received the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for the period April 2016 to May 2019.

USMEPCOM Integrated Resource System 1.1 Demonstration
Nov. 18, 2019 - Matt Lince, director of the USMEPCOM Rapid Development Team, demonstrates the capabilities of USMEPCOM Integrated Resource System 1.1, to Lernes Hebert, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy and, Stephanie Miller, Director of Military Accession Policy.