Ten things to know around the DOD in August
August marks National Immunization and Influenza Awareness Month. According to U.S. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, getting vaccinated for influenza is the most important step community members can take in the next few months to ensure... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

1. Starbucks to open Aug. 3. The Fort Myer Exchange recently announced the opening of its new Starbucks Coffee store, located in the exchange's food court. The store's first day of business is Aug. 3 at 6:30 a.m.; there will be a grand opening Aug. 14 with plenty of samples and a cake cutting. This addition will complete the main store food court and bring several new food and drink options. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday - from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 703-527-0100.

2. August marks National Immunization and Influenza Awareness Month. According to U.S. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, getting vaccinated for influenza is the most important step community members can take in the next few months to ensure they are healthy this coming flu season. Vaccines are vital in improving the health of Soldiers, families and retirees. Soldiers should remind family and friends how important vaccinations are to their health in order to be resilient this coming flu season. For more information, visit www.healthfinder.gov/NHO/Augusttoolkit.aspx.

3. Military Health System Research Symposium. The Military Health System Research Symposium will take place from Aug. 17 - 20 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event provides an opportunity for military medical care providers with deployment experience, military scientists, academics and industry professionals to collaborate and exchange information on research and health care advancements. Subjects will include combat casualty care, military operational medicine, clinical and rehabilitative medicine and infectious disease research programs. For more information, visit https://mhsrs.amedd.army.mil/.

4. Feds Feed Families. The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall team supports the Agriculture Department's annual Feds Feed Families food drive. The campaign, which runs through Aug. 31, is a voluntary effort undertaken by federal employees to bring nonperishable food items to their offices for distribution to local food banks. Bring your donations to several places on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base: the Commissary - Building 523 (pre-packed bags are also available for purchase), the Fitness Center - Building 414 - the Exchange, Building 450 and Buildings 202, 203, 205, 417 and 59. On the Fort McNair portion of the joint base, bring non-perishable food items to National Defense University, Marshall Hall - Building 62, National War College - Building 61, Dwight D. Eisenhower School - Building 59, Lincoln Hall - Building 64, Inter-American Defense College - Building 50, Military District of Washington Headquarters - Building 39, the Shoppette - Building 43, the State Department Federal Credit Union - Building 41 and the Fitness Center - Building 69. If you wish to add a collection point in your building, send an email to usarmy.jbmhh.asa.mbx.dptms-ioc@mail.mil or brian.d.leiby.civ@mail.mil or call 703-696-3291. For a complete list of food items needed, visit www.capitalareafoodbank.org/give/donate-food.

5. Antiterrorism Awareness Month. August marks the Army's Antiterrorism Awareness Month. Each August, the Army makes a push to promote iWATCH, its antiterrorism awareness program. The iWATCH program encourages Soldiers, family members and civilians in the Army community to become familiar with and be able to recognize and report suspicious activity or behavior to Military Police or local law enforcement. The theme for this year's Antiterrorism Awareness Month is "antiterrorism training." According to a release from Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the Military District of Washington public affairs, "Training is critical to the Army's antiterrorism readiness and the hallmark of our ability to assess, detect, defend, warn and recover from acts of terrorism." For more information about Antiterrorism Awareness Month 2015, visit http://go.usa.gov/37HGm.

For more information about iWATCH, visit http://goo.gl/KvZcb9.

6. 2015 American Legion Spirit of Service Award. The U.S. Marine Corps announced that the American Legion has selected Sgt. Stephen Little Jr., of Manpower Information Systems Support Office 27, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan, as the recipient of the 2015 American Legion Spirit of Service Award. Sponsored by the National Headquarters of the American Legion, this award is presented annually to an enlisted member from each of the military services for outstanding volunteer service performed off duty in the local community. Little will receive his award during the American Legion's National Convention which will take place in Baltimore, next month.

7. Network reception for transitioning military leaders. Marine Corps Community Services Henderson Hall has coordinated a networking reception designed specifically for senior military leaders transitioning out of the military service. The event is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring our Heroes program, and will be held Aug. 27, 4 to 6 p.m. at Building 21 (1555 Southgate Road, Gate 3) on the Henderson Hall portion of JBM-HH. The reception is designed to connect transitioning senior military leaders with civilian employers, including HR recruiters from large and small businesses. Spouses are welcome to attend. To register, visit http://goo.gl/ECtrCk. Registration allows registrants to upload a resume. For additional information, call 202-463-5807 or email hiringourheroes@uschamber.com.

8. 2015 Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium. The 2015 Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Symposium is scheduled for Aug. 10 - 15 on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The annual event brings together the Corps' most senior enlisted advisers for a series of meetings, briefs and social events that can lead to suggestions for the commandant in the future. For more information and to see a list of invitees, visit http://go.usa.gov/37HfC.

9. Women's Equality Day. Women's Equality Day takes place Aug. 26. The day commemorates American women achieving full voting rights under the U.S. Constitution by the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will commemorate this event with a 5K road race Aug. 21 at 6:30 a.m. at the Fort Myer Fitness Center. Registration details can be found at www.jbmhhmwr.com/fitness-center-sports.

10. Final Twilight Tattoo Aug. 19. The final Twilight Tattoos of the 2015 season will take place Aug. 5, 12 and 19 at 7 p.m. on Whipple Field at the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. Twilight Tattoo is an hourlong, live-action military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own." This performance is free and open to the public.