The Defense Information School (DINFOS) has a long-standing mission of producing outstanding Public Affairs and Visual Information personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense. We are a component of the Defense Media Activity.

The Thomas Jefferson Standard Operating Procedures for competition year 2014 has been released. Please contact the DINFOS Competition Coordinator for any questions or concerns: Commercial: 301-677-4364; DSN: 622-4364; Email: dma.meade.dinfos.list.competitions-coordinator@mail.mil
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  • Master Gunnery Sgt. Chuck Albrecht, public affairs chief for the Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication at Headquarters Marine Corps, speaks at the graduation ceremony for the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 060-14 at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md. Oct. 21, 2014. Albrecht gave insight to the class on tools to a successful career within the public affairs profession. (DoD photo by Matthew D. Williams/RELEASED)

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  • Taiwanese Army Maj. Jing-Hao Kuan accepts his graduation certificate from Master Gunnery Sgt. Chuck Albrecht, public affairs chief for the Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication at Headquarters Marine Corps, at the graduation ceremony for the Basic Public Affairs Specialist Course class 060-14 at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md. Oct. 21, 2014. Kuan spent 56 training days at DINFOS learning the basics of the U.S. military public affairs profession. (DoD photo by Matthew D. Williams/RELEASED)

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  • The Crofton Middle School Dance Company demonstrates a variety of Latin dances to Defense Information School (DINFOS) staff and faculty on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct 9, 2014. DINFOS celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a reminder of the contributions Hispanics have made to U.S. and military history, followed by a demonstration of Latin dances and a salsa making contest. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gregory N. Juday/Released)

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  • The Defense Information School (DINFOS) Commandant Col. Jeremy M. Martin presents a certificate of appreciation to the Crofton Middle School Dance Company for their demonstration of Latin dances to DINFOS staff and faculty on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 9, 2014. DINFOS celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a reminder of the contributions Hispanics have made to U.S. and military history, followed by a demonstration of Latin dances and a salsa making contest. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gregory N. Juday/Released)

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  • Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course (BTVEM) 060-14 graduates pose for a group photo following a graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 16, 2014. The BTVEM a 124-day course designed to teach students electronic and broadcast television fundamentals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Kyle Steckler/released)

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  • Graduates of Basic Television Equipment Maintenance Course (BTVEM) 060-14 sing "The Army Goes Rolling Along", the United States Army's (USA) official song, after receiving their diplomas during a graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 16, 2014. The BTVEM a 124-day course designed to teach students electronic and broadcast television fundamentals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Kyle Steckler/released)

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  • Ronald Rahorn, Broadcast Operations and Maintenance department head, presents 1st Sgt. Endesha Johnson with a certificate of appreciation Oct. 16, 2014. Johnson was the guest speaker during the Basic Television Equipment Maintenance (BTVEM) course 060-14 graduation at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) on Fort George G. Meade, Md. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kyle Steckler/released)

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  • U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to the Defense Information School (DINFOS) on Fort Meade, Md., pose for a group picture in the Hall of Heroes. DINFOS Sailors celebrated the Navy's 239th birthday with a guest speaker and cake cutting ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gabriel Kotico /Released)

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  • Chief of Navy Information Rear Adm. Dawn Cutler talks to Public Affairs Qualification Course (PAQC) students at the Defense Information School. Cutler talked about many important topics including establishing good working relationships and the role of the public affairs officer as a strategic advisor to the commander. PAQC provides entry-level public affairs training for mid- to senior-level commissioned and senior noncommissioned officers from all U.S. military services, selected foreign nations, and U.S. government agency civilians selected for public affairs assignments at all levels of command. (DOD photo by Major Travis Dettmer/Released)

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  • Senior Master Sgt. Keri Whitehead, an instructor at the Defense Information School, gets her newest stripes "tacked on" by her mother, Leasa, and her daughter, Kassidy, during a promotion ceremony Oct. 3, 2014, at the Defense Information School, Ft. George G. Meade, Md. Whitehead is an instructor for DINFOS' Public Affairs department. (U.S. Air Force photo Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III/Released)

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  • Marines of Basic Multimedia Reproduction Course (BMRC) 020-14 pose for a group photo before their graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Oct. 2, 2014. During BMRC, students develop basic skills and practical application of the principals of realistic drawing, perspective, and the fundamentals of layout and design, including color theory and the anatomy and use of typography. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kristina Truluck/Released)

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  • Veteran Al Jazeera news reporter Rosiland Jordan interacts with Defense Information School students after participating in a media panel designed to help 57 public affairs officers learn best practices for working with the media. Jordan participated in this panel with MSNBC "Taking the Hill" host Patrick Murphy. This DINFOS class, called the Public Affairs Qualification Course, is comprised of military and civilian Department of Defense personnel and military officers from 79 allied nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Karen E. Eifert/Released)

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  • MSNBC host of "Taking the Hill" Patrick Murphy talks to Public Affairs Qualification Course students while participating in a media panel for 57 PAQC students at the Defense Information School. Murphy participated in this panel alongside veteran Al Jazeera news reporter Rosalind Jordan taking questions from students for more than 90 minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt. Kenneth Bellard/Released)

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  • MSNBC host of "Taking the Hill" Patrick Murphy talks with Public Affairs Qualification Course students Patricia Muntean (left) and Ganesa Robinson (right) after Murphy and Al Jazeera reporter Rosiland Jordan participated in a media panel with 57 Defense Information School students. DINFOS trains Department of Defense military and civilian personnel, and military officers from 79 allied nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Karen E. Eifert/Released)

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  • MSNBC host of "Taking the Hill" Patrick Murphy and Al Jazeera news reporter Rosiland Jordan talk with Defense Information School Commandant Col. Jeremy M. Martin prior to speaking at a media panel for 57 Public Affairs Qualification Course students. During their discussion Martin shows the journalists a letter former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote to the schoolhouse last year when he was inducted into the DINFOS Hall of Fame. Mondale graduated from DINFOS in 1952. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Karen E. Eifert/Released)

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  • Defense Information School graduate John Raughter, a former Marine Sergeant, shown here with President George W. Bush, released a story in the current American Legion Magazine, where he used to be an editor, about the Defense Information School's 50th Anniversary. The article, located at http://bit.ly/1oqCAhl, gives insight on how DINFOS has affected its students both during and after their service. Raughter is both a DINFOS and University of Houston alum with a Master's in Journalism from University of Missouri. He continues to serve his fellow uniformed armed service members as media manager for the Legion's national commander.

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  • Students from the Public Affairs Course for International Students (PACIS) 020-14 pose with U.S. Army Col. Jeremy Martin, commandant of Defense Information School (DINFOS), after their graduation ceremony in the Hall of Heroes at DINFOS on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Sept. 25, 2014. This classes included students from Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, Jordan, Ukraine, the Republic of the Philippines, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia. The course is designed to give students a foundation in the latest public affairs concepts and skills and also supports building international partnerships, strengthening military-to-military relations and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of combined operations between global partners and the United States of America. (DOD photo by Rick Corral/Released)

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  • Students attending the Defense Information School Public Affairs Course for International Students and their instructors visit the Department of State Foreign Press Center. As part of the curriculum, students discuss the importance of transparency, responding to requests for information accurately and in a timely manner and interagency coordination. Department of Defense and Department of State representatives conduct seminar discussions, and students meet with members of both departments' communication teams. The current PACIS class includes students from Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Turkey, Jordan, Ukraine, the Republic of the Philippines, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia. DOD photo by Andy Strike.

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  • Students from the Video Production and Documentation course (VPD) Class 070-14 pose for a group photo after their graduation ceremony at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade; Md.; Sept. 18; 2014. VPD is one of seven Visual Communications Department courses that teaches Sailors; Marines; and Soldiers how to document training and operations; as well as audio and video editing; storytelling and studio operations in order to qualify them as a Combat Documentation and Production Specialist. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian R. Williams/Released)

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  • Bryan Logan, academic director of the Visual Communications Department, presents Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Shaw, guest speaker, with a certificate of appreciation during a graduation ceremony of the Video Production and Documentation Course, class 070-14 at the Defense Information School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., Sept. 18, 2014. Shaw spoke to the graduates about expectations and the importance of being dedicated, focused, and creative Combat Documentation and Production Specialists. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian R. Williams/Released)

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  • Soldiers graduate the Defense Information School's Basic Television Equipment Maintenance course 050-14, September 18, 2014. Soldiers earn the MOS 25R after successfully completing the 124 day course, and are then affiliated with the United States Army Signal Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Lewis/Released)

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  • Family members of Specialist Paul Jeffares, graduate of Defense Information School's Basic Television Equipment Maintenance course 050-14, listen to the Soldiers recite the 25R platoon moto, September 18, 2014. Soldiers earn the field designator (MOS) 25R after successfully completing the 124-day BTVEM course, and are then affiliated with the United States Army Signal Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Lewis/Released)

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  • Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, center, meets students in the Defense Information School's Public Affairs Course for International Students, or PACIS, following his press conference the Pentagon press briefing room. As part of the PACIS curriculum, students discuss the importance of transparency, responding to requests for information accurately and in a timely manner and interagency coordination. (DOD photo by Stefo Lehmann/Released)

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  • Mr. Ron Rahorn, department head of the Broadcast Operations and Maintenance Department accepts the Commandant's Cup Trophy from Col. Jeremy Martin, Defense Information School commandant on Sept. 11, 2014. The award is presented annually to the school's department that wins the most points during competition in various sporting events. The cup is maintained by the winning department for a year until the next competition.

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  • U.S. Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Kevin Mulcahey, and Sgt. Nicholas Tarr, a troop medic, both with Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment (RSTA) (Mountain), prepare to move during an air assault exercise at Fort Drum, N.Y., Aug. 13, 2013. The 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is participating in an Exportable Combat Training Center rotation, in preparation for a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation in 2014. This photo was taken by Staff Sgt. Sarah Mattison of the US Air Force and took first place in the Defense Information School's (DINFOS) Annual Communicators of Excellence Award in the category of Combat Documentation. Staff Sgt. Mattison graduated DINFOS Basic Still Photography Course 060-09 in August of 2009.

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  • Colonel Jeremy Martin, the Commandant of the Defense Information School, Colonel Brian Foley, U.S. Army, Garrison Commander, Fort George G. Meade, and Ms. Molly Martin, Asst. to State Senator Barbara A. Mikulski all presided over a ceremony celebrating 50 years of excellence at Defense Information School, July 1, 2014. The senator forwarded a letter of recognition to the commandant celebrating DINFOS' 50th anniversary.

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  • Defense Information School (DINFOS) staff and faculty stand together for a group photograph in front of the schoolhouse at Fort George G. Meade, Md., June 11, 2014. The group photograph is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of DINFOS. (U.S. DOD photo by Shane Keller/Released)

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  • Under the direction of then-Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, efforts began in 1961 among DoD, the services and the military information schools to consolidate service information training. This led to the establishment of DINFOS on July 1, 1964. Hooah DINFOS!

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