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| February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments


Traffic Updates
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Free Training — Seats are still available in the free “Winning Through Customer Service” and “Growing Leaders” courses offered through the Workforce Development Office, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. To register, send in an SF-182 “Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training” application and UWSP supplemental form through your respective directorate training point of contact to Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; courses are limited to 25 employees per class. Call 655-9032.

Taxes — The Schofield Barracks Tax Center is open to all ranks, family members and retirees for free assistance in organizing and completing 2010 income tax forms, on a walk-in basis, between 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, Building 648. The Fort Shafter Tax Center is slated to open Feb. 7. Its tentative location is the Aloha Center and its hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Fort Shafter Tax Center is by appointment only. Soldiers, family members and retirees can schedule their appointments at 655-1040. For an update on wait times,  search for “Hawaii Army Tax Centers” on


Tax Season — Taxpayers have until April 18 to file their 2010 tax returns and pay any taxes due because Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, is April 15.
District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have three extra days to file this year.
Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 17 to file their 2010 tax returns.
Visit, call (800) 829-1040 or visit a taxpayer assistance center.

Soldier Support Center — Portions of the Soldier Support Center, Building 750, 673 Ayers Ave., are currently undergoing construction from 7 a.m-3:30 p.m., weekdays, through April 9.
The parking lot adjacent to the building will have barricades during normal business hours throughout the construction period. Call 655-8276/1105.

ACAP Center — Army Career and Alumni Program Center briefings and workshops have temporarily moved to other locations or been cancelled through May, due to construction noise at the Soldier Support Center, Building 750, 673 Ayers Ave., Schofield Barracks.
Call 655-1028 for class changes and locations.

Online Traffic Safety Classes — Army Hawaii Soldiers and civilians can request traffic safety classes by using their Army Knowledge Online account at Select “View Available Courses;” “Pacific” Region and garrison “Hawaii;” then select the desired course. Call 655-6455.

Counseling Sessions — Military OneSource offers non-medical behavioral health counseling sessions for service members and their families. The counseling sessions apply to face-to-face counseling through affiliate providers, short-term solution-focused telephonic consultations and online consultations. Authorization is on a case-by-case basis. Visit or call (800) 342-9647.

Suicide Prevention — The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24-hour crisis intervention hotline at (800) 273-TALK (8255), as well as an online service at
The services are available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, to include all military members and their families.

Recall — Precision Xtra test strips with certain lot numbers have been recalled. Visit to check the lot number on test strips.
Call the Tripler Army Medical Center pharmacy at 433-7880, or the manufacturer at (800) 448-5234.

Temporary Office Move — The Inspector General Office, U.S. Army-Pacific, has moved to a temporary location at Buildings 870 and 871, Rice Street, Fort Shafter, behind the Bowling Alley. Call 438-1692/2857.

AER Assistance — Army Emergency Relief has added new categories for assistance, including relocation travel funds for Soldiers who filed for advance pay and haven’t received requested permanent change of station travel entitlements. Call 655-4227.

Stress Reduction — Contact the Employee Assistance Program office, Building 2091, Schofield Barracks, for help and ideas for dealing with stress or any other issues affecting job performance. Call 655-6047 or 655-6046.

Financial Readiness Program — To register for one-on-one personal financial counseling and the Financial Peace University, call 655-4227.

ID Card Appointments — Customers needing to make, change or cancel ID card appointments at Schofield Barracks or Fort Shafter can do so online.  A computer system is available in ID card offices for walk-in patrons to make or change appointments, as necessary. Appointment hours are 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Visit to make, change or cancel ID card appointments. Call 655-6884 or 438-1757 or visit, click on “Services,” and from the drop-down menu, select “ID Card Services.”

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