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| September 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

POW/MIA Ceremony — The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command will honor former prisoners of war and fallen U.S. personnel who remain missing in action, 10 a.m., Sept. 21, during a ceremony commemorating National POW/MIA Recognition Day at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. This event is free and open to the public; organizations are welcome to present wreaths or flowers in honor of the many sacrifices made by those who have served our nation. Presentations must be delivered to the Punchbowl ceremony no later than 9:15 a.m., Sept. 21. Call Elizabeth Feeney at (808) 448-1937.

Schofield Traffic Delays — The Hawaii Department of Transportation has announced the closure of the Wahiawa Bridge, for about 6 weeks, beginning Sept. 16. Current detour plans may cause significant off-post traffic delays and backlogs to access control points during peak commuting hours to the Schofield Barracks area.
Traffic delays on Wilikina Drive, Kamehameha Highway, H-2 and Kunia Road may require drivers to anticipate and plan for an additional hour in worst-case scenarios.

Schofield/Wheeler Gate Hours — New hours of operation are currently in effect as follows:
•Kawamura Gate, Wheeler Army Airfield, 5 a.m.-9:30 p.m., seven days a week.
•Foote Gate, Schofield Barracks, 5 a.m.-9:30 a.m., seven days a week.
•Lyman Gate, SB, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
•Kunia Gate, WAAF, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For details, call U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Emergency Services at (808) 656-6750.

Voting Assistance Program — The federal voting assistance web portal provides assistance with the absentee ballot process at Call FVAO at 703-588-1584, or toll free at (800) 438-1584. Email the program at The Installation Voting Assistance office is located at the Schofield Barracks Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 750, 673 Ayers Ave., Room 103, or email, or call (808) 655-7182.

Flu Vaccinations — Tricare beneficiaries can start receiving their flu vaccine at military medical treatment facilities, Sept. 21. Vaccines will be available at post exchanges throughout October and at local schools in October and November. For a complete listing of clinic operating hours or scheduled vaccinations at post exchanges, visit

27 / Thursday
Suicide Prevention Stand Down — Required training is scheduled at Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks Sept. 27, per Armywide policy. For Fort Shafter, email Maj. Cruder at or call (808) 438-5812. For Schofield Barracks, attend the “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” presentation at Sgt. Smith Theater at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Health Promotion Fair — Coinciding with the Suicide Prevention Stand Down, a Health Promotion Fair will be held 9:30 a.m-3 p.m., Sept. 27, at the Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center.
At 2:30 p.m., local expert Pua Kaninau-Santos (a recipient of the Suicide Prevention Action Network, or SPAN, USA Sandy Martin Grassroots Award and a national winner of the “Influencing State Policy” award) will provide a presentation. Topics include the family aspects of suicide. Spouses are invited.

29 / Saturday
National Take Back Initiative — Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe, anonymous disposal, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 29, at the Schofield Exchange, near the Flower Shop.
Other NTBI locations include the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange main lobby, Mililani Town Center’s bandstand area and Hawaii State Capitol’s South King Street side.

30 / Sunday
Gold Star Mother’s Day — Gold Star mothers and family members will present a Lei of Honor and Remembrance ceremony at the base of the Lady Columbia statue, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 30, at Punchbowl cemetery as part of the national Gold Star Mother’s Day observance. A blessing ceremony and words of remembrance will be provided. The public is invited. Call (808) 438-9285.

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