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| December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

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CPAC Closure — The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will be closed 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Dec. 7, for its annual Christmas party. For emergencies, call 557-6341.

10 / Monday

FEHB Election — The open season for Federal Employee Health Benefits (insurance) ends Dec. 10. Employees should complete form SF-2809 at the Army Benefits Center, via its integrated voice response system or online through Employee Benefits Information System. Visit
Employees should not wait until the last days of open season, as these days are the busiest and customers may experience long wait times via telephone and/or slow access to EBIS.

11 / Tuesday

CID Recruitment — The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, is seeking qualified, high-caliber Soldiers for CID special agents. Recruiting briefings are at 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays, at the Hawaii CID Office, Bldg. 3026, Schofield Barracks. Visit or call 655-1989.


VRAP — The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program’s goal is to train a total of 99,000 veterans during the next two years. The FY 2013 application approval process is currently underway.
VRAP allows qualifying veterans to receive up to 12 months of education assistance equal to the current full-time Montgomery GI Bill, at an active duty rate of $1,546 per month.
The program of study must lead to an associate’s degree, a non-college degree or a certificate for a high-demand occupation as defined by the Dept. of Labor.
Potential applicants can learn more about VRAP and apply online at, or call the VA toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.

DPW Hours Change — As of Dec. 1, the Directorate of Public Works service order desk hours of operation are weekdays from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular service requests will be processed during these hours and are available by phone at 656-1275 or through customer walk-ins at 947 Wright Ave, Wheeler Army Airfield, Bldg. 104, 1st floor.
After-hours operations are weekdays from 5-6 p.m., to include weekends and holidays. Only emergency calls will be processed after hours and will continue to be redirected to the garrison’s Installation Operations Center.

Barracks Survey — The First Sergeants Barracks Program 2020 is a partnership between garrison and brigade-level units to achieve efficient and quality property management in housing for unaccompanied Soldiers. Currently, a USAG-HI Unaccompanied Housing Resident Survey seeks essential customer feedback to identify and communicate issues and inefficiencies in Soldier barracks.
All barracks residents are encouraged to complete and submit this simple survey within 30 days of occupancy at

Veteran and Small Business Forum — The general admission fee is $150 for this forum, which includes breakfast, lunch, general admission and access to exhibits, as well as morning and afternoon keynote speakers.
The event will be held at the Hale Koa Hotel. Fee for general admission with access only to workshop sessions is $75.
Those interested in attending can register online via the Hawaii Procurement Technical Assistance Center at, or call Erin Kanehira at 596-8990, ext. 1008. Deadline to register is March 21, 2013.

Dealing With Stress — Visit the Employee Assistance Program office, Bldg. 2091, Schofield Barracks, for help and ideas on dealing with stress or other issues affecting job performance. Call 655-6047/6046.

Mystery Customer Program — USAG-HI is looking for volunteers to participate in a new program aimed at evaluating customer service in its facilities. The program helps the garrison provide world-class customer service. Call 655-9026.

Suicide Prevention — The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24-hour crisis intervention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call (800) 273-TALK (8255) or visit

Army Substance Abuse Program Survey — The Inspector General for Installation Management Command-Pacific is seeking anyone who has sought ASAP services to complete a short, confidential survey.
Information from the survey will be helpful in understanding better ways to service Soldiers, civilians and family members. Visit

PCS Survey and Training — All Soldiers and civilians making a permanent change of station move from all Hawaii units must complete an online out-processing Sponsorship Survey ( and electronic Sponsorship Application Training, or eSAT, ( prior to receiving installation clearing papers.
The Military Personnel Division at the Directorate of Human Resources will add the out-processing Sponsorship Survey and eSAT to the installation’s out-processing clearance checklist. For more details, call 655-1272/8276.

Counseling Sessions — Military OneSource offers nonmedical behavioral health counseling sessions for service members and their families. These counseling sessions provide face-to-face counseling through affiliate providers; short-term, solution-focused telephonic consultations; and online consultations.

Personal Relationship Worries — Tripler Army Medical Center’s marriage and family therapists, as well as licensed clinical social workers, provide individuals, couples and family counseling.
TAMC can help with communication, conflict resolution, parenting and deployment issues. No referrals are required. Call 433-6606.

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