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| April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments


26 / Friday

Military Spouse Career Forum — U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and the Army Community Service’s Employment Readiness Program sponsor a Military Spouse Career Forum and Career Fair, hosted by local TV personality Bernadette Baraquio of “Living Local,” 11: 30 a.m.-2 p.m., April 26, at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks. Call (808) 655-4788.

POW/MIA Arrival Ceremony — The U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command hosts an Arrival Ceremony at 9 a.m. in Hangar 19, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to honor fallen U.S. service members whose identities remain unknown.

An honor detail comprised of joint military members will escort three flag-draped transfer cases from a U.S. military plane to JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory for analyses.

The remains receiving full military honors represent losses associated with World War II and the Vietnam War and are from recent JPAC recovery activities in Saipan, Vietnam and Laos.

Call (808) 448-1938.

27 / Saturday

National Prescription Take-Back Initiative — Unused or expired medication can be dangerous, especially in homes with young children. Turn them in for safe, disposal, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 27, at the Exchange, Schofield Barracks.

Call (808) 541-1930 for other locations.

29 / Monday

Funston Road Closure — Outbound lanes of Funston Road near Buckner Gate, Fort Shafter, will be closed at various times until May 6. One inbound lane will remain open at all times. Expect delays.

Alternatively, use Patch or Patton gates. For up-to-date info, call (808) 835-4229 or visit https://www.facebookcom/usaghawaii.


10 / Friday

60th Korean War Commemoration — Veterans of the Korean War will be recognized at an American Legion ceremony, 11 a.m., Saturday, May 25, at the Oahu Veterans Center, 1298 Kukila Street, Foster Village. However, attending veterans are asked to provide their contact information and T-shirt sizes for shirts and certificates by May 10.

The ceremony takes place Memorial Day weekend in conjunction with the Department of Defense’s 60th Korean War anniversary commemoration activities. Call (808) 682-1949.

13 / Monday

Wisser/7th Road Closure — From 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Wisser Road and 7th Street, Fort Shafter, will be closed. Watch for detour signs and flagmen directing traffic. Call (808) 835-4477.

31 / Friday

DKO Ends — Defense Knowledge Online reaches the end of its life. June 1, DKO account holders won’t have access. Users must download data before May 31; any remaining data will be deleted. To transfer data, go to


Santos Dumont Closure — Portions of Santos Dumont, between Lauhala and Warhawk Field roads and Lilienthal Road, will be fully closed, 24/7, April 25-May 3.

Call (808) 656-2420 or (808) 864-7014.

Hewitt Road Closure — Portions of Hewitt Road, between Trimble and Lyman roads, will be fully closed for road reconstruction. Schedule is subject to change:

•Between Waianae Uka and Lyman Road, closed April 22-May 6 and 9.

•Between Trimble Road and Waianae Uka, May 7-8.

There will no parking along the westbound lane of Waianae Uka, between Floyd and Carpenter streets, April 22-May 9. Call (808) 656-2532.

Lyman Road Closures — The Maili motor pool parking lot will be closed, through April 30.

Menoher Road Parking Lot Closure — Portions of the parking lot along Menoher Road, between Montague Street and Capron Avenue, will be partially closed, through May 7. Call (808) 655-4938.

Walker Bridge Replacement — The following traffic-pattern changes will be in effect through Oct. 30:

•Walker Drive will be closed from Bldg. 223;

•Walker Bridge will be fully closed;

•One-way traffic pattern on Walker Drive, from Ponciano Drive to Bonney Loop;

•All entry/access to Fort Shafter Elementary School will be through Ponciano Drive only, via Funston Road; and

•Pedestrians and vehicles will not be able to cross over stream.

Shafter Elementary parents will no longer be able to use the parking lot at the Environmental Building. Instead, they may park on the left side of Walker Drive, going up the hill.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and follow detour signs to adjacent roads. Use caution, especially around children, and observe all signs, traffic control personnel and devices.

Call (808) 835-4242 or (808) 835-4243.

Tuition Assistance — The GoArmyEd online portal has been turned back on as of April 9, allowing Soldiers to request Tuition Assistance (TA) for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.

Eligibility for TA and annual caps ($4,500 per year, and $250 per semester hour) remain unchanged.


Family Engagement Kit — The Family Engagement Kit is an awareness tool designed by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center to involve Army families in Soldier safety. The kit is available online and includes an interactive two-part safety presentation, informational posters and handouts, videos, interviews with Army spouses, a train-the-trainer module and a listing of helpful family and behavioral health resources, all targeted to on- and off-duty safety hazards.


VetNet — Veterans and military spouses can search for thousands of job opportunities, either by industry or geographic region, with VetNet, a technology-based effort to help veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Visit

Testing — The Schofield Army Education Center offers free College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) every Tuesday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Education Center, Bldg. 560, Rm. 214.

Testers must arrive two hours before closing time to provide ample time to complete tests. Study guides are available at the Learning Resource Center, Rm. 203.


Financial Planning Classes — Army Community Service’s Financial Readiness Program offers financial planning classes in areas such as money management, credit, car and home buying, investing, TSP and retirement, identity theft, financial planning for deployment, money and divorce, understanding insurance and financial scams.

Classes are offered at ACS Schofield Barracks, Bldg. 2091, or schedule a class for your unit.

Call (808) 655-1708.

Financial Counseling — Army Community Service’s Financial Readiness Program provides one-on-one counseling to Soldiers and family members. Topics include credit repair, consumer affairs and complaints, budget/spending plan, identity theft, car and home buying, investing, insurance, TSP and retirement. Call (808) 655-4227.

Stress Help — Call the Employee Assistance Program Office, Bldg. 2091, Schofield Barracks, for help and ideas for dealing with stress or any other issues affecting job performance.

Contact EAP specialist Cathy Heflin, (808) 655-6047, or EAP coordinator Kathy Marugaki, (808) 655-6046.

Family Counseling — Marriage and family therapists and licensed clinical social workers with Tripler Army Medical Center’s Social Work Department provide individual, couples and family counseling, as well as referrals to other services, as needed, for military personnel and family members dealing with communication, conflict resolution, parenting and deployment issues. No referrals are required.

Call the TAMC Social Work Outpatient Services Clinic at (808) 433-6606.

The Schofield Barracks Health Clinic offers similar services through its Soldier and Family Assistance Center.

Computer Literacy Training — Operation Life Transformed offers free scholarships for computer literacy courses to all active duty military, military spouses, war-wounded caregivers and transitioning veterans, including National Guard and Reserves.

Visit to learn more or to apply.

For further information on the program, contact the Military One Source website,, or call 1-800-342-9647.

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