News Briefs

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Send announcements for Soldiers and civilian employees to news@ Unless otherwise indicated, all phone numbers are area code 808.

Send announcements for Soldiers and civilian employees to
Unless otherwise indicated, all phone numbers are area code 808.

26 / Saturday

Take-Back Day — Turn in unused or expired medication for safe, anonymous disposal on National Prescription Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The military community can dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs inside the Schofield Barracks Main Exchange, near the flower shop. Call 541-1930 or visit

31 / Thursday

CFC Ends — The Hawaii-Pacific Combined Federal Campaign ends Oct. 31. Make your pledges online or turn in your pledge form to your office CFC unit project officer. Some agencies received a Nov. 15 extension.


12 / Tuesday

Suicide Prevention — Dr. Michelle Linn-Gust will discuss understanding the language of suicide at Schofield Barracks’ Sgt. Smith Theater, and then Nov. 15 at Fort Shafter Flats, Building 1554, 9:30 a.m. She’ll address how language can harbor stigmatizing statements and attitudes detrimental to Soldiers seeking help. Open to all Soldiers and Army civilians. Call 438-4173 or visit

26 / Tuesday

Holiday Mail — USPS advises that today is the first deadline of the 2013 holiday season to ensure Space Available Mail (SAM) parcels sent to APO/FPO addresses arrive by Dec. 25.
SAM parcels are paid at Standard Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.
For more information and mailing deadlines visit


OxyElite Warning — The FDA, CDC and the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), are investigating a growing number of reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii. Hawaii DOH has reported that 24 of the 29 cases share a common link to a dietary supplement product labeled as OxyElite Pro.
This supplement is sold nation-wide through a wide range of distribution channels, including the Internet and retail stores that sell dietary supplements. Eleven of the 29 cases in Hawaii have been hospitalized, two received liver transplants and one person died. The company producing the product claims there are counterfeit versions of OxyElite Pro.
The FDA advises consumers to stop using any dietary supplement with a name of OxyElite Pro while the investigation continues. Symptoms of all types of hepatitis are similar and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay or gray-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes, and jaundice. Consumers who believe they have been harmed by using a dietary supplement should contact their health care practitioner.”

Green to Gold — Officer-potential Soldiers who are interested in earning a degree are encouraged to apply. Check the Green to Gold website for complete benefits, eligibility requirements and the appropriate applications at

CID — Are you interested in a career as a special agent with the Army Criminal
Investigation Command? If so, call 655-1989/0541. For more information and prerequisites, visit

WASHINGTON — Making sure those serving in the nation’s armed forces receive their presents and care packages in time for the holidays is a priority for friends and family members of military personnel serving around the world and for the U.S. Postal Service. Helping to get packages on their way, the Postal Service offers a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $14.85. The price includes a $2 per box discount for military mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office, Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.
In addition to a lower cost per package, customers can be assured that shipping with the Postal Service provides reliable, trusted and secure delivery to military personnel stationed anywhere in the world.
Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices, or can be ordered online at Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship.

War Memorial — Hawaii seeks input on the design and location of a newly planned memorial to give tangible and visible recognition of the sacrifices and contributions of veterans from Hawaii who served in the Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Global War on Terrorism, Homeland Defense and Operation Noble Eagle.
An online survey is posted at The survey will remain online until Nov. 1.
Visit or call 433-0423.

CA/MISO Recruiting — Interested in Special Forces (SF), Civil Affairs (CA) or Military Information Support Operations (MISO)? Attend unclassified briefings on the mission, make-up and requirements of the Army Special Operations Force (ARSOF) assessment and selection and qualification courses.
Information pertaining to stationing and areas of operations for each ARSOF entity will be provided. The primary focus of the brief is to identify qualified candidates to attend the assessment and selection course, enabling them to be successful during the qualification course.
All candidates currently processing for any future ARSOF course are also provided a Future Special Operations Soldier Training Program (FSSTP) with its physical training program.
CA/MISO briefs are 12 p.m., Tuesdays; SF briefs are noon and 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays. Call Special Operations Recruiting at 655-4397 or visit Building 690, Room 3G, Schofield Barracks.

Survey — Take the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii customer survey. Your feedback will help improve services provided on all of Army Hawaii’s installations.
Call 656-0880/0881, visit

Computer Literacy — Operation Life Transformed, a public charity, is offering free scholarships for computer literacy courses to all active duty military, military spouses, war-wounded caregivers and transitioning veterans, included National Guard and Reserves.
For more details or to apply for a scholarship, visit Fill out the applications forms and all other paperwork and forward to
For more information, visit or call 800-342-9647.

New DOD Virtual Curriculum — The JKO portal is DOD’s effort to put a redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP), now called TAP Goals, Planning and Success (GPS) into an environment where service members can access it whenever they need it from anywhere in the world.
JKO online TAP GPS virtual curriculum has launched at Transition preparation training is now in a military training platform. New TAP GPS curriculum offers 10 training modules for service members to attain required career readiness standards before they separate.
Soldiers should contact the ACAP Center at 655-1028. Other links are,, and


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