News Briefs: January 31, 2014

| January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment
News Briefs

News Briefs

31 / Friday

ID Section Closure — The Fort Shafter Composite Team, ID Cards Section, closes today. Operations will move to ID Cards Section, Bldg. 750, Rm. 103, 673 Ayres Ave., Schofield Barracks. All customers requiring ID cards can make an appointment at https://rapidsappointments.dmdc.osd.mil/appointment; call 655-8840 for appointments. ID card customers can also seek available services with other facilities/installations on the website.

Legally Closed — Due to manpower shortages and the existing availability of legal assistance resources at Schofield Barracks, walk-in legal assistance services will no longer be provided in a centralized office on Fort Shafter. Clients who need notary and power of attorney services should continue to go to their individual unit legal offices for assistance. Clients who need to schedule an appointment to speak with an attorney or for other services, such as wills, should visit the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Legal Assistance Office at 237 Aleshire Rd., Bldg. 2037, Schofield Barracks.

1099-R — IRS Forms 1099-R, Distribution from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc., are now available online at the Thrift Savings Program under “My Account” and will be mailed by Jan. 31 to participants who received a withdrawal up to Dec. 26, 2013, and/or a taxable distribution of a loan up to Dec. 31, 2013. (Taxable distributions declared on Dec. 27, 30 and 31 are taxable income for 2013.)

Earth Day Posters — It’s time to place your Army Earth Day poster order. They must be placed by Feb. 19 to receive posters, printed on recycled and recyclable paper for 2014 events. Also, U.S. Army Environmental Command seeks high-quality, high-resolution photos that illustrate the Army’s commitment to protecting the environment while meeting its mission objectives. Operational photos showing Soldiers and the beautiful natural landscapes on installations and actual environmental program successes will be used on a variety of information products on the USAEC website. Submit photos or orders to US ARMY.JBSA.AEC.MBX@mail.mil. Orders received after the cutoff date can’t be filled.

2014 Mortgage Protections — It’s no secret that the housing crisis in recent years has been particularly hard on military families. Service members and their spouses at installations around the country (and even abroad) have cited problems with mortgages as some of their most serious financial challenges. But now, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has written new mortgage rules that can help. Learn about options for helping service members with a troubled mortgage by watching the Military Educator Forum on the subject, finding a HUD-approved housing counselor or calling 888-995-HOPE (4673). Ask CFPB for answers to your mortgage-related questions or visit www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/servicemembers-you-have-new-mortgage-protections-in-2014/.

February

3 / Monday

Jr. Enlisted Taxes — The Schofield Tax Center will open for single junior enlisteds (E-1 to E-4) on a walk-in basis only and begin fielding appointment phone calls at 655-1040. Tax preparation will be open to all service members, retirees and family members by appointment only. The center is in a new 2014 location: Trailer #1, across the street from the Soldier Support Center (Bldg. 750).

 11 / Tuesday

AFCEA Luncheon — The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association hosts a lunch, 11 a.m., at Fort Shafter’s Hale Ikena. The guest speaker will be MG Darryl Wong, Adjutant General, State of Hawaii, National Guard. The subject will be an update on the Hawaii National Guard and Homeland Security. To register, visit www.afcea-hawaii.org or call 441-8565/8524.

 14 / Friday

Final Word — The Clean Water Program needs your comments on the 2013 draft Storm Water Management Plan and asks you to participate in U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s program to improve water quality. The public comment period ends Feb. 14. Visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/sustainability/CleanWater.aspx or call 656-3105/3317.

 Ongoing

Paperless LES — The Secretary of Defense mandated the elimination of paper Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) for all DOD employees. If an employee needs to continue receiving a paper LES, a completed “Request for Waiver of Electronic Distribution of Leave and Earnings Statement” form must be submitted. Submit the form for processing to the ESS Civ Pay Customer Service mailbox at esscivpaycustomerservice @dfas.mil. Call the U.S. Army Financial Management Command at (407) 646-4442.

Moving Soon? — To make moving easier for you, the Department of Defense U.S. Transportation Command and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command strongly suggest you begin your move via the Defense Personal Property System (DPS). Visit www.move.mil.

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  1. Paul Davidson says:

    Great article. Thanks for the info, you made it easy to understand. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a form 1099-R, I found a blank form here http://goo.gl/r4vBwn. This site PDFfiller also has some tutorials on how to fill it out and a few related tax forms that you might find useful.

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