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News BriefsNews Briefs for Feb. 7, 2014


Scam Alert! — Individuals posing as cops are calling random state residents saying that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for failing to appear for jury duty. The sheriff’s office believes this scam is seeking financial payment from its intended victims under the guise that the warrant will be cleared once “bail” has been received. The earliest reported calls started Jan. 31 and were made by a male with a southern accent who identifies himself as “Lt. Andy Gore.” If you have any information, call the Department of Public Safety/Sheriff Division at 690-2213.

Jr. Enlisted Taxes — The Schofield Tax Center is open for single junior enlisted Soldiers, grades E-1 to E-4, on a walk-in basis only and is currently 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.) See related story, p. A-1.

Rerun Recruiters Requested — Former detailed recruiters can earn a $4,000 bonus if they reclassify (MOS 79R) and return to U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Candidates must be E-5/6, have less than 12 years time in service and currently be in an over strength or balanced MOS. Time of service as a 79R must be a minimum of 36 months. See your career counselor for more information.



College — The Department of Veterans Affairs just announced the launch of VA’s new GI Bill Comparison Tool. Now you can find information online about post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries. The new tool was developed with the assistance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Education. The GI Bill Comparison Tool provides key information about college affordability and brings together information from more than 17 different online sources and three federal agencies, including the number of students receiving VA education benefits at each school. Visit

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 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 today. Visit or call 656-3105/3317.

19 / Thursday

Copy of ED w Banner lg with 2014Earth Day Posters — Today is the last chance to place your Army Earth Day poster order, printed on recycled and recyclable paper for 2014 events. Also, Army Environmental Command seeks high-quality photos that illustrate the Army’s commitment to protecting the environment while meeting its mission objectives. Operational photos showing Soldiers, as well as 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 poster orders or photographs to Orders received after today’s cutoff date can’t be filled.

20 / Thursday


Social Security — Close to the finish line? Want to learn about social security and retirement? Seats are still available at Schofield’s Sgt. Smith Theater for the Social Security Administration benefits brief, 1-2:30 p.m. To RSVP, call 656-0201.

28 / Friday

PW Digest — The Apr-May-Jun 2014 “Environment and Sustainability” edition of the Public Works Digest is now soliciting for articles. This edition of the PW Digest offers an opportunity for you to write about your installation policies, programs and projects from the headquarters, region, installation or district viewpoint. Please note, articles are for the Public Works community and should be public works related. Deadline to submit an article for this issue is Feb. 28. All USACE submittals need to be reviewed by garrison Public Affairs; call Aiko Brum at 656-3155. If submitting more than one article, send each in a separate message.


ID Closure Reminder — The Fort Shafter Composite Team, ID Cards Section, has closed. 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; call 655-8840 for appointments. ID card customers can also seek available services with other facilities/installations on the website.

Shafter Legal Reminder — 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.

B3_taxforms20031099-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 were mailed 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.)

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


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