News Briefs: Valentine’s Day 2014

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

News Briefs

Today

Gym Shorts — The Schofield Health and Fitness Center will be closed until Tuesday. Gym patrons are directed to Martinez Physical Fitness Center. Call 655-8006/4804.

Taxes — The Schofield Barracks Tax Center will be open, by appointment only, to all active duty service members, retirees and their dependents at Trailer #1, Grimes Street, Schofield Barracks — across from the Soldier and Family Assistance Center and Hamilton Field.

Some personnel are not able to use the Tax Center; visit “Tax Center,” and then “Tax Assistance Services Not Provided” at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/legal to find out if you qualify for assistance and to find out what forms to bring to your appointment. Call 655-1040 for more details.

Cyber Alert! — U.S. Army Cyber Command warns Government Travel Charge Card holders that CitiBank, the card issuer, reports some cardholders received text messages from 19014140142@VTEXT.COM informing them of suspension of the card unless certain information is verified (such as full account number, CVV, last four of SSN and four-digit PIN).

These messages do not originate with CitiBank and users should not respond. Citi notifies cardholders of account suspensions via mailed hardcopy letters and not via text messages. The text message is phishing. Do not respond to it.

Canadian Fake-On — The program manager for Army Travel Cards advises of two instances when individuals received an email stating they were booked on Air Canada for flights to Quebec. If a cardholder receives an email of this type, call Citi customer service and report the transaction.

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 www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/sustainability/CleanWater.aspx or call 656-3105/3317.

19 / Thursday

Earth Day Posters — This date is the last chance to place orders for Army Earth Day posters printed on recycled and recyclable paper for 2014 events. Also, U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) 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 USARMY.JBSA.AEC.MBX@mail.mil. 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.

25 / Tuesday

Retirement — The Schofield Barracks Army Benefits Center-Civilian will host CSRS/FERS retirement briefings by Defense Connect on Line. Visit www.abc.army.mil/ for more info. Note, benefit forms effective Dec. 30 or later will not be in your eOPF. To print a copy of your benefit form, click on EBIS link www.ebis.army.mil/login.aspx and select the Transactions and History buttons.

 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.

Ongoing

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.

ID Closure Reminder — The Fort Shafter Composite Team, ID Cards Section, has closed and operations have been moved 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.

To request agents cards, call 655-8840 for an appointment. 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.

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.)

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 www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2517

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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