News Briefs: May 9, 2014

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News Briefs


Asia-Pacific — During May, the Defense Department takes time to recognize and honor the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, past and present, through their military service in defense of our nation. Learn more in this special report:

Mental Health — As the Army observes National Mental Health Month in May, Army Medicine is committed to ensuring all Soldiers, families and retirees receive the best mental health care possible. To that end, it champions removing the stigma associated with seeking mental care. View the public service announcement at

Pedal Power — Did you know Mayor Kirk Caldwell proclaimed May 2014 to be Bike Month in the City & County of Honolulu? Bicycling is a major priority for Oahu, with a proposed $1.4 million in the upcoming budget to improve biking infrastructure.

The city’s first Fixit stand, which has an air pump, bike stand, and several tools for bike maintenance and minor repairs, was recently installed at the mauka entrance of the Fasi Municipal Building.

Honolulu is embracing bicycling like never before, and it’s just the beginning. Honolulu’s new bike infrastructure will help accommodate the 1,700 bikes that will be available for use at 180 bike-share stations in urban Honolulu by late 2015.

A complete list of Bike Month activities can be found at

10 / Saturday

Scheduled Outage — At 6 p.m., local time (midnight Eastern Time), the “My Account” section of the Thrift Savings Program website will be down for scheduled maintenance. During this time, TSP participants will not be able to access their accounts. This maintenance is expected to last approximately seven hours, and access will be restored as soon as possible.

13 / Tuesday

CoC — Col. Richard A. Fromm II will take command of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii from Col. Daniel W. Whitney during a change of command ceremony, 10 a.m., on Schofield’s Weyand Field.

14 / Wednesday

SIA — The next Sisters In Arms event takes place 6:30-8 a.m. on Schofield’s Weyand Field. Visit

15 / Thursday

Days of Heritage — Join the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, 6:15 a.m., and again Friday, on Schofield’s Watts Field, for the first of two days celebrating Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Bronco style. PT gear, unit shirts and civilians welcome. The guest speaker, May 16, will be William H. Castro, executive officer, Combat Infantryman’s Association. Call 655-0889.

Signaleer’s Luncheon — Join guest speaker Maj. Gen. James T. Walton, commander, 311th Signal Command, for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association buffet luncheon. Check-in time is 11 a.m. Call 441-8524/8565 to register.

Virtual AAR — U.S. Army Human Resources Command and Brig. Gen. David MacEwen, the 59th Adjutant General of the Army, conduct a virtual town hall after-action review on the rollout of the new Officer Evaluation Report, 5-6 a.m., local time, using the HRC Facebook page at

HRC desires feedback from the field on the integration of the new OER and asks all officers and warrants to take a vested interest. In addition, all enlisted and civilian members of the G-1/S-1 community who have a question or concern are encouraged to sign in, participate and spread the word on the Virtual Town Hall. Learn more at

20 / Tuesday

Get Smart — The Schofield Barracks Education Center in Yano Hall, Bldg. 560, hosts an Education Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The following colleges will be represented:

On post:

• Central Michigan University,

• Central Texas College,

• Chaminade University,

• Embry Riddle Aeronautical University,

• Hawaii Pacific University, and

• Wayland Baptist University.

Visiting Colleges:

• American Military University,

• Coastline Community College,

• Columbia College,

• Excelsior College,

• Heald College,

• Thomas Edison State College,

• University of Oklahoma, and

• University of Phoenix.


23 / Friday

Exercise! — The Schofield Barracks Health Clinic staff trains each year to ensure teamwork and professionalism in the event it needs to respond to an emergency situation. During the morning, the clinic will hold an antiterrorism exercise. Clinic staff may be seen evacuating the area. There is no danger to the community or any need to report this exercise to law enforcement.

28 / Wednesday

Green to Gold — The University of Hawaii’s ROTC department conducts its Green-to-Gold presentations monthly at the Schofield Barracks and Tripler Army education centers. Presentations are conducted monthly on the last Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Schofield and the last Thursday at Tripler. Call 956-7766/7744.

For info on benefits and eligibility requirements, visit

30 / Sunday

Engineering an Observance — The 130th Engineer Brigade invites all to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Fort Shafter Exchange. Entertainment, education and food sampling will be provided. Call 655-4545.


13 / Friday

Army Birthday — Join the 239th Army Birthday Commemoration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. The party begins at 5 p.m. with the cocktail hour. This year’s theme is “America’s Army: Our Profession.” For ticket information, contact your unit representative or Kole Miller at 438-9761.

Check out other Pacific Theater Army Week activities at!/pages/Pacific-ArmyWeek/109800352559321?fref=ts .


14 / Monday

Safety Signup — U.S. Army Medical Command will conduct a Safety and Health Management System Course, July 14-16, at Schofield’s Bldg. 3004, 1554 Lyman Rd. This training provides an overview of MEDCOM’s implementation of a safety management system (SMS) based on OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program criteria. It includes information that will be necessary to understand within the Army as the Army begins deployment of its Safety and Health Management System in October.

The course will provide information on the successes and opportunities for improvement that MEDCOM faced as it implemented an SMS corporately. Some of the classes include trend analysis, OSHA recordkeeping and SMS criteria. Additional/collateral duty safety officers are invited to attend. Class size is limited! Call 655-4243/4245.

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