News Briefs: June 13, 2014

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News Briefs


Army Birthday — Tonight is the 239th Army Birthday Commemoration, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Contact your unit representative or call 438-9761.


Service Members with Student Loans — Monday, the president signed an executive order that will automatically apply a 6 percent interest rate cap to eligible federal student loan borrowers under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, without the need for additional paperwork. The executive order extends this relief to all federal student loan borrowers, not just those with loans serviced by Sallie Mae.

If you’re a service member with a federal student loan taken out before you entered the military, you’re no longer required to ask your student loan servicer to send in your orders for an interest rate reduction. Your interest rate reduction will be applied automatically. Visit and


VA Quality Data — Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs released the results from its nationwide access audit, along with facility level patient access data, medical center quality and efficiency data, and mental health provider survey data, for all veterans’ health facilities.

“Today, we’re providing the details to offer transparency into the scale of our challenges, and of our system itself. I’ll repeat, this data shows the extent of the systemic problems we face, problems that demand immediate actions,” said Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson. “As of today, VA has contacted 50,000 veterans across the country to get them off of wait lists and into clinics. Veterans deserve to have full faith in their VA, and they will keep hearing from us until all our veterans receive the care they’ve earned.”

Read the complete news release at, or visit here:

•For national audit and patient access data, visit

•For medical center quality and efficiency (SAIL) and mental health data, visit


Customer Voices — Take part in a community survey to share perceptions of how garrison services are performing and how important those services are to organizational mission accomplishment and for individual needs.

This customer feedback will help the garrison answer whether its efforts to deliver high quality services are making a difference and meeting its customers’ expectations. Visit


CFPB Inquiry — Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it is launching an inquiry into the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of mobile financial services. As part of the inquiry, the Bureau is exploring how mobile technologies are impacting unbanked and underserved consumers with limited access to traditional banking systems.

For a request for information, visit

The CFPB is also publishing consumer tips today on how consumers can better protect themselves when using their mobile devices for financial transactions. Visit


17 / Tuesday

DeRussy — The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, Fort DeRussy, reopens. The museum is free of charge and open to the public. Call 428-2825.


21 / Saturday

Flag Retirement — Retire tattered, torn and faded U.S. flags in a respectful manner at the American Flag Ceremony, 10 a.m., by the bleachers next to the 25th Infantry Division headquarters. The ceremony is a collaboration of the Boy Scouts, Federal Fire, Directorate of Emergency Services, garrison residents and the Sgt. Audie Murphy Association.


27 / Friday

Finance Closed The Finance Office will be closed in order to participate in the 45th Special Troops Battalion’s Organization Day; it reopens June 30.




4 / Friday

Closed Gym — The Schofield Barracks Health and Fitness Center will be closed July 4-5 for maintenance and will reopen, 6 a.m., July 7. Martinez Physical Fitness Center will be open on both days.


14 / Monday

Safety Signup — U.S. Army Medical Command conducts a three-day Safety and Health Management System Course 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 also provide information on the successes and opportunities for improvement that MEDCOM has faced as it’s 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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