News Briefs: June 20, 2014

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News Briefs



Best Ranger — The Pentagon Channel airs the Army’s 2014 Best Ranger competition today. The program will air on the Pentagon Channel and will simultaneously stream on the channel’s website. Airtimes are 7 and 11 p.m., 3 a.m., 7 and 11 a.m., and 3 p.m., Hawaii Time. (Eastern Daylight Times for 1, 5 and 9 a.m. and 1, 5 and 9 p.m.)

The program chronicles a three-day period stretching into nearly 60 hours of competition.


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


VA Updates — On Tuesday, a commission met in Washington to assess a series of candidates to serve as the next Under Secretary for Health for the Veterans Health Administration.

“This is one of the most important jobs in government today,” said acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson. “This is the largest integrated health care system in the country. We need a leader who will be a change agent and deliver necessary reforms to provide our veterans timely access to the world-class health care they’ve earned and deserve. The expert panel we’ve assembled to recommend our new health chief understands the urgency and the seriousness of the task ahead, and I’m grateful for their efforts.”

  • Wednesday, Gibson directed all VA medical center and health care system directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within their jurisdiction. Site inspections will include observing daily scheduling processes and interacting with scheduling staff to ensure all policies are being followed to deliver veterans the timely care they have earned.

“Our top priority is getting veterans off of wait lists and into clinics,” said Gibson.

This action follows the VA’s release of results from its nationwide Access Audit, along with facility-level patient access data.

•Also on Wednesday, the VA Office of Public Health launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry website. This is the first web-based registry developed by VA that will allow participants to enroll by completing an online questionnaire without requiring a visit to a medical center. The system has been operational since April 25.

Registry website

To register, visit AHBurnPitRegistry/.

For the latest VA news and updated fact sheets, subscribe at


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 125th Financial Management Support Unit, 45th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, will be closed to participate in an Organization Day; 125th Financial will reopen Monday, June 30.


28 / Saturday

School Physicals — Tripler Family Medicine Clinic is pleased to offer Saturday school and sports physicals and immunization clinics, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 28, July 19 & 26. Walk-ins are accepted until noon.

Beat the rush and avoid the lines by taking advantage of Saturday clinics. Open to Tripler Family Medicine Clinic enrollees ages 4-18 years only. Bring military ID and immunization records. Call 433-2778 to schedule an appointment.




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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