News Briefs: Independence Day, 2014

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

News Briefs


Voter Registration — What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than ensuring your right to vote? The deadline to register to vote in Hawaii’s primary election is July 10; the primary election is Aug. 9. If you are registering to vote, your application must be postmarked to the city or county clerk where you reside by Thursday. Visit

 Social Media — Did you know the garrison maintains online calendars of upcoming events on post, including information on road closures and scheduled outages for electricity and water? Subscribe to these calendars and receive alerts about new listings through daily emails or RSS feeds. You can also add specific events to your electronic calendars (Yahoo, Google, Apple and Outlook) or receive reminders via text or email.

To learn more, visit these sites: or


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.


Chairman Visit — Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, paid a visit, Monday, to the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in conjunction with RIMPAC. 


VA — June 30, President Obama announced his intention to nominate former Proctor & Gamble chief executive Robert A. McDonald to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. McDonald served five years in the Army.


9 / Wednesday

Town Hall —Join Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, for a virtual Town Hall 6:30-8:30 a.m., local time, on the Army Medicine Facebook page at, and visit



10 / Thursday

Exercise! — U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii will conduct a full-scale exercise, July10, on Schofield’s East Range, and Wheeler Army Airfield, July 11. The exercise will test first responders and the Emergency Operations Center in real-world emergency scenarios. The Wheeler and East Range communities can expect temporary road closures, emergency announcements on the mass notification systems and fire engines/ambulances on the roadways.


11 / Friday

More Exercise! — Tripler Army Medical Center is an active participant in RIMPAC 2014. Its participation will enable doctors, nurses and clinical support staff to train and practice in emergency response situations. From 8 a.m.-1 p.m., helicopters from Pearl Harbor will practice the transport of patients through the Moanalua Community Area between TAMC and Pearl Harbor. Temporary sound pressure levels from the helicopters traversing through the Moanalua flight patterns and/or pathways may occur more frequent during this time period. Call (808) 433-2809.


Happy Anniversary — Chaplains, their assistants, chapel attendees and leaders are invited to celebrate the 239th anniversary of the Chaplain Corps, a day of physical fitness, food and fellowship at Bellows Air Force Base Pavilion. Call (808) 656-0288.


14 / Monday

Safety is No Accident — U.S. Army Medical Command conducts a three-day Safety and Health Management System Course at Schofield’s Bldg. 3004, 1554 Lyman Road. Additional/collateral duty safety officers are invited to attend. Class size is limited. Call (808) 655-4243/4245.


17 / Thursday

Business Forum — The Minority Business Development Agency Business Center Honolulu, will host its 12th Annual Hawaii Small Business Forum, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Honolulu Country Club. The event will include presentations on contracting opportunities with various federal agencies and departments, the status of the military build-up on Guam, updates on rules and regulation from the U.S. Small Business Administration, registering to do business with the federal government, and a small business panel.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to sign up for business matchmaking appointments with government agencies, as well as large and small businesses. Visit to register.


23 / Wednesday

TA Changes — Today is the deadline for schools to sign the new Department of Defense memorandum of understanding. Without a signature, students will be suspended from GoArmyEd, July 24.

Also, schools must be approved for Veterans Affairs funding and certified to participate in federal students programs under Title IV of Public Law 89-329. Schools that are not Title IV certified and not currently approved for VA funding have 18 months (Nov. 23, 2015) to acquire approval and cannot accept new students while in the process of acquiring this certification. Call (808) 655-8008.



4 / Monday

Community Information Exchange —Garrison directors and key service providers give monthly information briefs on upcoming events of community interest, 10 a.m., Aug. 4, at the Nehelani, for Oahu North, and 10 a.m., Aug. 6, at Hale Ikena for Oahu South. This new forum replaces the monthly Spouse Information Meeting and is open to all who wish to attend.



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 through July 16.

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


ACS Survey — Take the Army Community Services’ Customer Needs Assessment Survey at or The survey’s open until Aug. 31 to gauge services for service members, families, retirees and civilians.


Service Members with Student Loans — A 6 percent interest rate cap to eligible federal student loan borrowers will automatically apply 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.

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Jet Set — TSA airport prescreening is available for DOD civilians. Pre✓™ is a voluntary, expedited security screening process offered at 100 domestic airports that allow participants to keep on their shoes, belt and light jacket, and to leave laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in their carry-on bags. The program is open at no cost to service members and is now for DOD civilians with a valid CAC.


Registry Website — The VA Office of Public Health has launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry website. This website 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.

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


ITR — Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Information, Ticketing and Registration office often has the best deals on entertainment and attractions. Visit or call (808) 655-9971 or (808) 438-1985.

Also, visit AKO’s “Slick Deals for Service Members” page for Armywide programs.


GAT Going — Civilian employees are encouraged to try ArmyFit, a voluntary, confidential, online, self-development platform. Visit

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