News Briefs: Nov. 7, 2014

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Army Medal of Honor, 1862. From US Army Institute of Heraldry.

Army Medal of Honor, 1862. From US Army Institute of Heraldry.

President presents MOH for Civil War heroism


Preserving the Union — During a Thursday ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, commander, Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac, for the Soldier’s conspicuous gallantry during combat operations near Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1863.


During Pickett’s Charge, Cushing’s battery took a severe pounding by Confederate artillery. As the Confederate forces advanced, he manned the only remaining and serviceable field piece in his battery.




During the advance, Cushing was wounded in theabdomen and the right shoulder. Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece, continuing to fire.

With the Confederate forces within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed. His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repel the assault.


Cushing’s cousins, Frederic Stevens Sater and Frederic Cushing Stevens III, attended the ceremony with their families.

Visit to learn more about Cushing’s selfless actions.

To learn more about what went into the presentation of Cushing’s MOH, watch



Military Families — Noting that the selflessness of military families “tells a story of unfailing duty and devotion,” President Barack Obama, Friday, signed a proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month. Visit for the full text of the presidential proclamation.






Magma — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is authorized by the president to make its public assistance program available to reimburse eligible emergency protective actions taken by the state, county and certain private nonprofits to save lives and protect public health and safety from the impact of the Kilauea Volcano eruption and Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō lava flow.


The public assistance process is underway for eligible actions taken before, during and after the disaster. Examples of eligible emergency protective measures include warning of risks and hazards, emergency repairs, shelters and emergency and mass care, and security forces in disaster area.

Eligible applicants include state and local governments, and certain PNPs that provide an essential governmental service.

All eligible applicants are reimbursed on a cost-share basis of usually 75 percent federal. The public assistance eligibility period for the Kilauea lava flow is Sept. 4 and ongoing. Additional public assistance categories may be added in the future.

FEMA is working with a host of other federal agencies, working under their own authority in response to the lava flow. They include the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highways, U.S. Department of Interior National Park Service, Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Geological Survey Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders, to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.



TSP for Soldiers, DACs — The Thrift Savings Plan is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees and members of the uniformed services, offering the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans.

Coverage includes these:

•Federal Employees’ Retirement System. The TSP is one part of a three-part retirement package that also includes your FERS basic annuity and Social Security.

•Civil Service Retirement System or as a member of the uniformed services. The TSP is a supplement to your CSRS annuity or military retired pay.

Visit or call 1-TSP-YOU-FRST (1-877-968-3778).


TRADOC YouTube — A civilian professional development discussion titled “The Future of the U.S. Army and the Civilian Corps,” that took place Tuesday, led by Gen. David G. Perkins, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, is now availablefor viewing at


Lightning Volunteers — The Tropic Lightning Museum, located on Schofield Barracks, is looking for volunteers who are available one or two days Tuesday-Friday and able to commit, on a reoccurring basis, three-six hours a week.


Volunteer projects vary and may include researching, scanning, data input and visitor services. Space is limited. Call the museum curator at 655-0438.


8 / Saturday


Park Fees — The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites, now through Tuesday, in honor of Veterans Day.

“We honor our veterans each Nov. 11 and every other day of the year,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that this time will serve as a way for our veterans and other visitors to find our national forests and grasslands as a year-round respite, a place where they can take time out for themselves.”

No fees are charged, at any time, on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free.

Check the Hawaiian forest or grassland sites at or on to see if your destination charges a fee.


13 / Thursday

TARP — Army Threat Awareness and Reporting Program training is offered, 9 a.m., at Kaiser Auditorium, Tripler Army Medical Center. Call 655-1306.


14 / Friday


Combined Federal Campaign — The solicitation period for CFC concludes in one week. Mahalo if you’ve already pledged, and if not, then please consider giving. Fill out your pledge card and return it to your unit CFC representative before close of business.

Alternately, visit Online contributions are easy and a Hawaii-specific charity list is available. If you’d prefer to pledge online, simply return your blank pledge card to your unit CFC representative and say, “I gave online.”

Regardless of your decision, pledge cards must be returned this day.


Directory Update — Today is the suspense to update your unit’s information for the 2015 Hawaii telephone directory. All unit telecommunications officers should provide their unit’s updated contact information to 30th Network Enterprise Center reps. Be sure to notify the 30th NEC if no changes are required. Call 656-8072/0492.


20 / Thursday


Public Comments — The Clean Water Program needs your input by close of business, today. Participate in U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s program to improve water quality. Visit




Mammograms — The U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks is now offering walk-in mammograms at its Radiology Clinic, Bldg. 685, first floor, 1-3 p.m., weekdays. Call 433-8355.

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  1. TSP Evolution says:

    The fact that the US Army allows its members to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan is a blessing. The TSP is the best retirement that exist today!

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