News Briefs: January 23, 2015

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Today

DTS GTC — The new “Chip and PIN” technology government travel charge card is here. Chip and PIN cards contain a microprocessor that requires the cardholder authenticate via a four-digit number at point of sale.

As of this month, only the new cards will be issued; if your card expires between February and December, a new one will be issued 30 days before then, otherwise the dates for issuing new cards varies based on account use, expiration dates past 2015, etc.

Initially, the new cards will work on the old magnetic strip until cardholders complete their first “chip” transaction at a staffed, chip-enabled point of sale. Visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/govtravelcard.cp.cfm for helpful links about the new technology and setting up your card.

 

26 / Monday

CIE — The Community Information Exchange meeting, open to U.S. Army Hawaii Soldiers and spouses, begins at 9 a.m. at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks. The CIE informs participants about installation and community matters.

Garrison directorates and key service providers will provide details of upcoming events for 30-60-90 days and the senior commander will host an open forum and Q&A session.

 

H20 — The Clean Water Program needs your input. Please comment on the 2014 Storm Water Annual Report and participate in the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Program to improve water quality.

Public comment period is from Jan. 26-Feb. 13, 2015. Access the Plan at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/sustainability/CleanWater.aspx.

 

27 / Tuesday

Listening Sessions — The Army will be conducting two Community Listening Sessions regarding proposed Army personnel reductions. The public is invited to hear from Army leaders on the proposed reductions and to provide input on how a reduction of up to 50,000 Army personnel and family members in Hawaii could affect them.

Both sessions will be hosted by Department of the Army leaders from Washington, D.C., and Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander, U.S. Army Hawaii.

•Jan. 27 —Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki. Event parking at Hale Koa Hotel is $5 with validation.

•Jan. 28 —Leilehua High School. Free parking available.

Both listening sessions will be from 6:30-9 p.m.

No stationing decisions have been made, yet; however, Army leadership anticipates an overall reduction of Soldiers will impact most every Army post nationwide.

More information is at U.S. Army-Hawaii Public Affairs, 656-3158/3159/3160

 

30 / Friday

Incoming SMA — Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, selected to become the 15th sergeant major of the Army, will succeed Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, Jan. 30, in Washington, D.C.

At age 42, Dailey will be the youngest Soldier to serve as sergeant major of the Army.

 

February

 

2 / Monday

Groundhogs and Keiki — A Junior Achievement job shadow pilot program for middle school students on Oahu takes place on Groundhog Day.

An employee of a local organization will partner with a student who will shadow that employee throughout the day and receive hands-on mentoring.

The student will have the opportunity to learn about the position and the company, as well as receive valuable educational and career development advice.

Past participating organizations have included those within the health care, hospitality, financial, technology and government sectors. Visit jahawaii.com.

 

25 / Wednesday

SS Benefits Training — Register for a class in Social Security Benefits. Topics to be covered by a Public Affairs specialist from the Social Security Administration follow:

•When to start receiving retirement benefits.

•Your retirement benefit: How it is figured.

•Family benefits.

•How work affects benefits.

•Ways to maximize your Social Security benefits.

•The importance of keeping your earnings record.

•Accuracy.

•Using the statement to plan your financial future.

Class dates follow:

•Feb. 25 at noon and 2 p.m.

Army Community Service.

2091 Kolekole Avenue, Schofield Barracks.

Call 655-4227.

•Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Army Community Service.

Aloha Center, Building S-330, Room 111, Fort Shafter.

Call 438-4227.

Register at www.himwr.com/special-events/family-and-mwr-calendar.

 

27 / Friday

AER Kickoff — Army Community Service begins the 2015 Army Emergency Relief Campaign in Hawaii at Schofield’s Nehelani, 3:30 p.m. The 2015 campaign runs March 1-May 15. Watch this space for updates.

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