News Briefs: March 20, 2015

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News Briefs

News Briefs



Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Deadline — Federal and state disaster recovery officials hold a briefing for eligible applicants at 9 a.m. at the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency, 920 Ululani Street, Hilo. Call (808) 935-0031.

State, county and certain private, nonprofit organizations that suffered losses, such as debris removal and damage to infrastructure due to the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō lava flow, are encouraged to submit an application for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Public Assistance program no later than April 2, 2015.

For additional information or guidance on how to submit a completed application, email HI-EMA at


Aloha AKO — Remember that all AKO email access ends March 31. Users won’t be able to log into their accounts.

April 1-June 30, messages sent to AKO email addresses will be forwarded to the corresponding DOD Enterprise Email (DEE) address.

Starting July 1, all email sent to an AKO address will be returned to sender as undeliverable.

For instructions on configuring AKO Web mail for use with an external email client, visit

For problems with AKO mail or DEE, call 1-866-335-2769.


TSP and the Debt Limit — As of Monday, the U.S. Treasury was unable to fully invest the Government Securities Investment (G) Fund due to the statutory ceiling on the federal debt. However, G Fund investors remain fully protected, and G Fund earnings are fully guaranteed by the federal government.

This statutory guarantee has effectively protected G Fund investors many times over the past 25 years. G Fund account balances will continue to accrue earnings and will be updated each business day, and loans and withdrawals will be unaffected.

To learn more, visit


VA Health Care & Sports — The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more veterans having access to the health care benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

The VA eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both health care programs and copayment responsibilities. This change makes VA health care benefits more accessible to lower-income veterans and reorients. Visit or call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

Also, the VA is accepting applications for the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, to be held Sept.13-18 in San Diego. The annual event is expected to attract veterans from all over the country who have sustained a variety of injuries ranging from traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, to spinal cord injury or loss of limb. The deadline to apply is May 1. Visit


SATO — CWT/SATO Travel, Schofield Barracks, is assisting walk-ins for emergency travel or travel within five business days. Ticket exchanges will be by appointment only (going somewhere other than authorized on your travel orders).

You may email your appointment request to or call 1-800-349-8231.


23 / Monday

CIE — The next Community Information Exchange is 9-10:30 a.m., March 23, at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks. The meeting is open to U.S. Army Hawaii Soldiers and spouses and 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.


25 / Wednesday

Prayer Breakfast — The National Prayer Breakfast will be held 7:30-9 a.m., March 25, at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks. Tickets are available now from unit chaplains.


Women’s History Month — The Equal Opportunity adviser, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, is hosting the 2015 Women’s History Month Observance at 1:30 p.m., March 25, at the Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks.




20 / Monday

Winging it — Wheeler’s Wings of Lightning dining facility reopens today; until then, food is being served out of Hangar 111. Hours of operation remain the same.

Visit for DFAC updates.


29 / Wednesday

Denim Day — Personnel are encouraged to wear denim jeans and a “Take A STAND!” T-shirt on April 29 and Fridays in April to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Visit or for more details.

Need help or to talk to someone? Call toll-free to 1-877-995-5247.




15 / Friday

End of an AERToday marks the conclusion of the 2015 Army Emergency Relief campaign, “Making a Difference.” Donation forms are available at Schofield Barracks’ Army Community Service or at any Community Readiness Expo held at the Nehelani on Thursdays.

Return completed donation forms to ACS. Call 655-7132 or visit to make an online donation.


16 / Tuesday

EEO Training — Mandatory annual training for civilian employees/supervisors and military supervisors of civilian employees takes place today and June 17 at Schofield Barracks’ Nehelani, and again at Fort Shafter’s Hale Ikena, June 22-23. Mulitiple one-hour class time slots to choose from. Call 438-4963.




Women’s History Month — Learn more about women’s contributions throughout history at


Noise —Got comments? Call the 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office at (808) 655-6354 regarding exercises and training. Call the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Noise Concern Line at (808) 656-3487 to report noise concerns.


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