News Briefs: May 29, 2015

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News Briefs

News Briefs



USS Arizona — Due to safety concerns after the USS Arizona Memorial dock was struck while a tugboat was assisting the USNS Mercy in Pearl Harbor, visitors are not being allowed to disembark at the memorial. Initial visual assessments show that the dock was moved about 10 feet toward the memorial.

A small area of concrete was damaged where the dock’s ramp joined the memorial. The dock’s ramps and railings were also damaged.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter Vistors enter the USS Arizona Memorial during the 73rd anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The battleship was destroyed and most of the crew were killed on Dec. 7, 1941. Four surviving shipmates, all in their 90s, were present at this year’s ceremony.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter
Vistors enter the USS Arizona Memorial.

The National Park Service anticipates that it will be several days until visitor access to the memorial can be safely resumed. Visitors are able to board the Navy’s white boats and travel to Battleship Row to view the USS Arizona Memorial from a distance.

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites partners (the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum, and the USS Bowfin Submarine) all remain open. Over 5,000 people visit the Pearl Harbor historic sites daily. Of these, 4,350 can take the boat to view the USS Arizona Memorial.


TSP — Trouble with your Thrift Savings Plan password? You have two options:

•Call 1-877-968-3778 (404-233-4400 outside the U.S. and Canada), choose option 3 to speak to a Participant Service Representative, and request that your password be reset.

•Click the link on the login page. If you choose this option, your new password will be sent to you using via mail. Please verify that your address of record is correct before you request your new password.


1 / Monday

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise —The garrison is currently conducting a full-scale hurricane/antiterrorism exercise at Schofield, Shafter and Fort Shafter Flats until June 5. June 1-4, expect to hear exercise alerts and announcements from the mass notification system, and read exercise bulletins and other information on the garrison website.


Always a Soldier — A 25th Infantry Division retirement ceremony to recognize those who served honorably will take place, 2 p.m., at Schofield’s Sgt. Smith Theater.


4 / Thursday

Training — Equal Employment Opportunity will be conducting annual anti-harassment, EEO and No Fear classes for Army civilian employees/supervisors and military supervisors of civilian employees, today and June 5 at Tripler’s Kyser Auditorium; at Schofield’s Nehelani, June 16-17; and at Shafter’s Hale Ikena, June 22-23. There are multiple one-hour class time slots to choose from. For times, call 438-4967/4963.


8 / Monday

PTAW — U.S. Army-Pacific will host Pacific Theater Army Week, June 8-12, ending with the 240th Army birthday commemoration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village beginning at 5 p.m. Visit to see events planned.


9 / Tuesday

MI COC — A change of command ceremony for the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion takes place, 10 a.m., on Fort Shafter’s Palm Circle, Lt. Col. James B. Cogbill will assume command from Lt. Col. Heidi A. Urben.


16 / Tuesday

FBTH — Virtually attend the garrison’s Facebook Town Hall, 6-7:30 p.m. Participants can ask subject matter experts questions about installation services and programs. Log onto the “Events” tab at and input your question before the event to avoid the rush hour (and-a-half).


17 / Wednesday

Retirement Planning — From today through June 24, USACE, USPACAF, VA, Navy Federal Fire Department, HUD and NOAA host several CSRS, FERS and LEO retirement planning sessions. At all locations, registration is open. Register 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.


Fingerprinting — The garrison’s Installation Security Office in Bldg. 580, Rm. 130, Schofield Barracks, will be conducting digital fingerprinting of personnel for security background investigations, weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

There is no requirement for appointments. Call 655-8879.

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