News Briefs: June 5, 2015

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News Briefs

News Briefs


Bad Idea — A company that advertises to ruin the day of your enemies by sending them envelopes filled with sand, glitter and worse is causing problems with the Postal Service. While the website itself is legitimate, their idea of amusing or revenge has led to concerns for safety and security. The company has caught the attention of senior U.S. military leaders stationed overseas.


Reward CID is offering a $2,500 reward for info leading to the recovery of property, identification, arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for the larceny of government property. A cable analyzer kit was reported stolen around Dec. 12-15, 2014. Anyone with information should contact the MPs at 655-5555 or CID at 224-4330. Confidentiality can be maintained. The reward offer ends May 5, 2016.


Student Loans — A referral of service member complaints from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Office of Servicemember Affairs, headed by Holly Petraeus, leads to a settlement with Navient for overcharging on student loans. Beginning this June, 77,795 service members will begin receiving $60 million in compensation for having been charged excess interest on their student loans by Navient Corp., the student loan servicer formerly part of Sallie Mae.



Ripoff Relief — The new Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) webpage is live! The webpage has all sorts of helpful things that Soldiers can use as a resource to find OSA’s work and initiatives all in one place. Those who serve or have served our country should not have to worry about falling victim to unfair, deceptive or abusive financial practices. OSA represents the military community at the CFPB to ensure that its concerns are heard – and that we do something about them.

The new website helps these ways:

•Making your voice heard.

•Telling your stories.

•Taking action to assist service members.

•Pushing for better protections.

•Advocating for resources for service members, veterans and their families.

•Providing tools for educators and service members.

Visit and on under Get Assistance > Information for: >Servicemembers and Veterans.


Sports Medicine — The 2015-2016 school year and sports season is just around the corner. To help ensure that kids are ready for the new year, TAMC set aside one Saturday each month this summer solely for the purpose of completing school and sports physicals for children 4 years old and up who are enrolled in the Tripler Pediatric and Adolescent/Young Adult Clinics. Call for an appointment and bring all immunizations records, physical forms, etc.


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.


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).


Rejuvenating Souls — Soldiers, retirees, veterans and civilians are invited to the following:

•ASIST: Learn suicide first aid skills with Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. Attend this two-day workshop at Bldg. 55, Ford Island, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., June 16-17.Call Brent Oto, 655-9105.

•safeTalk: Attend suicide intervention training at the Fellowship Hall, Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel, 8-11 a.m., July 10. Call 474-0045 or visit

•Out of the Darkness: Walk to prevent suicide. Check-in is 8 a.m.; walk starts at 9 a.m., Sept. 12, at Ala Moana Beach Park/Magic Island. Call 271-8582 or visit or


Signal Change — All are invited to the change of command ceremony for the 30th Signal Battalion, 10 a.m., on Curtis Loop Field, Wheeler Army Airfield.

Lt. Col. Kevin M. MacNeil will assume command from Lt. Col. Melissa C.


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


19 / Thursday

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.




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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