News Briefs: June 26, 2015

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News Briefs 

Today

Dog Days — A registration packet is due today for teams wanting to participate in the 728th Military Police Battalion and the 13th MP and 520th Military Working Dog detachments 2015 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Skills Challenge, July 27-31, at Schofield Barracks.

MWD teams will compete in physically and mentally demanding K9 skills challenges for dogs and handlers. The public is invited to observe, 7 a.m., July 30, on Stoneman Field near McNair Gate. Call 655-0773.

 

Trucker Troopers — More than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have now taken advantage of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Military Skills Test Waiver Program.

The program, which began in 2011, grants state licensing agencies the authority to waive the skills test portion of the Commercial Drivers License application for active duty or recently separated veterans who possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus.

Waiving the skills test expedites the civilian CDL application process and reduces expenses for qualified individuals and operating costs to state licensing agencies. Visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/military.

 

CFPB vs. Debt Collectors — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued an auto loan company, Security National Automotive Acceptance Company, for aggressive debt collection tactics against service members, alleging that the company used a combination of illegal threats and deceptive claims in order to collect debts.

The company operates in more than two dozen states and lends money primarily to active duty and former military to buy used motor vehicles. It took advantage of military rules and put enormous pressure on service members to pay their debts.

A copy of the complaint file today can be found at http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201506_cfpb_complaint-security-national-automotive-acceptance-company.pdf.

 

30 / Tuesday

599th CoR — The 599th Transportation Brigade will hold a change of responsibility ceremony, 10 a.m., aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Ford Island. Command Sgt. Maj. William E. Funcheon III will accept responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Claudia P. Shakespeare.

 

Fort DeRussy — Until further notice, the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy is temporarily changing its operating hours to 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

 

July

 

1 / Wednesday

Flying V — A Flying V ceremony, bidding farewell to Brig. Gen. Robert J. Ulses and welcoming Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, will take place at 11 a.m. on Palm Circle, Fort Shafter. Call 438-6072.

 

3 / Friday

Holiday Schedule — All Army Community Service and Child, Youth and School Services facilities will be closed today and July 4. For the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hours of operation for Business Operations and Community Recreation

Facilities during the holiday weekend, call 656-0105, or see p. B-4 for the listing.

 

7 / Tuesday

Transition Summit — Soldiers transitioning from military to civilian life in the next 12-18 months are invited to this summit, July 7-8. It will include a job fair (or hiring event), multiple roundtable discussions, employment workshops, a networking event and up to 100 national and local employers in attendance. Spouses and veterans are welcome, too.

The secretaries of Labor and Veteran Affairs will attend. Locations include the Nehelani and Martinez Physical Fitness Center.

Register at www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/hawaii-transition-summits. FAQs and the agenda are also provided there.

Job seekers who upload their resumes can get them viewed by employers before the event.

 

9 / Thursday

Signal Change — The 311th Signal Command (Theater) will host a change of command ceremony, for the 516th Sig. Brigade at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle, 10 a.m.

All are welcome to bid outgoing commander Col. Cleophus Thomas Jr. a fond farewell and to welcome incoming commander Col. Jeth B. Rey. Call 787-1010.

 

21 / Tuesday

Forum — The 13th Annual Hawaii Small Business Forum brings together representatives from various government agencies to discuss contracting opportunities to small businesses looking to star or expand opportunities as a government contractor.

Visit www.hidodsbforum.eventbrite.com.

 

23 / Thursday

599th CoC — Col. Shannon C. Cox will relinquish command of the 599th Transportation Brigade to Col. James M. Smith during a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Ford Island.

 

Ongoing

 

Noise —Got comments? Call 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs 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.

 

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.

 

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