News Briefs: July 3, 2015

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News Briefs

Today

Vote! — Voting is our right and privilege. Let your voice be heard. The Installation Voting Assistance Office is encouraging all Soldiers, family members and DOD civilians to register to vote. Call 655-5546 or visit www.fvap.gov/portal.

 

TSP Update — This week, the Thrift Savings Plan announced that House Resolution 2146, the “Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act,” passed the Senate on June 24 and was sent to the president for his signature.

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow specified federal law enforcement officers, customs and border protection officers, federal firefighters and air traffic controllers who separate from service in or after the year they turn age 50, to make a withdrawal from the TSP without incurring a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty.

The effective date of H.R. 2146 is Dec. 31.

 

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.

 

Corinthian Debts — The federal government has launched some important changes with regard to debt relief for students who have attended Corinthian schools that have closed. This information may be useful to service members, veterans and family members enrolled in one of the affected schools. Read the announcement at www.ed.gov/blog/2015/06/debt-relief-for-corinthian-colleges-students/.

 

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

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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.

 

30 / Thursday

MWD Competition — The 728th Military Police Battalion and the 13th MP and 520th Military Working Dog detachments host the 2015 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Skills Challenge 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., on Stoneman Field near McNair Gate. Call 655-0773.

8th TSC mariners, divers, MPs and EOD troops share their unique capabilities with SMA Daniel A. Dailey, left, during his visit to LSV-4 Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker, May 12. Dailey took the time to coin and promote Zeno, an 8th MP working dog, who has recently returned from deployment.

8th TSC mariners, divers, MPs and EOD troops share their unique capabilities with SMA Daniel A. Dailey, left, during his visit to LSV-4 Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker, May 12. Dailey took the time to coin and promote Zeno, an 8th MP working dog, who has recently returned from deployment.

 

August

 

1 / Saturday

Outreach Center Reduces Hours — The Army Community Service Outreach Center at

Fort Shafter will reduce its operational hours to once weekly, every Tuesday, 8 a.m.-3:30. Services available include Information and Referral and the ACS loan closet.

Effective today, Survivor Outreach Services will relocate from Fort Shafter to the Soldier and Family Assistance Center, Bldg. 663, Schofield Barracks. The main ACS center at Schofield Barracks will continue to provide services, weekdays, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

Ongoing

 

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii The Army Museum of Hawaii, located in Fort DeRussy’s Battery Randolph, in the heart of Waikiki, is a 19th century U.S. Army coastal defense gun battery that once served as a first line of defense against enemy attack on Oahu’s southern shore.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
The Army Museum of Hawaii, located in Fort DeRussy’s Battery Randolph, in the heart of Waikiki, is a 19th century U.S. Army coastal defense gun battery that once served as a first line of defense against enemy attack on Oahu’s southern shore.

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.

 

Bus Drivers & Truckers — Take advantage of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Military Skills Test Waiver Program. The program grants state licensing agencies the authority to waive the skills test portion of the Commercial Driver’s 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.

Visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/military.

 

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.

 

US_Army_CID_Badge_wReward — 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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