News Briefs: July 17, 2015

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News Briefs 


Got a quarter? — The Thrift Savings Plan’s 2015 second quarter participant statement, covering the period April 1-June 30, is now available in My Account. To receive email updates when new participant statements are available, sign up at “Email Updates” (under Quick Links) on the home page.


Veterans’ Care — On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA’s efforts to increase veterans’ access to care and lifesaving pharmaceuticals. Visit


Pool Pause — The Aliamanu and Helemano Military reservation pools remain closed. AMR’s pool reopens July 21, and HMR’s reopens July 25.


OPM Data Breach Update — The Office of Personnel Management recently announced a data breach affecting the personal records of over 21 million individuals. Detailed information is provided by OPM on its website, offering information regarding the OPM incidents, with materials, training and useful information on best practices to secure data. Visit


18 / Saturday

ASSIST — Applied Suicide Intervention Skills & Training is offering a two-day, intensive, participatory workshop, July 18-19, at the Fort Shafter Community Center, to develop practical skills in suicide intervention. Call 438-1600, ext. 3231.


20 / Monday


Checked Out — The Fort Shafter Library will be closed July 20-22.


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.



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.


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.




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 p.m. 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.




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.



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.


$1,000 Reward — On May 5, a government building was damaged by fire. CID is offering a reward to anyone with information concerning the arson or the identification of the person(s) involved. Call 655-7114 or 655-1768.


Battle in Distress — Prevent Army suicides! The Suicide Prevention Program for the garrison and U.S. Army-Hawaii remind Soldiers, “You don’t walk alone.” Reach out, talk and listen to your chain of command, chaplain or behavioral health professional.

Another option is to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255).


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

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