News Briefs: July 24, 2015

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News Briefs 


DOD Ruling — Tuesday, the Department of Defense issued a final rule expanding the types of credit products that are covered by the 36-percent rate cap and other military-specific protections under the Military Lending Act. The rule closes loopholes that have led to lenders skirting the law with products that fall outside the scope of the existing regulation.

“When I drive down the strip outside a military installation and count 20 fast-cash lenders in less than four miles, that’s not a convenience, that’s a problem,” said Holly Petraeus, assistant director, Office of Servicemember Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The Military Lending Act provides service members and their dependents with specific protections for their “consumer credit” transactions.

(Editor’s note: See next week’s “Hawaii Army Weekly” for more details.)


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Everyone into the Pool — The Aliamanu Military Reservation community pool reopened Tuesday, and Helemano pool reopens today.


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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.




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Outreach Center  — 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.



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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


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.



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.


$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.


Got a quarter? — The Thrift Savings Plan’s 2015 second quarter participant

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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.


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.


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.


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).


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