News Briefs: August 28, 2015

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News Briefs


ACS Closed — All Army Community Service offices will be closed today and will reopen at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31.

Emergency contact numbers follow:

  • Family Advocacy Program: 226-3231
  • Army Emergency Relief: 1-877-272-7337 (American Red Cross).

Call 655-1442.


Bronco Broadcast — Listen now as the Talking With Heroes Program interviews Iraqi-born “Sgt. A” (name withheld for security reasons) from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. Growing up in Iraq, he faced some incredibly difficult challenges. His unique story is sure to inspire us all. You don’t want to miss this Soldier’s story of resilience and patriotism. Listen to it at



Cannoneers — Army leadership has recommended that field artillery military occupational specialties 13B (cannon crewmember) and 13D (automated tactical data systems specialist) be open to women.

Foal Eagle 2015

Serving in the Army’s field artillery is nothing new for American women. Women have been in the artillery since before the nation earned independence from Great Britain. Mary Ludwig, also known as Molly Pitcher, fought at the Battle of Monmouth in 1778.

When her husband fell, she continued operating his cannon through the battle, Potoczny said. In the 1970s and 1980s, women served in Pershing and Lance missile units. Over the past few decades, they filled supporting roles in artillery units. As field artillery surveyors, they provided accurate unit locations and they gave accurate weather data as meteorological specialists.

RANGER_QBHistoric Rangers — Two women Soldiers have earned the Ranger tab. 1st Lt. Shaye L. Haver and Capt. Kristen M. Griest, both graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, were among the 96 Soldiers who graduated Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Aug. 21.

Since Ranger School opened in 1950, only 77,000 Soldiers have earned the Ranger tab. Of the 4,057 Soldiers who attempted the course in 2014, just 1,609 tacked on the tab.

The Army plans to run another Ranger School assessment in November that will be open to women.


29 / Saturday

Rocky Naeole, U.S. Army retiree and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 849, received a flu and pneumonia vaccine prior to attending the Retiree Appreciation Day activities held at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter, Saturday.

RAD Registration — Retiree Appreciation Day takes place, Sept. 19, at the Nehelani, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., with a banquet, guest speakers and info tables manned by retiree service providers. Today is the last day to register by mail. Call 655-1458/1585.






 30 / Sunday

Sunday Shopping — The Schofield Barracks Military Clothing Store is open Sundays trial basis, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., until Nov. 15. Call 622-1773




14 / Monday

CFC Time — The Combined Federal Campaign for the Hawaii-Pacific region starts today and runs until Nov 13. All commands have a CFC representative with the goal of contacting 100 percent of service members and DOD civilians in the community to raise awareness.

CFC is one of two annual fundraisers authorized by the Army, the other being Army Emergency Relief. With CFC, you can pinpoint charities to support in your home state or here in Hawaii.

To pledge, see your unit representative or visit


19 / Saturday

Retiree Appreciation — Retiree Appreciation Day takes place at the Nehelani, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., with a banquet, guest speakers and info tables manned by retiree service providers. Call 655-1458/1585.


21 / Monday

Mentors Needed — Following a program revamp, IMCOM Workforce Development is re-announcing the opportunity to compete for the 2016 Installation Management Command Headquarters Centralized Mentorship Program.. Applications will be accepted from today until Oct. 19, with a program target start date of Jan.10, 2016.

Complete instructions will be available online at army/cmds/ imcom_HQ/G1/TMD/SiteAssets/wfd.aspx, no later than Sept. 1. Previous applicants must reapply for consideration.



Free Seminar — Army Community Service offers a two-part seminar at Schofield’s Nehelani. Federal resume guru Kathryn Troutman will present “10 Steps to a Federal Job” and “The Priority Placement Program for Military Spouses,” 9 a.m.-noon.

The seminar is open to all active duty, civilians, veterans, spouses and family members with post access. Registration is a must at


30 / Wednesday

FSOT — A new registration process starts today for the Foreign Service Officer Test that will provide the opportunity to update applications during each registration period prior to the test.

The U.S. Department of State has consolidated the registration process, allowing you to submit an application and select a seat during the same five-week period immediately prior to a specific testing window. You may decide to update your education, experience and/or career track.

Once you submit your application, you cannot change it. Your application is valid only for a specific test date and will expire when the testing window closes.

You may register up to three days prior to the opening of the testing window, and please remember that you may only take the FSOT once a year.

Additionally, the October FSOT will be offered at specific Pearson Professional Centers abroad and in embassies and consulates as resources permit.





1 / Thursday


USPS — Customers mailing packages to or from a military post office are required to fill out a customs form online. It is recommended that you go online to create and print forms prior to arriving at the Post Office.

Customers can do this by going to and selecting “Complete Customs Forms” found under the International tab or by visiting and creating a “Click-N-Ship” account.

Customers not doing this prior to mailing packages could result in delays at their post office. Check with your local post office if you have any questions.


10 / Saturday

History — The Tropic Lighting Museum hosts Living History Day to commemorate the 25th Infantry Division’s organization day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring static exhibits of modern military Soldiers and equipment, military memorabilia, restored military vehicles, re-enactors in period uniforms and hands-on displays of military artifacts.





Disaster App — The state Department of Emergency Management announced an app to prepare for disasters, one of the most important things you can do to keep your family safe.

ReadyHawaii is a smartphone app to keep you up-to-date on hurricanes, tsunamis and other natural or manmade disasters. Find it online, call 723-8960 or email


Battle in Distress — Prevent Army suicides! The Suicide Prevention Program for the garrison and U.S. Army-Hawaii reminds 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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