News Briefs: September 4, 2015

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News Briefs


Suicide Prevention — September is Suicide Prevention Month. Prevent Army suicides!

The Suicide Prevention Program for the garrison and U.S. Army-Hawaii ask you to reach out and speak 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). (See related story, p. A-5.)


Bronco Broadcast — Listen as Capt. Eric S. Donahue, a Ranger and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, calls about training and working with Indonesian soldiers during Exerecise Garuda Shield. Donahue is the commander of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division. Go to the direct link at


VAFive Million — Participation in the joint VA-DOD eBenefits website topped five million users this week, two months ahead of schedule. VA established an agency priority goal of reaching five million eBenefits users by the end of fiscal year 2015 and achieved this early milestone through aggressive outreach efforts with the support of DOD and its veterans organization partners.



Fraud Facts — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that active duty alerts are really underutilized. Even though the CFPB received over 650 complaints from active duty service members about problems with their credit reports, less than one percent reported using an active duty alert. However, when you’re unable to monitor your account or credit files, these alerts can protect you.

That’s why they’ve created a fact sheet Soldiers can use to learn more about these alerts and other valuable tools that can help protect you when duty takes you to distant places. Find the fraud alert fact sheet at


8 / Tuesday

AFCEA Luncheon — The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association will host a luncheon, 11:30 a.m., at Fort Shafter’s Hale Ikena. Visit


14 / Monday

cfc_2approvedcharity_2cCFC 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

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Mentors Needed — Following a program revamp, IMCOM Workforce Development is reannouncing 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 are available online at army/cmds/ imcom_HQ/G1/TMD/SiteAssets/wfd.aspx. Previous applicants must reapply for consideration.


26 / Friday

The number of Soldiers abusing prescription drugs is low, and the Army just signed a contract to develop a marketing campaign intended to keep that number low. (Courtesy Photo)Drug Take-Back — The Schofield Barracks Post Exchange hosts a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection point, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for the 10th year. Take-Back Day is coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Agency to encourage communities across the U.S. to sponsor scheduled times for patients to return unused or expired prescribed medications in an effort to stem misuse and abuse.



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

Union Soldiers under Maj. Gen. Winfield Hancock rush to meet Confederate troops under Maj. Gen. George Pickett in Pickett’s Charge, the high watermark of the Confederacy. This new stamp, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, is a painting by Thure de Thulstrup. (Stamp © U.S. Postal Service)

Union Soldiers under Maj. Gen. Winfield Hancock rush to meet Confederate troops under Maj. Gen. George Pickett in Pickett’s Charge, the high watermark of the Confederacy.  (Stamp © U.S. Postal Service)

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 see delays at their post office. Check with your local post office if you have any questions.


10 / Saturday

Members of the Hawaii Historical Arms Society brought a 50 caliber Browning machine gun to show attendees of the Tropical Lightning Museum's Living History Day, Oct. 11.

Members of the Hawaii Historical Arms Society brought a 50 caliber Browning machine gun to show attendees of a past Tropical Lightning Museum’s Living History Day.

Living 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.



21 / Wednesday

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




Sunday Shopping — The Schofield Barracks Military Clothing Store is open Sundays on a trial basis, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and closed on Fridays, until Nov. 15.

Based on current utilization and trends, the slowest day of operation is Friday; thus, the MCS will be closed on Fridays during the test period. If results and usage are favorable, the MCS will continue with Sundays. Call 622-1773.


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

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