News Briefs: September 11, 2015

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News Briefs


Signal Ball — It’s now time for the Army Signal community to purchase tickets for the 2015 Signal Regimental Ball, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki. Command Sgt. Maj. Stephfon Watson, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology, is the keynote speaker.

If you would like to sponsor some of our outstanding young Signaleers, donations are being collected for Soldiers and spouses who can’t afford tickets. Visit


L Fund Default — As of Sept. 5, the default investment fund for newly enrolled civilian Thrift Savings Plan participants and new beneficiary participants will be an age-appropriate Lifecycle (L) Fund. This change is in accordance with Public Law 113-255, the Smart Savings Act, which the president signed into law on Dec. 18, 2014.



Summer of Service — On Wednesday, the VA announced that the 2015 Summer of Service initiative, which launched in May, has exceeded the goals set for community volunteers serving veterans and the development of new partnerships to reach veterans and their family members.

VA’s Summer of Service mobilized approximately 300,000 citizens across the country to honor the nation’s sacred commitment to caring for veterans. Visit


USS Arizona — The final phase of the USS Arizona Memorial restoration project began this week. The third and final phase of the restoration project will replace the terrazzo flooring on the memorial. Over the years, the memorial has weathered natural exposure from the elements, saltwater spray and foot traffic from more than 50 million visitors.

The USS Arizona Memorial will remain open during construction. For more information about the restoration of the USS Arizona Memorial, visit


Storm Water — Please comment on the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s storm water management plan and participate in the program to help improve water quality. The comment period began Tuesday and runs to Oct. 8. Visit For more information, contact the Clean Water Program manager at 656-3105.


13 / Sunday

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 use 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.


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


Signal Week — In celebration of the 155th birthday of the Signal Corps, Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, commander, and and Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, 311th Signal Command (Theater), cordially invite you to attend and participate in Army Signal Regimental Week 2015.

Events include a motorcycle mentorship safety ride, the Signal Regimental Run, a Pacific communicators’ forum, an SCRA luncheon and golf scramble, and new this year, the canoe paddling team-building event. The week closes with the Pacific Signal Ball, Sept. 18. For more details, see the online version of the “Hawaii Army Weekly.”

Events and points of contact are as follows:

Monday September 14

Motorcycle Mentorship & Safety Ride – 8:30 a.m. at Wheeler Army Air Field Gulch
To register, call 438-3185 or 437-2341.

New this year! – Canoe Paddling Team Building Event – 10:30 a.m. at Rainbow Bay
57 Arizona Memorial Drive, Bldg. 103. Cost is $3.
To register, call 787-2486.

Tuesday September 15

Signal Regimental Run – 6:30 a.m. at Weyand Field, Schofield Barracks
Call 655-6191.

Pacific Communicators’ Forum – 9:30 @ Wheeler Army Air Field Chapel
Contact: Ms. Michele Bolinger at 787-2040 /,

SGM Michael Irvin at 787-1928 /, or
Col. Chuck Heimann at 438-3469 /

Wednesday September 16

Prayer Breakfast – 7:45 a.m. at the Nehelani Club, Schofield Barracks
For free tickets, contact your unit chaplain or call 787-2296.

Open Signal Campus and Signal Corps Regimental Association Luncheon –
Tour and static displays – 10:30 a.m. at the 30th NEC, Bldg 1500, Schofield Barracks
SCRA Lunch – 11:30 a.m. at the 30th NEC, Bldg 1500, Schofield Barracks
Call  438-3185.

Thursday September 17

Signal Bowl – 9 a.m. at the Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks bowling alleys
Form your teams and bowl your best!
Open Bowl – pay as you go – discounted rate as part of Signal Week.
Call 438-5103.

SCRA Golf Scramble – 10:30 a.m. at Mamala Bay Golf Course, JBPPH
Cost is $55 per player, includes green fees for 18 holes, cart, meal, raffle
ticket and registration fees. To register, call 653-1290.

Friday September 18

The Pacific Signal Ball – 6 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
Purchase tickets online at
To sponsor a Soldier, please call 653-0286, 438-3185 or 438-3469.

For general information about Signal Week, please call


16 / Wednesday

Rededication — The Survivor Outreach Services Program officially reopens in Bldg. 663, Schofield Barracks, at 10 a.m. Call 655-7171.


18 / Friday

Hail & Farewell — Say “Aloha” to Soldiers arriving and departing at the Leilehua Golf Course, 6-8 p.m. Duty uniform or civilian attire. Call 655-1649.



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 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.


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


25 / Friday

ERP — Attend the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Employee Recognition Program luncheon, 11:30 a.m., at the Leilehua Bar & Grill. Call 656-7281.


26 / Saturday

Drug Take-Back — The Schofield Barracks Post Exchange hosts a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection point from10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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.


Suicide Prevention — The Schofield Barracks Health Clinic Department of Behavioral Health (Bldg. 673, 2nd floor conference room) hosts a suicide prevention awareness open house, 1-4 p.m., to provide leader and command spouse awareness regarding suicide prevention and various behavioral health services provided to Soldiers and family members of Schofield Barracks.

Guided tours of behavioral clinics will be provided and last approximately one hour from start to finish. They will include informational materials. Call 433-8587.


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


10 / Saturday

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.




Suicide Prevention — September is Suicide Prevention Month.

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). Prevent Army suicides!


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


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



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