What’s up around DOD in September?

| September 11, 2015 | 0 Comments


Jim Goodwin
Army News Service

September marks the last month of the fiscal year, as well as the first full month of school for many school-aged children.

As the summer months begin to wind down, there is no slowing of national observances, key events and significant dates for those within the Department of Defense and armed services.

  1. Max leave for carryover reverts to 60 days — Sept. 30 marks the deadline that Soldiers can carry up to 75 days of leave from one year to the next, according to All Army Activities Message 022/1213.

As of Oct. 1, which marks the start of a new fiscal year, Soldiers can maintain up to a maximum of 60 days of leave. Sixty days was the original amount Soldiers could maintain from one year to the next before 2008, when the 75-day leave policy was implemented due to “high operations tempo,” according to an Army news article.

While serving in a combat zone, Soldiers can accrue up to 120 days of leave, according to the article. The message can be read in full at http://goo.gl/vhCRDw.

  1. Dempsey to retire — Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, will retire during a formal ceremony on the Fort Myer, Virginia, portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Sept. 25.

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps, was confirmed in July to succeed Dempsey as chairman.

  1. Suicide Awareness and Prevention — September is National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, which the DOD and individual armed services observe annually.

The DOD provides a comprehensive list of resources online at http://go.usa.gov/36kJJ. Immediate resources are available for service members and families in distress, including the Military Crisis Line, which is available 24 hours a day, via phone, online chat or text message.

Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; visit www.militarycrisisline.net; or text 838255.

  1. Hispanic Heritage — DOD will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month beginning Sept. 15. The observance, which runs through Oct. 15, recognizes the significant contributions made by the nation’s Hispanic-Americans in the armed forces.
  2. National Preparedness Month — The ninth month of the year also marks the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Preparedness Month, an observance meant to encourage individuals, families and communities to make preparedness plans in the event of disasters and emergency situations, such as floods, hurricanes, power outages and wildfires
  3. Return unused prescription drugs — Locally, Sept. 26 is the 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back, an annual observance coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Agency that encourages communities across the U.S. to sponsor scheduled times on this day to allow patients to return unused and/or expired prescribed medications in an effort to stem misuse and abuse of such drugs.

The DOD participates in this observance annually. Schofield Barracks will host a collection point at the Exchange on Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  1. Gold Star Mother’s Day — Sept. 27 marks Gold Star Mother’s Day, an annual observance which began June 23, 1926, when a joint congressional resolution designated the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day, according to a 2014 presidential proclamation.

The event is observed via presidential, governor and local government proclamations annually. Those designated as Gold Star Mothers are the mothers of active duty service members who have died while in the service.

A ceremony will be held at the National Cemetery of the Pacific, called Punchbowl, at 1 p.m., Sept. 27th, for Gold Star Mothers, families of the fallen and friends.


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