News Briefs: September 25, 2015

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News Briefs

Today

TD 96-C — The National Weather Service and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency are watching Tropical Disturbance 96-C, which was located southeast of the Big Island and is moving very slowly to the north-northwest.

The track and potential impacts of TD 96-C are extremely uncertain at this time, but NWS reports show heavy thunderstorm activity with favorable conditions for organization of the system to take place sometime during the next few days.

NWS models indicate timing of any impacts affecting the state to arrive sometime early next week. Due to the close proximity to the state and high degree of uncertainty associated with TD 96-C, NWS will be tracking the storm very closely to provide the most up-to-date information to local emergency managers.

 

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

 

Tax Prep — Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal and state governments, insurers, employers and individuals are given shared responsibility to reform and improve the availability, quality and affordability of health insurance coverage in the U.S.

For the 2015 tax year, Defense Finance is required to furnish a Form 1095-C to each employee. MyPay has been updated to allow you to elect to receive this tax form electronically. Civilian employees are highly encouraged to log into myPay to turn on electronic delivery. Go to myPay and from the main menu of myPay, select “Turn On/Off Hard Copy of IRS Form 1095.”

Electronic delivery is the fastest and most secure method to receive your 1095-C once it becomes available in January of 2016. Please opt in to receive an electronic copy no later than Dec. 31.

  • For more information on the ACA and tax reporting, visit

www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act.

  • For additional details on the tax information you will be receiving from DFAS, visit http://go.usa.gov/3pQUR.
  • If you have questions about logging into myPay and/or making changes to your electronic elections in myPay, contact the DFAS centralized customer support unit at 1-888-332-7411 and select option #5.

 

Per Diem — An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was successfully added to restore federal per diem rates for employees and military personnel who were cut as a result of a Department of Defense policy in 2014.

The amendment to House Resolution 1735 was widely supported by labor unions, the U.S. Travel Association, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The policy reversed cuts of 25 percent and 45 percent, respectively, to federal and military personnel that are on temporary duty assignment longer than 30 or 180 days.

The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Mark Takai, who is also a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard.

 

Bronco Broadcast — Listen as Spc. Zachary Davis, Co. D., 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, speaks on the “Talking With Heroes” program. Davis discusses how his work as a linguist enables warfighters on the battlefield, the training he’s received while in the Army and his plans for the future.

Visit http://tobtr.com/7935583.

 

26 / Saturday

Drug Take-Back — The Schofield Barracks Post Exchange hosts a collection point for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event encourages communities across the U.S. to return unused or expired prescribed medications in an effort to stem misuse and abuse.

 

28 / Monday

CIE — The U.S. Army Hawaii community is invited to attend the Community Information Exchange, 9-10:30 a.m., at the Nehelani. Subject matter experts will address concerns and events happening the next 30-60-90 days. Participants may ask questions about services and programs.

 

29 / Tuesday

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Facebook — The U.S. Army Hawaii community is invited to participate in a Facebook town hall, 6-7:30 p.m. During the virtual town hall, subject matter experts will directly respond to questions and comments posted on the “Events” tab on the garrison’s Facebook page. Anyone who wants to interact must have a Facebook account.

Access the garrison’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usaghawaii. Click on the “Events” tab in the upper tool bar, and then click on the September event to access the town hall.

All questions and comments posted during the event will be addressed; comments not addressed during the town hall will be answered during the days following the event.

Quarterly town halls are held to foster free-flowing conversations between the installation and its customers.

 

30 / Wednesday

Cyber Hall — Air Force Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin, U.S. Cyber Command, will hold a town hall, 3:30 p.m., in the Schofield Barracks Post Conference Room, with a goal of educating military and civilian personnel on the CYBERCOM mission, what it’s doing to support the rest of the DOD, the progress of the cyber mission force build (and what that means for the services), the need to operationalize cyberspace, and the importance of understanding that cybersecurity is not just a “6” issue – it is commander’s business and it starts with the individual.

 

Courts-Martial graphicLaw School —Attend an informative briefing for commissioned officers between the ranks of second lieutenant to captain with two to six years of active federal service as of Sept. 1, 2016, if you’re interested in earning a law degree at Army expense and joining the JAG Corps, 1-4 p.m., at the 8th Theater Sustainment Command Courthouse, Wheeler Army Airfield, 1414 Santos Dumont Ave., Bldg. 817. Call 438-6720.

 

October

 

1 / Thursday

Customary — Save yourself and other people in line time by going online to create and print forms prior to arriving at the Post Office. Visit www.usps.com and select “Complete Customs Forms,” found under the “International” tab or by visiting cns.usps.com and creating a “Click-N-Ship” account.

Also, watch this space for USPS holiday overseas mailing deadlines coming soon.

 

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.

 

Ongoing

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CFC Now — The Combined Federal Campaign for the Hawaii-Pacific region is underway, running until Nov 13. To pledge, see your unit representative or visit www.cfc-hawaii.org/.

 

Mentors Needed —Installation Management Command Workforce Development re-announced the 2016 IMCOM Headquarters Centralized Mentorship Program. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 19, with a program target start date of Jan.10, 2016. Previous applicants must reapply for consideration.

Visit https://army.deps.mil/ army/cmds/ imcom_HQ/G1/TMD/SiteAssets/wfd.aspx.

 

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 dem@honolulu.gov.

 

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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