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| October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

15 / Friday

Breastfeeding — Per the Army’s “Stand-To,” issued Tuesday, commanders will designate a private space with locking capabilities, an electrical outlet and access to a safe water source for Soldiers to express milk, based on Secretary of the Army John McHugh-approved Army Directive 2015-37, “Breastfeeding and Lactation Support Policy” (at www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/ad2015_37.pdf, effective Sept. 29).

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If the designated space is within a restroom, it will be a fully enclosed, separate area designated for breastfeeding or expressing milk (i.e., not a bathroom stall).

Army senior leaders expect commanders and Soldiers to collectively work to balance lactation support and readiness. The policy is not too prescriptive to afford commanders the flexibility to support the unique needs of women Soldiers who request breastfeeding and lactation support.

Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary of Vietnam — The Commemorative Committee is compiling a database of Hawaii-based Vietnam-era veterans. The committee is leading the state’s efforts to honor the service and sacrifice of Vietnam-era veterans, from 2015 through 2017.

There are an estimated 36,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in Hawaii. The committee is attempting to collect contact information on all Vietnam-era veterans to ensure that they are invited to upcoming events and that they receive the honors to which they are entitled.

The committee’s mission will be complete when all Vietnam War veterans have been thanked and honored for their service, valor and sacrifice. This includes their families, especially families who have lost loved ones during the Vietnam War.

To register for the 50th Anniversary of Vietnam database, veterans or their family members, should visit http://dod.hawaii.gov/ovs/50th-anniversary-vietnam/register-for-more-information-about-the-50th-anniversary-of-vietnam/ or visit the Office of Veterans Services at www/dod.hawaii.gov/ovs and click on the link to the 50th Anniversary website.

Information entered into the database will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any other organizations, agencies or sales representatives. Call Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, State of Hawaii, Department of Defense Director of Public Affairs, at (808) 733-4258 for more details.

23 / Friday

HHD CoC — Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, will hold a change of command ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 23, behind Bldg. 104 (the Directorate of Public Works building), on Wheeler Army Airfield.

Capt. Jennifer L. Nicholas will assume command from Lt. Naomi F. Sirignano.

28 / Wednesday

CIE — The next Community Information Exchange is at 9 a.m., Oct. 28, at the Nehelani. Participants will learn about events and activities happening in U.S. Army Hawaii the next 90 days, and they can ask questions of subject matter experts.

31 / Saturday

Halloween — The observance will be celebrated from 6-9 p.m,. Oct. 31. The Directorate of Emergency Services will provide increased security presence in the community and hand out chemical-light souvenirs.

November

16 / Monday

AFAP — The Army Family Action Plan Conference will run from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Nov. 16-17. Soldiers and family members can submit quality of life issues for AFAP to the Garrison website, www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil; simply click the AFAP button.

Also, volunteers and delegates are needed from all demographic groups. Training will be provided in November. Complete an application at www.himwr.com/getting-involved/army-family-action-plan.

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