News Briefs: December 4, 2015

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News Briefs

News Briefs


CoR for Engineers — Pacific Ocean Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be conducting a change of responsibility ceremony this morning, 10 a.m., Palm Circle gazebo, Fort Shafter. Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda M. Tate will take responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Federico E. Boyce. Call 835-4700.


NCOER — On Tuesday, Stand To! posted the redesigned Army NCO Evaluation Report. The new NCOER aligns the evaluation system with current Army doctrine, establishes and reinforces rating official accountability to eliminate evaluation inflation, and differentiates among three levels of NCO career achievement. Visit



TSP_ThriftSavingsPlan-Logo_wTSP — The Thrift Savings Plan processing schedule for the end of 2015 is now available. The schedule includes information about when transactions (including withdrawals and monthly payments) will be processed, as well as when the TSP will be closed during the holiday season. Visit



Veterans Choice —The VA announced a number of changes to make participation in the Veterans Choice Program easier and more convenient for veterans who need to use it. The move, which streamlines eligibility requirements, follows feedback from veterans along with organizations working on their behalf. Visit


7 / Monday

74th Anniversary — The National Park Service and the Navy host National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. A moment of silence will be observed at 7:55 a.m., the exact moment the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began.

USS Nevada

USS Nevada

The guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) will render pass in review honors to the USS Arizona and all Pearl Harbor survivors. A missing man flyover will be conducted. (See related story in today’s online news.)



Pearl Harbor Parade — The Pearl Harbor Memorial Committee will conduct its annual Pearl Harbor Day parade and opening ceremony, 5 p.m., commemorating the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack to honor its survivors, veterans of all wars, active duty military members and their families. The parade route will be from historic Fort DeRussy, through the scenic streets of Waikiki, to Kapiolani Park at the foot of Diamond Head Crater. Visit


8 / Tuesday

Soldiers for Life — The 25th Infantry Division will host a retirement ceremony, 2 p.m., at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks. Come support and honor these Soldiers.


Tree Lighting — The postponed Schofield Barracks tree lighting takes place on Generals Loop. The fun begins at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive at 6:20 p.m. to greet the crowd and take pictures. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 655-0113.


15 / Tuesday

CFC_Star_Logo_wLast Day for CFC — The Combined Federal Campaign for the Hawaii-Pacific region was extended. To pledge, see your unit representative or donate online at







1 / Friday

Tobacco & E-Cigarettes — As of today, the purchase and possession of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, will be illegal to those under the age of 21. The Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Education Program will be creating temporary signage, informational packets and presentations for dissemination.


Also starting on January 1, e-cigarettes (and any electronic smoking devices) will be banned wherever smoking is currently prohibited by state law.




U.S. Army Spc. Ivy Fincanon with Battery A, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Task Force Talon, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, helps judge a science fair for the Machananao Elementary School on the island of Guam. (Courtesy Photo)

Judging — The Hawaii State Department of Education is seeking judges for an upcoming science and engineering fair, Feb. 13, 2016, for students in grades 6-12. This is a great opportunity to participate in an event that helps local schools and showcases the Army’s expertise in a variety of different career fields.

Judges must hold a B.A., B.S., M.S., B.Ed. or M.Ed degree and have work experience in the respective category.

Interested? Qualified Soldiers must fill out the registration form and send to A DOE staff member will follow-up and provide details.


Survey — Is the Garrison meeting your expectations? Tell us what you think and help improve services and programs provided at U.S. Army Hawaii. Take the survey at Call 656-0880 for more details.


The U.S. Army Golden Knights urge Soldiers to make their voices heard by voting. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army Golden Knights)Voting Registration — Are you registered in your home state? Call the Installation Voting Assistance Officer at 655-5546 to register or visit




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