News Briefs

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(Note: Area codes are 808, unless indicated otherwise.)

News Briefs

News Briefs

Survey Says —The RAND Corporation and ICF International will conduct a random 2015 DOD Health Related Behaviors Survey (HRBS) for service branches. The HRBS asks questions about health-related behaviors, such as diet, exercise, stress, substance use and other health issues related to readiness. Instructions will be sent via mail and email. The survey will take about 40 minutes to finish. It can be completed during duty hours on a government computer to the Web or a home computer with Internet access. You are encouraged to complete the survey.

Fireworks — In the holiday tradition, the city issues permits for families to use during the holiday season. Don’t be alarmed if you hear fireworks out in the community.

Fireworks populate the skies during a Fourth of July Spectacular at Schofield Barracks. However, individuals are not allowed to use fireworks on military installations. (Courtesy photo)

Fireworks populate the skies during a Fourth of July Spectacular at Schofield Barracks. However, individuals are not allowed to use fireworks on military installations. (Courtesy photo)

However, fireworks are not allowed on military installations. Personnel should not be using fireworks anywhere on the post, at any time.

If you see fireworks, contact the Military Police. At Fort Shafter, call 438-7114. If at Schofield Barracks, call 655-5555.

2016 BAH Rates — DOD released the 2016 Basic Allowance for Housing rates. BAH rates will increase an average of 3.4 percent when the new rates take effect, Jan. 1, 2016. An estimated $21 billion will be paid to approximately one million service members. On average, BAH rates will increase approximately $54 per month.

Visit Service members can calculate their BAH payment by using the Basic Allowance for Housing calculator at

Catch Up — Each year, Army Benefits Center-Civilian posts Thrift Savings Plan contribution charts that specify the dollar amount an employee needs to contribute each pay period to reach the maximum annual TSP contributions. The maximum TSP contribution amount for 2016 is $18,000. The maximum contribution for TSP catch-up is $6,000. Employees must be age 50 or older during 2016 and be contributing the maximum contribution to their regular TSP account to be eligible for TSP Catch-up.

Courtesy of Thrift Savings Plan

Courtesy of Thrift Savings Plan

TSP contribution charts can be found at For help calculating the amount of contribution, contact a benefits specialist for assistance from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. (HST) at (877) 276-9287, (785) 240-2222 or by DSN at 520-2222.

Reduction — Effective immediately, there will be a reduction in video and sound support provided by the garrison’s Visual information Center due to decreases in manpower authorizations and budget reductions. The VIC will issue/loan audiovisual equipment and provide training for customers to use at their events. Call 655-5246.

24 / Thursday

Post Offices — Most Post Offices in Hawaii will be closing their retail lobbies at noon on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24. Regular mail delivery will not be affected by these retail operation changes.

Revised hours will be posted at each affected Post Office. The exceptions to the noon closures on Christmas Eve follow:

  • The Aina Haina, Moiliili, MOU 1 and MOU 3 Post Offices will maintain their usual hours of operation on Dec. 24.
  • These offices will close a few hours earlier than usual on Dec. 24, at times other than noon: Honolulu Main Post Office, closing at 2 p.m.; Nanakuli, 2 p.m.; Pukalani, 12:30 p.m.; Uptown, 11:30 a.m.; and Waikiki, 1 p.m.
  • The Fort Shafter and Tripler Post Offices will be closed all day on Dec. 24; the Schofield Barracks Post Office will be open 9 a.m.-noon. These offices do not provide delivery service.

Post Offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

31 / Thursday

Closed — The Fort Shafter Housing Services Office will be closed today.

January 2016

1 / Friday

Cigarettes will not be allowed for personnel under 21 beginning Jan. 1, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

Cigarettes will not be allowed for personnel under 21 beginning Jan. 1, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

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 Jan. 1, 2016, e-cigarettes (and any electronic smoking devices) will be banned wherever smoking is currently prohibited by state law.

20 / Wednesday

SATO Hours — The north and south travel offices will change their start time once per month. Fort Shafter’s SATO office hours will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. every third Wednesday, while Schofield Barracks’ office hours will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. every fourth Wednesday.

26 / Tuesday

FBTH — The next U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Facebook Town Hall meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 6-7:30 p.m. Log into the “Events” page and ask subject matter experts your questions about programs and services.


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.

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