News Briefs: February 19, 2016

| February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Today

DoD photo The Defense Department observes National Black History Month in February by honoring the contributions of African-Americans who work to keep the country safe. As the nation marks the 40th year of the observance, President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation to urge Americans to reflect on the sacrifices African Americans have made for generations. Visit www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/0216_aahm?source=GovDelivery for more details.

The Defense Department observes National Black History Month in February by honoring the contributions of African-Americans who work to keep the country safe. As the nation marks the 40th year of the observance, President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation to urge Americans to reflect on the sacrifices African Americans have made for generations.

Black History — Celebrate African-American history with the Tropic Lightning Division and the U.S. Army-Hawaii Team Equal Opportunity/EEO at 1 p.m. in Schofield’s Sgt. Smith Theater (north) and Feb. 24 at noon in Tripler’s Kyser Auditorium (south). Call 438-4962.

 

national_park_service_signedit1World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument/ USS Arizona Memorial Operations Partially Suspended — Five passengers were safely recovered after a civilian helicopter went down in the waters of Pearl Harbor at 10:30 a.m. yesterday in the area near the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. All five passengers were transported to local hospitals for evaluation. For more information, please refer to the Navy Region Hawaii’s facebook page at facebook.com/NavyRegionHawaii.

Partial operations at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center will resume today. Due to an ongoing investigation, the theater and boat trips to the USS Arizona Memorial will be suspended until further notice. However, the visitor center grounds, museums, snack shop, and bookstore will be open to serve visitors. In addition, normal operations will resume at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites: the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Our partial operations remain in effect until further notice. We regret this inconvenience, but appreciate your understanding. Updates will be posted at facebook.com/ValorNPS.

 

Contractor, NCO Sentenced — In two separate cases concluded this week, a former government contractor employee was sentenced to 46 months in prison, Tuesday, for his role in a bribery scheme involving a federal program in Afghanistan and conspiracy to structure financial transactions to avoid currency transaction reporting requirements, and a former Army Reserve staff sergeant was sentenced, Wednesday, to 21 months in prison for bulk cash smuggling of $113,050 and theft of government property while serving in Afghanistan.

The staff sergeant was deployed at Kandahar Airfield, and he was responsible for helping to break down smaller bases in preparation for the withdrawal of U.S. military forces. His duties included retrieving U.S. government property for future use and selling as scrap to Afghan contractors. His case was investigated by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the FBI, ICE-HSI, Army CID and DCIS, with assistance from the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

The Cost of Living Allowance, or COLA, will decrease this year in Hawaii. (File photo)

The Cost of Living Allowance, or COLA, has decreased in Hawaii due to poor turnout.  (File photo)

 Insufficient Funds? — More Soldiers and other service members must participate in the ongoing cost of living survey in order to get good data. Due to poor turnout in the last survey, the COLA for active duty military personnel in Hawaii significantly decreased. All warriors of all branches need to take the survey before March 1. Visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/lps-hawaii.cfm.

 

FEHB — Enrollment changes in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, outside of open season enrollees, are allowed for the Self Plus One option until Feb. 29, given this addition of a new enrollment type. Visit www.opm.gov/selfplusone or www.abc.army.mil/health/Selfplusone.htm.

 

22 / Monday

M$W — Military Saves Week begins. Contact the Army Community Service office at 655-4227 or visit www.mwrbrandcentral.com/print-web-materials/military-saves-week to learn more.

 

24 / Wednesday

DoD/VA Suicide Prevention — The Public Health Approach Webinar Series presents “The Power of One: Maximizing a Public Health, Community-Based, and Holistic Approach to Suicide Prevention.” This webinar will discuss the rationale and evidence to support a public health, community-focused approach to suicide prevention, demonstrate the importance of using a prevention science framework to guide and implement suicide prevention efforts, and describe how a population-wide suicide prevention strategy can leverage an entire community to prevent suicide.

Register at http://dspo.cds.pesgce.com/eindex.php.

 

March

 

26 / Saturday

Earth Day — An Earth Day Festival, Family Fun Fest and Leisure Travel Service Fair takes place, 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m., at Weyand Field, Schofield Barracks. A Kolekole Pass run has been added.

 

 

 

 

Tags: , , , ,

Category: Calendar, News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *