News Briefs: March 11, 2016

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News Briefs


AG Week — Tickets are available now for the Adjutant General Corps’ 241st anniversary celebration ball, Friday, May 13, in Waikiki. To purchase tickets, email or visit the “Aloha Chapter AGCRA” Facebook page to learn about more AG Week (May 6-12) events.


Reducing Veteran Suicide — On Tuesday, the VA announced new steps it is taking to reduce veteran suicide. The steps follow a Feb. 2 summit, “Preventing Veteran Suicide – A Call to Action,” which discussed current research, approaches and best practices to address this important subject. The VA is continuing to partner with the Department of Defense on suicide prevention and other efforts for a seamless transition from military service to civilian life. Visit


Army Directive 2016-09 — The Army’s new maternity leave policy was signed by Acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy, March 1. It is in line with a DOD-wide policy announced, Jan. 28, by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

The policy grants eligible regular Army or Reserve component Soldiers 12 continuous weeks of nonchargeable maternity leave following a birth event. The 12-week leave period starts immediately after a birth or the mother’s release from the hospital, whichever is later.


15 / Tuesday

Soldiers Vote — Training workshops for about 150 unit voting assistance officers will take place, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., in Schofield’s small Post Conference Room to educate the UVAOs about absentee voting, voters’ registration, ballot requests and ballot submission processes for Soldiers and their families. Call 655-5546.

Soldiers from the 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., donate blood during their quarterly blood drive. The unit was honored by the Armed Services Blood Program as one of the top blood donor units for Tripler Army Medical Center, Feb. 17th. (Courtesy of 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade)

Soldiers donate blood for the Armed Services Blood Program.

Blood Drive — The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) is in need of all blood types, especially O negative, O positive and A negative blood, so attend the Blood Drive at USA Health Clinic Schofield Barracks, Tuesday, March 15, between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Bldg. 691, Rm. 117. A free T-shirt will be provided with every donation.








17 / Thursday

Got Ammo? — Unload your abandoned or unauthorized military ammunition on Ammunition Amnesty Day, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Wheeler Ammunition Supply Point. Call 656-1649.


29 / Tuesday

Courting Closures — The basketball and racquetball courts at the Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center will be closed, 8:30 a.m., March 29, to 1 p.m., April 4, for floor scrubbing and recoating.


18 / Friday

USAG-HI Town Hall — The garrison will hold an employee town hall, 1:30-3 p.m., in Schofield’s Sgt. Smith Theater, to discuss the 2015 USARHAW community and garrison climate surveys results.


22 / Tuesday

WHM-TAMC — The third and final Women’s History Month recognizing women’s contributions, takes place at Tripler Army Medical Center’s Kyser Auditorium from noon ‘til 1 p.m.


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.




5 / Tuesday


Gold Star Spouses’ Day — Survivor Outreach Services hosts a dinner ceremony, 5:30-8 p.m. Call 655-8432.





6 / Wednesday

Presenters Sought — Officers from all services who are looking for an opportunity to give back to their community can do so by honoring JROTC cadets who are at the top of their class by volunteering to be medal presenters for the 2016 Hawaii JROTC awards ceremonies, April 6-May 28. These events are mostly held on high school grounds or community centers in the evening hours. There are 20 high school JROTC units on Oahu needing volunteers. Call 477-8195 (during duty hours).


8 / Friday

CSF2 Open House — All U.S. Army-Hawaii units are invited to the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Center open house, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., for an overview and demonstration of the program capabilities. At the CSF2 Center, 1612 Foote Ave., Bldg. 648, Schofield Barracks. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Call 655-5707.


21 / Thursday

JROTC Review — The Hawaii State Governor’s 34th Annual JROTC Review and Awards Ceremony takes place, 10 a.m., on Fort Shafter’s Palm Circle parade field, for about 600 cadets from 24 public and two private schools. The event includes a cake-cutting ceremony and awards presented to supporting veteran organizations. Open to the public. Call 787-4095.




Photo courtesy American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter WAIKIKI — Bailey and her owners, Melvin and Arlene Miyamoto (center); with Carina Tagupa (far left), Hawaii Red Cross board member; and Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO, Hawaii Red Cross, pose after receiving the 2014 Hero of the Year award during a ceremony, recently.

Photo courtesy American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter

ARC Recruiting — The American Red Cross is recruiting licensed health services volunteers on Oahu. If you’re licensed or certified and can donate some time to help others, please register to become one of the following medical volunteers:

RN, LVN, LPN, EMT, paramedic or Doctor of Osteopathy.

Health services volunteers should also be willing to take additional Red Cross training online and should have a computer, Internet and a cell phone. Call 330-2005.



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