News Briefs: March 25, 2016

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Debt Collection — A report from the Office of Servicemember Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, highlights complaints submitted in 2015 and CFPB enforcement actions that directly impacted the military community.


The report found that service members have been submitting debt collection complaints to the Bureau at nearly twice the rate of non-military consumers. Additionally, the report highlights CFPB enforcement actions that have returned over $5 million to the pockets of service members and their families in 2015.

Visit to read the report.



VA logoBest for Vets — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been named a “Best for Vets” employer for the third straight year by “Military Times.” The designation recognizes the Exchange as having a company culture and policies that cater to military veterans.

The Exchange was also named a Best for Vets employer in 2014 and 2015, and in 2015, the Exchange hired nearly 1,300 veterans. In addition, the organization employed more than 3,400 veterans last year, which comprised 10 percent of the organization’s overall workforce.


More for Vets — The VA is now able to fund care for all vets with hepatitis C for fiscal year 2016, regardless of the stage of the patient’s liver disease. The move follows increased funding from Congress along with reduced drug prices. Visit


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 10K Run has been added at 7 a.m. at Leaders Field. Registration is $35. Register and pay online at Race day registration takes place until 6:45 a.m. Call MWR Hawaii at 655-8789.


28 / Monday

ASIST — Learn to be a capable, confident caregiver to those with thoughts of suicide by attending an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop. This two-day workshop, sponsored by the Navy, will be repeated April 7-8. Call 474-1999 for locations.


29 / Tuesday

FORT SHAFTER — Staff Sgt. Jeremy Griffin (white) from Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 30th Signal Battalion, and Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Mitchell (green) of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army-Pacific, attempt to retrieve a loose ball during a 2014 Army Hawaii Intramural Sports Fort Shafter Basketball League game at the FS Physical Fitness Center basketball gym, Jan. 27. USARPAC held on to win the game with a score of 39-34. (Photo by Michael Kim; Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Office; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii)

Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center

No B/R-ball — The basketball and racquetball courts at the Fort Shafter gym will close, until April 4, for floor scrubbing and recoating.


31 / Thursday

Cardio Room Closure — Martinez Physical Fitness Center’s cardio room will be closed, 9 a.m.-noon, for the removal of old equipment, and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., April 1, for the installation of new equipment.



 1 / Friday

Teal Ribbon

Teal Ribbon

SHARP — April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, a time to wear the color teal, or place a ribbon or sign at your building, or put a teal ribbon on your car to show everyone that you support SHARP.
Apri 22 is the “SHARPen Your Area” decorating contest.Design your very own SHARP campaign with the message “Eliminate the Behavior” to help  get the word out. It is very similar to the door decorating contests seen nationwide; however, it can be a door, a wall, a table or a corner in the office. Your only limitation is your imagination.



2 / Saturday

Solar Impulse 2 — HDOT is pleased to announce a free public viewing of the plane making the first solar-powered flight around the world. The public will be able to see the Solar Impulse 2 and meet the crew, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Hangar 111 at Kalaeloa Airport, Kapolei.

Solar Impulse 2

Solar Impulse 2














The date of this event may need to be changed to Sunday, depending on the possibility of the plane leaving the hangar for training flights linked to weather conditions. For more information on the Solar Impulse’s mission and journey around the world, visit


4 / Monday

Remembrance — Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky will be the guest speaker for National Holocaust Remembrance Day, 1-2:30 p.m., in Wheeler Chapel, hosted by the 209th Aviation Support Battalion.


5 / Tuesday

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


6 / Wednesday

Officers Needed — 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 program capabilities. Open house is at the CSF2 Center, 1612 Foote Ave., Bldg. 648, Schofield Barracks. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Call 655-5707.


15 / Friday


Purple Up Day — April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child,” a time to recognize military keiki for their strength, sacrifices and continued resilience. Wear something purple as a visible way to show support.


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.






30 / Saturday

NTBI — National Prescription Take Back Day happens, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of Schofield Barracks Exchange by the flower shop. Community members can drop off expired, unwanted and unused prescription medication for safe disposal. Call 655-4470.




6 / Friday

1273__origAG Week — Adjutant General Week (May 6-12) begins with breakfast at the 25th Sustainment Brigade’s dining facility, ending with the Adjutant General Corps’ 241st anniversary celebration ball, Friday, May 13, in Waikiki. Tickets are available now.

Email or visit the “Aloha Chapter AGCRA” Facebook page to learn about more events.





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