News Briefs: April 29, 2016

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News Briefs

Today

HAZMAT — Today is the deadline to make an appointment to drop off hazardous residential waste. Be prepared with an inventory list of items and estimated quantities. Only small amounts will be accepted from each household (larger quantities may incur a fee or be rejected). Call 768-3201.

 

 

Shhh! — Due to Army Library technology upgrades, Schofield’s Sgt. Yano Library and the Fort Shafter Library are experiencing intermittent interruption of services, to include borrowing of materials, electronic access and availability of new release material, until May 13.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Christina Abelando (right, background), teen and reference librarian at the Sgt. Yano Library, here, explains how to use Animoto at a workshop, Jan. 19. Animoto is a free online service that lets people make professional-looking videos with images, video clips and music. Teens can enter the library’s Teen Tech Week contest by creating an Animoto video about their favorite book or character. Entries are due March 4. Voting will be done on the library’s Facebook page. Call 655-8001 or 833-4851 to sign up for class. To learn more about Animoto, visit www.mwrarmyhawaii.com. (Vickey Mouzé | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Sgt. Yano Library

The libraries will be open regular hours, but all services may not be available or may be limited for brief periods of time. Soldiers, though, will still be able clear.

Checkouts will be limited to five items per account in May. Call 655-8002 at Schofield Barracks or 438-9521 at Fort Shafter.

 

Pregnant Pause — Army Directive 2016-09, regarding the Army’s new maternity leave policy, signed March 1, 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 non-chargeable 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.

 

Civil War POWs — FBI Evidence Response Teams from Jacksonville and Tampa Field offices recently partnered with the National Park Service in Georgia to excavate the site of a Civil War-era Confederate POW camp.

Andersonville 1865

Andersonville 1865

It is believed more than 500 Union Soldiers died of smallpox in the winter of 1864 while marching more than 100 miles from the prison at Andersonville to Thomasville, Ga.

The dig in February provided FBI investigators with an opportunity to learn more about how archaeologists excavate human remains and for the Park Service staff to see how the FBI sifts for evidence at a burial site.

 

Small Business Forum — The 14th Annual Hawaii Small Business Forum takes place, July 12, and registration is already open. The forum will again bring together representatives from various government agencies and small business resource partners to discuss contracting opportunities and updates to small businesses looking to start or expand their government contracting opportunities. Call 596-8990.

 

DPW DMOs — Customers have experienced very long wait times when calling in Demand Maintenance Orders at the garrison’s Directorate of Public Works. DPW has temporarily reassigned personnel to partially cover the phones.

The phone system itself is malfunctioning, dropping the customers’ calls (while keeping the customers’ phones ringing), which causes customers to think that technicians aren’t answering the phone.

The phone system is being replaced. Meanwhile, if the DMO call isn’t answered in the first 20 rings, hang up and call again.

Please don’t call the DMO line to ask for status order; those questions should go to your DPW facility manager.

DPW is working on putting non-emergency DMO requests on the garrison website so that customers can email non-emergency DMOs to DPW.

Emergency DMOs will still be taken over the telephone.

 

Coasties Encourage H2O PPE — Coast Guard and Honolulu Fire Department responders rescued a 52-year-old man after his kayak capsized offshore of Waialua, Wednesday.

The kayaker was escorted to shore by a Coast Guard rescue swimmer and HFD first responders after a rogue wave capsized his kayak approximately 1 mile offshore of Waialua Beach.

“The Coast Guard strongly encourages mariners to have proper safety equipment before heading out onto the water,” said Lt.j.g. Christa Funk, Sector Honolulu Command Center. “That includes life jackets, flares, an emergency position-indicating radio beacon and a VHF radio as this mariner used.

“Emergencies happen when you least expect them, even to the most experienced mariner,” she said, “so it’s important to be prepared. This equipment can be the difference between life and death.”

 

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Unwanted Drugs — National Prescription Take Back Day takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of the Schofield Barracks Exchange. Drop off your expired, unwanted and unused prescription medication for safe disposal. Call 655-4470.

 

May

 

2 / Monday

Stand-down — The National Safety Stand-Down takes place from today through May 6. Plan a toolbox talk or other safety activity, talk about how to prevent falls and provide safety training for all workers. Visit www.osha.gov/stopfallsstanddown.

Also, the Schofield Barracks Housing Office will be closed, 8-9 a.m., all week, for the garrison mandatory safety stand down exercise.

 

4 / Wednesday

Never Forget — The community is invited to observe the National Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, with guest speaker Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky, 1-2:30 p.m., at Wheeler Army Airfield Chapel.

 

STEM — Today is the deadline to register for a May 16 luncheon with a panel of educational leaders on how we can better prepare tomorrow’s workforce, particularly with the critical role that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics plays in U.S. competitiveness and future of economic prosperity. Call 545-4300.

 

6 / Friday

HMAM — Governor David Ige will officially recognize May 2016 as “Hawaii Military Appreciation Month.” For the last three years, the Military Affairs Council (MAC) has coordinated this event with the Governor’s office to kickoff a month-long series of MAC events to honor our Hawaii-based military.

Hawaii Military Appreciation Month

Seven Hawaii-based members of the armed services will also be recognized for their dedication and commitment towards improving our community. These honorees have dedicated countless hours of their own time to clean up the environment, fix our schools, mentor our youth or coach youth sports.

Although most of these individuals are stationed in Hawaii for only a few years, their volunteer efforts provide an opportunity for each of them to engage with the community and make their adopted home of Hawaii a better place.

 

Military Spouse Appreciation Day — Take a moment to thank a military spouse for his or her contributions, today, the day we honor them for their sacrifices on behalf of service members.

 

AG 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 agcraalohachapter@gmail.com or visit the “Aloha Chapter AGCRA” Facebook page to learn about more events.

 

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MAC Joint Concert — The bands of the 25th ID, Marine Corps Forces Pacific and the U.S. Pacific Fleet will perform in the annual Military Appreciation Combined Concert at Hawaii Theatre Center. The reception begins at 5 p.m., and the Army has the lead for this event. Come celebrate Military Appreciation Month with the community.

 

June

 

10 / Friday

Happy Birthday Army — The U.S. Army-Pacific will celebrate the 241st Army Birthday at Hilton Hawaii Village, June 10th. Military should wear dress blues or mess, and civilians should wear formal evening attire. Call 438-6361 for more details.

 

13 / Monday

USS Arizona — From today through June 26, the dock for the USS Arizona Memorial will be dismantled, removed and replaced. Visitors will not be able to disembark onto the USS Arizona Memorial during this time, although a boat ride to observe the memorial will still be available. All other visitor services will remain unchanged.

USS Arizona Memorial Stamp

USS Arizona Memorial Stamp

The dock was designed in Hawaii by a local company. A series of skid-proof ramps will replace the combination of steps and ramps that currently provide walking and wheelchair access from the dock to the memorial.

Visit facebook.com/ValorNPS and www.nps.gov/valr.

 

 

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