News Briefs: May 6, 2016

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News Briefs


Military Spouse Appreciation Day — The “Hawaii Army Weekly” thanks all of the USAG-HI community military spouses for being force multipliers on behalf of their Soldiers. Mahalo!



Flying V — The “One Team” ohana will say a hui kaua to U.S. Army- Pacific’s out-going chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Hughes, and deputy commanding general-South, Maj. Gen. Todd B. McCaffrey, on Fort Shafter during a 10 a.m. Flying V ceremony.

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (center), senior enlisted leader, USARPAC, directs the formation during a “Flying V” ceremony to welcome Maj. Gen. William Beard, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Reserves, USARPAC, Monday.

Flying V

Please arrive by 9:40 a.m. Call 437-5862 or follow the event on the official USARPAC Facebook and Flickr pages at, and


Zika Virus — The Army Public Health Center has information about the spread of the Zika Virus. Visit


Got AG? — Adjutant General Week (May 6-12) begins, today, ending with the Adjutant General Corps’ 241st anniversary celebration ball in Waikiki, May 13. Email for tickets or visit the “Aloha Chapter AGCRA” Facebook page to learn about more events.

File photo Boxes become plentiful during the PCS season.



Sponsorship — Are you about to make a permanent change of station, or PCS move? Have you just arrived in Hawaii? Do you have a sponsor? All active duty Soldiers in the ranks of colonel down to private are required to have a sponsor. Call 655-1974 or visit to learn more.







VA logoVets — The U.S. Dept. of Labor has a couple of helpful blogs, in English and Spanish, posted by the assistant secretary of labor for veterans’ employment and training. Visit and


ASAP Policy Change — The 4-5 percent weekly random drug testing requirement, as specified in the AR 600-85, has been rescinded and replaced with 10 percent monthly random testing. This is per Army Directive 2016-15 (Change in the Army’s

Random Deterrence Drug Testing Program, 22 APR 16). The primary method for selection remains “inspection-random” code. Units will monitor who has been randomly tested, and those Soldiers who have not had a random urinalysis during the first three quarters of the fiscal year will be tested in the fourth quarter using the “inspection-other” test basis code. Call the Army Substance Abuse Program at 655-4470.


VA Life — The VA’s Life Insurance Program received a strong customer satisfaction score of 81 on a scale of 100 from the American Customer Satisfaction Index, an independent survey that scores customer satisfaction for more than 300 private companies and federal and local government agencies. Visit


7 / Saturday

Silkies Hike — Silkies are a type of PT shorts worn by Marines. Wear your PT shorts and march a 22 km hike with a 22 kg (48.5 lbs) rucksack to help prevent veteran suicide. Visit for details.


Sounds of Freedom — Artillery and mortar training take place this week. Depending on atmospheric conditions, the sounds may be heard in the surrounding communities.


WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — A Soldier from the Special Reaction Team, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, searches for additional role-playing suspects during the rescue of several role-playing hostages during an antiterrorism force protection exercise, held here, July 29-30. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Antiterrorism force protection exercise. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

AT Exercise — The Soldier Readiness Processing site at Conroy Bowl, Schofield Barracks, will conduct an antiterrorism/force protection exercise, during the afternoon. Staff may be seen evacuating the area, but there is no danger to the community nor any need to report these incidents – it’s only an exercise.


21 / Saturday

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.




10 / Friday

The traditional cake cutting follows dinner. Representing the past, present and future successes of the U.S. Army-Pacific are Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USARPAC commanding general (right), the command's most senior commissioned officer; Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant Lambert, USARPAC's senior enlisted leader (left); the command's youngest Soldier, Pvt. Cody Simons of the 25th Infantry Division; and retired Brig. Gen. James Hastings, who represented the most senior Army Soldier. (Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

(Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

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.

Pictured is the USS Arizona Memorial. ( Photo by MC2 Daniel Barker, Mass Communication Specialist)

Photo by MC2 Daniel Barker, Mass Communication Specialist

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.

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