News Briefs: May 20, 2016

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News Briefs


CFPB — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a report this week finding that one-in-five borrowers who take out a single-payment auto title loan have their car or truck seized by their lender for failing to repay their debt. According to the CFPB’s research, more than four-in-five of these loans are renewed the day they are due because borrowers cannot afford to repay them with a single payment. More than two-thirds of auto title loan business comes from borrowers who wind up taking out seven or more consecutive loans and are stuck in debt for most of the year. Visit


Solar Soldiers — The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative will lead a prestigious national solar energy training program, Solar Ready Vets. This program, working with The Solar Foundation, will work directly with military bases and local training providers to prepare transitioning military personnel for careers in solar and connect them to employment opportunities. By working directly with military bases and local training providers, the Solar Ready Vets program will take a successful pilot and scale it into a national program designed to prepare transitioning military personnel for solar careers. The Solar Ready Vets program also aims to create a self-sustaining framework utilizing the benefits of the GI Bill.

Solar Ready Vets is currently working with 10 military bases, including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.


DHS Cybersecurity for Vets — The need for properly trained cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high. Veterans are some of the best-positioned workers to transition into much needed cybersecurity jobs. To celebrate National Military Appreciation Month this May, the Department of Homeland Security is helping veterans transition into a new, rewarding career in cybersecurity by offering a variety of resources, including access to free cybersecurity training and certification prep courses. Veterans interested in learning more or signing up, may visit

21 / Saturday

The 25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Band is on hand to provide inspirational melodies and music for the crowd of over 800 attendees at the Army Commemoration event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, in Honolulu, June 12. The band concluded the evening with its rendition of unit songs from each of 10 active divisions in the Army, followed by the "Army Song," an invocation by the USARPAC chaplain, Col. Michael W. Dugal, and the retiring of the colors. (Staff Sgt. Chris McCullough, U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

The 25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Band

Joint Concert — The bands of the 25th Infantry Division, Marine Corps Forces Pacific and the U.S. Pacific Fleet will perform in the 31st annual Combined Military Band Appreciation Concert at Hawaii Theatre Center at 6 p.m. Free tickets are available at Hawaii Theatre at 1130 Bethel St., Honolulu (9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday).

The reception and seating begins at 5 p.m.; patrons without tickets will be seated at 5:45 p.m. Come celebrate Military Appreciation Month with the community.


23 / Monday

YGL Training — The Young Government Leaders hosts training, today and May 24, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building, Ford Island, JBPHH. These briefings are providing vital information to the Federal Employee community; from new or early employees to beyond retirement.

Federal Agencies should encourage attendance. The training is free with the donation of a canned good for the Hawaii Food Bank. Visit





10 / Friday

WAIKIKI — Gen. Vincent Brooks (right), commander, USARPAC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota (left), senior enlisted leader, USARPAC, are joined by the oldest and youngest Soldiers for the official cutting of the Army’s 239th birthday cake at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, June 13.

WAIKIKI — USARPAC’s senior leaders are joined by the oldest and youngest Soldiers for the official cutting of the Army’s 239th birthday cake, June 13, 2014.

Happy Birthday Army — 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.

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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11 / Monday

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

CoC — Outgoing commander Lt. Col. Christopher W. Crary, Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, will be relieved by Lt. Col. James D. Hoyman at a change of command ceremony, 2 p.m., at Palm Circle, Fort Shafter. Call 835-4000.




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