Traffic & Outages

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Traffic & Outages

Traffic & Outages

October

25 / Wednesday

CIE — Attend the Community Information Exchange at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks. Attend to hear what’s happening in U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s directorates, organizations, programs and services. Also, subject matter experts and the senior commander will answer your questions.

 28 / Saturday

National Take Back Initiative — Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe, anonymous disposal on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Main Exchange, Schofield Barracks. Containers will be located in front of the flower shop. Other locations are available; call 541-1930.

 31 / Tuesday

Trick or Treat — U.S. Army Hawaii will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

November

7 / Tuesday

Special Operations Recruiting — Attend briefings about Special Forces, Psy Ops and Civil Affairs on any date from Nov. 7-9, at 9:30-11 a.m. or 2:30-4 p.m., at Yano Hall Library, 2nd Floor, Room #221, Schofield Barracks. Visit https://goarmysof.com.

Ongoing

Short Survey — Health Promotion needs your help! U.S. Army Hawaii personnel, would you complete a short survey – less than 10 minutes long – about the quality of your life, health, safety and satisfaction here in Hawaii, please. Go to https://usaphcapps.amedd.army.mil/Survey/se.ashx?s=251137453825C6F3. Call Linda Bass at 655-4772 for more details.

Academies — Senator Mazie K. Hirono is accepting applications from Hawaii students who seek a military service academy nomination from her office. Each year, the senator nominates Hawaii students to the Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.

Qualified students seeking a Congressional nomination from the senator must apply by the Nov.1, 2017 deadline.

To be considered for a nomination, candidates should have a strong academic background, participation in school and community activities, a high standard of physical fitness and a desire to serve as a commissioned officer in the U.S. uniformed services or the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Nomination does not guarantee admission. For more details, visit https://www.hirono.senate.gov/help/students/academy.

Identity Theft — Millions of Americans have been impacted by the recent Equifax data breach. Whether or not your personal information has been stolen, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your credit. Visit https://www.consumerfinance.gov.

Abandoned Vehicles — Listen to Hawaii Public Radio to get the latest facts on abandoned vehicles. Go to http://hpr2.org/post/conversation-wednesday-august-16th-2017.

Filipino Veterans —The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project is currently helping to register Filipino veterans who honorably served in the U.S. military at any time from July 26, 1941, to Dec. 31, 1946. If you or someone you know served during this time, click at https://www.filvetrep.org/application to apply.

DCCA — As part of its outreach to protect consumers across the state of Hawaii, the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has produced a guide for members of the military and their families.

The guide is tailored to assist with a transition to Hawaii and provides relevant information such as navigating state laws, getting insurance, spotting scams or fraud, purchasing vehicles and homes, and lots more.

Physical copies of the guide will be available at Army Community Service soon. A soft copy of the guide is available at http://cca.hawaii.gov/militaryconsumer/.

Clean Water — U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Branch, Clean Water Program helps protect Hawaii’s waters. Its 2017 Storm Water Trash Reduction Plan has been posted for public review and comment. The Trash Reduction Plan will be available for 30 days – through Sept. 26. Visit https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/sustainability/CleanWater.aspx.

SHARP — Moving into the tech savvy world, an app is now available for SHARP – the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program – at http://teamapp.mobi/usarhawsharp692.

An app will be available for download from iTunes, too, within the next couple of weeks. The apps will work on Android phones, in your browser as an HTML5 app, on Smartphones and Google Play.

If you need to speak with a victim advocate and/or to report a sexual assault, call either of these numbers:

  • The 24-hour SHARP Hotline at (808)655-9474.
  • DoD Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247.

Fake Charity Scams — The Internal Revenue Service is warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to Hurricane Harvey and encourages taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their donations. While there have been an enormous wave of support across the country for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, people should be aware of criminals who look to take advantage of this generosity by impersonating charities to get money or private information from well-meaning taxpayers.

Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations. More information about tax scams and schemes may be found at IRS.gov using the keywords “scams and schemes.” Details on available relief can be found on the disaster relief page on https://www.IRS.gov.

Vehicle Registration — Registering a vehicle? Note, the City and County of Honolulu has made changes to forms that allow service members to register their vehicles in Hawaii tax free. The changes were made due to significant issues with abandoned vehicles. They allow the city and county to determine the owner’s active duty and/or deployment status.

Make sure you are turning in the correct non-residency form, which went into effect Aug. 1, when you register. Unit S-1s can pick up the new forms at the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Forms Center. Call 656-0334 for questions about form pickup.

Military OneSource — This funded Department of Defense program supports service members and their families, including active duty, National Guard and Reserve members. It’s your one-stop shop for all things military life related, including information and referral services, non-medical counseling, online resources, educational materials, webinars, newsletters and outreach teams, 24/7, 365 days a year, at no cost to eligible service or family members.

Hawaii’s consultant is Heather Hutchinson at (808) 286-9277 or heather.hutchinson@militaryonesource.com. Visit www.militaryonesource.mil.

Fingerprinting — Digital fingerprinting services are available, weekdays, at the locations and times following.

  • Schofield Barracks: Installation Security Office, Bldg. 580, Rm. 130, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Service is for military, civilians and contractors for clearances. Call 655-8879/1493/9438.
  • Fort Shafter: Provost Marshal Office, Bldg. T118, 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Service is for military, civilian and contractor clearances, NAF and volunteers. Call 438-8001/1092.

Text Aloha — Feeling lonely? Angry? Just need to talk to someone? Call 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255,or text “Aloha” to 741741, or visit crisistextline.org.

Someone is always available to help you!

CRGs — Did you know the Army now has a Community Resource Guide for 48 different installations? They’re one-stop shopping for Soldiers, civilians, family members and retirees. They’re a comprehensive inventory of programs and services in the medical, mission and garrison organizations. Plus, the CRG is searchable, interactive, web-based and mobile-friendly. See what’s inside. Visit https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil, https://crg.amedd.army.mil and https://www.army.mil/article/181188/ for more details.

Prescriptions — Did you know that the post pharmacy will take back your expired prescriptions free of charge? Pick up an envelope at the pharmacy for disposal. Call 433-8421 or 433-8425 for more details.

Text 911 — New technology has really improved our emergency response capability. If you cannot provide a voice (or telephone) call to 911 during an emergency, now you can use your cellphone! Visit www.hawaiitextto911.com.

Ideas — Have you ever had an idea that you kept to yourself because you thought no one would listen? Well, now someone is listening. If you’ve seen an issue and have a solution, or just have a great idea that could improve the Army, go to the Army Ideas for Innovation website on MilSuite at https://www.milsuite.mil/ai2 and share it.

The AI2 team will push your ideas (relevant/informative) to the people who can turn them into reality. As of today, there are more than 120 ideas are under review. Also, every idea is open for public comment, so you can read the ideas of others and leave your own feedback.

 •Wheeler Army Airfield: Child-Related Services, Bldg. 682, Rm. 104, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Service is for child-related actions, volunteers and NAF actions. Call 656-1335/1320/1332.

Women’s Health Portal — The web-based women’s health portal, developed by the U.S. Army Public Health Center, provides information on women’s health topics. The portal gives women and health care providers access to health-related resources and support that facilitate health and readiness in both the deployed and garrison settings.

Read more at https://www.army.mil/standto/archive_2017-06-21/?s_cid=standto.

Green to Gold — The U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC) has changed the application dates for the upcoming Green 2 Gold Selection Board. Soldiers who are applying for scholarship or active duty options for the fall of 2018 must submit applications per the following suspense:

  • Now: The application window has been open since June 12. Soldiers can create a new application at www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted-solders as of this date.
  • Nov. 26: Deadline for Green 2 Gold Packets. All applications and required documentation must be uploaded to the application dashboard by this date.
  • Dec. 11-15: Green 2 Gold Selection Board is held.

If you have questions, contact the following personnel:

  • William Roach, Recruiting Operations Officer, University of Hawaii-Manoa Army ROTC, at (808) 956-7766.
  • David Sullivan, Enrollment Eligibility Officer, University of Hawaii-Manoa Army ROTC, at (808) 956-7744.

Retirement Video — The Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, has a new video to help educate employees about their annuity benefits under the two most common federal retirement systems: the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).

The video will help CSRS and FERS employees understand the following:

  • Which is my retirement system?
  • How much of my salary is contributed to my retirement system?
  • When can I retire?
  • What service is creditable toward my retirement eligibility and annuity benefit?
  • How can I estimate my monthly annuity benefit?
  • What reductions could apply to my annuity benefit?
  • How can I prepare for retirement?

The 51-minute video is available at www.opm.gov/RetirementOverview.

New Hours — The Fort Shafter Personal Property office has reduced services to Wednesdays only. Scheduled appointments will be provided from 7:30-11 a.m., only. Call 655-1868 for appointments.

Assistance is available for Defense Personal Property System (DPS) self-counseling from noon till 3:30 p.m.

Retirement — What have you done lately to prepare for retirement? According to a survey recently conducted by a financial solutions company, 37 percent of Americans would rather stand in line at the DMV than plan for retirement. However, planning for retirement should start the day you are hired because people are now living longer, so you may be retired for as long as you worked.

The path to Financial Literacy is the same as the path to a comfortable retirement. For information on how Financial Literacy applies to your federal benefits and retirement, visit its page at Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C): https://www.abc.army.mil/FinancialLiteracy/FinLitMonth.htm.

UH ROTC — Do you want to become an Army officer? The University of Hawaii conducts briefings on the last Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Tripler Army Medical Center Education Center. This is a great opportunity for Soldiers to get firsthand information on ROTC scholarships and how the program operates.

For more details, contact William Roach at 956-7766 or David Sullivan at 956-7744.

Scholarships — Find out about the Green to Gold and ROTC Hip Pocket Scholarships. Go to the Cadet Command website at www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted_soldiers.jsp. Apply to the school and contact that school’s ROTC. Also, contact the UH Army ROTC (for eligibility screening). Once confirmed, initiate a 4187 through your chain of command. Apply for a Hip Pocket Scholarship online and through your brigade S1.

National Financial Literacy Month — The more years you have to save, the more effective it is. So, the earlier you begin contributing to the Thrift Savings Plan, and the longer you are able to leave the money in your account, the greater the opportunity you have to enjoy the benefits of compounding.

For example, if you chose a penny doubled every day for 31 days, you would end up with $10,737,418.24! This is an example, albeit an extreme one, of the power of compounding.

Check out the calculator “How Much Will My Savings Grow?” on the TSP at www.tsp.gov to see how compounding can work for you.

Photo Reshoots — If a photo reshoot is necessary at Visual Information because of an incorrect/missing uniform item, such as missing ribbons, unauthorized devices, wrinkles, or other discrepancies (that were not caused by the photographer or the equipment), the Soldier will receive one reshoot opportunity. Reshoot appointments must be scheduled through the VI Ordering Site and will require a digitally signed email or written request signed by the commander or equivalent in the Soldier’s chain of command, per AR 640-30, Section 5.

Visit https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/dptms/tv2.htm, in the “Preparing for an Official Photo” section for information about Dept. of the Army photos. Also review AR 670-1.

Soldiers are encouraged to have a trusted Soldier accompany them to help quality check their appearance and review their DA photo before accepting it.

Videos on Garrison Website — If you are having a problem seeing videos on the Garrison website, complete the following actions, per Information Technology: In Internet Explorer, click on the “Tools” icon (which is located in the upper right hand corner, the round tool, next to the star). From there, go down the drop down list and select “Compatibility View Settings.” In that window, make sure the “Display intranet sites in Compatibility View” box is unchecked. Hit “close” and video should now play (once you refresh the screen).

DPW — The Directorate of Public Works (Wheeler, Bldg. 104) will operate on the following temporary hours until further notice:

  • Office hours of Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 656-1275.
  • After Hours of Monday-Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 a.m., for emergency calls only, including all weekends and holidays.

Call the Installations Operation Center, or IOC, at 656-3272.

SB HSO — Changes were made to the Schofield Barracks Housing Services Office procedures and operations regarding Temporary Lodging Allowance, or TLA certificates. Group briefings are held daily, and personnel must arrive on time. Call 655-3076 for more details.

Email DPW Work Orders —To free up phone lines for emergencies, the Directorate of Public Works is asking the community to submit non-emergency work-repair orders via email. Download a Microsoft Word version of DPW’s Demand Maintenance Order Form on the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii website (https://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/dpw/default.htm). The completed form may then be emailed to usarmy.wheeler.id-pacific.list.dpw-demand-maintenance-orders@mail.mil.

For emergencies, such as widespread power outages, overflowing toilets and Priority 1 air-conditioning failures, call the Installation Operations Center at 656-3272.

Online Romance Scams — Internet scams involving impersonation fraud in which criminals promise true love, dubbed “romance scams,” are being perpetrated on social media and dating websites. Online criminals have been using online photographs and names of unsuspecting U.S. Soldiers to build false identities. The criminals then use those identities to pretend to be U.S. Soldiers to steal money from their civilian victims.

Become more aware. See details at https://www.army.mil/standto/archive_2017-02-09/?s_cid=standto.

IRS — Watch to see when you will get your Internal Revenue Service refund at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnC8tt1wdhI.

TSP — Federal employees who participate in the Thrift Savings Plan and who will turn age 50 during the year are eligible to make TSP catch-up contributions, i.e., supplemental tax-deferred contributions, to the TSP beyond the maximum amount they can contribute through regular contributions. Visit www.tsp.gov/ for more details.

A/C and DPW — The garrison’s Directorate of Public Works strives to provide timely responses to air conditioning work orders despite increased system failures during the warm season and severe staffing shortages. Your continued patience with A/C repairs is greatly appreciated.

Please help DPW by accurately describing your A/C failure and level of urgency, so that it may devote precious resources to the most critical cooling outages. Intentionally elevating the criticality of a cooling outage results in diversion of precious resources away from the true emergencies and overall delays for all work orders.

DPW A/C techs have been instructed to leave the work site if the work priority of a failed cooling unit is misrepresented. If you have a Demand Maintenance Order number, then DPW is aware of your situation and will work relentlessly within its operational constraints to get your system repaired based on priorities.

The DPW work order desk will provide statuses upon request after 10 days since the order was submitted. Thanks for your continued patience and cooperation.

Moving Season — Military and family members are reminded to pre-plan their permanent change of station, or PCS shipments. Hawaii is a geographically isolated area, so during the peak moving season, mover capacity is filled up to 30 days out.

The soonest pack-out dates that the island can currently accommodate are June 9th. That will continue to slip right as the days proceed.

Personnel are strongly urged to consolidate unaccompanied baggage, to include retained issue organizational clothing and individual equipment (OCIE) into their household goods.

For more details, call Installation Transportation at 656-4963.

 

 

 

 

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