News Briefs

| May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
News Briefs

News Briefs


20 / Wednesday

Suicide —No matter what you think, you are needed and wanted in this world! If you’ve been thinking about taking your life, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK or 800-273-8255. Someone does care!

21 / Thursday

Army Surgeon General — All beneficiaries and Tripler Army Medical Center staff are invited to attend the Army Surgeon General’s town hall on Thursday, June 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the TAMC Kyser Auditorium (Oceanside entrance). During the discussion, Lt. Gen. Nadja West, the commanding general of U.S. Army Medical Command, will discuss Army Medicine topics, before opening up the discussion to questions.

Delta Dental — The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will be “sun-setting” at the end of this year and retirees will be able to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) for their dental and vision coverage. Nothing needs to be done right now, but in order to continue with dental coverage for 2019, retirees must select a plan during this fall’s Federal Benefits Open Season (Nov. 12-Dec. 10, 2018). Retirees will not automatically be rolled into a FEDVIP dental plan.

There are up to 10 Dental Carrier options in FEDVIP from which to choose, including Delta Dental, current administrator of the TRDP. New enrollments will be taken in the TRDP until 10/31/18, and enrollees should continue to use their TRDP benefits with confidence throughout the rest of the year.

Complete information can be found at A TRDP Transition Fact Sheet explains the differences between the TRDP and the current FEDVIP offerings. More information regarding premiums and benefits for 2019 will be available in early October. 

25 / Monday

Voters Week — The week of June 25 to July 5 is Armed Forces Voters Week. Service members, civilians and their families are encouraged to get materials such as the Federal Post Card Application so they can participate in this years election. Remember, voting is both a privilege and a responsibility of citizens in our democracy.

26 / Tuesday

Customer Appreciation Day — GSA ServMart at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is holding an open house on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and see the vender supplier booths. Food and refreshments will be provided. Call Carmen Figueroa at 448-8937 if you have questions.

27 / Wednesday

Rim of the Pacific — RIMPAC is the world’s largest multinational maritime exercise. RIMPAC 2018 will occur this summer, June 27 to Aug. 2. Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial exercise. This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

28 / Thursday

USAG-HI CoC/CoR — The U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii will hold a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony for Col. Stephen Dawson to Col. Thomas Barrett and for Command Sgt. Maj Lisa Piette-Edwards to Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Cereghino.

The date is June 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. on Weyand Field, Schofield Barracks. The reception will follow.


12 / Thursday

500th MI CoC — Col. William (Doug) Conner, outgoing commander of the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, will pass on duties to Col. David Elsen, the incoming commander, at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 12, at Weyand Field.


Voting — If you have not registered to vote in your state, complete an SF 76, a Federal Post Card Application Form (FPCA), and mail it to the Local County Election Office (LEO) of your state to be registered and receive your absentee ballot. Or, if you are separating from the Army and heading back to your Home of

Your Vote Counts

Your Vote Counts

Residence, complete a Voter Registration Application and mail/email it to your Home Residence (LEO).

These forms are available through your Installation Voting Assistance Office (IVAO) or through your Unit Voting Officers. For assistance, visit the Installation Voting Assistance Office at Bldg. 750, Room 213, Soldiers Support Center. Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 808-655-5546. Visit for more information.

PAO Survey — All Soldiers, spouses, civilians and contractors are encouraged to take the Public Affairs survey at This quick survey seeks information about your communication habits and will only take 5-7 minutes to complete.

Reunion — The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, at any time. For information about the association and our 97th annual reunion in Jacksonville, Florida, from Sept. 19-23, 2018, contact Mike Davino at, visit or call 919-498-1910.

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