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News Briefs

News Briefs

September 2018

29 / Saturday

Grave Decorating — Volunteers are needed at Punchbowl on Sept. 29, starting at 8:15 a.m., to honor more than a thousand 100th veterans who are laid to rest there. No RSVP is needed. Simply check in at the tent on the Ewa end of the Cemetery (near the bottom of the “Steps”). The more helping hands, the faster the finish. Dress for comfort as you will be doing some walking. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are a must. Bring a container (pitcher, empty milk jug) to carry water to fill vases.

Also, about a dozen volunteers are needed to help decorate over a hundred graves of 100th veterans who are buried at the State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe. If you can help, contact Arlene Sato at 387-1954.

30 / Sunday

Memorial Service — The 13th Annual Joint Memorial Service will be held on Sept. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Punchbowl Cemetery. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

October 2018

1 / Monday

Retiree Appreciation — If you plan to have breakfast at the annual Retiree Appreciation Day, Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter, an advance payment of $12 is due by Oct. 1. The U.S. Army Retiree Council-Hawaii will be hosting this event; doors will open at 8 a.m.

This free event is for all retirees, surviving spouses and family members. Several guest speakers will discuss topics pertinent to the Army retired community and provide updates about current programs. For more information, visit or call the Retirement Services Office at 655-1514.

Legal Services — The Legal Assistance Office, Schofield Barracks, will only offer notary services from Oct. 1-10. There will be no attorney services from Oct. 1-10. For more details, call 655-8607.

Recruiting — The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is participating in a recruiting event on Oahu in October. Job opportunities will be offered to veterans, those about to retire from the military and civilians.  Visit  to learn more.

The National Take Back Initiative is on Oct. 27 at various locations.

The National Take Back Initiative is on Oct. 27 at various locations.

27 / Saturday

NTBI — During the National Take Back Initiative, you can turn in your unused or expired medication for safe, anonymous disposal at several locations on Saturday, Oct. 27, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call (808) 541-1930 for more details.


Recycling — The Army Recycle Center on Schofield Barracks is collecting recyclable items in just one bin – yes, in just one bin! Recycle all of your cardboard; newspapers; shredded, office and mixed papers; aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and plastics. Call 656-5411 or 656-3085 for more details.

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.

Licensing — The Department of Customer Services has announced that the Wai‘anae Driver Licensing Center, currently open only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will be moving to a five day-a-week operation. The change is in direct response to the increased demand for driver licensing services. Although appointments are recommended, walk-in service will continue to be available on a first come, first served basis. Driver license road tests will continue to be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.

The Wai‘anae Driver Licensing Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily, but closes for a lunch hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To help ensure a successful visit, customers are encouraged to have all of the required documents and complete the application form.

The website offers a link to appointments, an interactive document guide, application forms, and general information. Licenses can be renewed up to six months in advance.

Property Tax — The City and County of Honolulu is offering a real property tax credit to certain homeowners. Applicants who qualify can receive a tax credit equal to the amount of taxes owed for the current tax year that exceeds three percent (3 percent) of the titleholders’ combined gross income. This tax credit will be applied to next year’s taxes. However, an annual filing is required for this credit.

Eligibility requirements follow:

  • Homeowner must have a home exemption in effect at the time of application and for the subsequent tax year.
  • Any of the titleholders do not own any other property in any other location.
  • The combined income of all titleholders cannot exceed $60,000.

Applications are available at the following locations:

The application deadline is October 1. For more details or assistance, contact the Real Property Tax Relief Office at 768-3205.

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!

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