Events

May 3, 2012

News Briefs May 3, 2012

ID card section changing hours

The DEERS/ID Card section is changing its hours of operation on Thursday mornings. Effective Today, the office will be closed for training on the first Thursday of every month. The office will remain open regular business hours on Thursdays other than the first Thursday of each month.

For more information, contact John Julian, 533.8198 or jj.julian@us.army.mil.

 

Range closures announced

  • Today: B, C, D, J, N, U, X, G, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
  • Friday: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, J, M, N, X, V, Z,
  • Saturday: B, C, D, J, M, X, G, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
  • Sunday: B, C, D, J, M, X, G, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
  • Monday: B, C, D, J, K, L, M, R, X, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
  • Tuesday: B, C, D, J, K, L, P, R, U, X, Y, G, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
  • Wednesday B, C, D, J, K, L, P1, R, U, U1, X, G, V, Z, T1, T2, T3

Range closures are subject to daily change. For information, call 533.1014.

 

Clean-up, fire prevention operation underway

The U.S. Army Garrison and partner organizations is conducting an installation-wide spring cleanup and fire prevention operation through Friday to clean-up and properly dispose of trash, debris and discarded combustible materials throughout the installation cantonment and training areas and to mitigate wildland fire threat.

Units post-wide are involved.

Motorists should drive carefully when passing groups cleaning up near the roadways.

 

Cooling equipment changeover announced

The Directorate of Public Works has scheduled the changeover to cooling equipment to take place through May 18, weather permitting. Any facility not completed by the end-date should call the contractor’s work control section, 533.5457 or 533.5459.

Callbacks for coolers that have been turned on should be referred to work control until May 25. After this, service orders should be placed with the DPW service order desk, 533.3151/2003.

In most facilities, this changeover requires the heater to be disconnected before the cooling unit can be activated. Occupants awaiting changeover should open windows on hot days.

 

Get “Wired” at MI Library

Join Staff Sgt. Herb Larson, Military Intelligence Basic Officers Leader Course Instructor, 304th MI Battalion, for a look at the functional side of MI. Watch episodes of “The Wire” and stir up some intel. tonight, May 10 and 17, 6 p.m. at the Military Intelligence Library.

Detectives in the Baltimore Police Department investigate a drug lord. As the investigation develops, human intelligence, signal intelligence, collections and pattern analysis are used the break the case.

 

Commissary case-lot sale set

The Commissary will hold a case-lot sale offering case-lot items at reduced prices Friday – Sunday during regular operating hours.

 

Strong B.A.N.D.S. events planned

The U.S. Army will use the Strong B.A.N.D.S. campaign to promote Soldier and Family fitness and community well-being by showcasing garrison physical activities during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May.

Strong B.A.N.D.S. promotes healthy physical activity by Soldiers, families and civilians at organized events across the Army.

Strong B.A.N.D.S. will host 24 hours of softball, Friday and Saturday. For information, call Barnes Field House, 533.3246.

A Strong B.A.N.D.S. indoor triathlon will take place on May 19 at Barnes Field House. For information, call 533.2541.

A Strong B.A.N.D.S. mystery run will take place on May 26 at Barnes Field House. For information, call 533.3246.

 

Safe Summer briefing set

Personnel from the Army Substance Abuse Program will conduct the annual Safe Summer briefing, Tuesday – May 10 at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day in Murr Community Center to help Fort Huachuca units and organizations meet requirements outlined in AR 600-85 and enhance Soldier, family member and civilians’ safety awareness during the statistically more dangerous time of the year. This training is mandatory for military and civilian personnel.

For more information, call John Moore, 538.1315.

 

Spouse Appreciation Day planned

Military spouses are invited to participate in Spouse Appreciation Day, May 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre to honor the contributions made by military spouses.

 

Armed Services Mixed Martial Arts Championship 

The Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, Calif. will host the 8th annual 2012 Armed Services Mixed Martial Arts Championship, May 12, at the 53 Area Fitness Center, Camp Horno, Camp Pendleton. It will feature men’s and women’s pankration and grappling divisions.

This free tournament is open to all branches of the armed services, including retirees and drilling Reservists. The event is a double-elimination tournament.

Weigh-ins take place on May 11, and military identification cards are required at that time.

For information or to register by May 10, go to www.fightleague.org.

 

Asian-Pacific American Heritage celebration

The Military Equal Opportunity Office will host an Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month observance to recognize accomplishments of Asian-Pacific Americans in American history. It will take place May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. The public is invited, and there is no charge to attend.

 

VIN etching announced

On May 12, the Sierra Vista Citizen Police Academy Associates will host a vehicle identification etch in the Lowe’s parking lot, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Volunteers will chemically etch VIN numbers onto all car or truck windows.

The process takes less than 15 minutes and could help prevent automobile theft. It assists police and owners in identifying vehicles that have been stolen and could save money on car insurance. Donations are accepted to help support future VIN events.

For more information, contact Officer Tracy Grady, 452.7500.

 

Grand Opening of Fire Station #2

The grand opening of Fire Station #2 takes place May 15, 10 – 11 a.m. at the corner of Squire and Irwin Streets. The public is invited.

 

CIF announces hours

The Central Issue Facility hours are: 

  • Student issues and turn-ins: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon.
  • Permanent party turn-ins: Monday and Wednesday, 1 – 3:30 p.m. excluding holidays.
  • Permanent party issues: Tuesday and Thursday, 1 – 3:30 p.m. excluding holidays.

 

 

For more information, call Marshanell Miller, 538.8771.

 

MVC residents eligible for scholarships

The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation is accepting applications for the Resident Scholarship Program.

All Mountain Vista Communities residents who are either a current high school senior or a high school graduate taking college courses are eligible for these funds. Application deadline is May 17.

Contact Jolene, 515.9000 or www.mountainvistacommunities.com for eligibility information or an application.

 

JITC to hold RoC, retirement ceremony

The Joint Interoperability Test Command will conduct their relinquishment of command and retirement ceremony for Col. Joseph Puett, outgoing JITC commander, May 24, 3 – 4 p.m. in front of JITC headquarters, Building 57305. Puett will relinquish command to George Brock, who will serve as the interim commander.

 

DOL Supply Division closure

The Directorate of Logistics Supply Division will conduct an annual location survey and wall-to-wall inventory, during which time the facilities will be closed.

For emergencies, contact Teresa Richards, 538.7101 or Ramona Lanham, 533.8522.

The location survey will take place May 21 – June 4.

The wall-to-wall inventory will take place June 6 – 15. SSA, HAZMART & CTIP will be closed.

For emergencies, contact Teresa Richards, 538.7101, Jimmy Vereen, 533.2620 or Ramona Lanham, 533.8522. 

 

Cavalry Heritage Day planned

B Troop will host the Fort Huachuca Cavalry Heritage Day, May 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Fort Huachuca’s Wren Arena. This free event, open to the community, will showcase military ceremonial and cavalry maneuver riding.

 

AFAP Steering Committee to meet

The U.S. Army Garrison will host a quarterly Army Family Action Plan Steering Committee meeting on May 30, 9 – 10 a.m. at Army Community Service, Building 50010, to provide AFAP program updates and review the current status of installation active AFAP issues.

 

Correct pharmacy phone number

The Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center Refill Pharmacy located at the Post Exchange can be reached by phone at 533-1551. The number published in the Fort Huachuca telephone directory is incorrect.

 

Getting babies checked

The Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center offers well-child visits, an important part of preventive healthcare for children. The first recommended checkup starts at 3 – 5 days after birth, followed by visits at 2 – 4 weeks, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18 months and 2 years of age. To make an appointment with a pediatrician, call 533.9200.

 

Well women walk-in day

Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center offers a Well Women Walk-In Clinic for patients assigned to RWBAHC on the first Tuesday of every month, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Clinic A. No appointment is needed.

The clinic helps schedule mammograms, colon or cervical cancer screenings, diabetic lab checks, asthma control, annual lab tests, referrals, consults and more

 

Take steps to find lost pet

Lost pet? Don’t panic. Begin searching immediately. Call the local animal shelter and check with them daily. Ask neighbors, children, mail carriers and regular visitors to the area. If possible, show them a picture and ask them to call if they see the pet.

Post and distribute flyers with the pet’s photo, a brief description and a phone number. Put a “lost pet” ad in the newspaper and on Craigslist and check the found-pet ads. Call veterinary clinics, and post a flyer in their offices.

Lost pets may also be posted on petfinder.com and the Cochise County Humane Society’s FaceBook page. An identification tag or a microchip can help ensure a quick return home.

 

Nutrition care appointments available

Those who want to learn about a healthy diet and proper nutrition can schedule nutrition care appointments at the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center. Call 533.9139 to schedule an appointment.

 

Save on child care on post

Save 10 percent on child care on Fort Huachuca through the Parent Participation Program. The required five points can be earned monthly by volunteering in your child’s classroom, attending parent education classes and contributing to the Parents’ Advisory Council.

For more information and to register, call Angie Babcock, Parent and Outreach Services director, 533.0710.

 

Training offered to USAR Soldiers

The 6402d Reserve Training Unit is a “points only,” no-pay Individual Ready Reserve unit. Troop Program Unit and Individual Mobilization Augmentee Soldiers are invited to drill with them for points. Meetings are 6:30 p.m., the first three Tuesdays of the month, Building 74801 on Jim Ave. near the U Store It on Fort Huachuca.

For information, contact Lt. Col. Mary Spellman, 249.2040 or mary.spellman@us.army.mil.

 

Tags, microchips prevent pet loss, theft

One in three pets goes missing during its lifetime. Without identification, 90 percent of pets never return home.

Ensuring a pet wears an identification tag with contact information on it even if micro-chipped, will help bring a pet home if it escapes a house or yard.

Eligible users can have microchipping done at the Fort Huachuca Veterinary Clinic, which also offers other services.

For information, call 533-2767.

Taking advantage of the low-cost spay/neuter clinic sponsored by the Cochise County Humane Society may also curb the pet’s desire to roam. Call 803.7385 to check on availability.

 

Enroll in TRICARE

All TRICARE-eligible retirees and family members can now enroll for health services at Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center. For more information, call 1.888.874.9378, go to www.tricareonline.com, or visit the TRICARE Service Center located in RWBAHC.

 

Digital mammography offered

The Mammography Department now offers the Fuji Computed Radiology for Mammography, the most popular technology in the world for full field digital mammography. Those enrolled in Tricare Prime, Standard, or Medicare are eligible for appointments.

Call 533.3819/2555 to schedule an appointment.

 

Referrals required for specialty clinics

Specialty clinic appointments are available to active duty military and family members in the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center. In most cases, a referral is required for specialty clinic appointments. Those who would like to be seen in the sports medicine (formerly orthopedics), physical therapy, optometry, behavioral health, or allergy and immunizations clinics, should call 533.9200 for an appointment with their primary care manager for a referral to the specialty clinic.

 

Clinic opens weekends, holidays

The Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center weekend and holiday access clinic is an acute-care, by-appointment clinic. Call for an appointment prior to arrival, 533.9165. Operating hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. For urgent and emergency issues, call 911 or go directly to the Sierra Vista emergency room.

 

Clinic offers medication reviews

A medical review program to conduct a review of medications to check for outdated or duplicate medications, drug-to-drug interactions, drug-to-food interactions and proper usage, is available through the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, by appointment only.

Call 533.8718, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring medication bottles, prescriptions, over-the-counter, and natural products to the appointment.

Presentations on clinics and services, making and canceling appointments, and using the after-hours weekend clinic are offered. Call 533.5082 or 533.5318.

 

Register for TRICARE appointments online

To register for TRICARE Online and book an appointment, go to: www.tricareonline.com. Sponsors and spouses can use their own account to book appointments for their minor children.

 

Pharmacy changes procedures

In an effort to improve safety and workflow, the concierge desk at the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center will stop issuing tickets at 4:30 p.m. The pharmacy will dispense medications to the patients who have arrived prior to that time until 5 p.m.

 

Nutrition Clinic appointments available

Any individual under the TRICARE medical plan is eligible to schedule an appointment with the nutrition clinic at Raymond W Bliss Army Health Center. Anyone who wants to lose weight or has health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes that can be improved with diet changes, is encouraged to make an appointment.

Call 533.5668.

 

Fire department offers child seat installation classes

Fort Huachuca Fire and Emergency Services is available to help parents learn how to install child seats in the car by making a one-on-one appointment at the Fire House. The staff will teach and assist, but the individual has to do the actual installation. Those interested in becoming a courtesy installation technician may take a certification class for a small fee.

For more information, contact Manny Natter, 538.5890.

 

Optometry services available for dependents

Appointments at the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health center are available for family members. Call 533.9197.

 

Information request procedures outlined

Those with requests for patient medical information need to coordinate with the Patient Administration Division, Correspondence Section. For more information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Montes, 533.2561.

 

Walk-in well-woman exams offered

Well-woman exams are performed on a walk-in basis from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the main Health Center, Family Care Clinic A. Appointments can be scheduled at any other time by calling 533.9200.

 

Convenient patient drop-off, pick-up

The loop in front of the R.W. Bliss Army Health Center is open to facilitate patient access to the facility. Parking is not permitted in the patient drop-off area.

 

Missed appointments prove costly; call to cancel

Patients should call in advance to cancel an appointment if they cannot make it. Active duty service members pending appointments and no-show reports are sent out to commanders each week.

Missed appointments cost money that could be spent on other patient services.

 

PFLAG to meet Wednesday

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesdy, 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church office recently relocated to 125 S. Second St., just south of Fry Boulevard in Sierra Vista. In a confidential setting, members provide support and information to counter myths and misinformation about sexual orientation and gender identity. All are welcome.

For more information, call Carol, 249.8755, or Mary, 255.0423.

 

Memorial Day to be observed

A Memorial Day Observance will be held at the Old Post Cemetery, May 28, 11:30 – 12:15 to honor our fallen service men and women who have given their lives for our country and our freedom. The ceremony includes an invocation, guest speaker and wreath laying. The public is invited.

Motorists in the Bonnie Blink Housing Area should expect disruptions to traffic, and traffic control points will be established at Andrews and Burt Road.

Due to limited parking, drivers should park in the designated parking areas on Christy Avenue and take the shuttle buses to the ceremony.

 

Celebrate Army’s birthday

The U. S. Army Garrison and partner organizations will host the 237th Army Birthday Celebration on June 14 starting at 6 a.m. on Warrior-Sentinel Fields.

The public is invited.

Motorists should expect disruption to the flow of traffic on the morning of the event through its conclusion and participants’ departure.

 

Female military vets to meet

The 4th Annual Arizona Women’s Military Veteran Conference will be held on June 16, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave.

All women who are presently serving or have served in the U. S. Armed Forces are invited to attend this free, one-day conference, with lunch provided.

For more information, go to invite@eventbrite.com.

 

Garrison commanders to change

The United States Army Garrison commander, Fort Huachuca is departing at the end of June. USAG will conduct a change-of-command ceremony between Col. Timothy Faulkner (outgoing commander) and Col. Daniel McFarland (incoming commander) on June 26, 7:30 a.m. on Brown Parade Field. This event is open to the general public.

Motorists should expect disruptions in traffic and road closures around the parade field during rehearsals and during the ceremony and should plan accordingly.

 

HT-JCoE commanders to change

The Humint Training Joint Center of Excellence will conduct the change-of-command and retirement ceremony for Col. John Szypko, HT-JCOE commander, on June 28, 8 – 9 a.m. on Brown Parade Field to publicly recognize him for his service to the U. S. Army.

The public is invited.

Motorists should expect disruptions in the flow of traffic around Brown Parade Field on the morning of the event and plan accordingly.

 

Female military veterans to meet

The Arizona Department of Veteran Services will host its Fourth Annual Arizona Military Women’s Conference on June 16, at the El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th Street, Phoenix 85008. This event is free and is open to the first 300 women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. The conference will also be telecast to Tucson’s Scottish Rite Cathedral at 160 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, and is open to the first 100 women there.

The sessions offered during the conference apply to military women and veterans of all ages, ranging from VA benefits, military women moving forward, and how to identify and seek assistance for post traumatic stress.

The keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, commanding general, Network Enterprise Technology Command. Napper has been called “ a Soldier’s leader” and will provide her experience and insight on military women moving forward.

Lunch is included in the day’s events at no charge to participants. Register at www.azwomenveterans.org by May 25.

For more information, contact Shirley Vega, 1.480.785.2683 or savega1967@yahoo.com.

 




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