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October 18, 2012

News Briefs – October 18, 2012

Fungus not affecting RWBAHC medications

Recently, there have been cases of injectable medication being contaminated with fungus from a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. The Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center has never purchased any medication from the pharmacy involved. Officials are in the process of inquiring about patients who have been referred out to pain specialists to determine if they have received epidural injections of steroids purchased from a public pharmacy by an outside provider.

To date no clinic in Arizona has reported purchasing any medication from the New England company, RWBAHC officials announced.

Report sexual harassment, abuse

If you or someone you care about has been sexually harassed or assaulted, contact the Fort Huachuca Sexual Harassment/Assault Crisis Hotline, 732.3736, to receive information and assistance. Information and services are available to victims of sexual harassment or assault to provide assistance and support throughout the medical, investigative, counseling and judicial processes.

Items accepted for recycling

Sierra Vista recyclables now include all food and beverage metal cans, #1 and #2 plastic containers, paper (including newspaper, junk mail, and bagged shredded paper), cardboard and paperboard. Plastic bags are not allowed excepted when filled with shredded paper.

Sierra Vista residents wishing to participate in the recycling program and take advantage of their second collection day can request a free blue recycling bin. Contact 458.5775 or www.SierraVistaAZ.gov.

Handicapped parking violations

The Sierra Vista Police Department has received numerous complaints regarding handicapped parking violations, specifically regarding motorcycles parking in areas designated for handicapped vehicles with wheelchair lifts. The striped areas next to a handicapped space are designed for vehicles with wheelchair lifts and are part of the handicapped space. Parking in these areas is a violation, and the Sierra Vista Police Department will be out writing citations. The fine for parking in a handicapped space is $135.

For more information, call 452.7500.

Range closures announced

Today: N, U, W1, V, Z, V1, T1, T2, T3

Friday: L, U, V, Z, V1, T1, T2, T3

Saturday: E, F, V, Z, T1, T2, T3

Sunday: V, Z, T1, T2, T3

Monday: B, C, D, K, L, P, Q, R, W1, V, Z, V1, T1, T2, T3

Tuesday: B, C, D, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, W1, V, Z

Wednesday: B, C, D, K, L, P1, R, U1, W1, V, Z

Range closures are subject to daily change. For more information, call 533.7093.

It’s post-wide cleanup, fire prevention time

USAG and partner organizations are conducting an installation-wide fall cleanup and implement fire prevention measures through Oct. 26 to clean up and properly dispose of trash, debris and discarded combustible materials throughout the installation cantonment and training areas. All units should plan to participate.

Motorists should watch out for personnel on the roads throughout the installation during the fall cleanup and drive carefully when passing groups of people working along the roads.

Installation retirement ceremony set

Fort Huachuca officials will conduct an installation retirement ceremony on Friday at 4 p.m. on Brown Parade Field to publicly recognize and thank Soldiers, civilian retirees, and Family members for their service to Fort Huachuca, the United States military and the Nation. The public is invited.

Cochise College plans Engineering Night

Students, parents and career changers — learn about opportunities in engineering and science at the Cochise College Engineering Night.

This event will be held on Oct. 29, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Cochise College Campus, 901 N. Columbo Ave., Sierra Vista. It will be in the Community Room located in the Student Union Building. RSVP at www.cochise.edu.

FH sets trick-or-treat hours

Fort Huachuca Halloween trick-or-treat hours will be Oct. 31, 6 – 8 p.m., for children under 14. Children, 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. On Oct. 30, 4 – 8 p.m. at the Main Fire Station across from the Main Post Chapel, firefighters will hand out candy and display their new truck. They will also accept non-perishable food items for donation to the Chaplain’s Food Locker.

Access control personnel must be able to identify persons entering the installation. Therefore, do not wear a costume with a mask or excessive makeup. Avoid costumes with toy or replica knives, guns or swords. Wear reflective clothing, carry a flashlight, and continually be aware of your surroundings, particularly when crossing roadways. Fort Huachuca curfew rules apply.

Neighborhood Watch informational meeting

The Sierra Vista Police Department will conduct an informational meeting about Neighborhood Watch on Nov. 1, 6 – 7 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Police Department regarding the process of starting a Neighborhood Watch. This program enables the police and community to work together to reduce crime, primarily residential burglaries.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call Cpl. Scott Borgstadt, 452.7500.

NAACP to hold banquet

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold an awards banquet, Nov. 2 at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. The theme is “Your Power, Your Decision, Get Out and Vote.” A social hour begins at 6 p.m., and dinner begins at 7 p.m.

For information, call 220.0509.

Free driver safety classes planned

The American Association of Retired Persons will honor veterans and their families during November with free driver safety classes set for Nov. 3, 10 a.m., at the Huachuca City Senior Center; Nov. 10, 10 a.m. at the Sierra Vista Public Library; and Nov. 26, 9 a.m., at the Sierra Vista Police Department.

For more information, call 234.1120.

Pre-transition/separation briefing date, time changes

The pre-transition/separation briefings are now held on Mondays at 9.a.m. in Building 41421, and units should adjust schedules accordingly. Soldiers who have difficulty walking up stairs should be identified in advance so accommodation arrangements can be made.

Pre-transition/separation briefings will be held on the following dates: Nov. 5 and 19; and Dec. 3 and 17.

New USO opening in Phoenix

USO Arizona invites the public to attend the grand opening ceremony for the newest United Service Organization Center in Arizona on Nov. 15, 10 a.m. at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – Terminal 4. Dress is military uniform or business casual.

R.S.V.P. by Nov. 9 to 1.602.275.3813 or lbufka@uso.org.

Best Warrior Competition planned

Fort Huachuca will conduct the 2012 Best Warrior Competition from Nov. 13 – 16 to select the installation Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.

Fire dept. 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, call 538.5890.

Child identification, bike registration day

The Sierra Vista Police Department will conduct a free child identification and bike registration day Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Police Department.

The child identification program will be provided by volunteers from the Cochise County “CHIP” Program. “CHIP” is a process of gathering information — DNA swab, color photo, fingerprints and a recorded interview — on children and providing a package to parents that is Amber Alert ready. To ensure safety, the software is designed to not retain the child’s information on the computer. There is no residency requirement for this program.

On the same day and location, the SVPD will conduct bike registration for anyone living within the city limits to help get the bikes back to owners if lost or stolen.

For more information, call Cpl. Scott Borgstadt, 452.7500.

Optometry services available for dependents

Optometry services appointments at the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health center are available for Family members. Call 533.9197.

 

USAR MI instructors needed

The 5th Battalion-104th Regiment is a troop program unit and part of the 1st Brigade, Military Intelligence, which is responsible for the U.S. Army Reserve MI school at Fort Devens, Mass., and for Reserve Component courses taught at Fort Huachuca. There are several critical vacancies in the E6 and E7 ranks for 35F, 35G, 35M, and 35L Soldiers who can qualify to instruct MI military occupational specialties-transition and NCOES courses.

Those leaving active duty and interested in continuing a career in the Army Reserve may contact Command Sgt. Maj. Karen Lopes, 1.502.644.5956 or Lt. Col. Robert Wilkinson, 1.502.644.6032. The 5-104th is located on the second floor of Gosselin Barracks, Building 51001, on Fort Huachuca.

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 249.2040 or mary.spellman@us.army.mil.

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.

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.

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 at the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center 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.

Get babies’ health checkups

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 three – five 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Clinic open 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.

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.

 




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