App helps military families chart ‘life path’
The National Military Family Association launched a new app to answer questions and help military families find support as they navigate deployments, education, retirement and other major life events.
The app, free and available for iPhone and Android, is called MyMilitaryLife. So far, only three “life paths” are active: spouse education, deployment and separation or retirement. More paths, such as moving and caring for an injured spouse, will be activated in the coming months.
09L interpreters/translators input sought
Experienced 09L translator/interpreters should mark their calendars and pass the word about the 09L Interpreter/Translator Critical Task Site Selection Board Nov. 5-9 at Fort Huachuca. This board is to revise and validate the interpreter/translator tasks in the Critical Task List, to review the duty description and to refine the training strategies for 09L.
To learn more, go to https://ikn.army.mil/. Search for 09L, or go to Conferences/CTSSBs, then to Upcoming CTSSBs, and finally to the 09L CTSSB 2012. The site contains the details.
For more information, call 533.0704 or 538.2108.
Are you okay?
The Are You Okay Program is a way for those who are homebound, physically incapacitated, or otherwise unable to be in regular contact with someone to help in the event of an emergency. The Cochise County Sheriff’s Department is now accepting registration forms.
Once a resident is added to the list, a telephone call will be made to them at their requested interval such as once a day, twice a week and etcetera. If there is no answer after several tries, then a point of contact will be requested to check on the subscriber. If there is no POC available, then a law enforcement officer will be sent to check on them.
The registration forms are available through the Sheriff’s Office, 432.9500 or at www.cochise.az.gov.
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.
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: B, M, P1, U, U1, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Friday: A, B, C, D, E, F, M, P1, U, U1, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Saturday M, P1, U, U1, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Sunday: P1, U1, W, W1, V, Z, V1, T1, T2, T3
Monday: E, P1, U, U1, W, W1, V, Z
Tuesday: E, K, N, P1, U, U1, W, W1, V, Z, V1, T1, T2, T3
Wednesday: E, K, N, P1, U, U1, V, Z, V1, T1, T2, T3
Range closures are subject to daily change. For more information, call 533.7093.
Fort Huachuca Ride-Along-Program
The Fort Huachuca Military Police invites Soldiers and their Family members to participate in a ride-along program to educate and inform the general public by providing an opportunity to assist in the day-to-day law enforcement operations within Fort Huachuca. Soldiers must have chain-of-command approval from first line supervisors. Everyone must understand and sign a Fort Huachuca Military Police Release of Liability waiver. Sign up at the MP station, Building 22336 on Christy Avenue.
For more information, contact Master Sgt. Burke, 533.3232 or 678.1209.
Commissary holding seafood sale
The Fort Huachuca Commissary is holding a seafood sale through Sunday inside the commissary during regular business hours. Many seafood items will be available at reduced prices.
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 Saturday, 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.
Become a warrant officer
A warrant officer recruiting team from the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion will brief interested Soldiers about qualifications and applications procedures Tuesday – Nov. 8, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Fort Huachuca Education Center, Building 52104, Room 2. Soldiers interested in the warrant officer program are invited.
For more information, contact 1.253.590.3242/3422 or www.usarec.army.mil and click on “Warrant Officer Recruiting.”
Buena JROTC flag retirement ceremony
The Buena High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will have its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Nov. 12, 7 p.m. outside the high school, 5225 E. Buena School Blvd. The goal is to respectfully dispose of any American flags that can no longer be of use. JROTC is accepting U.S. flags for disposal through Nov. 7. They may be left at Buena’s reception desk or at the JROTC Department. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
For more information, call 515.2838.
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.
RSVP by Nov. 9 to 1.602.275.3813 or email@example.com.
Child Identification, Bike Registration Day
The Sierra Vista Police Department will be conducting a free Child Identification and Bike Registration Day on Nov. 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Police Department, 1011 N. Coronado Dr.
“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. There is no residency requirement for this program.
On the same day, the Sierra Vista Police will conduct bike registrations. Anyone living within the city’s limit can bring bikes to the police department and have them registered.
For more information, call 452.7500.
SAVAHCS to host Veterans Celebration Day
The Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System and partner agencies will host the 6th Annual Veterans Celebration Day, Nov. 10, 1 – 5 p.m. at the VA Medical Center (Sports Park), 3601 S. Sixth Avenue, Tucson.
The agencies will provide information and resources to veterans, service members and their Families.
This event will also offer family activities and live entertainment. Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.
For more information, 1.520.792.1450, extension 6261.
Veterans Day parade announced
The City of Sierra Vista Veterans Day Parade and ceremony will be held on Nov. 12, 9 a.m. – noon to honor veterans and to cultivate positive relations with the local community. The parade will begin at 7th Street, go down Fry Boulevard and end at Veterans’ Memorial Park. A ceremony follows the parade. The public is invited.
Roads in the vicinity of the parade route will be closed while parade preparation is underway and during the parade.
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. Each unit should submit the name and packet of their best warrior Soldier, private through private 1st class, and NCO nominee, corporal through Sergeant first class, to the Directorate of Plans, Training Mobilization and Security or U.S. Army Garrison by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8.
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.
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 except 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.
Native American heritage celebrated
The Military Equal Opportunity Office invites the public to attend the Native American Heritage Month observance, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. A native food sampling will follow. There is no charge.
For more information, call 533.1717.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Recycle old grease
The City of Sierra Vista invites the community to the Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection Event on Nov. 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Fort Huachuca Post Exchange parking lot. Collection officials will accept cooking grease, Crisco and meat fat.
For more information, call 458.5775.