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November 15, 2012

News Briefs – November 15, 2012

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.

ROTC Green to Gold scholarships available

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Green to Gold Division Commander’s Hip Pocket Scholarship Program provides selected Soldiers the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements and obtain a commission through participation in the ROTC Scholarship program. Each year division commanders can nominate deserving Soldiers for Green to Gold scholarships.

Interested Soldiers should follow-up with their chain of command and download and complete the application forms along with the Hip Pocket Guide checklist. Application forms can be found at http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted_soldiers.jsp.

Applications are due March 15. For more information, contact 533.1053 or email Delphine.p.rakestraw.civ@mail.mil.

Range closures announced

Today: K, P1, R, U1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3

Friday: V1, V, Z

Saturday: T1, T2, T3

Sunday: T1, T2, T3

Monday: U, U1, V, Z, V1

Tuesday: U, U1, V, Z

Wednesday: L, U1, V, Z

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

Commissary sets holiday hours

The commissary will be open on Monday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. to allow for an additional shopping opportunity prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The store will be closed on Nov. 22 and 23.

Native American Heritage celebrated

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Cochise College will host a traditional dance performance and poetry reading on Tuesday on the Sierra Vista Campus, 901 N. Columbo Ave.

The Redhouse Dancers will open the program by demonstrating a collection of traditional Native dances from 11 – 11:30 a.m. on the courtyard lawn.

The program will also include a presentation by Rex Lee Jim, vice president of the Navajo Nation.

Throughout the program, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Cochise College Student Government Association will run a workshop teaching the art of making dream catchers and simple beadwork.

The public is invited to this free event.

A Native American buffet, including Indian tacos, will be available for $6.

For more information, contact 515.5316 or biamit@cochise.edu.

Thanksgiving meal on post

Soldiers, civilians, retirees and Families are invited to a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 21, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Thunderbird Dining Facility on Fort Huachuca. Specialty items such as deep-fried turkey, crab legs, lobster tails and steamship round will also be served. There will also be a special program.

Everyone is welcome. Cost is $7.50 and $6.40 for E4 and below. Meal card holders always dine for free.

For more information, call 533.2005.

Military Personnel Office sets holiday hours

All offices of the Military Personnel Division, Whitside Hall, will be closed on the following training holidays: Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving; Dec. 24 – Christmas; and Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.

For emergencies, contact the casualty on-call officer, 533.1589.

Military to get free holiday trees

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the FedEx Corp and Army Community Service will present free Trees for Troops® Nov. 29 – 30 at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre parking lot. The trees are donated by more than 800 Christmas tree growers from across the United States. They will be available free of charge to military Families. Nov. 29, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., active duty E1 – E6 may pick up trees. Then from 6 – 9 p.m., Nov. 29, and from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Nov. 30, all military Families may obtain trees.

For more information, call 533.3354 or 538.8649.

Holiday ball planned at Starr Pass

Fort Huachuca will host the annual Holiday Ball on Dec. 7, 6:30 – 11:30 p.m., at Starr Pass in Tucson to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. It includes dinner, a guest speaker and band. Child care is available. Tickets, available now through unit ticket representatives, will be on sale until Wednesday. Dress attire will be the Army service uniform with bow tie for military, and formal for civilians.

For more information, call 538.7337 or 533.2769.

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.

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 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.




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