Events

December 20, 2012

News Briefs – December 13, 2012

Scout delivery date changes in 2013

Effective in January, “The Fort Huachuca Scout’ newspaper delivery date will change from Thursday to Friday, and readers will begin receiving their weekly paper one day later. The first Scout issue of 2013 will be published for delivery on Friday, Jan. 11, and Friday delivery will continue thereafter.

A reader benefit – the Scout staff will better be able to cover important weekday events and bring post-event articles to readers in a more timely fashion than ever before.

Two DFACs close permanently today

The Yardley and Virginia Dining Facilities will permanently close after the lunch meal today. The Thunderbird Dining Facility will provide meals for the service members throughout the holiday break, and the new Weinstein Village Dining Facility will open with the breakfast meal on Jan. 3.

Hunt Road traffic to increase

Beginning on Jan. 3, with the opening of Weinstein Dining Facility, expect significantly increased foot and mobile traffic along Hunt Road during the time periods of 6:30 – 830 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4:30 – 6 p.m. To minimize congestion and travel time delays, motorists should use an alternate route other than Hunt Road during those times.

CFC deadline extended

The deadline for the Combined Federal Campaign has been extended through Dec. 31. Those who have not contributed but wish to can see their unit CFC representative before the end of the year.

The U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence installation CFC coordinator is Sgt. 1st Class Michelle Sison, 533.4270.

B Troop cavalry unit recruiting now

Applications are now being accepted for B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Memorial).

The next cavalry riding school will be held Jan. 26 – May 8. The school is open to active duty, retired, reserve and civilian. No riding experience is required.

For eligibility requirements, go to http://www.huachuca.army.mil/pages/btroop. To obtain an application, contact the program coordinator at 538.2178 or usarmy.huachuca.imcom-west.mail.hua-btroop@mail.mil.

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, U1, W1, V, Z

Friday: V, Z

Saturday: V, Z

Sunday: V, Z

Monday: V, Z

Tuesday: V, Z

Wednesday: W1, V, Z

Range closures are subject to daily change. For more information, call 533.7093 or 533.3000.

Mandatory briefing offered online

The Army Substance Abuse Program’s mandatory holiday substance abuse program is being offered online through Dec. 28 at https://webapps.hua.army.mil/Asap.

For more information, call 538.1311 or 538.1402.

LRC temporarily closed

The Leadership Reaction Course is closed through Feb. 28 for maintenance.

For information, call 533.7095.

Fire Prevention section relocates

The Fort Huachuca Fire Department Fire Prevention section has relocated from Building 22418 in the old post area to the new Fire Station #2, Building 68328, on the corner of Squire and Irwin Street. Phone numbers are: assistant fire chief, 533.7009; and fire inspectors, 533.1893/1887.

Post facilities set holiday hours

The Public Affairs Office will close at 11:30 a.m. on Friday for their holiday party and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

The East Gate will be closed from Saturday – Tuesday and Dec. 29 – Jan. 1.

The commissary will be open on Monday, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. to allow for additional shopping prior to the Christmas holiday. It will be closed on Christmas Day. The facility will be open on Dec. 31, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will be closed on New Year’s Day. All other days are regular hours: Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The CW2 Christopher G. Nason Military Intelligence Library will be open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. from Sunday – Jan. 6. The library will be closed Dec. 23 – 25 and Dec. 30 – Jan. 2. Holiday-themed movies will be shown in the Cyber Café area.

For more information, call 533.4100.

The Education Center will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Hours on Wednesday and Dec. 27 are 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dec 28 from 7:30 – noon, and Dec. 31 from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The office will be closed on New Year’s Day. Normal hours resume on Jan. 2.

All offices of the Military Personnel Division, Whitside Hall, will be closed on the following training holidays: Monday and Tuesday; and Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.

The Staff Judge Advocate Legal Assistance and Claims Office will be closed on Monday in observance of Christmas Day.

For Legal Assistance and Claims Office emergencies, contact the casualty on-call officer, 533.1589.

Thunderbird DFAC Christmas Meal

The Thunderbird Dining Facility will offer a special meal open to the Fort Huachuca community on Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Main courses are steamship round of beef, Cornish hen and baked ham with sides, salads and dessert. The cost is $7.50; E-4 and below and dependents, $6.40; and free for meal card holders.

Cochise College offers networking academy

Cisco Networking Academy is coming to Cochise College! Classes start Jan. 14 at their new classroom location, Building 67601A, across from the Youth Services building on Cushing Street.

Students gain information and communication knowledge and practical experience through the Networking Academy program and can earn Cisco career certifications.

Networking Academy courses include multimedia content, Flash-based interactive activities, videos, games, and quizzes to support a variety of learning styles and help increase knowledge retention.

For more information, contact Cochise College’s Fort Huachuca Center, 533.2391 or fhucenter@cochise.edu.

ASP closes for inventory

The Ammunition Supply Point, Building 13524, will be closed for inventory Wednesday – Dec. 28. For emergency requirements, call 533.2512 or 538.7101.

TRADOC IG to visit FH

The Training and Doctrine Command’s Inspector General team will visit Fort Huachuca on Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., to meet with Soldiers, Family members, retirees, and civilians in one-on-one sessions. Meetings will be held in the Education Center conference room, Building 52104, at the corner of Arizona and Hatfield Streets.

For more information, call 533.2369.

Retirement ceremony scheduled

Fort Huachuca will conduct its quarterly Installation Retirement Ceremony on Jan. 17, 4 p.m. on historic Brown Parade Field to publicly recognize and thank military and civilian retirees, if applicable, and Family members for their service to Fort Huachuca, the United States Military and the Nation. The public is invited.

Motorists should expect disruptions in the flow of traffic near the ceremony on the day of the event.

Psychiatric services available for adult FMs

Behavioral Health Services at Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center is currently able to begin providing very limited psychiatric services to adult Family members 18 years and older enrolled to RWBAHC of active duty service members. Those interested in receiving this service should see their primary care manager so he or she can generate a referral.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Information request procedures outlined

Those with requests for patient medical information need to coordinate with the Patient Administration Division, Correspondence Section. For more information, call 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 




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