Tax Center education refund form update
Although there have been concerns about changes in credits and deductions during the 2012 tax filing season, most credits that benefit Soldiers are still in place. For taxpayers working on their first four-year undergraduate degree, the American Opportunity Credit has been extended, and taxpayers can receive up to a $2,500 credit for educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books and supplies.
Congress recently extended this credit for several years. The Fort Huachuca Tax Assistance Center is still waiting for the Internal Revenue Service to issue the updated forms so TAC personnel can eFile any returns with the American Opportunity Credit and will contact tax payers when the IRS accepts these returns.
To set up a tax preparation appointment, call 533.1040 during business hours. The TAC is closed from noon – 1 p.m.
Public volunteer tax assistance available
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, sites are available for free tax preparation and electronic filing, offer Internal Revenue Service certified tax preparers, asset development and savings products and services. Sites are available at Cochise County Workforce Development and Goodwill Industries. Those with household incomes under $57,000 can file federal and state taxes online at www.ccs-soaz.org.
For VITA sites locations, hours and paperwork to bring to appointments, call 458.2770.
Roadwork on Seventh Street underway
The City of Sierra Vista received nearly $2 million in grants for two separate street maintenance projects from the Federal Highway Administration through the Arizona Department of Transportation. The first project, the milling and pavement overlay of Seventh Street from Buffalo Soldier Trail to State Route 90 Bypass, began on Tuesday, and will last from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. throughout the month.
The second project will remove and replace the asphalt on Wilcox Drive from Seventh Street to Calle Portal. Work will begin after the roadwork on Seventh Street is completed.
For more information, call the Arizona Department of Transportation, 459.5080 or the City of Sierra Vista Public Works Department, 458.5775.
FH maintenance vehicles display photos of missing children
Poster pictures of missing children are now featured on the back of Fort Huachuca public works maintenance vehicles.
EMCOR Government Services vehicles each carry a poster with the image of a local missing child. Posters will change monthly to feature a different missing youth.
Those with information about a missing child can call a 24-hour hotline number, 1.800.THE.LOST, which is also displayed on each poster.
Range closures announced
Today: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, K, L, M, N, R, U, U1, V, Y, Z, V1, T1, T2, T3
Saturday: B, C, D, G, F, H, I, M, W, V, Y, Z, T1, T2, T3
Sunday: B, C, D, G, F, H, I, M, W, V, Y, Z, T1, T2, T3
Monday: B, C, D, G, F, H, I, M, W, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Tuesday: B, C, D, G, F, H, I, K, M, R, W, W1, V, Y, Z, T1, T2, T3
Wednesday: A, B, C, D, F, I, K, M, R, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Thursday: B, F, I, M, R, U, U1, W1, V, Z
Range closures are subject to daily change. For more information, call 533.7093 or 533.3000.
Recycle to the max!
Shred old tax forms, bank statements and other personal paperwork and get rid of old computer hardware at Shredfest!, Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon, at the Ace Hardware parking lot on Fry Boulevard. All will be safely destroyed.
The event is sponsored by the Sierra Vista Police Department.
HSO presents housing, relocation seminar
Housing Services Office personnel, Building 52065, Smith and Arizona Avenues, will offer a seminar discussing relocation and permanent-change-of-station topics on Tuesday at 6 p.m. It is open to active duty service members, current Department of Defense employees and their spouses. Seating is limited.
For more information and to make reservations, call 533.5901.
Black History Month celebration set
Personnel from Fort Huachuca’s Military Equal Opportunity Offices invite the public to celebrate Black History Month, Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. Along with other activities, the guest speaker will be T.L. Simpson, senior pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church.
There is no cost to attend.
For more information, call 533.1717.
Scholarship application deadline approaches
The Defense Commissary Agency military children scholarship deadline approaches.
Applications and the essay topic are available at the commissary or at http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be brought to the Fort Huachuca or Davis Monthan Commissaries by close of business Feb. 22.
For information, call Scholarship Managers, 1.856.616.9311 or email them at email@example.com.
Installation Awards Banquet planned
The Fort Huachuca Annual Installation Awards Banquet honoring 10 military and civilian members of the Fort Huachuca community selected as the best in specific areas will take place on Feb. 22 with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Maj. Gen. Alan Lynn, commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, will be the guest speaker.
Tickets are now on sale through unit representatives.
For more information, call 533.0930 or 533.3185.
MI virtual career fair set
The 3rd Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair will take place Feb. 26.
Build stronger parenting skills
A workshop, “Building Healthy, Happy Children in a Single Parent Family” will take place March 1 – 3 at the Starr Pass Hotel in Tucson.
Sponsored by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office, child care, meals and rooms will be provided.
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 Lock & Leave facility on Fort Huachuca.
For information, contact 249.2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.