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. TAC will contact taxpayers 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.
“Cinema Africa” Film Festival continues
The Fort Huachuca Training and Doctrine Command “Cinema Africa” Film Festival continues through March 5. All events are free and open to the general public.
On Monday, 6 – 8 p.m. see the 2004 production of “Moolaadé,” directed by Ousmane Sembène of Senegal, France. It will take place in the University of Arizona Sierra Vista, Public Meeting Room, North Columbo Avenue.
On Thursday, see a Cinema Africa short film, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Cochise College, Sierra Vista, Room 702, 901 N. Columbo Ave.
On March 2, 2 – 4 p.m., enjoy “The Daughter of Keltoum,” at the Wolslager Training Center, Boys and Girls Scout Club, Bisbee.
On March 5, 5 – 7 p.m., participate in the Village of Nations Culture Celebration Cinema Africa Finale, Mona Bishop Room, Sierra Vista Public Library, 2600 E. Tacoma St. It will include a film, fashion show, Ethiopian coffee ceremony and taste of Africa food sampling.
For more information, contact 538.1166.
Range closures announced
Today: F, I, M, N, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Saturday: Feb: F, I, M, N, R, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Sunday: F, I, M, N, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Monday: F, I, M, N, P1, U1, W1, V, Z
Tuesday: F, I, M, N, P1, U1, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Wednesday: F, I, M, N, P1, U1, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Thursday: F, I, M, N, P1, U, W1, V, Z, T1, T2, T3
Range closures are subject to daily change. For more information, call 533.7093 or 533.3000.
MI virtual career fair set
The 3rd Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair will take place Tuesday.
Build stronger parenting skills
The Garrison Chaplain’s Office will sponsor a workshop, “Building Healthy, Happy Children in a Single Parent Family,” on March 1 – 3 at the Starr Pass Hotel in Tucson.
Child care, meals and rooms will be provided.
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 Soldiers for available 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. Go to http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted_soldiers.jsp.
Applications are due March 15. For more information, contact 533.1053 or Delphine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
LSS Black Belt Course offered
The U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground is sponsoring a Department of the Army Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course, (BB13047), on Fort Huachuca. The class dates are: Week 1, March 25 – 29; Week 2, April 22 – 26; Week 3, May 20 – 24; and Week 4, June 17 – 21. Those who register must: have their organization’s approval; have a project loaded in Powersteering; and be registered in ATRRS. This course is open to all federal employees and active duty military. There is no out-of-pocket cost to attend.
For more information, contact 538.2028 or email@example.com.
RWBAHC pharmacy operation changes
Personnel at the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center Pharmacy have now dedicated one pharmacy window exclusively for non-enrolled beneficiaries who bring in prescriptions from providers in the network. The current queuing system remains in effect for the other five pharmacy windows.
USAR MI instructors needed
The 5th Battalion-104th Regiment is a troop program unit. It is 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 on 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 noncommissioned enlisted specialty 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.
Psychiatric services available for adult FMs
Behavioral Health Services at Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center is currently able to provide limited psychiatric services to adult Family members of active duty service members. Family members 18 and older interested in receiving this service should see their primarycare manager for a referral.
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.
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.