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Military Assistance Corporation ends military allotments processing

Posted April 4, 2014 by Jessaka Menzie,

If you are currently using a military allotment to repay a loan, be aware that one of the largest allotment processors, Military Assistance Corporation, ended allotment processing on March 31. This is only for allotments used to pay commercial/consumer loans (e.g. loans for furniture or electronics). This will not affect MAC allotments for housing. If…

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Law protects from unfair debt collection practices

Posted March 10, 2014 by Capt. Nate Kamotani

Are you currently in debt to the point where you have debt collectors harassing you? If so, you should know that there is a federal law that can protect you from unfair debt collection practices. It will not completely eliminate the debts you owe, but will protect you from harassment and abuse by debt collectors. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act involves…

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Spring is for the birds

Posted February 7, 2014 by Heidi Jo Erickson

Is mid-winter too early to start preparing for the upcoming bird nesting season?

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NTC provides realistic training for Special Forces

Posted February 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Taylor

The mission of the National Training Center is to provide tough, realistic joint and combined arms training, focused at the brigade combat team level and below. But NTC is not limited to training just Army battalions and brigades.

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Public notice of membership solicitation for Restoration Advisory Board

Posted March 10, 2014 by Environmental Division DPW,

The Department of Defense recognizes the importance of stakeholder participation in the Installation Restoration Program Process.  Therefore, Fort Irwin is soliciting interest in establishing a Restoration Advisory Board to improve public participation and involve the community in the restoration decision-making process. The RAB is intended to include community  members, who reflect the diverse interests of the local community.  The RAB will be…

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Young minds using scientific method

Posted March 10, 2014 by Maj. Thomas Laybourn

Pamela Harvin, Fort Irwin School Liaison Officer, judges a project during a Barstow Consolidated Science Fair at Barstow Community College, Feb. 19. Did you know that pill bugs prefer wet soil? Or that dish soap bubbles last longer than hand soap? Using the scientifc method, local students applied their analytical skills to determine those conclusions and develop their research…

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Four fun days at Spring Fling

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Spring is finally here and everybody is ready to get outside for some fun!  Fort Irwin Family and MWR is bringing four days of entertainment and activities to the community, March 28-31. Join us in honoring Vietnam Veterans and celebrate the Month of the Military Child. There will be  food vendors, games and educational activities as well. For event…

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Quarterly domestic water public notice

Posted March 10, 2014 by Chris Woodruff

Fort Irwin’s water permit requires Fort Irwin to notify the public quarterly of the following: This is an alert about your drinking water and a cosmetic dental problem that might affect children under 9 years of age. At low levels, fluoride can help prevent cavities, but children drinking water containing more than two milligrams per liter (mg/L) of fluoride may…

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Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Center ends April 1

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Keeping up with the rapidly increasing number of TRICARE beneficiaries, who most often turn to a laptop or cell phone when they have questions, walk-in service at Weed Army Community Hospital’s TRICARE Service Center, here, will no longer be available as of April 1. Find out more at www.tricare.mil/TSC. Patients of WACH still have a wide variety of secure, electronic customer service options…

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Respite care available for families with exceptional family member

Posted February 7, 2014 by Evelyn Sandoval-Villalobos

The Army Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care is a program that provides a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided in the EFMP respite care user’s home. Eligibility is based on EFMP enrollment and exceptional family member’s severe chronic conditions or significant medical…

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