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Jbmh hbulletin25 nov13

  1. 1. Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Fort Myer, Va.  Fort McNair, Washington D.C.  Henderson Hall, Va. JBM-HH Commander’s Information Line – 703-696-6906 News New – Winter weather news In the event of weather-related closures, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (Fort Myer, Fort McNair, Henderson Hall) personnel follow the guidance of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM determines the "open" or "closed" status for all government agencies and installations located inside the Washington, D.C., beltway. If you have a question about your duty status, please contact your supervisor. Partner organization personnel should inquire within the chain of command. For OPM guidance, see www.opm.gov/status. You can also call 202-606-1900 around the clock. JBM-HH will also have this information available as follows:  JBM-HH Facebook at www.facebook.com/jbmhh  Commander’s Information Hotline at 703-696-6906. This line is updated often in an emergency situation.  Check the JBM-HH Webpage at www.jbmhh.army.mil for the Winter Weather link which is now being updated for Nov. 27.  Get national weather here. New – Thanksgiving Holiday message from LTG Ferriter Read a holiday message from the U.S. Army Installation Management Command’s Commander, Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter at www.army.mil/article/115695. New – Thanksgiving Holiday gate access Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall gate access, operating under holiday/weekend hours for Thursday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 1 is as follows:  On the Fort Myer side of the joint base -- Hatfield Gate (Washington Boulevard at South 2nd Street) - open at all times; Henry Gate (Arlington Boulevard at North Pershing Dr.) - closed; Wright Gate (Marshall Drive at Meade Street) - Daily - DoD ID card holders - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Visitors - 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. All visitors must access the Fort Myer portion of JBM-HH through Hatfield Gate between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5 a.m.  Henderson Hall side of the joint base: Gate 1 - open 24/7 to DoD ID card holders and visitors; Gate 3 (Annex) - Closed. Note: Gate 3 will also be closed from Dec. 19 through Jan. 6.  On the Fort McNair side of JBM-HH - Ceremonial Gate - Closed; 2nd Street Gate - open 24/7 to DoD ID card holders and visitors; Eisenhower (Pedestrian Gate) - Closed For more information, call 703-588-2801 or 703-524-7000. New – Thanksgiving holiday hours Most offices on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 -- the federal holiday celebrating Thanksgiving. Check this list -- Thanksgiving Holiday Hours --
  2. 2. which is not all encompassing, and be sure to check with the facility you wish to visit for more details. New – Mass Transit Benefits set to decrease In January 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R.8) temporarily raised the transit benefit statutory limit to $245 per month. This amount was not intended to be permanent and expires at the end of 2013. Unless a new statutory limit is approved by Congress, the statutory limit will decrease to $130 per month Jan. 1, according to IRS revenue procedures. Congress may still act to extend the limit above $130, but at this time agencies must proceed with what the law states as the maximum tax exempt mass transit subsidy limit. Any updates will be posted here: www.whs.mil/MTBP. New – Rader Clinic flu campaign update Check the Rader Clinic Flu Hotline at 703-696-2994 if you were not able to get a flu shot during the Rader Flu Clinic. New – Partners in Education The Partners in Education program celebrates the holiday season with students from Barcroft Elementary School from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. You’ll see activities - maybe even a jolly guy in a red suit -- in Building 29 aboard the Henderson Hall side of the joint base. Want to help? Soldiers and Marines, call 703-693-8378. Here’s a worthy cause: Save your own life! Here is one thing NOT to put on your 2014 New Year resolution list: Stop using tobacco. How many of those resolutions make it to Jan. 15? So, take saving your own life seriously: Stop today! Tobacco kills. Inhaling or ingesting tobacco releases harmful chemicals into your lungs and blood stream, sending toxins to every organ in your body. Smoking and tobacco use cause cancer, heart disease, strokes, emphysema, bronchitis, airway obstructions, ad infinitum. The least of the problem is that tobacco smoke stinks! Don’t wait until the new year to start saving your own life. Talk to the Rader Clinic folks who have resources to help military personnel and their family members. Get an appointment for tobacco cessation counseling by calling the Rader appointment line at 1-855-227-6331. Not eligible to use Rader Clinic? DoD civilians (and all members of the military family), see this Department of Defense website for assistance: www.ucanquit2.org. National ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign reminds us to buckle up The Directorate of Emergency Services will conduct operation “Click it or Ticket” campaign through Thursday, Nov. 28, so throughout the joint base, look for safety check points and random inspections. The point is to raise awareness about wearing a seat belt wherever you drive. “Click it or Ticket” is a handy way to remind yourself to hear that seat belt click into position.
  3. 3. For more information, call Lt. Ron Foster at 703-614-4700 or email him at ronald.r.foster.civ@mail.mil. DSTRESS available 24/7 The United States Marine Corps challenges Marines and members of all services: win your personal battles. Help is available through online chat or phone for anonymous, peer-to-peer counseling 24/7. Online chat is at DSTRESSLINE.com or call 1-877-476-7734. Need help? Know someone who does? Suicide is preventable The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans and their loved ones in crisis with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For free, confidential support call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255. More folks care than you might think. See some leaders’ public service announcements at www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/spmonth/leader_message_psa.asp. Thanksgiving meals at the DFAC The staff of the dining facility on the Fort Myer side of the joint base, Building 404, will host two Thanksgiving holiday meals: Wednesday, Nov. 27 and Thursday, Nov. 28 (This Nov. 28 meal will not be quite as elaborate as the Nov. 27 meal, but will still be a Thanksgiving feast). Both of these two days, the dining facility will be open to retirees and to Department of Defense civilians. Meal times and prices are below: Wednesday, Nov. 27 -- Holiday Meal - 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - $7.60; the discounted rate of $6.45 will be charged for family members of E4 and below. Thursday, Nov. 28 -- Brunch - 9 a.m. to noon - $5.25; Supper - 4 to 5:30 p.m. -- $6.45. So the DFAC staff is sure to have enough food on hand, call 703-696-2087 to let the staff know whether you will be attending. ‘Kris Kringle’ Market The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation are joining forces to host a “Kris Kringle Market” Friday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Exchange parking lot (on the Fort Myer side of the joint base). Some 10 vendors will be on hand to help everyone get in the spirit of Christmas. There will be glühwein for sale, various food vendors, arts and crafts and novelties as well as a Christmas tree vendor. The Exchange will open at 4 a.m. Nov. 29, in conjunction with “Black Friday.” For more information, call 703-696-8865. ACAP supports spouses in transition Army Career and Alumni Program offers services to the spouses of military personnel who are transitioning: retiring or ETSing (Expiration of Term in Service) out of the military. Some of the services offered to transitioning spouses include one-on-one assistance with a resume, a Veterans Affairs benefits briefing, Department of Labor Employment Workshop (includes the interview process, dress for success, building a resume, salary negotiation) and financial planning.
  4. 4. More services include classes on home buying, credit scores, investing, TRICARE, finding and applying for federal jobs, and much more. If your spouse is preparing to transition from the military -- retiring or ETSing, make an appointment with ACAP. Call 703-696-0973 to register or visit the ACAP Center at 232 McNair Road, Building 404 on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. See www.facebook.com/ArmyCareerandAlumniProgram. Federal benefits ‘Open Season’ allows employees to enroll in, change health benefits Federal Benefits “Open Season” continues through Monday, Dec. 9 with changes effective the first full pay period in January. For information regarding local Health Fairs, employees can contact their servicing Civilian Personnel Advisory Center specialist at 703-704-3009. “Open Season” is the time to think about your health, dental, vision and tax-saving needs. During “Open Season,” eligible employees can: * Enroll in or change Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program coverage through the Army Benefits Center-Civilian (ABC-C) website https://www.abc.army.mil or by calling 1-877-276-9287 -* Enroll in dental and/or vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) or change your existing FEDVIP enrollment through the BENEFEDS website at https://www.benefeds.com/Portal/jsp/LoginPage.jsp, or call 1-877888-3337 * Sign up for flexible spending accounts through the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) at https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp or by calling 1-877-FSAFEDS (1-877-372-3337). The Office of Personnel Management's Open Season website at www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/open-season, contains detailed information regarding plan changes, available plans and premiums. All employees are encouraged to review their current enrollment coverage and premiums to make sure it will continue to meet their needs in 2014. Changes may not be made outside of the open season dates above unless an employee experiences a qualifying life event. Employees planning on retiring prior to the first full pay period in January, and who wish to make an open season election, should contact an ABC-C counselor for guidance on whether a hard copy enrollment form is required. MPD S1 conference Dec. 4 The next Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Military Personnel Division’s S1 conference is set for Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Town Hall, Building 243, on the Fort Myer side of the joint base. The conference goal is to strengthen existing working partnerships between JBM-HH Military Personnel Division, unit S1s, Pentagon human resource personnel and agencies and build consensus on efficient and effective services to customers. For more information call Douglas Russell or Ronnie Corbitt at 703-696-3695/0008. Family Readiness
  5. 5. New – Little Fingers, Big Words Teach your pre-verbal children to communicate by using sign language. For parents of infants 6 to 18 months old. Class will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the ACS Classroom, Building 201. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Pre-registration requested. For more information and to pre-register call 703-696-3512 or email karen.a.stpierre.ctr@mail.mil. New – Stress Management Participants will be given information on identifying stressors in their life and how to create their own stress management plan. Class will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the ACS Classroom, Building 201. Pre-registration requested. For more information and to pre-register call 703-696-3512 or email karen.a.stpierre.ctr@mail.mil. New – Anger Management Individuals will receive information on the basic principles of emotions management, specific information about the impact of unmanaged anger, and receive resources on how to recognize and manage the anger triggers in their own lives. Class will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the ACS Classroom, Building 201. Pre-registration requested. For more information and to pre-register call 703-696-3512 or email Karen.a.stpierre.ctr@mail.mil. Traffic, Roads and Grounds Road construction in Arlington through December Roadway reconstruction on Columbia Pike from South Wakefield Drive to Four Mile Run will continue through the middle of December, weather permitting. Work will begin at the west side of the project and move east. See www.columbiapikeva.us/construction for details.

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