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  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 -- Zembiec Pool closed indefinitely Due to damage as a result of a power outage, the Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec Pool is closed indefinitely. We regret this loss of a popular workout venue and will work diligently to reopen as soon as possible. New -- Federal benefits ‘Open Season’ continues through Dec. 9 Don’t plan to change anything? Still, be sure to verify your current health care plan. One employee, when seeing a doctor recently, discovered his health care plan would expire at the end of 2013. Headquarters Installation Management Command personnel in the G1 section are encouraging everyone to double check to be sure their health care plan is still on the Federal Employees Health Benefit rolls for fiscal year 2014. Federal Benefits “Open Season” will continue through Monday, Dec. 9 with changes effective the first full pay period in January. Even if you plan to keep things exactly as they are, with no changes, VERIFY that your health benefits are still in place. Take a few minutes, go online and check. 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 1-877-2769287; 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 1-877-888-3337. In addition, 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 (1-877-3723337). 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
  2. 2. 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. New -- ‘Welcome Aboard’ brief for newcomers Dec. 10 Marine Corps Community Services holds a Welcome Aboard orientation Tuesday, Dec. 10, starting at 8 a.m. in the Marine Club. Briefers from MCCS and the joint base will welcome newcomers and provide information on their programs. All newcomers and their families are welcome to attend. The brief includes an optional walking tour of the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base, break for lunch and a bus tour of the local area. Each sponsor receives a coupon for lunch at the club or the Java Café. Please register in advance by calling 703-614-7202. New -- Rader Clinic staff to celebrate holidays The Rader Clinic staff will celebrate the holidays with a party Thursday, Dec. 12 beginning at noon through the end of the day. So that everyone can participate, the clinic, including the pharmacy, will close at noon. For more information, call 703-696-7957. New -- VA claims assistance A representative from AMVETS will be at the MCCS Career Resource Management Center Thursday, Dec. 12, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., to review service member medical records and provide assistance with the Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation claims process. Schedule an appointment at 703-614-6828. New -- Winter Intramural Basketball Semper Fit Winter Intramural Basketball signup is underway. Register by Thursday, Dec. 19. Play begins Jan. 13 and runs through March. For details and to register, call Jody McBride at 703-697-2706. New -- Army wants feedback In support of the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign, the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs is requesting feedback from across the Army in order to determine better ways we can communicate to Soldiers and civilians about Health of the Force issues. Please take a few minutes to provide your input through a survey on AKO (CAC log-in required): https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/687440. We encourage your feedback regardless of whether or not you are familiar with these topics. Please note this survey is only for Army Soldiers and Department of Army civilians.
  3. 3. Direct any additional feedback or questions about this survey to army.ocpa.hqda@us.army.mil. New -- Henderson Hall Gate 3 closed Dec. 19-Jan. 6 On the Henderson Hall side of the joint base, Gate 3 (Annex Gate) will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Jan. 6 during the holiday season. Henderson Hall’s Gate 1 is open 24/7 to Department of Defense ID card holders and visitors. For more information, call 703-588-2801 or 703-524-7000. New -- Applications for Scholarships for Military Children available Dec. 3 Applications for the 2014 Scholarships Program will be available Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the commissary on the Fort Myer side of the joint base and online at www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 28, 2014. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not emailed or faxed. This year's award amount has risen to $2,000, and the program awards at least one scholarship at each commissary with qualified applicants. Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database and have a military ID card. For more information, students or sponsors should call Scholarship Managers at 1856-616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com. New -- Army Officers Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area offers child, spouse scholarships The Army Officers Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area provides scholarships for children (high school students and college students) and spouses of U. S. Army personnel. Funds for the scholarships are from the Fort Myer Thrift Shop. Applications for the three programs must be mailed to the Thrift Shop by March 28, 2014. Details on eligibility requirements and applications for the programs are at www.aowcgwa.org/index.cfm?action=scholarships. Questions about the scholarship program may be emailed to collegeaowcgwa@gmail.com. New -- Welcome 2014 at JBM-HH clubs Ring in 2014 at the Fort Myer Officers Club or Spates Community Club on the Fort Myer side of the joint base. Make reservations for Tuesday, Dec. 31 for the Officers Club for 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. in the Fife and Drum room or the Koran Ballroom. For more information and to make reservations call 703-696-5147 or 703-524-3037; or opt for the evening at Spates Community Club from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Get more information or make reservations at 703-527-1300/1302, and see www.jbmhhmwr.com.
  4. 4. 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. 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. Rader Clinic flu vaccine 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. Save your own life! Take your life seriously: Make a plan, register at www.ucanquit2.org and use the tools available to kick the tobacco habit. 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 and airway obstructions. 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. Those not eligible to use Rader, check in at www.ucanquit2.org. 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, 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 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  5. 5. JBM-HH will also have 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.army.mil/jbmhh for Winter Weather. This page will be active when there are unusual or extreme weather conditions.  Get national weather here. 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. ACAP supports spouses in transition Army Career and Alumni Program offers services to the spouses of military personnel who are transitioning: both retiring or ETSing (Expiration of Term in Service). 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. 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. Family Readiness New -- EFMP slates December classes
  6. 6. The Exceptional Family Member Program offers an EFMP Basics class Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indian Head, Maryland, USO Center. Monday, Dec. 16 and Thursday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., advocacy skills will be presented at Marine Barracks Washington and on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base, respectively. Thursday, Dec. 26, from noon to 1 p.m., learn about the EFMP reimbursement program at an orientation on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base. The orientation is also available through WebEx. All classes require registration. Please call 703-693-5353 for more information. New -- Personal Financial Management December Classes The Marine Corps Community Services Personal Financial Management program holds classes on financial management topics each month. December’s topics include home buying, investing, planning for retirement, and personal credit. For more information, visit www.mccsHH.com/Finance.html or call 703-614-6950. New -- Real Colors Marine Corps Family Team Building holds a communication strategy class, Real Colors, Friday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Building 29 on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base. Real Colors, a personality instrument, teaches you about your personality temperament, communication style and how to work well with others. Register by calling 703-693-8906. 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. 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. 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
  7. 7. 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 703-6963512 or email Karen.a.stpierre.ctr@mail.mil. Traffic, Roads and Grounds New -- Marshall Drive pavement work to affect Fort Myer traffic Permanent pavement restoration is set to be done on the eastbound lane of Marshall Drive from near the Access Road to the Iwo Jima Marine Memorial to Route 110 beginning Monday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 13, and Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 16 - 18. The work is being done in association with the Dominion Virginia Power Company’s underground transmission project on the Fort Myer side of Joint Base MyerHenderson Hall. Two-way traffic will be maintained using a temporary flagging operation. Depending on weather conditions, the work will be done as follows: Close - The eastbound lane of Marshall Drive from East Meade Street to Route 110 Dec. 9 - 13 Detour - A temporary detour will be in place for traffic leaving Fort Myer at the Wright Gate (Marshall Drive) for those wanting to go to Route 110 proceeding south on Rout 110. In addition, residents or other traveling public in the immediate area who usually want to go southbound on Route 110 from North Meade Street would also have to use this detour. Detour Route - This route involves traveling westbound on North Meade Street to westbound North Lynn Street to southbound Wilson Boulevard, and back to southbound Route 110. Marshall Drive westbound one way access - The westbound lane of Marshall Drive will be maintained one way to the Iwo Jima Memorial Access Road and on to Fort Myer and to westbound North Meade Street. Marshall Drive from Iwo Jima Memorial - Traffic leaving the Iwo Jima Memorial would have to turn right on Marshall Drive and then continue on from there using the detour. Asphalt Work - The asphalt portion of the eastbound lane of Marshall Drive will be completed the following week Dec. 16 - 18. Work Hours - Normal work hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be in effect during the operation. For more information, call Lt. Ron Foster at 703-614-4700. New -- Arlington road work to temporarily close some of South Queen Street Beginning today, Monday, Dec. 2, Virginia Department of Transportation workers will close South Queen Street at Columbia Pike in order for sanitary sewer relocation work to proceed across South Queen Street.
  8. 8. A portion of South Queen Street near its intersection with Columbia Pike will remain closed for about two weeks. Traffic entering and exiting Arlington View and Carrington Village communities will be detoured to South Quinn Street. 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.