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Fort Irwin Issues Out-Brief 26 October 2010. AGENDA High School Teens 2. Middle School Teens 3. Benefits & Entitlements 4. Family Support 5. Force Support. Top 3 Prioritized Issues from the High School Teens Group Briefers: Myles Minton Robert Abrams.

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Fort Irwin

Issues Out-Brief

26 October 2010


  • AGENDA

  • High School Teens

  • 2. Middle School Teens

  • 3. Benefits & Entitlements

  • 4. Family Support

  • 5. Force Support


Top 3 Prioritized Issues

from the

High School Teens

Group

Briefers: Myles Minton

Robert Abrams


Top services in the community
Top Services in the Community

  • Child, Youth and School Services

  • Army Community Services

  • Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation

  • Chaplain Services


Top hq department of the army active issues
Top HQ Department of the Army Active Issues

Authorize a one-time round trip airfare to a CONUS point of entry for OCONUS students who have been accepted to a post secondary school and their guardian

Extend medical benefits (TRICARE) for full time students to age 25 years. (TRICARE currently terminates at 22 years)

Increase enlisted permanent change of station weight allowance to more closely match officer weight allowances.

Fund a formal program to provide service dogs for Wounded Warriors

Authorize and fund a Retirement Service Officer at each Regional Support Command

Upon birth, authorize Transitional Compensation benefits for the child of a pregnant abused Family member


TOP ISSUE: #1

GROUP:

High School

Title: Fan bus for High School hosted events

SCOPE:

Fort Irwin community and students who would like to attend late activities hosted events at the HS, have no transportation to and from Fort Irwin. This will provide support and encourage Silver Valley HS teams.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Fort Irwin to provide Fan buses for hosted events to and from events.


TOP ISSUE: #2

GROUP:

High School

Title: Fort Irwin High School Teen Center Dance Room

SCOPE:

Fort Irwin Teens would like to improve the atmosphere of the Teen Center by adding a dance floor, lights, and snack bar. This will provide a place for more teems to come out and have fund on the weekend.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Provide a dance floor and strobe lights for the Teen Center


TOP ISSUE: #3

GROUP:

High School

Title: Fort Irwin Blue Track upgrade

SCOPE:

Due to the holes in the ground several injuries have occurred. With the improvement of the track and field it would be better utilized by the community. With the addition of lines on the track, we can create a practice field for all.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Coordinate weekly maintenance of the blue track field. Replace surface with artificial turf and paint lines, and provide track equipment


Top 3 Prioritized Issues

from the

Middle School Teens

Group

Nominated Briefers:

Miraj Killlingsworth

Jevon Bradwell


Top services in the community1
Top Services in the Community

  • Commissary

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program

  • Child, Youth and School Services

  • Wounded Warrior Program


Top hq department of the army active issues1
Top HQ Department of the Army Active Issues

Eliminate Prescription cost shares for Active Duty Family members not enrolled at a Military Treatment Facility

Eliminate TRICARE co-pay for replacement parts of durable medical equipment and prosthetics

Eliminate the requirement that an active duty Family member must live with the military sponsor in order to enroll in TRICARE Prime Remote

Mandate that all CONUS installations, including Alaska and Hawaii, provide advanced life support services on or near the installation in accordance with National Fire Protection Association standards

Establish a comprehensive integrated rehabilitative program for Traumatic Brain Injury patients at military Medical Centers (AWC) in Europe.

Fund a portion of the cost of eyeglasses under TRICARE or outsource fabrication through vendors at reduced price or provide Frame of Choice Program at cost from Military lab


TOP ISSUE: #1

GROUP:

Middle School

Title: Fort Irwin House Security

SCOPE:

We need extra locks throughout the house to keep out trespassers and to increase safety for children and Families.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Make it optional for Military Families to have a deadbolt installed in the house.


TOP ISSUE: #2

GROUP:

Middle School

Title: Fort Irwin Seasonal Olympic Games

SCOPE:

If we have Olympic indoor and outdoor activities and games each season we can bring Family and kids together for a weekend.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

To add another activity to meet new people, improve teamwork, prevent obesity, teach new skills and fun.


TOP ISSUE: #3

GROUP:

Middle School

Title: Fort Irwin Career Day for Middle School Teens

SCOPE:

Fort Irwin Middle School and Teens are lacking career information and would like to plan for the future now while we are young we will have more choices for life and career.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Middle School and Teen Director and school liaison officer can bring volunteer professionals to Fort Irwin to explain several careers and education and allow kids to go to their work environments.


Top 3 Prioritized Issues

Benefits & Entitlements

Nominated Briefers:

Timothy Messer

Robert Lee


Top services in the community2

Top Services in the Community

Army Community Service

Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Commissary


Top hq department of the army active issues2

Top HQ Department of the Army Active Issues

Issue #457: Increase enlisted permanent change of station (PCS) weight allowance to more closely match officer weight allowances. (Issue was expanded to increase weight allowance for officers as well.)

Issue #307: Award contracts for household goods (HHG) shipments to moving companies based on performance and claims history as well as cost. Provide full replacement value for lost/damaged HHGs.

Issue #524: Direct all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories to grant unemployment compensation to military spouses who leave a job because of a PCS move.


TOP ISSUE: #1

GROUP:

Ben.& Entl.

Title: The Referral Process for Medical Referrals

SCOPE: The current referral process requires an appointment to obtain the referral. The current referral process delays medical care. By not requiring appointments for referrals, it opens up additional appointment slots.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Ease the referral process by authorizing telephonic referral.


TOP ISSUE: #2

GROUP:

GROUP:

Ben.& Entl.

Title: Spousal Preference eligibility

SCOPE: Not all Spouses are eligible for spousal preference due to the executive orders and must use preference within 2 years from date of orders. All spouses should have equal opportunity for preference.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Amend the qualification criteria to include Spouses who were not included on a Soldier’s permanent change of station (PCS) orders.

Eliminate 2 year time limit for spousal preference from current executive order for Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) and Appropriated Funds (AF)


TOP ISSUE: #3

GROUP:

GROUP:

Ben.& Entl.

Title: Education Incentive Pay for Enlisted Soldier

SCOPE: There is no incentive pay for Enlisted Soldiers with higher education. Enlisted Soldiers are paid less than Officers. Enlisted Soldiers would encourage higher education

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Provide incentive pay based on level of collegiate degree of Enlisted Soldier.


Top 3 Prioritized Issues

Family Support

Nominated Briefers:

Tony Howard

Virginia Prebot-Valverde


Top services in the community3

Top Services in the Community

  • Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation

  • Army Community Service

  • Commissary


Top hq department of the army active issues3

  • Issue #524: Direct all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories to grant unemployment compensation to military spouses who leave a job because of a PCS move.

  • Issue #596: Establish a searchable convicted Sex Offender Registry and make it available to the military community. Require all convicted sex offenders who are authorized a DoD ID/IAC to register with the installation PMO and be entered into the registry.

  • Issue #307: Award contracts for household goods (HHG) shipments to moving companies based on performance and claims history as well as cost. Provide full replacement value for lost/damaged HHGs.

Top HQ Department of the Army Active Issues


TOP ISSUE: #1

GROUP:

Family Support

Title: Army Wide Housing Policies

SCOPE: Placement of housing should be based on number of dependants regardless of age and gender. Installations are choosing to use different standards to place families in base housing. This leads to inconsistencies for Families who permanent change of station (PCS) between installations.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Develop one set of housing standards for Soldiers with dependants across the Department of Defense.


TOP ISSUE: #2

GROUP:

Family Support

Title: Separate Rations for Soldiers Living in the Barracks on Fort Irwin, CA.

SCOPE: Majority of barracks do not have cooking facilities in their rooms, nor ease of access to prepare their food if a community kitchen exists. Soldiers are often limited to meal card use only.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Upon an assignment to barracks, provide Soldiers the option of separate rations or meal cards.


TOP ISSUE: #3

GROUP:

Family Support

Title: Procedures for Reserving and Using Community Centers at Fort Irwin

SCOPE: Inconsistencies in policies, procedures and prices are misleading to customers. This leads to miscommunication and confusion for residents. Implementing standards would provide clear expectations to the residents reserving community centers.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Develop standards to be consistently followed for reserving and using community centers at Fort Irwin.


Top 3 Prioritized Issues

Force Support

Nominated Briefers:

Mike Garcia

John Toney


Top services in the community4

Top Services in the Community

  • Family Readiness Groups

  • Child and Youth Services

  • Department of Defense Schools


Top hq department of the army active issues4

  • Issue #645: Increase duration of Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) to 20 days.

  • Issue #526: Fund the shipment of second POV for OCONUS tours.

  • Issue #566: Reduce the wide income range in existing child care fees by increasing the number of child care fee categories.

Top HQ Department of the Army Active Issues


TOP ISSUE: #1

GROUP:

Force Support

Title: Soldier Assignment Management at All Levels

SCOPE: Branch Managers not responding to Service Members assignment preferences or career enhancement opportunities. Service Members would like more interaction and involvement so Service Members are more involved in their professional and career management.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Active communication within 72hrs from branch manager. Create/improve interactive portal that allows Service Members to select assignments from available options provided by branch managers.


TOP ISSUE: #2

GROUP:

Force Support

Title: Dual Military Assignments

SCOPE:Dual military couples are not routinely considered for Joint Domicile (JD)/Married Army Couple Program (MACP) due to Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) incapability. Dual military couples not always knowledgeable about all aspects and regulations (such as 30 day enrollment) in regard to JD/MACP.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Provide mandatory dual military briefing.

Provide open enrollment time frame.


TOP ISSUE: #3

GROUP:

Force Support

Title: Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) Grade Scale for Alternate Events

SCOPE: Service Members with permanent profile are unlikely considered competitive for promotions. Memo of Instruction (MOI's) for Senior Non- Commissioned Officer (NCO) promotion boards specifically mention 270+ as looked upon favorably on NCO Evaluation Report /Enlisted Records Brief (ERB) by board members. Permanent profile Soldiers are currently unable to maximize Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) scores.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Provide an opportunity for the permanent profile Service Member to maximize the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and score a 300.


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