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Military Family Tax 101: Spouses Have To Know How To File Too.

Adrianne Huls[1] , Contributor I write about navigating family and finances of military life. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

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Military spouses know how to do many things. Many hard things actually. We run households, pay bills, are excellent at organizing and being an uber for our kids. And there is another thing military spouses are learning more and more about. Being their own boss. Whether it is a small business being run out of a rented location, or from the home office as life chaos swirls around, military spouses are finding flexibility and longevity in making a career they choose to endeavor on. During tax season, concerns on how to file the proper way to file taxes making sure income do not affect the functionality of the military income received by the active duty personnel. Kristen Morgan, a tax professional, gives yet some more vital information to help spouses succeed filing their taxes.

Miltary Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA). Like many things in the military culture, there a lot of unknowns about this bill because it has just really been available. Of course, as I have said before ensuring you have useful information so proper decisions can be made for the best tax file. Here are a few quick facts about the MSRRA.

  • The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) provides protection to military spouses related to residency, voting, and taxes. When a servicemember leaves his or her home state in accord with military orders, the servicemember’s spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the servicemember. The MSRRA[2] amends the Servicemember Civil Relief Act to include the same privileges to a military servicemember’s spouse.
  • Eligibility factors:
      • Is legally married to the spouse; AND
      • The servicemember is in the state on military orders; AND
      • Currently resides in a state different than the state of his or her domicile; AND
      • Resides in the state solely to live with the servicemember; AND
      • The servicemember is present in the state in compliance with military orders.  A military spouse does not lose his or her status if a servicemember is deployed to a war zone or other location where the military spouse is not allowed to follow. The military treats this as a “travel” or “TDY” situation.
      • The military spouse and the servicemember both are able to claim the same domicile (applicable in some states).

Schedule C. As discussed military spouses are building a business, and a Schedule C may be needed. With this form, the owner reports how much money made or lost for the company.  Understanding how to file a schedule C is essential and attending a SCORE[3] workshop could be helpful in knowing what deductions to capitalize on. SCORE is a small business resource and connection to the Small Business Administration[4] and can assist with up to date information and guidance.

Again this is where a tax professional can also be beneficial. Kelly Erb[5], a Senior Editor for Bankable @ Forbes, is also an excellent source of information. Lastly, doing the research upfront when starting a business helps in the long run. Honestly, filing taxes and staying up to date with all tax laws and changes is very important. Remember you only have a few months to file, but you have the majority of the year to prepare for them.

An interview with

Kristen Morgan

Kristen is a tax professional who helps military families gain information and knowledge and file taxes.

References

  1. ^ Adrianne Huls (www.forbes.com)
  2. ^ MSRRA (militarybenefits.info)
  3. ^ SCORE (www.score.org)
  4. ^ Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)
  5. ^ Kelly Erb (www.forbes.com)
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Military Family Tax 101: Spouses Have To Know How To File Too.

Adrianne Huls[1] , Contributor I write about navigating family and finances of military life. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Shutterstock

Military spouses know how to do many things. Many hard things actually. We run households, pay bills, are excellent at organizing and being an uber for our kids. And there is another thing military spouses are learning more and more about. Being their own boss. Whether it is a small business being run out of a rented location, or from the home office as life chaos swirls around, military spouses are finding flexibility and longevity in making a career they choose to endeavor on. During tax season, concerns on how to file the proper way to file taxes making sure income do not affect the functionality of the military income received by the active duty personnel. Kristen Morgan, a tax professional, gives yet some more vital information to help spouses succeed filing their taxes.

Miltary Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA). Like many things in the military culture, there a lot of unknowns about this bill because it has just really been available. Of course, as I have said before ensuring you have useful information so proper decisions can be made for the best tax file. Here are a few quick facts about the MSRRA.

  • The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) provides protection to military spouses related to residency, voting, and taxes. When a servicemember leaves his or her home state in accord with military orders, the servicemember’s spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the servicemember. The MSRRA[2] amends the Servicemember Civil Relief Act to include the same privileges to a military servicemember’s spouse.
  • Eligibility factors:
      • Is legally married to the spouse; AND
      • The servicemember is in the state on military orders; AND
      • Currently resides in a state different than the state of his or her domicile; AND
      • Resides in the state solely to live with the servicemember; AND
      • The servicemember is present in the state in compliance with military orders.  A military spouse does not lose his or her status if a servicemember is deployed to a war zone or other location where the military spouse is not allowed to follow. The military treats this as a “travel” or “TDY” situation.
      • The military spouse and the servicemember both are able to claim the same domicile (applicable in some states).

Schedule C. As discussed military spouses are building a business, and a Schedule C may be needed. With this form, the owner reports how much money made or lost for the company.  Understanding how to file a schedule C is essential and attending a SCORE[3] workshop could be helpful in knowing what deductions to capitalize on. SCORE is a small business resource and connection to the Small Business Administration[4] and can assist with up to date information and guidance.

Again this is where a tax professional can also be beneficial. Kelly Erb[5], a Senior Editor for Bankable @ Forbes, is also an excellent source of information. Lastly, doing the research upfront when starting a business helps in the long run. Honestly, filing taxes and staying up to date with all tax laws and changes is very important. Remember you only have a few months to file, but you have the majority of the year to prepare for them.

An interview with

Kristen Morgan

Kristen is a tax professional who helps military families gain information and knowledge and file taxes.

References

  1. ^ Adrianne Huls (www.forbes.com)
  2. ^ MSRRA (militarybenefits.info)
  3. ^ SCORE (www.score.org)
  4. ^ Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)
  5. ^ Kelly Erb (www.forbes.com)
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Military Family Tax 101: Spouses Have To Know How To File Too.

Adrianne Huls[1] , Contributor I write about navigating family and finances of military life. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Shutterstock

Military spouses know how to do many things. Many hard things actually. We run households, pay bills, are excellent at organizing and being an uber for our kids. And there is another thing military spouses are learning more and more about. Being their own boss. Whether it is a small business being run out of a rented location, or from the home office as life chaos swirls around, military spouses are finding flexibility and longevity in making a career they choose to endeavor on. During tax season, concerns on how to file the proper way to file taxes making sure income do not affect the functionality of the military income received by the active duty personnel. Kristen Morgan, a tax professional, gives yet some more vital information to help spouses succeed filing their taxes.

Miltary Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA). Like many things in the military culture, there a lot of unknowns about this bill because it has just really been available. Of course, as I have said before ensuring you have useful information so proper decisions can be made for the best tax file. Here are a few quick facts about the MSRRA.

  • The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) provides protection to military spouses related to residency, voting, and taxes. When a servicemember leaves his or her home state in accord with military orders, the servicemember’s spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the servicemember. The MSRRA[2] amends the Servicemember Civil Relief Act to include the same privileges to a military servicemember’s spouse.
  • Eligibility factors:
      • Is legally married to the spouse; AND
      • The servicemember is in the state on military orders; AND
      • Currently resides in a state different than the state of his or her domicile; AND
      • Resides in the state solely to live with the servicemember; AND
      • The servicemember is present in the state in compliance with military orders.  A military spouse does not lose his or her status if a servicemember is deployed to a war zone or other location where the military spouse is not allowed to follow. The military treats this as a “travel” or “TDY” situation.
      • The military spouse and the servicemember both are able to claim the same domicile (applicable in some states).

Schedule C. As discussed military spouses are building a business, and a Schedule C may be needed. With this form, the owner reports how much money made or lost for the company.  Understanding how to file a schedule C is essential and attending a SCORE[3] workshop could be helpful in knowing what deductions to capitalize on. SCORE is a small business resource and connection to the Small Business Administration[4] and can assist with up to date information and guidance.

Again this is where a tax professional can also be beneficial. Kelly Erb[5], a Senior Editor for Bankable @ Forbes, is also an excellent source of information. Lastly, doing the research upfront when starting a business helps in the long run. Honestly, filing taxes and staying up to date with all tax laws and changes is very important. Remember you only have a few months to file, but you have the majority of the year to prepare for them.

An interview with

Kristen Morgan

Kristen is a tax professional who helps military families gain information and knowledge and file taxes.

References

  1. ^ Adrianne Huls (www.forbes.com)
  2. ^ MSRRA (militarybenefits.info)
  3. ^ SCORE (www.score.org)
  4. ^ Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)
  5. ^ Kelly Erb (www.forbes.com)
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Military Family Tax 101: Spouses Have To Know How To File Too.

Adrianne Huls[1] , Contributor I write about navigating family and finances of military life. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Shutterstock

Military spouses know how to do many things. Many hard things actually. We run households, pay bills, are excellent at organizing and being an uber for our kids. And there is another thing military spouses are learning more and more about. Being their own boss. Whether it is a small business being run out of a rented location, or from the home office as life chaos swirls around, military spouses are finding flexibility and longevity in making a career they choose to endeavor on. During tax season, concerns on how to file the proper way to file taxes making sure income do not affect the functionality of the military income received by the active duty personnel. Kristen Morgan, a tax professional, gives yet some more vital information to help spouses succeed filing their taxes.

Miltary Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA). Like many things in the military culture, there a lot of unknowns about this bill because it has just really been available. Of course, as I have said before ensuring you have useful information so proper decisions can be made for the best tax file. Here are a few quick facts about the MSRRA.

  • The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) provides protection to military spouses related to residency, voting, and taxes. When a servicemember leaves his or her home state in accord with military orders, the servicemember’s spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the servicemember. The MSRRA[2] amends the Servicemember Civil Relief Act to include the same privileges to a military servicemember’s spouse.
  • Eligibility factors:
      • Is legally married to the spouse; AND
      • The servicemember is in the state on military orders; AND
      • Currently resides in a state different than the state of his or her domicile; AND
      • Resides in the state solely to live with the servicemember; AND
      • The servicemember is present in the state in compliance with military orders.  A military spouse does not lose his or her status if a servicemember is deployed to a war zone or other location where the military spouse is not allowed to follow. The military treats this as a “travel” or “TDY” situation.
      • The military spouse and the servicemember both are able to claim the same domicile (applicable in some states).

Schedule C. As discussed military spouses are building a business, and a Schedule C may be needed. With this form, the owner reports how much money made or lost for the company.  Understanding how to file a schedule C is essential and attending a SCORE[3] workshop could be helpful in knowing what deductions to capitalize on. SCORE is a small business resource and connection to the Small Business Administration[4] and can assist with up to date information and guidance.

Again this is where a tax professional can also be beneficial. Kelly Erb[5], a Senior Editor for Bankable @ Forbes, is also an excellent source of information. Lastly, doing the research upfront when starting a business helps in the long run. Honestly, filing taxes and staying up to date with all tax laws and changes is very important. Remember you only have a few months to file, but you have the majority of the year to prepare for them.

An interview with

Kristen Morgan

Kristen is a tax professional who helps military families gain information and knowledge and file taxes.

References

  1. ^ Adrianne Huls (www.forbes.com)
  2. ^ MSRRA (militarybenefits.info)
  3. ^ SCORE (www.score.org)
  4. ^ Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)
  5. ^ Kelly Erb (www.forbes.com)
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Military Family Tax 101: Spouses Have To Know How To File Too.

Adrianne Huls[1] , Contributor I write about navigating family and finances of military life. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Shutterstock

Military spouses know how to do many things. Many hard things actually. We run households, pay bills, are excellent at organizing and being an uber for our kids. And there is another thing military spouses are learning more and more about. Being their own boss. Whether it is a small business being run out of a rented location, or from the home office as life chaos swirls around, military spouses are finding flexibility and longevity in making a career they choose to endeavor on. During tax season, concerns on how to file the proper way to file taxes making sure income do not affect the functionality of the military income received by the active duty personnel. Kristen Morgan, a tax professional, gives yet some more vital information to help spouses succeed filing their taxes.

Miltary Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA). Like many things in the military culture, there a lot of unknowns about this bill because it has just really been available. Of course, as I have said before ensuring you have useful information so proper decisions can be made for the best tax file. Here are a few quick facts about the MSRRA.

  • The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) provides protection to military spouses related to residency, voting, and taxes. When a servicemember leaves his or her home state in accord with military orders, the servicemember’s spouse may retain residency in his or her home state for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that state to accompany the servicemember. The MSRRA[2] amends the Servicemember Civil Relief Act to include the same privileges to a military servicemember’s spouse.
  • Eligibility factors:
      • Is legally married to the spouse; AND
      • The servicemember is in the state on military orders; AND
      • Currently resides in a state different than the state of his or her domicile; AND
      • Resides in the state solely to live with the servicemember; AND
      • The servicemember is present in the state in compliance with military orders.  A military spouse does not lose his or her status if a servicemember is deployed to a war zone or other location where the military spouse is not allowed to follow. The military treats this as a “travel” or “TDY” situation.
      • The military spouse and the servicemember both are able to claim the same domicile (applicable in some states).

Schedule C. As discussed military spouses are building a business, and a Schedule C may be needed. With this form, the owner reports how much money made or lost for the company.  Understanding how to file a schedule C is essential and attending a SCORE[3] workshop could be helpful in knowing what deductions to capitalize on. SCORE is a small business resource and connection to the Small Business Administration[4] and can assist with up to date information and guidance.

Again this is where a tax professional can also be beneficial. Kelly Erb[5], a Senior Editor for Bankable @ Forbes, is also an excellent source of information. Lastly, doing the research upfront when starting a business helps in the long run. Honestly, filing taxes and staying up to date with all tax laws and changes is very important. Remember you only have a few months to file, but you have the majority of the year to prepare for them.

An interview with

Kristen Morgan

Kristen is a tax professional who helps military families gain information and knowledge and file taxes.

References

  1. ^ Adrianne Huls (www.forbes.com)
  2. ^ MSRRA (militarybenefits.info)
  3. ^ SCORE (www.score.org)
  4. ^ Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)
  5. ^ Kelly Erb (www.forbes.com)
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Emails detail how senior U.S. military officers grappled with false …


Cars drive past a highway sign on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu on Jan. 13. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat via AP)

The Hawaii government’s erroneous warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack caused confusion at U.S. military facilities, frustrating senior officers and causing them to question procedures for communicating with state officials, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

The emails were sent in succession after thousands of people received a text-message warning Jan. 13 that prompted hysteria in parts of Hawaii. The U.S. military had no role in sending the mistaken message but nonetheless had to deal with the fallout.

“Apparently, they were getting ready to do a drill when the ‘drill’ part was lost in translation,” Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, wrote to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, an hour after the message was sent. “Totally uncoordinated with us of course.”

[‘Is this the end of my life?’: False alert of missile attack sends Hawaii scrambling[1]]

The emails were obtained Friday night through the Freedom of Information Act. They detail efforts by the U.S. military to address what happened, gather information internally and answer questions to better handle crises in the future. They make no mention of President Trump or White House staff, who declined to address the issue and referred to the gaffe as a “state issue.”

The warning, sent to people’s cellphones at 8:07 a.m. local time, was issued by an employee who did not realize a drill was underway, a federal investigation found.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the warning said. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

It took the Hawaii government 38 minutes to issue a follow-up text message indicating the alert had been sent in error, though officials did attempt to assuage concerns through social media.

The employee who posted the message was fired. An investigation found that he thought the threat was real and had made similar mistakes in the past.

[Hawaii’s false missile alert sent by troubled worker who thought an attack was imminent, officials say[2]]

U.S. Pacific Command began responding to media questions about the alert by 8:23 a.m., saying there was no threat and state officials would issue a correction. Harris’s email to Dunford and other senior Pentagon officers indicated that the notification system “worked as we hoped it would” and that Pacific Command had several tasks to do.

“There will be heavy press play here, for sure, which we’ll handle for those questions which concern PACOM forces,” Harris wrote. “Will also work with the State of Hawaii and internal to PACOM — am sure there are lessons learned where we can improve.”

However, there was “a lot of explaining by the State of Hawaii to do,” Harris added.


Navy Adm. Harry Harris asked a slew of questions about the U.S. military response to a false missile alert issued by the state of Hawaii. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Dunford’s response was short: “Tracking all Harry… thanks,” he wrote. “Safe travels.”

The email to Dunford was forwarded a short time later to other senior members of Pacific Command’s staff, prompting conversation about what exactly state officials needed to fix.

Andrew Singer, a retired admiral who is now Harris’s deputy director for intelligence, wrote to Air Force Maj. Gen. Kevin Schneider, Harris’s chief of staff, that the state “has more than the alert system to work on.” It is unclear what he was alluding to; parts of his email are redacted.

“Happened to be in Yoga class when one of the ladies blurted out missile attack and ran out followed by most others,” Singer wrote. “Looking about town most just kept pursing [sic] getting their coffee or Malasadas,” he added, referring to a doughnut-like pastry.

Schneider responded a short time later agreeing with Singer, saying that there is “lots of work to be done on the communications piece.”

Harris also emailed the top Air Force officer in the Pacific, Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, asking for additional information about a warning broadcasted on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“Just for my education and edification, when the Big Voice went off at Pearl Harbor-Hickam this morning, there was no indication that this was a drill; in fact just the opposite,” Harris wrote. “So, what happens on the flight line, and what message, if any was passed to aircraft in the air?”

O’Shaughnessy’s responses are partially redacted, but he told Harris that afternoon in another email that air-traffic controllers did not pass warnings of incoming ballistic missiles to aircraft or hold any aircraft on the ground.

“Thanks Shags,” Harris responded. “I think we’re going to learn a lot here. For ~25-30 minutes, there was a real alert, mistaken though it was.” Part of his email is redacted.

Pacific Command’s deputy commander, Army Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, followed up with Schneider that night, saying that Harris wanted additional information, including what ships, squadrons and ground units were told to do and how military families were informed. Harris also was concerned that word of the false alert did not immediately reach the Pacific Command operations center because U.S. troops there are required to leave their cell phones outside as a security measure.

Harris asked similar questions of Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter, the deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Hawaii. Carter responded that they were planning a “deep dive on this event,” including mapping out and surveying shelters on military installations.

“This is a good outcome for all the Components,” Harris responded. “We should take full advantage of this unforced error by the State of Hawaii.”

A Pacific Command spokesman, Navy Cmdr. David Benham, declined to answer specific questions about the emails, including whether questions that Harris raised in them have been resolved.

“We are a learning organization,” Benham said, “and took this false alert as an opportunity to review and improve our communication and coordination with state and federal emergency management agencies.”

False Hawaii Missile Warning[3] by Dan Lamothe[4] on Scribd

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Emails detail how senior US military officers grappled with false Hawaii missile alert


Cars drive past a highway sign on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu on Jan. 13. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat via AP)

The Hawaii government’s erroneous warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack caused confusion at U.S. military facilities, frustrating senior officers and causing them to question procedures for communicating with state officials, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

The emails were sent in succession after thousands of people received a text-message warning Jan. 13 that prompted hysteria in parts of Hawaii. The U.S. military had no role in sending the mistaken message but nonetheless had to deal with the fallout.

“Apparently, they were getting ready to do a drill when the ‘drill’ part was lost in translation,” Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, wrote to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, an hour after the message was sent. “Totally uncoordinated with us of course.”

[‘Is this the end of my life?’: False alert of missile attack sends Hawaii scrambling[1]]

The emails were obtained Friday night through the Freedom of Information Act. They detail efforts by the U.S. military to address what happened, gather information internally and answer questions to better handle crises in the future. They make no mention of President Trump or White House staff, who declined to address the issue and referred to the gaffe as a “state issue.”

The warning, sent to people’s cellphones at 8:07 a.m. local time, was issued by an employee who did not realize a drill was underway, a federal investigation found.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the warning said. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

It took the Hawaii government 38 minutes to issue a follow-up text message indicating the alert had been sent in error, though officials did attempt to assuage concerns through social media.

The employee who posted the message was fired. An investigation found that he thought the threat was real and had made similar mistakes in the past.

[Hawaii’s false missile alert sent by troubled worker who thought an attack was imminent, officials say[2]]

U.S. Pacific Command began responding to media questions about the alert by 8:23 a.m., saying there was no threat and state officials would issue a correction. Harris’s email to Dunford and other senior Pentagon officers indicated that the notification system “worked as we hoped it would” and that Pacific Command had several tasks to do.

“There will be heavy press play here, for sure, which we’ll handle for those questions which concern PACOM forces,” Harris wrote. “Will also work with the State of Hawaii and internal to PACOM — am sure there are lessons learned where we can improve.”

However, there was “a lot of explaining by the State of Hawaii to do,” Harris added.


Navy Adm. Harry Harris asked a slew of questions about the U.S. military response to a false missile alert issued by the state of Hawaii. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Dunford’s response was short: “Tracking all Harry… thanks,” he wrote. “Safe travels.”

The email to Dunford was forwarded a short time later to other senior members of Pacific Command’s staff, prompting conversation about what exactly state officials needed to fix.

Andrew Singer, a retired admiral who is now Harris’s deputy director for intelligence, wrote to Air Force Maj. Gen. Kevin Schneider, Harris’s chief of staff, that the state “has more than the alert system to work on.” It is unclear what he was alluding to; parts of his email are redacted.

“Happened to be in Yoga class when one of the ladies blurted out missile attack and ran out followed by most others,” Singer wrote. “Looking about town most just kept pursing [sic] getting their coffee or Malasadas,” he added, referring to a doughnut-like pastry.

Schneider responded a short time later agreeing with Singer, saying that there is “lots of work to be done on the communications piece.”

Harris also emailed the top Air Force officer in the Pacific, Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, asking for additional information about a warning broadcasted on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“Just for my education and edification, when the Big Voice went off at Pearl Harbor-Hickam this morning, there was no indication that this was a drill; in fact just the opposite,” Harris wrote. “So, what happens on the flight line, and what message, if any was passed to aircraft in the air?”

O’Shaughnessy’s responses are partially redacted, but he told Harris that afternoon in another email that air-traffic controllers did not pass warnings of incoming ballistic missiles to aircraft or hold any aircraft on the ground.

“Thanks Shags,” Harris responded. “I think we’re going to learn a lot here. For ~25-30 minutes, there was a real alert, mistaken though it was.” Part of his email is redacted.

Pacific Command’s deputy commander, Army Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, followed up with Schneider that night, saying that Harris wanted additional information, including what ships, squadrons and ground units were told to do and how military families were informed. Harris also was concerned that word of the false alert did not immediately reach the Pacific Command operations center because U.S. troops there are required to leave their cell phones outside as a security measure.

Harris asked similar questions of Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter, the deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Hawaii. Carter responded that they were planning a “deep dive on this event,” including mapping out and surveying shelters on military installations.

“This is a good outcome for all the Components,” Harris responded. “We should take full advantage of this unforced error by the State of Hawaii.”

A Pacific Command spokesman, Navy Cmdr. David Benham, declined to answer specific questions about the emails, including whether questions that Harris raised in them have been resolved.

“We are a learning organization,” Benham said, “and took this false alert as an opportunity to review and improve our communication and coordination with state and federal emergency management agencies.”

False Hawaii Missile Warning[3] by Dan Lamothe[4] on Scribd

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Emails detail how senior US military officers grappled with false Hawaii missile alert


Cars drive past a highway sign on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu on Jan. 13. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat via AP)

The Hawaii government’s erroneous warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack caused confusion at U.S. military facilities, frustrating senior officers and causing them to question procedures for communicating with state officials, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

The emails were sent in succession after thousands of people received a text-message warning Jan. 13 that prompted hysteria in parts of Hawaii. The U.S. military had no role in sending the mistaken message but nonetheless had to deal with the fallout.

“Apparently, they were getting ready to do a drill when the ‘drill’ part was lost in translation,” Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, wrote to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, an hour after the message was sent. “Totally uncoordinated with us of course.”

[‘Is this the end of my life?’: False alert of missile attack sends Hawaii scrambling[1]]

The emails were obtained Friday night through the Freedom of Information Act. They detail efforts by the U.S. military to address what happened, gather information internally and answer questions to better handle crises in the future. They make no mention of President Trump or White House staff, who declined to address the issue and referred to the gaffe as a “state issue.”

The warning, sent to people’s cellphones at 8:07 a.m. local time, was issued by an employee who did not realize a drill was underway, a federal investigation found.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the warning said. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

It took the Hawaii government 38 minutes to issue a follow-up text message indicating the alert had been sent in error, though officials did attempt to assuage concerns through social media.

The employee who posted the message was fired. An investigation found that he thought the threat was real and had made similar mistakes in the past.

[Hawaii’s false missile alert sent by troubled worker who thought an attack was imminent, officials say[2]]

U.S. Pacific Command began responding to media questions about the alert by 8:23 a.m., saying there was no threat and state officials would issue a correction. Harris’s email to Dunford and other senior Pentagon officers indicated that the notification system “worked as we hoped it would” and that Pacific Command had several tasks to do.

“There will be heavy press play here, for sure, which we’ll handle for those questions which concern PACOM forces,” Harris wrote. “Will also work with the State of Hawaii and internal to PACOM — am sure there are lessons learned where we can improve.”

However, there was “a lot of explaining by the State of Hawaii to do,” Harris added.


Navy Adm. Harry Harris asked a slew of questions about the U.S. military response to a false missile alert issued by the state of Hawaii. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Dunford’s response was short: “Tracking all Harry… thanks,” he wrote. “Safe travels.”

The email to Dunford was forwarded a short time later to other senior members of Pacific Command’s staff, prompting conversation about what exactly state officials needed to fix.

Andrew Singer, a retired admiral who is now Harris’s deputy director for intelligence, wrote to Air Force Maj. Gen. Kevin Schneider, Harris’s chief of staff, that the state “has more than the alert system to work on.” It is unclear what he was alluding to; parts of his email are redacted.

“Happened to be in Yoga class when one of the ladies blurted out missile attack and ran out followed by most others,” Singer wrote. “Looking about town most just kept pursing [sic] getting their coffee or Malasadas,” he added, referring to a doughnut-like pastry.

Schneider responded a short time later agreeing with Singer, saying that there is “lots of work to be done on the communications piece.”

Harris also emailed the top Air Force officer in the Pacific, Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, asking for additional information about a warning broadcasted on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“Just for my education and edification, when the Big Voice went off at Pearl Harbor-Hickam this morning, there was no indication that this was a drill; in fact just the opposite,” Harris wrote. “So, what happens on the flight line, and what message, if any was passed to aircraft in the air?”

O’Shaughnessy’s responses are partially redacted, but he told Harris that afternoon in another email that air-traffic controllers did not pass warnings of incoming ballistic missiles to aircraft or hold any aircraft on the ground.

“Thanks Shags,” Harris responded. “I think we’re going to learn a lot here. For ~25-30 minutes, there was a real alert, mistaken though it was.” Part of his email is redacted.

Pacific Command’s deputy commander, Army Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, followed up with Schneider that night, saying that Harris wanted additional information, including what ships, squadrons and ground units were told to do and how military families were informed. Harris also was concerned that word of the false alert did not immediately reach the Pacific Command operations center because U.S. troops there are required to leave their cell phones outside as a security measure.

Harris asked similar questions of Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter, the deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Hawaii. Carter responded that they were planning a “deep dive on this event,” including mapping out and surveying shelters on military installations.

“This is a good outcome for all the Components,” Harris responded. “We should take full advantage of this unforced error by the State of Hawaii.”

A Pacific Command spokesman, Navy Cmdr. David Benham, declined to answer specific questions about the emails, including whether questions that Harris raised in them have been resolved.

“We are a learning organization,” Benham said, “and took this false alert as an opportunity to review and improve our communication and coordination with state and federal emergency management agencies.”

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Emails detail how senior US military officers grappled with false Hawaii missile alert


Cars drive past a highway sign on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu on Jan. 13. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat via AP)

The Hawaii government’s erroneous warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack caused confusion at U.S. military facilities, frustrating senior officers and causing them to question procedures for communicating with state officials, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

The emails were sent in succession after thousands of people received a text-message warning Jan. 13 that prompted hysteria in parts of Hawaii. The U.S. military had no role in sending the mistaken message but nonetheless had to deal with the fallout.

“Apparently, they were getting ready to do a drill when the ‘drill’ part was lost in translation,” Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, wrote to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, an hour after the message was sent. “Totally uncoordinated with us of course.”

[‘Is this the end of my life?’: False alert of missile attack sends Hawaii scrambling[1]]

The emails were obtained Friday night through the Freedom of Information Act. They detail efforts by the U.S. military to address what happened, gather information internally and answer questions to better handle crises in the future. They make no mention of President Trump or White House staff, who declined to address the issue and referred to the gaffe as a “state issue.”

The warning, sent to people’s cellphones at 8:07 a.m. local time, was issued by an employee who did not realize a drill was underway, a federal investigation found.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the warning said. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

It took the Hawaii government 38 minutes to issue a follow-up text message indicating the alert had been sent in error, though officials did attempt to assuage concerns through social media.

The employee who posted the message was fired. An investigation found that he thought the threat was real and had made similar mistakes in the past.

[Hawaii’s false missile alert sent by troubled worker who thought an attack was imminent, officials say[2]]

U.S. Pacific Command began responding to media questions about the alert by 8:23 a.m., saying there was no threat and state officials would issue a correction. Harris’s email to Dunford and other senior Pentagon officers indicated that the notification system “worked as we hoped it would” and that Pacific Command had several tasks to do.

“There will be heavy press play here, for sure, which we’ll handle for those questions which concern PACOM forces,” Harris wrote. “Will also work with the State of Hawaii and internal to PACOM — am sure there are lessons learned where we can improve.”

However, there was “a lot of explaining by the State of Hawaii to do,” Harris added.


Navy Adm. Harry Harris asked a slew of questions about the U.S. military response to a false missile alert issued by the state of Hawaii. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Dunford’s response was short: “Tracking all Harry… thanks,” he wrote. “Safe travels.”

The email to Dunford was forwarded a short time later to other senior members of Pacific Command’s staff, prompting conversation about what exactly state officials needed to fix.

Andrew Singer, a retired admiral who is now Harris’s deputy director for intelligence, wrote to Air Force Maj. Gen. Kevin Schneider, Harris’s chief of staff, that the state “has more than the alert system to work on.” It is unclear what he was alluding to; parts of his email are redacted.

“Happened to be in Yoga class when one of the ladies blurted out missile attack and ran out followed by most others,” Singer wrote. “Looking about town most just kept pursing [sic] getting their coffee or Malasadas,” he added, referring to a doughnut-like pastry.

Schneider responded a short time later agreeing with Singer, saying that there is “lots of work to be done on the communications piece.”

Harris also emailed the top Air Force officer in the Pacific, Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, asking for additional information about a warning broadcasted on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“Just for my education and edification, when the Big Voice went off at Pearl Harbor-Hickam this morning, there was no indication that this was a drill; in fact just the opposite,” Harris wrote. “So, what happens on the flight line, and what message, if any was passed to aircraft in the air?”

O’Shaughnessy’s responses are partially redacted, but he told Harris that afternoon in another email that air-traffic controllers did not pass warnings of incoming ballistic missiles to aircraft or hold any aircraft on the ground.

“Thanks Shags,” Harris responded. “I think we’re going to learn a lot here. For ~25-30 minutes, there was a real alert, mistaken though it was.” Part of his email is redacted.

Pacific Command’s deputy commander, Army Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, followed up with Schneider that night, saying that Harris wanted additional information, including what ships, squadrons and ground units were told to do and how military families were informed. Harris also was concerned that word of the false alert did not immediately reach the Pacific Command operations center because U.S. troops there are required to leave their cell phones outside as a security measure.

Harris asked similar questions of Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter, the deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Hawaii. Carter responded that they were planning a “deep dive on this event,” including mapping out and surveying shelters on military installations.

“This is a good outcome for all the Components,” Harris responded. “We should take full advantage of this unforced error by the State of Hawaii.”

A Pacific Command spokesman, Navy Cmdr. David Benham, declined to answer specific questions about the emails, including whether questions that Harris raised in them have been resolved.

“We are a learning organization,” Benham said, “and took this false alert as an opportunity to review and improve our communication and coordination with state and federal emergency management agencies.”

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Emails detail how senior U.S. military officers grappled with false …


Cars drive past a highway sign on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu on Jan. 13. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat via AP)

The Hawaii government’s erroneous warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack caused confusion at U.S. military facilities, frustrating senior officers and causing them to question procedures for communicating with state officials, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

The emails were sent in succession after thousands of people received a text-message warning Jan. 13 that prompted hysteria in parts of Hawaii. The U.S. military had no role in sending the mistaken message but nonetheless had to deal with the fallout.

“Apparently, they were getting ready to do a drill when the ‘drill’ part was lost in translation,” Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, wrote to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, an hour after the message was sent. “Totally uncoordinated with us of course.”

[‘Is this the end of my life?’: False alert of missile attack sends Hawaii scrambling[1]]

The emails were obtained Friday night through the Freedom of Information Act. They detail efforts by the U.S. military to address what happened, gather information internally and answer questions to better handle crises in the future. They make no mention of President Trump or White House staff, who declined to address the issue and referred to the gaffe as a “state issue.”

The warning, sent to people’s cellphones at 8:07 a.m. local time, was issued by an employee who did not realize a drill was underway, a federal investigation found.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII,” the warning said. “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

It took the Hawaii government 38 minutes to issue a follow-up text message indicating the alert had been sent in error, though officials did attempt to assuage concerns through social media.

The employee who posted the message was fired. An investigation found that he thought the threat was real and had made similar mistakes in the past.

[Hawaii’s false missile alert sent by troubled worker who thought an attack was imminent, officials say[2]]

U.S. Pacific Command began responding to media questions about the alert by 8:23 a.m., saying there was no threat and state officials would issue a correction. Harris’s email to Dunford and other senior Pentagon officers indicated that the notification system “worked as we hoped it would” and that Pacific Command had several tasks to do.

“There will be heavy press play here, for sure, which we’ll handle for those questions which concern PACOM forces,” Harris wrote. “Will also work with the State of Hawaii and internal to PACOM — am sure there are lessons learned where we can improve.”

However, there was “a lot of explaining by the State of Hawaii to do,” Harris added.


Navy Adm. Harry Harris asked a slew of questions about the U.S. military response to a false missile alert issued by the state of Hawaii. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Dunford’s response was short: “Tracking all Harry… thanks,” he wrote. “Safe travels.”

The email to Dunford was forwarded a short time later to other senior members of Pacific Command’s staff, prompting conversation about what exactly state officials needed to fix.

Andrew Singer, a retired admiral who is now Harris’s deputy director for intelligence, wrote to Air Force Maj. Gen. Kevin Schneider, Harris’s chief of staff, that the state “has more than the alert system to work on.” It is unclear what he was alluding to; parts of his email are redacted.

“Happened to be in Yoga class when one of the ladies blurted out missile attack and ran out followed by most others,” Singer wrote. “Looking about town most just kept pursing [sic] getting their coffee or Malasadas,” he added, referring to a doughnut-like pastry.

Schneider responded a short time later agreeing with Singer, saying that there is “lots of work to be done on the communications piece.”

Harris also emailed the top Air Force officer in the Pacific, Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, asking for additional information about a warning broadcasted on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“Just for my education and edification, when the Big Voice went off at Pearl Harbor-Hickam this morning, there was no indication that this was a drill; in fact just the opposite,” Harris wrote. “So, what happens on the flight line, and what message, if any was passed to aircraft in the air?”

O’Shaughnessy’s responses are partially redacted, but he told Harris that afternoon in another email that air-traffic controllers did not pass warnings of incoming ballistic missiles to aircraft or hold any aircraft on the ground.

“Thanks Shags,” Harris responded. “I think we’re going to learn a lot here. For ~25-30 minutes, there was a real alert, mistaken though it was.” Part of his email is redacted.

Pacific Command’s deputy commander, Army Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, followed up with Schneider that night, saying that Harris wanted additional information, including what ships, squadrons and ground units were told to do and how military families were informed. Harris also was concerned that word of the false alert did not immediately reach the Pacific Command operations center because U.S. troops there are required to leave their cell phones outside as a security measure.

Harris asked similar questions of Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter, the deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in Hawaii. Carter responded that they were planning a “deep dive on this event,” including mapping out and surveying shelters on military installations.

“This is a good outcome for all the Components,” Harris responded. “We should take full advantage of this unforced error by the State of Hawaii.”

A Pacific Command spokesman, Navy Cmdr. David Benham, declined to answer specific questions about the emails, including whether questions that Harris raised in them have been resolved.

“We are a learning organization,” Benham said, “and took this false alert as an opportunity to review and improve our communication and coordination with state and federal emergency management agencies.”

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