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                              Pet policy restricts ‘aggressive’ dogs
                                      ARMY HAWAII FAMILY HOUSING                 to residents living in privatized housing un-   trainer — may not board in privatized              community at their next duty station.
                                                  News Release                   der the Army’s Residential Communities          housing.                                             “AHFH families with breeds of dogs or
                                                                                 Initiative (RCI) Privatization Program.           The policy does not affect residents cur-        types of animals now restricted by the new
                                SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Safety, wel-                   In the new policy, a dog of any breed        rently living in a privatized Army RCI             pet policy are grandfathered in through
                              fare, and the peace and quiet of all resi-         that is deemed “aggressive or potentially       community like Army Hawaii Family Hous-            the end of their lease with AHFH,” said Lisa
                              dents were the considerations taken during         aggressive” — unless it is a certified mili-    ing (AHFH), but it will affect them when
                              the development of a new pet policy issued         tary working dog boarded by its handler or      they move into a privatized Army RCI                                SEE PET, A-8




                              Sergeant
   Milk mission               captures
 Hawaii National Guard
 Soldiers with the 230th
Engineer Company deliver
                              crooks in
   milk to students in
     Thailand during
  Cobra Gold mission.
                              Honolulu
                                  U.S. ARMY GARRISON-HAWAII
           A-4                           PUBLIC AFFAIRS
                                            News Release
                                 KAHALA — A sergeant assigned
                              to U.S. Army-Pacific (USARPAC)

   Free concert
                              was awarded the Certificate of
                                                     Merit by the
                                                     Honolulu Po-
                                                     lice Depart-
 The U.S. Army Medical                               ment, at the
Command Band will host                               Kahala Mall
 a free concert, today, 7                            Shopping
 p.m., at Schofield’s Sgt.                           Center, Feb.
                                                     11.
Smith Theater. The band                                 Sgt. Dean
performs salsa, country,                             Rudolph, US-
  rock and roll, and jazz      Rudolph               ARPAC G-6
          music.                                    administrative
                              noncommissioned officer, helped
   See Community              the police capture a burglary sus-
    Calendar, B-2             pect, Jan. 10.
                                 Rudolph was at the Kuakini                                                                                                               Sgt. Corey Baltos | 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
                              Physicians building when he no-
                              ticed a commotion going on
                              across North Kuakini Street near
                              Bachelot Street, with two people
                                                                                Locked and loaded
   Gate closure
                                                                                POHOKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Sgt. Jason Gray, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, waits to sling a
                              chasing after two burglary sus-                   humvee to a Black Hawk hovering above during the 524th Combat Service Support Battalion's Sling Load Inspection Certification
                              pects.                                            Course, Feb. 9-12.
   Schofield Barracks’           When the police arrived, they
                              held one of the suspects while the
   McNair Gate will be        other person ran into Waiolani
 closed March 4-18, in        Stream with Rudolph and anoth-
order to install additional
     force protection
measures. All other gates
at Schofield Barracks will
                              er citizen in close pursuit.
                                 He managed to catch the sus-
                              pect and hold him until police of-
                              ficers arrived. Not only did
                                                                        Better education benefits on horizon
                              Rudolph help capture the suspect,                            C. TODD LOPEZ                   benefits under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill beginning       director of education services for Veteran’s
    maintain current          he also volunteered to take part in                          Army News Service               Aug. 1. Benefits from the program can be paid          Affairs.
    operational times.        the field line-up with the suspect                                                           out for a total of 36 months. Under a typical             Under the Montgomery G.I. Bill program, the
                                                                          WASHINGTON — A full ride to college is on
                              so that witnesses could identify                                                             degree program, where students attend school           VA sent out individual checks to recipients, and
                                                                        the way for qualified Soldiers and veterans.       for nine months at a time and are then off dur-
 See News Briefs, A-6         the burglary suspect.
                                                                          The “Post-9/11 Veteran’s Education Assis-
                                                                                                                                                                                  recipients used the money any way they saw
                                 The Honolulu Police Depart-                                                               ing the summer months, the plan would allow            fit: for tuition, housing, food, etc., Wilson said.
                              ment awarded Rudolph and the              tance Act Of 2008,” sometimes called the “Post-    veterans to get a four-year degree while at-           But the payment was not based on how much
                              other good Samaritans the Cer-            9/11 G.I. Bill,” paves the way for thousands of    tending school in residence.                           their tuition cost.
                              tificate of Merit as a result of their    qualified Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines         “We’ve moved from a program that pays in                “It was up to the individual to come up
                              heroic actions of civic duty, with-       and military veterans to get a complete four-      essence a flat rate to individuals, to a program       with whatever additional money they needed
                              out regard for their own person-          year degree at no cost to themselves.              that is based on what it is actually costing an
                              al safety.                                  Soldiers and veterans can begin applying for     individual to go to college,” said Keith Wilson,                 SEE EDUCATION, A-9




                              Punahou JROTC patch ceremony celebrates military support
                                               Story and Photos by
                                              MOLLY HAYDEN
                                                   Staff Writer
                                HONOLULU — A small crowd gathered
                              in the Wo Auditorium at Punahou School

     Sounds of                here, Tuesday, to celebrate a recent achieve-
                              ment of the Junior Reserve Officer Training
                              Corps (JROTC) and the relationship it holds

      freedom                 with the military in Hawaii.
                                The Punahou School Patch Ceremony
                              brought together cadets and distinguished
More than 2,500 Soldiers      guests as cadets returned patches from var-
                              ious units, representing all branches of serv-
 and family members
                              ices. The cadets had carried the patches
   participate in the         during the presidential inauguration parade        Punahou JROTC cadets salute the crowd during the Punahou School Patch Ceremony at
   Great Aloha Run.           in Washington, D.C.                                Wo Auditorium, Tuesday.
                                Unit patches included those from the 25th
           B-1                Infantry Division (ID), 2nd Stryker Brigade           Seventeen Punahou JROTC cadets joined           “And years later I was a part of history,”
                              Combat Team, Tripler Army Medical Center,          more than 150 marching band members,            said Dangaran. “It was so amazing.”
                              8th Theater Sustainment Command, and               cheerleaders and students from Punahou             Cadets lined up to present members of           Distinguished guests and Punahou JROTC
                              numerous others. Safety officers and com-          High School, along with advisors and chap-      the armed forces with plaques displaying           cadets exchange handshakes and words of
                              munity businesses, including the Ice Palace        erones, as they welcomed former student,        the unit patches carried during the inaugural
     This issue
                                                                                                                                                                                    gratitude following the Punahou School
                              and the Arizona Memorial, were also repre-         President Barrack Obama into office in          parade.                                            Patch Ceremony at Wo Auditorium,
                              sented.                                            Washington D.C., Jan. 20.                          A small screen displayed video clips of the     Tuesday.
                                Retired Lt. Col. Robert Takao, Punahou’s            The stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue fol-     recent trip to Washington. Although the
 Footsteps in Faith A-2       JROTC senior Army instructor, welcomed             lowing Obama’s swearing-in ceremony was         crowd was small at the inauguration, the           School,” said Dangaran. “I was marching
                              the crowd and praised members of the com-          a monumental moment for each.                   cheers were loud as Obama and his family           for the 25th ID and representing all of
 Deployed Forces     A-3      munity, key supporters and military leaders           “I remember meeting Obama and listening      flashed the shaka to passing JROTC cadets.         Hawaii, our home.
 News Briefs         A-6      for their support.                                 to him speak when I was in the sixth grade,”    The cadets grinned from ear to ear as they           “Being a part of something so big really
                                “We could not have done this without             said Cadet Staff Sgt. Daniel Dangaran,          watched the video, mentally reliving the           shows you how small you are in the standard
 FMWR                B-2      the selfless support of the community,” said       JROTC. “He was a senator then, and his          once-in-a-lifetime moment.                         of history,” said Dangaran. “It was an op-
                              Takao. “Relationships are what it is all about,    speech was inspiring. I learned so much            “While I was there, I realized I was not        portunity of a lifetime, and I am grateful I
 Sports & Fitness    B-4      and we are one big team, together.”                from him.                                       only marching for the JROTC or Punahou             was able to be a part of it.”
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             Leah Mayo                                                                          members of MacCarley’s family,                            Schofield Barracks Community Chaplain                   television, cell phones and iPods turned off, with
                                           thank you for what I’ve learned                                                                                                                                        “real people” conversation, is an excellent invest-
             Staff Writer                  from my friendships and person-                      who also attended the farewell              What would you do if someone gave you
             Molly Hayden                                                                       ceremony. Soldiers presented lei to                                                                               ment of your time. In fact, mealtime can be a
                                           al relationships with you.”                                                                   $86,400 to invest, but you only had one day to do                        great time to find out how family members are in-
       Advertising: 525-7439                  MacCarley was named deputy                        MacCarley’s father, John, a World        it, because at the stroke of midnight, it would all
                                                                                                War II veteran who flew 35 com-                                                                                   vesting their time.
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  Editorial Office: 656-3155/3156          TSC, April 3, 2007. As an Army                       bat missions in Europe, and to              I’m sure most of us would do our best to seek out                     should invest time in their wives, and wives in their
            Fax: 656-3162                  Reserve Soldier, he has served at                    his wife, Marlene, who has en-           a financial consultant or someone we trusted to                                                 husbands. The same is true for
               Address:                    every level of command, from                         dured the ups and downs of a             help us make the most of that investment.                                                       our children.
         Public Affairs Office             platoon leader and company com-                      military career as an Army wife.            Do you realize that each day you and I are giv-                                                Unfortunately, we spend lots
  742 Santos Dumont Ave., WAAF             mander to battalion and brigade                      MacCarley showed his passion for         en something just as valuable to invest, some-                                                  of money on gadgets that are
      Building 108, Room 304               commander.                                           Army families all over the world         thing with eternal dividends? It’s called time.                                                 supposed to give us better
 Schofield Barracks, HI 96857-5000            He is also no stranger to de-                     during his remarks.                         Every day, 86,400 seconds are deposited into                                                 ways to invest our time; yet,
              Web site:                    ployments. MacCarley served in                          “I can only say, Dad, I walk in       your account to use as you will, but at the end of                                              they keep us from truly con-
www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/haw.asp       support of Operation Iraqi Free-                     your footsteps. You proved your          that investment day, those 86,400 seconds will                                                  necting with one another.
                                           dom for 15 months, as chief of                       heroism over the deadly skies            be lost to eternity if you have not used them wise-                                               When Suzie texts mom, or
   Nondelivery or distribution
                                           staff for the 377th Theater Sup-                     of Germany during the darkest            ly.                                                                                             Billy e-mails dad, computers
     problems in Army Hawaii
  Family Housing areas? If so, call        port Command (Forward).                              days of World War II,” MacCarley            How are you investing those seconds, minutes                                                 and gadgets take our invest-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Walls
      656-3155 or 656-3156.                    According to the 8th TSC com-                    said.                                    and hours of that precious gift of time God has giv-                                            ment from us, and we find our-
                                           manding general, Maj. Gen Ray-                          “To my wife and my children,”         en you? Once gone, time can never be regained.                           selves relationally bankrupt at the end of the day.
                                           mond Mason, MacCarley was in-                        he continued, “you’ve made it               Investing wisely means not fretting about yes-


      2 days
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Making the time and taking the time with those
                                           strumental in guiding the unit                       possible for me to serve. Like           terday or worrying about tomorrow, but taking to-                        you love will be the best investment you can make
                                           through its early days and in giv-                   every American Army family, you          day as it comes and using it to the utmost. Will                         in this life. Take time to be with your God through
                                           ing Soldiers, noncommissioned                        sacrificed your time with me be-         Rogers once said, “Don’t let yesterday use up too                        prayer and through worship.
                                           officers (NCO) and officers exact-                   cause you believe in what I do. I        much of today.”
  since last fatal accident                ly what they deserved — out-                         am indebted to you, and I will              Benjamin Franklin had this to say about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     God desires that we use the time he has given us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wisely. It is a gift he has given you and me to in-
    Number represents fatal ac-            standing leadership.                                 find some way, some time, to re-         importance of making the most of today: “One to-                         vest wisely.
 cidents as defined by Army                   “Mark truly epitomizes the best                   pay that emotional debt of time          day is worth two tomorrows.”                                                Time, what will you do with it? Some folks will
 Regulation 385-10, which is in-           in both reputation and charac-                       and love.”                                  Investing in the family by spending time together                     save it; others will make it. Most will waste it; sev-
 clusive of all active component           ter,” Mason said. “He is a man                          MacCarley leaves Hawaii for a         and having fun will bring priceless dividends.                           eral will kill it. A few actually are on it — on time,
 U.S. Army units and person-               of immense strength, integrity,                      short vacation in California before      Taking the time for a walk in the neighborhood                           but many try to manage it and end up losing it.
 nel. Current as of 2/18/2009.             courage and selflessness. We                         traveling to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait        with the spouse and kids allows an opportunity for                          Time flies. But remember, you are the navigator
                                           are here today to honor what                         for duty in the Middle East.             real communication and is a great use of your time.                      of your time.



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325th Brigade Support Battalion trains Iraqi army NCOs
                  Story and Photo by                                                                                                               all medical personnel from C Co., 325th        apy, dental,
              CAPT. TERRIE SHIN                                                                                                                    BSB, taught the first aid class.               laboratory, preven-
            325th Brigade Support Battalion                                                                                                           “This training was very successful for      tive medicine and surgery
   TIKRIT, Iraq — The 325th Brigade Sup-                                                                                                           me, because I learned how to conduct first     techniques.
port Battalion (BSB), 3rd Infantry Brigade                                                                                                         aid in order to treat any injured soldier in      Maj. Matthew Packham, battalion
Combat Team, partnered with the 4th Di-                                                                                                            combat, but also learned I can apply this      surgeon, C Co., also provided a class on
vision, Iraqi army (IA), to conduct training                                                                                                       to our daily lives,” said Pvt. Pishtiwan       surgical suturing and basic pediatrics.
on basic combat skills during a three-                                                                                                             Omar Ali, Military Police Company, 4th IA.        “Training is a key to leadership, and
week period, recently.                                                                                                                                Both Cobian and Schoolcraft said they       now they are able to pass on this infor-
   Each training session was designed to                                                                                                           had great confidence in Iraqi NCOs’ abil-      mation to their Soldiers. It inspires them
teach basic first aid, weapons mainte-                                                                                                             ity to teach their soldiers.                   to train other Soldiers,” said Packham.
nance, night vision device operations,                                                                                                                During the initial training sessions,          The medical training also strengthened
night driving, weapons qualification and                                                                                                           some Iraqi soldiers had difficulty under-      Iraqi soldiers’ trust in their NCOs and
night-fire familiarization.                                                                                                                        standing the material because all instruc-     chain of command.
   To help Iraqis become more independent,        Sgt. Adela Tacla (middle), A Company, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry              tions were provided through an inter-             “The Iraqi soldiers gained respect and
classes used a train-the-trainer model of in-     Brigade Combat Team, and Sgt. Yassin Rashid (right), 4th Division, Iraqi army (IA),              preter. After Iraqi NCOs began teaching the    confidence that their noncommissioned
struction, so those being taught could train      both range safety noncommissioned officers, observe marksmanship techniques at the               classes, they were able to articulate in-      officers can lead them and can take care
their Soldiers when they returned to their        4th IA Weapons Qualification Range at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq.                 structions better because they had already     of them,” said Cobian.
unit.                                                                                                                                              gone through the classes the previous              The joint training created a lasting
   Six Iraqi noncommissioned officers             all six Iraqi NCOs were well-integrated         assume a greater role in the security of Iraq.   week. They could instruct their Soldiers in    partnership with the NCOs. It allowed
(NCO) from Headquarters Support Com-              into the mode of instruction and were             “Many of our Soldiers have neither driv-       Arabic.                                        325th BSB Soldiers to see how, by train-
pany, 4th IA, participated in the first ses-      leading the training for their IA soldiers.     en vehicles nor have seen night vision de-          Concurrent with the combat skills train-    ing Iraqi security forces, they can posi-
sion. During the second training session, a          “We never had this type of training be-      vices (NVD) until today, but they are now        ing, 325th BSB conducted two sessions of       tively impact the future of Iraq.
week later, the same NCOs played a larg-          fore. In the end, we gained confidence          well-trained and confident to drive at           Advanced Medical Training at the                  “The reason why we are here in Iraq is
er role instructing approximately 35 Iraqi        that we could teach our Soldiers,” said         night with NVDs,” said Sgt. Rezkar Ahmad,        Contingency Operation Base Speicher            to help improve the Iraqi security forces,
soldiers, while 325th BSB Soldiers stepped        Sgt. Yassin Rashid, 4th Division, IA.           IA.                                              Troop Medical Clinic. The course was de-       so they can assume a greater role in pro-
back and monitored the training.                     This partnership model has improved            Spc. Dustin Abbas, Staff Sgt. Branden          signed to teach Iraqi medics advanced          tecting their country,” said Maj. Joseph
   By the start of the third and final session,   the 4th IA’s ability to train its Soldiers to   Schoolcraft, and Sgt. Benjamin Cobian,           medical procedures, such as physical ther-     Ritter, executive officer, 325th BSB.
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Spc. Andrew Kalaukoa, Hawaii National Guard, 230th Engineer Company, Vertical, distributes milk to the
children of the Ban Soi Song School in rural Thailand as part of the Cobra Gold joint humanitarian mission
hosted at the Ban Nong Buatong School in the Chanthaburi District of Thailand, Jan. 24 - Feb. 11.




Hawaii Soldiers, Thai Marines
distribute 37,000 milk cartons                                                                                 Giving it the boot
                                                                                                                                                                 Sgt. Mike Alberts | 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs



                    Story and Photos by                  explaining that it’s a friendly sign we use in
             SPC. JOANNA N. AMBERGER                     Hawaii. A lot of local people use it. They tried to   POHOKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Pfc. Russell Welch (right), mechanic, D Troop, 2nd
               117th Military Public Affairs Dettachment adjust their fingers, but they were having a hard     Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), works on installing a boot on
                     Hawaii Army National Guard          time. I had to actually bend their fingers to show    an OH-58 Kiowa transmission as Command Sgt. Maj. Keith Hunter (left), command sergeant major, 2-
   CHANTHABURI, Thailand — Shrieks of laughter them how to do it.”                                             6th Cav., observes at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), Hawaii, Feb. 8. The 25th CAB is conducting pre-
greeted the formidable Hawaiian as he stepped                                                                  deployment training at PTA throughout February.
into the large, open classroom filled with small Thai                     SEE MILK, A-5
children.
   The excited children laughed,
but they were still shy, playfully
keeping their distance in a large
ring around him. As the Hawaiian
knelt down on one knee, the chil-
dren finally felt more comfort-
able and approached the laugh-
ing, warm-hearted stranger.
   Similar scenes were repeated
in other schools as Soldiers of
the 230th Engineer Company,
Vertical, Hawaii Army National
Guard, distributed approximately
37,000 cartons of milk to schools
and the local community here,
for what Soldiers called “The Milk
Project.”
   Thirty Soldiers, along with 19
Thai marines from the Royal Thai
Marine Engineer Battalion,
worked together to build a new
classroom facility for the Ban
Nong Buatong School here, Jan.
24 to Feb. 11, as part of the Cobra
Gold exercise held throughout
Thailand.
   “The Milk Project is a plan to
reach out to the community,” said
Maj. Joseph Laurel, Joint Civil
Military Affairs Task Force, Hu-
manitarian Civil Affairs, officer in
charge, South. “We have so many
resources, we want to go beyond
the school and out into the sur-
rounding province to reach out
there, too.”
   “For some of the kids in the
neighboring communities, their
families make less than $50 a
month,” said Laurel. “They are
very poor. You see kids with no
shoes and drinking river water ...
to give them a couple of cases of
milk, it’s like Christmas come ear-
ly. It’s tremendous.”
   Soldiers began by giving milk
to children at the Ban Nong Bu-
atong School.
   “We have been giving out milk
at every meal at the school,” said
Laurel. “When the parents come
to pick up the kids, we give them
a couple of cases to take home
too,” he added.
   “The students have never had
milk like this before,” said Chat-
woot Imchomchun, a teacher at
the school. “Some students have
never even had milk before be-
cause their families are poor.”
   As the rhythm on the jobsite
settled, the Soldiers and Thai
Marines moved out to other
schools in the district.
   “We went to another school
and gave the kids over there cas-
es of milk,” said Spc. Diamond
Hoohuli, 230th Eng. Co. “It felt
good giving out stuff they don’t
have every day.”
   “It’s small. It’s only a case of
milk, but they appreciate it so
much,” said Spc. Salva Faatea,
230th Eng. Co. “I liked the danc-
ing and singing they did for us. I
wish we could come back and
build them a school like we are
doing for the other school.”
   To show their appreciation,
schoolchildren sang songs and
danced for the Soldiers. One Sol-
dier joined a kindergarten class in
the fun.
   “I was showing them shaka,”
said Staff Sgt. Jim Evangelista,
230th Eng. Co., referring to the
“hang loose” hand gesture. “I was
  SOLDIERS                                                                                                                                                      HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY FEBRUARY 20, 2009 | A-5



Milk: Hawaii National Guard members help less fortunate communities
CONTINUED FROM A-1                            and this is my community while I’m           small, they had given back to the com-
                                              here,” Cook said. “They are really ap-       munity.
  “I thought it was very touching,” said      preciative of us and what we gave. I’d re-      They built a new classroom facility,
Spc. Andrew Kalaukoa, 230th Eng. Co. “I       ally love to continue doing this in any-     repaired swing sets and returned a bas-
have children the same age. It made me        way I can.”                                  ketball court to working order; distrib-
miss my kids back home. There are a lot          “We’ve never had anyone donate milk       uted 37,000 cartons of milk and donated
of kids out there in need of help. I’d like   like this before,” said Thanomsri Pet-       new school supplies; and formed strong
to do it again.”                              paitwo, a teacher at the school. “I am so    friendships with the Thai marines over
  Spc. William Cook, 230th Eng. Co.,          happy for your donation. Thank you. We       shared work, food and laughter.
was on a team that delivered milk to the      need more.”                                     “Beyond being a Soldier, beyond being
nearby Ban Pra Gad School.                       As Soldiers prepared to leave the com-    an American or a Thai soldier, it’s the hu-
  “I joined the Guard to help my              munity that hosted them for many weeks,      man thing to do, to give to people who Staff Sgt. Jim Evangelista, Hawaii National Guard, 230th Engineer Company, Vertical,
community. Now I’m here in Thailand,          they recalled the ways, both great and       have less,” Laurel said.                    teaches the children of the Ban Pong Wua School how to do the “shaka.”
A-6 | FEBRUARY 20, 2009 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY                                                                                                                                                                                    SOLDIERS



      News                                                                441st MI Bn. shares time with orphans
                                     vision: Handling Performance
                                     Problems. For questions regarding
                                     the courses, contact Val Nomura,
                                     at valetta.nomura@navy.mil or


      Briefs
                                     474-0025, ext. 301. Visit https://
                                     www.donhr.navy.mil.                           SGT. 1ST CLASS SHERYL L. LAWRY                                                                              Additionally, Wallace wants, Soldiers to
                                                                                  500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs                                                        know how to interact with the people and
 Send news announcements for                25 / Wednesday                   SAGAMIHARA CITY, Japan — Standing                                                                              meet their needs while doing something mean-
Soldiers and civilian employees     Warrant Officer Recruiting            among the cheerful screams of more than 20                                                                        ingful and selfless.
        to community@             — A recruiting session for warrant      children at the Bott Memorial Home orphan-                                                                           “I want them to feel personally fulfilled by
    hawaiiarmyweekly.com.         officers will be held Feb. 25, 10       age, here, Feb. 7, were four Soldiers who vol-                                                                    doing good for others,” Wallace continued.
                                  a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at Building T-      unteered their time to be playmates and Eng-                                                                         After his first visit to the orphanage, Spc.
          20 / Today              100, Room 210, Fort Shafter. Vis-       lish tutors to the orphanage’s children.                                                                          Joey Scott, Headquarters & Headquarters De-
  Office Closure — The General it       www.usarec.army.mil/hq/              The Soldiers, all from the 441st Military In-                                                                  tachment, is already looking forward to his
Services Administration (GSA) warrant.                                    telligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, were                                                                      next.
Customer Supply Center on                                                 also there to continue fostering the well-                                                                           “Not only was it fun, but I feel like I’m
Schofield Barracks will be closed
for inventory, Feb. 17-20. Cus-
                                               March                      established partnership their unit and the or-
                                                                          phanage has enjoyed for more than a year.
                                                                                                                                                                                            helping the community out,” Scott said. “I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                            already planning on other stuff to bring [next
tomers can shop at the GSA Hick-                                             It was in November 2007 that the battalion                                                                     time], pictures and stuff to show.”
am store during this time.
                                          4 / Wednesday                   actively sought out an organization they could                                                                       The experiences Wallace wanted for the
                                    Gate Closure — Schofield Bar-                                                                                                                           Soldiers is also being shared by the children.
  Contact Mike Martin at 655-                                             be partnered with. Their objective was to be                                                     Courtesy Photo
                                  racks’ McNair Gate will be closed                                                                                                                            “Just having the Soldiers come here … the
0280.                                                                     very involved and hands-on. After looking at
                                  March 4-18, in order to install                                                                      Sgt. Michael Coleman, Headquarters & Head-           children have no experience with other cul-
                                                                          a few different places, Chaplain (Capt.) Chris
                                     additional force protection meas-
         21 / Saturday               ures. All other gates at Schofield
                                                                          Wallace settled on Bott Memorial Home, which                 quarters Detachment, 441st Military Intelligence
                                                                                                                                       Battalion, plays with some of the children at the
                                                                                                                                                                                            tures, just Japanese,” explained Kaita Omura,
  Water Outage — There will                                               was more than willing to be united with the                                                                       a member of the Bott staff, through an inter-
                                     Barracks will maintain their cur-                                                                 Bott Memorial Home orphanage, Feb. 7.                preter. “They get a lot out of the visits, even if
be a water outage affecting sev-                                          battalion.
                                     rent operational times.                                                                                                                                Soldiers just play with them. The children’s
eral buildings on Fort Shafter                                               “The battalion wanted to support an or-                   lot of them are in unique situations, so just
                                       Call 656-2435.                                                                                                                                       ages range from two to 18. Just talking to
scheduled for Feb. 21, 7:30 a.m.-                                         phanage,” explained Wallace. “Bott was the                   making them smile became the most reward-
                                                                          first place we went to. They were well provid-               ing thing about it.”                                 them is good. The smallest things are inter-
4 p.m. Buildings affected include
Barracks 502 and 503-A, Dining
                                              7 / Saturday                ed for. Clean up was wanted, but not needed.                    Together Wallace and Dillabough organ-            esting to them.”
                                      Road Closure — Beginning            They said teaching (the children) English would                                                                      In addition to visiting the orphanage twice
Facility 503-B, Buildings 515 and                                                                                                      ized a bimonthly volunteer effort that involves
                                   March 7 and ending Nov. 7, por-        be more profitable.”                                                                                              a month, the battalion also invites the children
505, and Richardson Theater.                                                                                                           all the Soldiers in the battalion.
                                   tions of Williston and Wright-            And that worked out well for the battalion                                                                     and staff at the Christian organization to “open
  The purpose of this water out-                                                                                                           “This is a great opportunity for all our Sol-
                                   Smith Avenues, Schofield Bar-          that has many Japanese-speaking Soldiers as-                                                                      post” days, such as the Cherry Blossom Festi-
age is to provide service to the                                                                                                       diers to be good citizens of Japan and the
                                   racks, will be closed for roadway      signed to it. Wallace approached Sgt. George
new barracks to house the Soldiers                                                                                                     U.S. and to learn something of the Japanese          val, and holds special events like Christmas
                                   construction work. Drivers should      Dillabough to assist him with the project.
and to create a loop system to                                                                                                         people and their culture and traditions and to       parties, which are a big hit with the children at
                                   avoid the area. Also beginning            “My initial drive [to do it] was to get out [of
facilitate any future problems.                                                                                                        share (with the children) some of America’s          the orphanage.
                                   March 7 and ending June 12,            the house],” explained Dillabough, who lives
  Call 438-1236.                                                                                                                       people, culture and
                                   Bragg Street will be temporarily       near Camp Zama, “but after one or two visits                 traditions,” Wallace
                                   converted to two-way traffic serv-
           24 / Tuesday            ing the residents of Betsy Ross
                                                                          with the kids, it was all about seeing them. A               said.
   Civilian Classes — The Civilian and Patrick Henry Courts only.
Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC)      Call 624-2338 for more infor-
will offer the following classes mation.
for civilians:
   •Feb. 24-26, Basic Classifica-            12 / Thursday
tion and Six Core Competencies of     Redeployment Ceremony —
Leadership.                        The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat
   •Feb. 25-27, Effective Presen- Team will hold a redeployment
tations.                           ceremony March 12, 10 a.m., at
   •March 3, Proofreading and Sills Field, Schofield Barracks.
Editing with Style.
   •March 9-13, The Supervisor’s           25 / Wednesday
Role in Human Resources Man-          Gate Closure — Schofield Bar-
agement.                           racks’ Macomb Gate will be closed
   •March 10 and 11, Dealing with March 25-April 8, in order to in-
Difficult People.                  stall additional force protection
   •March 12, Interpersonal Com- measures. All other gates at
munication Skills                  Schofield Barracks will maintain
   •March 19, A Review of Eng- their current operational times.
lish Grammar, Behavioral Super-       Call 656-2435.
  NEWS                                                                                                                                                          HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY FEBRUARY 20, 2009 | A-7



Child care providers learn warning signs of abuse, neglect
‘Beyond question’ activity                                                                                                            According to the U.S. Department of        participants answered them using a
                                                                                                                                    Health and Human Services, 1,400 child       “beyond question” remote. The technol-
helps in recognizing abuse                                                                                                          deaths resulting from maltreatment are       ogy displayed participants’ answers
                                                                                                                                    reported each year.                          in a graph format and gave the audience
               Story and Photo by                                                                                                     The Department of Defense defines          instant feedback on the group’s
              MOLLY HAYDEN                                                                                                          child abuse as the physical or mental        responses.
                  Staff Writer                                                                                                      injury, sexual abuse or exploitation,           “This allows the participants to be
   SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — It was a                                                                                                    or negligent treatment of a child. Risk      more actively engaged in the training,”
tough topic to cover, according to Hank                                                                                             factors include lack of parenting skills,    said Cashen. “(They) enjoyed the inter-
Cashen, family advocacy senior preven-                                                                                              childhood maltreatment and substance         active aspect of the class.”
tion specialist, Army Community Ser-                                                                                                abuse.                                          During another demonstration, Peirce
vice (ACS), but a necessary one.                                                                                                                                                 held a small crying doll in her hands.
   More than 15 military personnel gath-                                                                                            For more information on classes              She then passed the doll off to a family
ered at the Bennett Youth Center, here,                                                                                             provided by ACS, call 655-4227.              member and asked the participant to
recently, to discuss the warning signs of                                                                                                                                        shake it. When the crying stopped, red
child abuse and child neglect.                                                                                                       During the CAN training, Cashen,            lights lit up, showcasing the damage that
   Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) train-                                                                                            along with Gina Peirce, family advocacy       could have occurred in a real child’s
ing is mandatory for everyone who works                                                                                            prevention specialist, ACS, facilitated the   brain.
with children, such as Child, Youth and                                                                                            class, which included numerous videos            The shaken baby doll demonstration
School Services personnel and ACS                                                                                                  and answers to questions about child          helped participants see potential negative
Family Child Care providers. The training                                                                                          abuse.                                        health consequences of Shaken Baby
emphasizes the “Three Rs,” recognizing                                                                                               Facilitators projected photographs onto     Syndrome and helped parents to realize
the signs of, responding to, and reporting    Military personnel and child care providers participate in the mandatory briefing on a screen to help attendees identify signs     the importance of prevention.
child abuse.                                  child abuse and neglect, Jan. 30.                                                    of abuse and physical maltreatment. In-          “There is a lot of information provid-
   Child care workers don’t need to de-                                                                                            dicators, including a child’s reaction to     ed,” said family member Jerri Dudenho-
termine if abuse has occurred; however,          When a report is received, military po- Case Review Committee (CRC) to deter- social situations, were also explained.           effer. “Some is common sense, but it’s im-
if they suspect abuse, they need to con-      lice and social workers conduct an in- mine whether the case meets the criteria        During another portion of training,         portant to be informed and aware in case
tact the military police and make a report.   vestigation and refer the incident to the for abuse or not.                          questions flashed onto a screen and           a situation arises.”
A-8 | FEBRUARY 20, 2009 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY                                                                                                                                                                                         NEWS
Military Saves Week


Shoppers can stretch budget without sacrificing quality
                KAY BLAKLEY                       savings of more than 30 percent.                   don’t fit into your plan, and never shop          Serving size and microwave cooking in-       because occasionally you’ll be surprised.
             Defense Commissary Agency               2. Plan ahead. Sound meal planning              when you’re tired or hungry. You’ll fill       structions are exactly the same. The price         Shredded cheddar cheese, another item
   FORT LEE, Va. — The Military Saves             and eating more meals at home will go a            your cart with all kind of items. Everything   of a 12-ounce package of smoked ham in          on my shopping list today, was exactly
campaign encourages service members and           long way toward reducing your overall              looks good when you’re starving and try-       the cold cuts section worked out to be          the same price per pound whether shredded
their families to develop financial fitness       food expenditures. Don’t forget to include         ing to hurry.                                  $4.61 per pound. The same product, from         or in a 1-pound block. In that case, I’ll
habits that lead to personal financial sta-       leftovers when planning. A large, inex-               4. Read labels and compare prices.          a competing brand was available in the deli     take the shredded version and save myself
bility, and ultimately, to mission readiness.     pensive roast served Sunday can provide            When comparing prices of competing             section for less than half that price — $2.17   the extra effort at home.
   To help attain those goals, there’s hard-      the makings for sandwiches Monday and a            brands, compare the number of servings per     per pound. Plus, at the deli, luncheon meat        6. Redeem coupons. Coupons and re-
ly a better habit to embrace than choosing        protein source in a chef salad served              container. A cheaper price on a larger size    can be custom sliced, and different amounts     bate savings can add up fast. All com-
the commissary for grocery and house-             Tuesday.                                           is only a savings if you actually use those    can be purchased.                               missaries honor Internet coupons these
hold needs.                                                                                          extra ounces. It’s no bargain if you end up       5. Do it yourself. The higher price for      days, and most commissaries make paper
   “Extending the paychecks of military                                                              throwing them away. Don’t automatically        “convenience” items reflects the labor re-      coupons available near the store entrance,
members with savings of 30 percent or                                                                assume that a larger-size container is al-     quired to pre-cook, pre-cut or pre-measure.     in the checkout area or sometimes at-
more is the reason the commissary benefit                                                            ways a better buy. Sometimes it is, but of-    Most of the time, substantial savings can be    tached to the products themselves. Keep an
exists,” said Philip Sakowitz Jr., director and                                                      ten it’s not.                                  had by making these preparations yourself.      eye out for those you use most often.
chief executive officer, Defense Commissary         For delicious recipes, check out Kay’s Kitchen      Always check the unit price shelf tag, or      Coleslaw is on my menu for dinner               Savings through consistent shopping
Agency (DeCA).                                      online at www.commissaries.com.                  do the math yourself. Sometimes huge sav-      tonight, so I compared the difference be-       in commissaries year-round can also add
   The following six suggestions may help                                                            ings can also be found by comparing the        tween buying a head of cabbage (22 cents        up fast: Yearly savings for a family of
stretch your food budget:                                                                            same product in different forms. For ex-       per pound) and shredding it myself versus       four averages $3,400; a family of three
   1. Shop the commissary. It may look               3. Make a list. Having a definite list          ample, at a local commissary’s prices today,   buying a 1-pound bag of coleslaw mix            saves more than $2,600; a couple more
like a retail grocery store, but it’s actually    when you shop helps avoid impulse buys.            a half-cup serving of oatmeal from an 18-      ($1.99). I can easily spend a few minutes       than $2,100; and a single service member
a government agency charged with deliv-           If you find an item on sale that you know          ounce box of quick-cooking oats costs 7        with my food processor for that kind of         nearly $1,200. With savings like these,
ering a non-pay benefit for military mem-         you’ll use later, feel free to add it to your      cents, but from a box of 12 single-serving     savings. Keep your math skills sharp and        you can be financially fit and mission
bers and their families.                          cart. But beware of pretty displays that           packets, it costs 26 cents.                    your calculator close at hand as you shop       ready in no time.
   Commissaries make no profit;
you pay the same price DeCA pays
for products, plus a five-percent
surcharge, which goes directly to
funding new construction or reno-
vation of commissaries.
   Government agencies aren’t al-
lowed to advertise, so you won’t
have a splashy grocery circular
screaming daily specials at you
each time you walk through the
door. Instead, take note of the red,
white and blue “Savings You’ve
Earned” shelf signs, or visit the
savings              aisle           at
www.commissaries.com to view
prices and savings of specific items
in the store where you shop. Based
on database comparisons of com-
missary prices versus retail grocery
stores, consistently shopping at the
commissary provides an average



Pet: Chows,
pit bulls are
prohibited
dog breeds
CONTINUED FROM A-1
Reese, AHFH director of property
management. “However, once
they move to their new duty sta-
tion, they will be subject to the
terms of the policy should they
choose to live in a privatized
Army RCI community.”
   The policy also addresses re-
strictions on exotic animals. For
the purposes of this policy, ag-
gressive or potentially aggressive
breeds of dogs are defined as the
following:
   •Pit bulls (American Stafford-
shire bull terriers, English Stafford-
shire bull terriers)
   •Rottweilers
   •Doberman pinschers
   •Chows
   •Wolf hybrids
   The prohibition also extends to
other dogs that demonstrate a
propensity for dominant or ag-
gressive behavior as indicated by
any of the following types of con-
duct:
   •Unprovoked barking, growling
or snarling at people approaching
the animal;
   •Aggressively running along
fence lines when people are pres-
ent;
   •Biting or scratching people;
and
   •Escaping confinement or re-
striction to chase people.

To view the new pet policy,
visit www.ArmyHawaiiFam
ilyHousing.com. Questions
regarding the policy can be
addressed to any AHFH
community center.

   Reese also added that should a
pet demonstrate a propensity for
dominant or aggressive behavior as
defined by the new policy, AHFH
does have the authority to remove
it from its community.
   The policy was developed by the
Army’s RCI partners in response to
the Army’s request for standardi-
zation regarding pets in privatized
housing. It also was developed
with input from current residents,
garrisons and Department of the
Army Headquarters (Installations
and Environment).
   The policy, which is supported
by Headquarters, went into effect
Jan. 23.
  NEWS                                                                                                                                                                HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY FEBRUARY 20, 2009 | A-9



Education: Revamped G.I. Bill makes attending school easier
CONTINUED FROM A-1                               ed to potential college-goers. For students    of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is the ability to                                           after 9/11. The lowest level is for those
                                                 attending school more than half the time,      transfer the benefits to one’s dependents. Maximum benefits for                        that have between 90 days and six months
to go to school, if any.” Wilson said.           the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill also pays housing         “For a lot of folks, that’s a key issue,” service                                   of active service after 9/11.”
   The new program changes all that. The         costs, up to a rate equivalent to the Basic    Wilson said of the change. “That section of •At least 36 months; 100 percent              The amount of active service a member
Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, Wilson said, pays for tu-   Allowance for Housing rate for an E-5          the bill was specifically designed as a re- •At least 30 continuous days on            has after 9/11 determines what percentage
ition by sending payments directly to the        with dependents in the ZIP code where          tention tool. And it is set up for those in- active duty and must be dis-              of benefits they can receive under the
school. It also pays for student housing by      the school is located.                         dividuals who have served 6 years in the charged due to service-connect-               Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
sending a payment to the student. An ad-            If a student attends school in Charlotte,   armed forces and agree to serve an addi- ed disability; 100 percent                       “The percentages go on up until you
ditional payment for books and supplies          N.C., for instance, the BAH rate in the        tional period of service after Aug. 1, 2009.”                                          reach the point where you have 36 months
also goes directly to the student.               area for an E-5 with dependents is $1,179.        The details of who may transfer benefits
                                                                                                                                                •At least 30 months but less           of active duty — and those individuals
   With the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, a Soldier       The student would then receive that much       to their family members, however, are be- than 36 months; 90 percent                   qualify for 100 percent of everything,”
may be entitled to tuition payments equal        money for rent each month — even if he or      ing set by the military services, not the Vet- •At least 24 months, but less           Wilson said.
to the cost of the most expensive public,        she has no dependents.                         erans Administration. That policy has not than 30 months; 80 percent                      Soldiers who invested in the MGIB by
undergraduate, in-state tuition and fees            Soldiers on active duty may tap in to the   yet been determined.                            •At least 18 months, but less          paying the $1,200 buy-in for the program,
in his or her home state.                        Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and apply benefits to-        Unlike the MGIB, which required Sol- than 24 months; 70 percent                     and who elect to participate in the Post-
   For instance: a student learns that the       ward tuition, books and supplies. Howev-       diers to pay up to $1,200 to participate, the •At least 12 months, but less            9/11 G.I. Bill, will be refunded a propor-
most expensive public state school in the        er, active-duty Soldiers are not entitled to   Post-9/11 G.I. Bill requires no such pay- than 18 months; 60 percent                   tional amount of their buy-in, after all
state of their home of record costs $1,250       receive the housing allowance from the         ment.                                                                                  entitlement under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is
for a semester of courses. If the student opts   program.                                          All Soldiers who served after Sept. 11,
                                                                                                                                                •At least 06 months, but less          used.
to attend a private school instead, that            Students are also entitled to a yearly      2001 may qualify for some or all of the than 12 months; 50 percent                        Those who do not use all their entitle-
school will receive up to $1,250 a semes-        stipend of up to $1,000 to cover the cost      benefits, depending on how long they •At least 90 days, but less than                  ment under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, do not
ter for tuition.                                 of books and supplies, and students from       served. Additionally, the program also 06 months; 40 percent                           receive a refund of their MGIB buy-in.
   “Potentially, a student can get up to the     highly rural areas who are transferring to     serves National Guard and Reserve service                                              Additionally, those who paid into the $600
full cost of tuition for the school they at-     a school may also be entitled to a one-time    members, depending on how much time ment, depending on how much active                 MGIB “buy-up” program, which increased
tend,” Wilson said.                              payment of $500.                               they were mobilized for active duty.           service you have,” Wilson said, “How    the benefits under MGIB, will not receive
   Tuition is not the only benefit extend-          Perhaps one of the best-known benefits         “There are different tiers of benefit pay- many months of active service you have   a refund for that money.
                                                                                    When work is finished.                                                    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009

                                                                                                                                                               More than 20,000 runners begin the 8.15 mile trek
                                                                                                                                                                   down Nimitz Highway to Aloha Stadium in the
                                                                                                                                                                          25th Annual Great Aloha Run, Monday.
                                                                                                                                             Sgt. 1st Class David E. Gillespie | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs




                                                                                                                           MOLLY HAYDEN                 back in the land of aloha and taking ad-
                                                                                                                              Staff Writer              vantage of the beauty provided.
                                                                                                                HONOLULU — Maj. Charlie Kim, 25th          “I ran in this race before I was married
                                                                                                             Infantry Division, joined more than a      over 12 years ago,” said Danielle. “We've
                                                                                                             thousand Hawaii-based troops for their     been back (in Hawaii) for six months,
                                                                                                             own version of the Great Aloha Run in      and it is starting to feel like home again.
                                                                                                             Tikrit, Iraq, Feb. 8.                         “When I heard about the sign-ups for
                                                                                                                Kim stated the Iraq version of the race the GAR, I knew I wanted to run,” con-
                                                                                                             differed from the one held each year in    tinued Danielle. “I have such fond mem-
                                                                                                             Honolulu, but the aloha spirit was the     ories of running the race before.”
                                                                                                             same. The run was also a way to stay          Danielle also took advantage of the
                                                                                                             connected to his family back home.         discounted entry fee for Family and
                                                                                                                “It will be something fun to talk about Morale, Welfare and Recreation Blue Star
                                                                                                             with my family,” said Kim. “I am sure      cardholders.
                                                                                                             there will be many stories from their ex-     Madeline, on the verge of her first step
                                                                                                             perience they will be eager to tell me.”   and years away from running, sat bright-
                                                                                                                Fast forward one week and 8,000 miles eyed in a jogging stroller pushed by
                                                                                                             away. The sun hid beyond the horizon,      Danielle as Joshua walked next to his
                                                                                                             and the air was crisp on that Monday       family members, eventually breaking
                                                                                                             Honolulu morning. Kim’s wife, Danielle,    away from the pack in an attempt to win
                                                                                                             and two of their six children, 11-year-old a prize for best time in his age group.
                                                                                                             Joshua and 9-month-old Madeline,              Joshua prepared himself for the race
                                                                                                             joined tens of thousands of people gath- with a bit of training and stated he now
                                                                                                             ered downtown for the 25th Annual          had bragging rights having walked more
                                                                                                             Great Aloha Run (GAR).                     miles than his father did during the Iraq
As part of the “Sounds of Freedom,” more than 2,500 troops pass by Aloha Tower near the start                   Runners, joggers and casual walkers     GAR. Although, the young jogger admit-
of the 25th Annual Great Aloha Run.                                                                          lined up for the famous race. Runners      ted if his father were running with him
                                                                                                             stretched, sleepy-eyed children nestled in that day, Kim would probably win.
                                                                                                             their strollers and parents held cups of      “I think he’s faster than I am,” said

Annual run spotlights ‘Sounds                                                                                coffee tightly in their hands, begging for Joshua.
                                                                                                             the caffeine to wake them up.
                                                                                                                Members of the U.S. armed forces
                                                                                                                                                           Danielle and Madeline rolled over the
                                                                                                                                                        finish line after two hours and 37 min-


of Freedom,’ donates to MWR                                                                                  lined up on Nimitz Highway; each           utes, while Joshua beat them by more
                                                                                                             branch represented by a flag waving        than an hour, providing plenty of rest
                                                                                                             high in the morning breeze.                time at the stadium.
                                                                                                                As the national anthem began, hands        “I am glad the military is involved in
                      Story and Photo by                 it runs in my blood. It means a lot that the        moved sternly to their foreheads, and the this race,” said Danielle. “The Great Alo-
        SGT. 1ST CLASS DAVID E. GILLESPIE                military has a presence here, and it gives          crowd held their hearts proudly and sang ha Run is a big part of the community in
        8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs   people a sense of pride when they see our           along.                                     Hawaii, and this is a good way for the
   HONOLULU — Some 20,000 runners and                    troops, both men and women, going by,                  Hawaii Ponoi followed and brought on military to blend in and get to know
more than 2,500 troops participating in the              chanting, she added.                                a wave of cheers at the end, indicating    Hawaii for what it is: a mix of all that
“Sounds of Freedom” hit the streets for the                 Being a part of the Sounds of Freedom is         the start of the race was near.            God has made.”
2009 Hawaii Telcom Great Aloha Run (GAR),                just fantastic, said Lt. Col. Ed Burke, com-           The cannon boomed, while simultane-        Kim agreed.
here, at sunrise, Monday.                                mander, 8th Theater Sustainment Com-                ously the sun peaked and more than            “I can't think of an event that does a
   Now in its 25th year, the Great Aloha Run             mand’s (TSC) Special Troops Battalion.              20,000 participants pounded the pave-      better job of bringing the two communi-
is an 8.15-mile trek along Honolulu Harbor                  “I couldn't imagine any place I'd rather be      ment and made their way through the        ties together,” said Kim.
from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. The                   — the weather’s great, Soldiers are motivat-        8.15-mile race from the Aloha Tower to        Danielle is counting the days to GAR
second year of the run, Sounds of Freedom                ed, and hopefully, the run is not too fast,”        Aloha Stadium.                             2010, and she stated every member of
was added and features military units run-               Burke quipped, before the race.                        Hawaii is a special place for the Kim   her family would participate, together, as
ning in formation demonstrating their ca-                   With the exception of the Marine Corps           family. It is where Kim and Danielle met a family.
dences and esprit de corps.                              Marathon, this foot race is the largest mili-       and married. After moving to the main-        “All eight of us,” said Danielle, smiling.
   The event benefits Carole Kai Charities, a            tary participatory event in the world,              land for many years, the Kim family is     “I think that qualifies for the group rate.”
philanthropic fund run by Hawaii entertainer             Onouye said, even surpassing the Army Ten-
and GAR co-founder Carole Kai Onouye, and                Miler.
has generated more than $7.6 million for                    And logistics for the military participation
more than 150 nonprofit organizations, in-               in Hawaii was no ordinary task.
cluding more than $350,000 for military                     “The 8th Theater Sustainment Command
Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) or-                took the lead in coordinating all military
ganizations.                                             units for the Sounds of Freedom, as well as
   “For every Department of Defense member               taskings for all the logistics of the race,” said
participating in the race, $1 will be donated            Sgt. 1st Class Previn Parker, 8th TSC opera-
to their branch of service’s MWR in Hawaii,”             tions noncommissioned officer.
Onouye said. “This includes active duty serv-               “Planning meetings, registration, packet
ice members, (Department of Defense) civil-              completion, T-shirt pickup, bus transporta-
ians and their children and spouses.”                    tion to move Soldiers to and from the race,
   In addition to the funds raised for MWR,              race day coordination, water buffaloes, wa-
Onouye presented a check for $1,500 to the               ter and aid stations … we’ve been working
Warrior Transition Unit for wounded war-                 on this for four months,” Parker explained.
riors.                                                      “Last year there were 3,000 troops, and in
   “Giving back to the military has been very            2007 there were nearly 4,000. This year, de-
gratifying because my whole family has al-               spite all of the deployments, we still had
ways been connected with the military in                 more than 2,500 troops here. That’s more                                                                                   Molly Hayden | Honolulu Advertiser
some fashion,” Onouye explained.                         than $2,500 going back into the community
   A long line of military is in our family, so          for Soldiers’ needs.”                               Danielle Kim pushes 9-month old Madeline in a stroller during the 25th Annual Great
                                                                                                             Aloha Run. The run, taking place in both Honolulu and Iraq, gave Soldiers and family
                                                                                                             members a chance to share the aloha of the community race, despite being thousands
                                                                                                             of miles apart.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Aliamanu (AMR) Chapel
                                                                                                                                                                                                       836-4599
                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Catholic
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 8:30 a.m. — Mass
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 9:45 a.m. – Religious Edu.
                20 / Today                                                                                                                                                                               • Gospel
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 11 a.m. – Sunday
  Big R: Mardi Gras — Register by today                                                                                                                                                                  School (Sept.–June only)
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 12:30 p.m. –
for the Blue Star Card Mardi Gras party on                                                                                                                                                               Worship service
Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m., at the Ne-                                                                                                                                                               •Protestant
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sundays, 9:45 a.m. –
helani, Schofield Barracks. Get your face                                                                                                                                                                Worship Service
painted in true Mardi Gras fashion, with a                                                                                                                                                               Sunday, 11 a.m. – Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                         School (Sept. – June only)
masquerade disguise, play themed bingo
and trivia games and collect beads.                                                                                                                                                                    Fort DeRussy Chapel
  Three Blue Star Card holders will be                                                                                                                                                                 836-4599
crowned in the spirit of Mardi Gras. Light                                                                                                                                                               • Catholic
pupus and child care will be provided,                                                                                                                                                                   Saturday, 5 p.m. – Mass in
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Chapel (May–Aug.)
but spaces are limited. Send an e-mail to                                                                                                                                                                Saturday, 6 p.m. – Mass on Beach
sarah.chadwick@us.army.mil or call 656-                                                                                                                                                                  • Protestant
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 9 a.m. – Worship Service
3327 to register.                                                                                                                                                                                        • Buddhist
                                                                                                                                                                                                         1st Sunday, 1 p.m.
   Battle Buddy Spirit Day — The Bet-
                                                                                                                                    Mitchell Osurman | Army and Air Force Exchange Service-Hawaii      Fort Shafter Chapel
ter Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                       836-4599
program will hold a Battle Buddy Spirit
Day, today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Tropics
Recreation Center, Schofield Barracks. Test
                                                    Supporting deployed Soldiers                                                                                                                         • Contemporary Protestant
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 9 a.m.–“The Wave”
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Worship
your skills in a variety of fun contests,           SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Twenty-six civilians, who work for Army & Air Force Exchange Service, were presented with Global
races and other competitions. Call 655-             War on Terrorism (GWOT) Civilian Service Medals in a ceremony, Friday, at the Schofield Main Exchange. The GWOT medal                              Helemano (HMR) Chapel
                                                                                                                                                                                                       653-0703
1130.                                               recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of Department of Defense civilians in direct support of the armed forces
                                                    engaged in operations to combat terrorism in all forms throughout the world.                                                                         • Contemporary Protestant
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 9 a.m. – Bible Study
   Joint Forces Pool Party — Families                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday, 10 a.m. – Worship Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                         & Children’s Church
with special needs individuals are invited
to enjoy an afternoon of swimming, today,       welcome to basic training to understand Schofield Barracks. Call 655-0596.                        and Halo 3 will commence Feb. 26, 6 p.m.,            Main Post Chapel
2:30-5:30 p.m., at Richardson Pool,             newborn basics and how to be effective,                                                           at the Tropics Recreation Center, Schofield          655-9307
Schofield Barracks. At least one family         confident fathers, Feb 21, 9 a.m.-noon, at                 25 / Wednesday                         Barracks. Play all three games and find out            • Catholic
member must be enrolled in the Excep-           Army Community Service, Schofield Bar-          Resource Workshop — The New Parent                who’s the best of the best. Call 655-5698.             Sunday, 9 a.m. – CCD & RCIA
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – Mass
tional Family Member Program (EFMP).            racks. Call 655-0596.                        Support Program (NPSP) will hold a Resource                                                                 • Collective Protestant
The event is free, but sign up is required.                                                  Workshop available for new parents, Feb. 25,           Literature Database Training — The                   Sunday, 9 a.m. – Worship
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – Sunday School
Contact Ethel at 655-1551 or Tracey at             Blue Star Card Ball Bash — Come out 2-4 p.m., at Aliamanu Military Reservation’s               Sgt Yano Library, Schofield Barracks, will             • Gospel
655-4791.                                       and have a ball at the Tropics, Feb. 21, 5–7 community center, and Feb. 26, 2-4 p.m., at          offer free, hands-on demo sessions on the              Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – Sunday School
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, noon – Worship Service
                                                p.m. Bump, set and spike your way to a the Sgt. Yano Library, Schofield Barracks.                 Gale’s Literature Resource Center, Feb. 26,
   Family Fun Fridays — The next Fam-           good time; snacks will be served.               The workshop provides important in-               2-6 p.m.                                             MPC Annex, Building 791
ily Fun Friday will take place today, 6            Space is limited. Call 656-3325.          formation on the nurturing parent cur-                 Gale’s Literature Resource Center is an              • Chalice Circle
p.m., at the Tropics, Schofield Barracks.                                                    riculum, resources available in the com-             invaluable electronic library, which pro-              Tuesday, 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Islamic Prayers and Study
   Enjoy crazy games and contests, great                       23 / Monday                   munity, and short videos on preventing               vides searches on literary criticism, biog-            Friday, 1 p.m.
food and fun, plus HDTVs, tons of Wii,             Breast Feeding Basics — Breast feed- shaken baby syndrome and basic new-                       raphies, bibliographies, periodical articles,          • Buddhist
                                                                                                                                                                                                         4th Sunday, 1 p.m.
PS3 and Xbox 360 games for checkout,            ing is one of the most natural things in the born care. Call 655-4227.                            full-text author's works, and reading lists.
family table games and pool, darts, air         world, but for many moms, breastfeeding                                                           Call 655-8002.                                       Soldiers Chapel
hockey, table tennis, beach volleyball and      can be confusing.                                           26 / Thursday                                                                                • Catholic
much more.                                         A basic breast feeding class will be of-     Couples Communication — Army Com-                                  28 / Saturday                         Friday–Saturday, noon – Adoration
                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Liturgical
   Call 655-5698.                               fered Feb. 23, 9-11 a.m., at the Sgt. Yano munity Service will hold a couples com-                  Shark Tours — Information, Ticketing                 Sunday, 9:30 a.m.– Worship
                                                Library, Schofield Barracks, and Feb. 24, 9- munication course, Feb. 26, 1-2:30 p.m., at          and Registration will offer another shark
                                                11 a.m., at the Aliamanu Military Reser- Aliamanu Military Reservation’s commu-                   tour, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.                               Tripler AMC Chapel
  Free Waikiki Party Bus — The Army
                                                                                                                                                                                                       433-5727
bus rides again, today, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., and      vation community center. Call 655-4227. nity center, and 3-4:30 p.m., at Army Com-                  Tickets are $85 a person and space is
the best part is, tickets are now free.                                                      munity Service, Schofield Barracks.                  limited. Call 655-9971 or 438-1985.                    • Catholic
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 11 a.m. – Mass
  The bus will pick up riders on Schofield         Active Parenting — Learn parenting           Effective communication skills can help                                                                  Monday–Friday, 12 p.m. – Mass
Barracks and Fort Shafter and take them
down to party in Waikiki, worry-free. Rid-
ers can hang out and play all night long
                                                skills to enrich the parenting experience, improve relationships and break down bar-
                                                gain knowledge about how to recognize riers. Call 655-0596.
                                                developmental milestones, and understand
                                                                                                                                                                   March                                 Saturday, 5 p.m. – Mass
                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Protestant
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 9 a.m. – Worship Service

and then get picked up and brought back         how to respond to difficult behavior in         Curtains Opening Night — Curtains,                                   3 / Tuesday                       Wheeler Chapel
                                                                                                                                                                                                       656-4481
home at the end of the evening.                 children, Feb. 23, 9-11 a.m., at Aliamanu a musical comedy whodunit, will open                       Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss — The Cat in
  Tickets are now free, but patrons must        Military Reservation’s community center. Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Richardson The-               the Hat will be visiting the libraries and telling     • Catholic
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Saturday, 5 p.m. – Mass
have a ticket to ride, available at Infor-      Call 655-0596.                               ater, Fort Shafter. Tickets are available            a story or two to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday,       • Collective Protestant
mation, Ticketing and Registration (ITR)                                                     online at www.armytheatre.com for as lit-            March 3, 3-3:45 p.m., at the Fort Shafter Li-          Sunday, 9 a.m. – Worship
offices. Call 655-9971 or 438-1985 for                         24 / Tuesday                  tle as $15. Call 655-4480.                           brary, March 4, 3-3:45 p.m., at the Sgt. Yano
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday, 9 a.m. – Sunday School

more information.                                  Ages and Stages of Infant and Child                                                            Library, Schofield Barracks, and March 5, 3-
                                                Development — Understand the ages and           Tropics Triathlon — Better come early and         3:45 p.m., at the Aliamanu Military Reserva-
              21 / Saturday                     stages of normal child development, Feb. come often to hone your skills for this chal-            tion Library. The programs are for children of
  Daddy Boot Camp — New dads are                24, 9-11 a.m., at Army Community Service, lenge. Battles in air hockey, table tennis              all ages. Call 655-8002.



                                                              21 / Saturday                         Fire Safety Expo — Join the Armed               Founder’s Day Dinner — The West Point
                                               Polar Plunge — Special Olympics,                  Services YMCA Feb. 25, 9-10:30 a.m., at          Society of Hawaii will host its annual
                                            Hawaii, will host a fundraiser, Feb. 21, 8-          Wheeler’s Playmorning, or Feb. 26, 9-10:30       Founder’s Day Dinner, Feb. 28, 6:30-10
                                            10:30 a.m., at Hawaiian Waters Adventure             a.m., at Helemano Military Reservation’s         p.m., at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter.
                                            Park.                                                (HMR) Playmorning to meet a real fire-             Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck, 57th su-
                                                                                                 fighter, explore “Sparky” the fire engine        perintendent of the United States Military               Call 624-2585 for movie
                                               Participants, wearing a costume of their                                                                                                                  listings or go to aafes.com
                                            choice, will plunge into a bone-chilling,            and learn about fire safety.                     Academy, will be the guest speaker.
                                                                                                    Wheeler’s Playmorning takes place at            For more information, contact Grover                under reeltime movie listing.
            Send announcements to           icy pool. All monies raised at the event
                                                                                                 the Armed Services YMCA, 1262 Santos             Harms at groverharms@gmail.com.                        Army Band Performance
    community@hawaiiarmyweekly.com. will directly benefit the athletes of Special                Dumont Avenue, Wheeler Army Airfield.
                                            Olympics in Hawaii.
                                                                                                 HMR’s Playmorning takes place at the com-                                                                      Friday, 7 p.m.
                  20 / Today
                                                                                                                                                                   March
                                               Friends and family members coming out
                                                                                                 munity center.
   Slick Deals for Soldiers — Flight School to support the plungers can purchase ad-                Playmorning is an interactive playgroup
Hawaii, 134 Nakolo Pl., Honolulu, is dedi- mission at a discount, $25.                           for children up to age 5 and their parents                                                                       The Spirit
                                               Visit www.specialolympicshawaii.org.
cating February as Military Appreciation                                                         or caregivers. Playmorning features a va-                          2 / Monday
Month. The pilot shop is open 8:30 a.m.-5                                                        riety of age-appropriate activities, crafts         Power Outage — The Directorate of                             (PG-13)
p.m., daily. Service members with a valid      After Dark in the Park — The Nation-                                                                                                                            Saturday, 2 p.m.
                                                                                                 and songs.                                       Public Works will replace electrical power
military ID receive $10 off an introducto- al Park Service will host a presentation on              Preregistration is not required, but a $1     lines in the Santa Fe neighborhood of
ry flight. Visit www.flightschoolhawaii.com current and past underwater research con-            supply fee is needed per child. Call 624-        Schofield Barracks through May.
                                            ducted on the USS Arizona, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.,
or call 837-7767.
                                            at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theaters.               5645.                                               In order to replace these lines, electrical                Marley and Me
                                                                                                                                                  power will have to be turned off, 8 a.m.-4
                                               The overview will address a variety of is-                                                                                                                            (PG)
   Free Concert — The U.S. Army Medical                                                                          27 / Friday                      p.m., March 2, 5, 9 and 12.
Command Band, will host a free concert, to- sues and questions such as “Is the ship still           Fundraiser — The Hui O'Na Wahine (all            The entire housing area to include Pitts                  Saturday, 7 p.m.
day, 7 p.m., at Schofield’s Sgt. Smith The- settling? Approximately how much oil leaks           ranks spouses club) will be hosting a Bour-      Street, Womack Court, Cutinha Court,
ater. The performance, en-                  into the water?” This event is free and open
                                                                                                 bon Street Basket Bash, Feb. 27, 6-9 p.m.,       Hendrickson Loop, Ailana Place, Aloala
titled “Freedom: Cour-                      to the public. Visit www.nps.gov/usar.
                                                                                                 at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks.             Place, Aloala Street, Aloala Way, Kiela
tesy of the Red, White,                                                                             Live, silent and fishbowl auctions will be    Place, Mohala Place, Melekule Street, Awa-
& Blue,” will honor                                             23 / Monday                      held. All proceeds benefit scholarships and      puhi Place, Mokihana Loop and Laniuma
wounded warriors                                      Kids in the Kitchen — The Armed            welfare. Dinner buffet presale tickets are       Place.
from the Warrior                                    Services YMCA will host Kids in the          $15 and $20 at the door.                            Army Hawaii Family Housing recom-
Transition Battalion.                               Kitchen, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m., at the            Contact Rachel at          392-8609 or        mends residents refrain from opening re-
   The multifaceted band                          Armed Services YMCA, 1262 Santos Du-           racheforthehui@hotmail.com for more in-          frigerators during these periods to prevent
performs multiple musical                       mont Ave., Wheeler Army Airfield.                formation.                                       food spoilage; unplugging all sensitive
genres to include salsa, country,                  This event is intended for children ages                                                       electronic equipment such as computers,
rock & roll, and jazz. It also plays music      2-5. Cost is $3 per child and preregistration
                                                is required. Call 624-5645.
                                                                                                               28 / Saturday                      televisions and stereo equipment, to prevent
from artists such as Pink, Jason Mraz,                                                             Parrothead Party — The local Parrot-           possible damage from surges when power
Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Marc                                                           head chapter will hold a “5-O’Clock on the                    is restored; and to turn off and
Anthony, Juanes, Warrior Ethos-Acoustic,                     25 / Wednesday                      Beach” event, Feb. 28, 1-6 p.m., at the                           unplug all air conditioners.
and more.                                         Book Lecture — Registrations are due           Waikiki Elks Lodge, across the street from                           Once power is restored,                         Bolt
   Contact the Warrior Transition Battal-       Feb. 25 for Bill Riddle’s book lecture, sched-   the Waikiki Shell, where Jimmy                                     residents will be able to use
ion Operations office at 655-6672/6802.         uled for Feb. 28, 7 p.m., and March 1, 2         Buffet’s concert will take place                                   these items again.                              (G)
                                                p.m., at the Pacific Aviation Museum on          that night.                                                          Call 656-2435 for more                   Sunday, 2 p.m.
   Art and Essay Contest — The Armed            Ford Island.                                       Tickets are $10 in advance,                                  information.
Services YMCA is now accepting entries for        Riddle wrote the acclaimed novel Dead          $15 at the door or $12.50 at the
its annual Art & Essay Contest.                 Downwind, on John Rogers' daring and             door with military ID. A                                      Spouse Information Meet-                              Doubt
   Children of active duty, Reservists or       almost disastrous flight across the Pacific in   Mexican food buffet is available                           ing — The next Spouse Infor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (PG-13)
Guard Soldiers are encouraged to write an       1925, the first flight to Hawaii.                for an additional $16.50 in                           mation Meeting (SIM) is scheduled
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Wednesday, 7 p.m.
essay about their military hero or illustrate     Call 441-1008 or send an e-mail to Tour        advance.                                           for March 2, 9 a.m., at the Nehelani
their military family in a drawing.             Coordinator@PacificAviationMuseum.org              Bring a donation for Hawaii Food Bank          Conference Center, Schofield Barracks.
   Illustrated entries will be accepted         for reservations.
through Feb. 20, and essays will be ac-           General admission is $14 for adults; $7
                                                                                                 and receive a free raffle ticket for door
                                                                                                                                                    Post Exchange Meeting — The next
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Unborn
                                                                                                 prizes. Visit www.pauhanaparrotheads.org
cepted through March 20.                        for children. Kamaaina and military ad-          for more information and advance ticket          Schofield Barracks Post Exchange Adviso-                        (PG-13)
   Winning entries may be used for pro-         mission is $10 for adults; $5 for children.      purchase.                                        ry Council Meeting will be held March 2,                    Thursday, 7 p.m.
motional materials. Savings bonds are           Admission is free to museum members and            Contact Lee Walters at 754-2390 for            10:15–11:15 a.m., at the Nehelani Confer-
awarded for top entries.                        military in uniform.                             event information or Sandi Meehan at 330-        ence Center, Schofield Barracks. Call 655-
   Visit www.asymca.org.                          Visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.           4173 for charity information.                    0497 for more information.                           No shows on Mondays or Tuesdays.
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Characters come to life for children during story time
                       Story and Photo by                                                                                                                           journey of inquisitive 9-year-old Booker T. Wash-
                     MOLLY HAYDEN                                                                                                                                   ington.
                           Staff Writer                                                                                                                                “He really wanted to read, but his parents didn’t
  WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — More than 60 chil-                                                                                                                        know how, so they couldn’t teach him,” explained
dren sat on the floor, legs crossed with their heads                                                                                                                Mackenzie Mangan, 5. “He worked and didn’t go to
gently resting on their palms, and they listened at-                                                                                                                school.”
tentively as Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Williamson,                                                                                                                      “But then someone gave him a book and helped
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, read aloud.                                                                                                                              him,” added Hallie Kulwiki, 5. When the story end-
  Parents and volunteers sat in the background                                                                                                                      ed, children broke into small groups to discuss their
smiling at the children during the Military Child                                                                                                                   thoughts on the story. They spoke of Washington’s
Education Coalition’s “Tell Me a Story” event at the                                                                                                                quest for knowledge and shared what they learned
Wheeler Elementary School cafeteria here, Feb. 11.                                                                                                                  from the book.
  Words flowed effortlessly from Williamson’s mouth                                                                                                                    “It showed it’s important to read,” said Logan
as he read a story of a young child who wanted noth-                                                                                                                Hoy, 6. “I know it’s important to read so I practice.”
ing else in the world but to learn how to read.                                                                                                                        “It’s fun,” chimed in Hoy’s younger brother,
  “Reading is a privilege,” said Williamson, taking                                                                                                                 Gabriel.
a break from the written word to address the children.                                                                                                                 “Sometimes you need help,” said Kulwiki. “My
“Not everyone has a chance like you do to learn.”                                                                                                                   mom helps me read, and I am going to help my lit-
  Reading is the foundation of learning and an im-                                                                                                                  tle sister to read.”
portant skill for success in school and life, accord-                                                                                                                  The moral of the story rang a different tune for
ing to Karmin Solomon, team lead for Parent to                                                                                                                      Kyla Ramos, 11.
Parent. It is an indulgence that enhances knowledge      Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Williamson (center), U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, reads to a group of children dur-    “The book says to be grateful of what you have,”
acquired and stimulates imagination, she explained.      ing the"Tell Me a Story" event at Wheeler Elementary School, Feb. 11.                                      said Ramos, “and to never give up on your dreams.”
  The Tell Me a Story initiative was created to em-                                                                                                                    After the discussions ended, parents and children
power military children by using literature and pro-     reading as a fun and healthy activity for the whole large screen, ensuring no one would miss the mag- enjoyed refreshments and created souvenir book-
viding a fun learning experience.                        family,” said Solomon. “Reading is so important, and ical artwork from the inspirational book entitled marks.
  “We want to bring families in the community to-        it should begin in the home.”                           “More than Anything Else.”                            Schofield Barracks’ Parent to Parent presented
gether, including military leadership, and promote          The images from the book were displayed on a           The book, set in 1895, took children through the the free event as part of the Family Literacy Program.




Family members have ‘whale of a time’ at Puaena Point Beach
               Story and Photo by            and recorded their behaviors during the
              MOLLY HAYDEN                   land survey.                                                                                                                             The next Hawaiian Islands
                  Staff Writer                  Raimie Neibaur, 11, took notes as other                                                                                               Humpback Whale National Marine
   SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A small
                                             volunteers called out various behaviors                                                                                                  Sanctuary Ocean Count will be
                                             from behind binoculars.                                                                                                                  held Feb. 28, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is
group gathered at the Outdoor Recreation
                                                Although it wasn’t the first time the                                                                                                 $10 per person and transportation
Center for a whale watching adventure
                                             child had seen whales, it was a magical                                                                                                  is provided. To register, contact
here, Jan. 30.                               moment for her.
   Piling in a van, the group drove to          “This is fun,” said Neibaur. “It’s cool to
                                                                                                                                                                                      the Outdoor Recreation Center at
Haleiwa were they met with site leader       see how they act in the water.”                                                                                                          655-0143.
and volunteer Renee Bergeron, National          In the early morning hours, numerous
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration       whales provided a show for volunteers,                                                                                                      Humpback whales are an endangered
(NOAA).                                      emerging from the water, exhaling air                                                                                                    species, according to the sanctuary. In the
   A small hike led them to Puaena Point     through their blowholes and slapping the                                                                                                 past, the global humpback whale
Beach were they began to tally humpback      surface of the water with their tails.                                                                                                   population size was about 750,000 to 2
whale sightings as part of the annual           Activity slowed down a bit as the day        Seattle resident Donna LeFleur (left) cheers at the sight of whales as family member     million animals. The current global popu-
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Na-          went on, but family members remained on         Maddie LaFleur takes a closer look through binoculars at Puaena Point Beach, Jan. 30.    lation is approximately 30 to 40 thou-
tional Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count.         the beach, dedicated to recording infor-                                                                                                 sand.
   Bergeron explained a number of whale      mation and searching for more sightings.        state. We are all here to volunteer and be   February and March, and by mid-May,            On average, 10,000 humpback whales
behaviors, including breach, puduncle slap      “It seems appropriate to go whale watch-     a part of something greater.”                almost all of the whales have departed to   could come to Hawaii each winter.
and fluke up dive, a display in which the    ing while living in Hawaii,” said David            Humpback whales migrate each winter       migrate back to their feeding grounds in       The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale
humpback whale lunges forward with its       Zuckerman, sustainability program man-          to the Hawaiian shores to mate, give birth   the waters off Alaska.                      National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count
head raised above water.                     ager, Installation Management Command-          and care for their young, according to         The NOAA manages the sanctuary and        takes place the last Saturday in January,
   More than 20 family members then sat      Pacific. “This event encourages partnership     Bergeron.                                    protects humpback whales and their          February and March, bringing hundreds of
on the beach, located whales off the shore   between the military community and the             The whale watching season peaks in        habitat.                                    volunteers to 56 sites statewide.
B-4 | FEBRUARY 20, 2009 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY                                                                                                                                                                     SPORTS & FITNESS
                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                       The class is free for active duty Soldiers and fam-
                                                                                                                                                                                    ily members, and costs $4 per class for all other au-
                                                                                                                                                                                    thorized patrons.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Monthly pass cards are also available for $25. Call
                                                                                                                                                                                    438-1152.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bowling Parties — Wheeler Bowling Center’s
                                                                                                                                                                                    eight lanes are available for private parties on Sat-
                                                                                                                                                                                    urdays and Sundays for $120 per hour. A three-hour
                    22 / Sunday                                                                                                                                                     minimum and $1.75 shoe rental apply.
   Adventure Kayak Tour — Itching for some wa-                                                                                                                                        Call 656-1745.
ter exploration? Try the next edition of the adventure
kayak tour, Feb. 22, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.                                                                                                                                                    Twilight Golf — Pay half the green fee and enjoy
   Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the island                                                                                                                                the afternoon at Nagorski Golf Course, Fort Shafter.
at your own pace from a truly unique perspective.                                                                                                                                   Twilight golf begins at 11:05 a.m., Mondays-Fri-
This is a level-one program suitable for beginners;                                                                                                                                 days. It’s not available during holidays. Call 438-
cost is $35 per person. Call 655-0143.                                                                                                                                              9587.

                   28 / Saturday                                                                                                                                                      Golf ‘Til You Drop — Catch this all-you-can-golf
   Whale Counting — Come enjoy another unique                                                                                                                                       special every Thursday at Walter J. Nagorski Golf
benefit of living in Hawaii to help the National                                                                   Chicpaul Becerra | U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa Public Affairs   Course, Fort Shafter. Pay one fee and play as many
Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Feb.                                                                                                                                   holes as you want. Call 438-9587.
28, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The NOAA counts migrating whales
from picturesque locations around Oahu. Cost is $10
                                                            It takes a team                                                                                                           Little Ninja — Classes are now being offered at
and transportation is provided. Call 655-0143.              POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Fire emergency services and cultural resources personnel                              Aliamanu Military Reservation’s (AMR) Youth Gym,
                                                            bring out a “victim” from a lava tube during their joint cave rescue training Feb. 5. The exercise sce-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturdays, 9-9:45 a.m., for children ages 3-5. The
                                                                                                                                                                                    cost is $35 per month. Call the AMR Child and

                   March
                                                            nario called for a rescue of two missing hikers deep inside one of many lava tubes located in a lava
                                                                                                                                                                                    Youth Service’s Registration Office at 833-5393.
                                                            field southeast of Pohakuloa Training Area.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Karate Classes — Children ages 5 and older can
                    1 / Sunday                           Learn ways to improve your health, fitness level and      to gain entries in the healthy heart love run lottery            learn Do Shudokan karate at these physical fitness
  All-Army Basketball Deadline — The deadline            quality of life. No matter what your current fitness      at the Helemano Military Reservation (HMR) Physi-                centers: Aliamanu, Fort Shafter, Helemano or
to apply for the men's and women's All-Army Bas-         level, this program is designed to accommodate your       cal Fitness Center during the month of February.                 Schofield’s Bennett Youth Center.
ketball teams is March 1. The competition will take      needs. Participate in the program at Schofield Barracks      Each 30-minute interval completed equals anoth-                  All youth students must be registered at CYS; cost
place April 15-May 9. Soldiers must use Army Knowl-      and Fort Shafter fitness centers. Fitness assessments     er entry. Call 653-0719.                                         is $35 per month. A discount is offered for two or
edge Online (AKO) to apply for All-Army sports via       are required. Call 655-9650.                                                                                               more family members.
the Department of the Army Sports Web site,                                                               Cardio Kickboxing Classes — Brand-new cardio                                 Also, adults 18 and older can learn Do Shudokan
https://armysports.cfsc.army.mil. Call 655-9914.

  Civilian Fitness Program — A new 6-month
                                                                         Ongoing                        kickboxing classes are now available at the Fort
                                                                                                        Shafter Physical Fitness Center five days a week.
                                                                                                          Classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and
                                                                                                                                                                                    karate at the Aliamanu Physical Fitness Center, Mon-
                                                                                                                                                                                    days and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Cost is $40 per month. Call instructor Joseph
program to improve civilian fitness begins March 1.        Healthy Heart Love Run — Start running today Fridays, 11:30-12:30 p.m. and 5:15-6:15 p.m., and                           Bunch at 488-6372 or 265-5476.


                                             change to a ridge hike at the last minute.    sites clear of clutter, as well as treat trees Soccer Club is seeking players for their             culture, etiquette and language while de-
                                             Expect mosquitoes.                            and plants with care and respect.              boys under 14 developmental and com-                 veloping skills in rhythm and movement.
                                                An additional $5 fee per person for the       Visit www.htmclub.org.                      petitive teams for the spring season.                Beginning, intermediate and advanced
                                             center is required. This intermediate hike                                                      Rush Soccer is a prestigious national             classes are available for youth, adults and
                                             is 7 miles. Call Peter Kempf at 384-2221.                     28 / Saturday                  club with more than 22 affiliates across the         families.
                                                Save the date for these hikes, too:           New Family Hike — Waimea Valley U.S. and offers a professional coaching                             No experience is necessary and weekly
                                                •March 1, a 9-mile intermediate hike       will offer a guided hike, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.- staff, outstanding training programs and                 one-hour classes are held on Sundays,
                                             through Mokuleia Hillside.                    12:30 p.m. on the Ali Ki Trail. The 2-mile unique opportunities for select team place-              Tuesdays and Thursdays at various times
     Send sports announcements to               •March 9, a 14-mile advanced hike          moderate trail runs from the Waihi (wa- ment.                                                       at Kapiolani Community College.
  community@hawaiiarmyweekly.com.            through Waimano Contour.                      terfall) to the top of Kalahee Ridge and          The team practices at Mililani’s 16 Acres            Cost is $78 for youth and teens and
                                                Hikes begin at 8 a.m., and a $2 donation   down to Waimea’s North Valley. Cost is $5 Park on Wednesdays and Fridays. Inter-                    $88 for adults. For more details, call 737-
             21 / Saturday                   is requested of non-members. An adult         plus admission to the Valley. Hikers must ested players can contact Dan Wilson,                     7236, visit www.taikoarts.com, or e-mail
   Hike Oahu — Join the Hawaiian Trail       must accompany children under 18. Hik-        be at least 7 years old and accompanied by team manager, at 626-7758 for more de-                   info@taikoarts.com.
& Mountain Club on a hike through            ers typically meet at Iolani Palace, moun-    an adult. Reservations required, call 638- tails. Visit www.hawaiirushsoccer.com.
Waimea Valley. Join the group for a hike     tainside, but for this hike, participants     7766 or visit www.waimeavalley.net.                                                                   Escrima Classes — Pedoy’s School of
up Kamananui Valley, over the middle         will meet at the first parking lot on the                                                       Taiko Drumming Classes — The Taiko                Escrima, the Filipino art of self-defense,
ridge and down Elehaha Valley. A lot of      right, before the public lot.                                                                Center of the Pacific, a school of traditional       holds classes every Tuesday, Thursday
stream crossings are on this shady, prob-
ably muddy hike, but not much up and
down.
                                                Bring lunch and water on all hikes;
                                             wear sturdy shoes, as extra caution may be
                                             required on some trails.
                                                                                                     Ongoing                              and contemporary Japanese drumming,
                                                                                                                                          offers classes year-round to the general
                                                                                                                                          public for all ages and all skill levels.
                                                                                                                                                                                               and Sunday at its training center in Wai-
                                                                                                                                                                                               pio. Sessions cover hand-to-hand fighting,
                                                                                                                                                                                               weapons, grappling, boxing and kicking.
   If heavy rains come, the hike may            Hikers must keep all trails and lunch         Youth Soccer Club — The Hawaii Rush            Students also learn aspects of Japanese           Call 678-2438 or 216-3211.
  HEALTH                                                                                                                                                                                    HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY FEBRUARY 20, 2009 | B-5



Great American Spit Out is time to quit chew tobacco
Chew contains more nicotine than                                                                                                                                                                 Left — People who use chew tobacco have nearly
                                                                                                                                                                                                 twice the chance of developing oral cancer compared
cigarettes, at least 12 carcinogens                                                                                                                                                              to those who don’t use chew tobacco.

                             BRAD TAFT                                                                                                                                                           tains 28 cancer-causing agents. Recent Tricare data
       U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine                                                                                                                             shows that chewers have nearly twice the chance of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 developing oral cancer compared to those who
  Thursday was the Great American Spit Out, a                                                                                                                                                    don’t chew. Your dentist can tell you the whole
day for those who chew tobacco to try going with-                                                                                                                                                story of what chewing tobacco does to your mouth.
out their nicotine habit or even breaking it for                                                                                                                                                 And you won’t like what you hear.
good.
  Tobacco addiction is tough. Tobacco takes your
cash and it takes your health. Think of what it
would be like if you didn’t have to buy chew. You
could do fun things like rent movies, eat out with
your family or friends, or go on a vacation with the
hundreds of dollars you spend every year on chew.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Visit the following Web sites for information on quitting
  What about your health? Do you have red spots                                                                                                                                                   smokeless tobacco use:
in your mouth where you hold the chew? Those
spots can turn into cancer. Mouth cancer is always                                                                                                                                                National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research,
ugly and sometimes deadly. What about your                                                                                                                                                        www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/SpitTobacco/
breath? Ok, I won’t ask.                                                                                                                                                                          SpitTobaccoAGuideforQuitting.htm.
  Having a chew used to be cool, and you liked it.
But now, tobacco is your enemy. You started chew-                                                                                                                                                 American Cancer Society,
ing tobacco because it made you feel good and                                                                                                                                                     www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/
you could dip whenever and wherever you wanted
to without anyone knowing. But now, you realize                                                                                                                                                   PED_10_13X_Quitting_Smokeless_Tobacco.asp.
that you get edgy when you don’t have a dip. If you
don’t have a chew in your mouth, what used to be                                                                                                                                                   Boredom, trying to fit in with your buddies and
easy is difficult. That’s nicotine addiction.                                                                                                                                                    wanting to perk up during long duty hours are all
                                                                        Christina Graber | U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine Visual Information Division
  According to the Department of Defense’s 2005                                                                                                                                                  reasons you may have started chewing. Now it’s time
Survey of Health-Related Behaviors Among Active cent) than among civilian males (4.5 percent). The                   According to the Centers for Disease Control and                            for you to think about fighting tobacco addiction.
Duty Military Personnel, the use of chewing to- use is highest for enlisted personnel in ranks E1–E3 Prevention, a chew of smokeless tobacco delivers as                                           Fight the fight. You are stronger than addiction to
bacco is much higher among Army males (21 per- (27 percent).                                                     much nicotine as two to three cigarettes and con-                               chewing tobacco. Be strong — Army Strong.




New online tools available for tobacco users in the military
      TRICARE MANAGEMENT ACTIVITY                                                                                 friend, he or she is 36 percent more likely   to only 10.8 percent for those who do not    solve to Quit” bulletin board to publicly de-
                      News Release                                                                                to remain smoke free.                         seek counseling.                             clare their resolution. They can also create
                                                                                                                     Family and friends can connect with           Service members can access real-time,     a blog — public or private — to share their
   If you’ve thought about quitting
                                                                                                                  military personnel no matter where they       live help with a trained tobacco cessation   experience with family, friends and fellow
smoking, now is the time to start.
                                                                                                                  are through Quit Tobacco — Make Every-        coach 18 hours a day through the               service members or document their to-
   The smoking rate among 18- to 25-                              Visit www.ucanquit2.org, to access free         one Proud, the Department of Defense’s        Web site. This counseling is free,                  bacco cessation journey.
year-olds in the military is 40 percent.                          materials, support tools and information.       (DoD) educational campaign, which facil-      anonymous and confidential.                             A customizable Quit Calendar is
About 39 percent of that population began                                                                         itates interactive online support at             Also new this year to the Web                   also available to track progress, mark
smoking after they joined the military.                         bacco,” said Col. Paula Underwood,                www.ucanquit2.org.                            site are enhanced networking                     milestones and incorporate into on-
Moreover, nearly a quarter of enlisted men                      preventative medicine physician, staff               “It’s hard to break the addiction, but     capabilities that build a solid                 line planning tools. Other features in-
in this age range use smokeless tobacco.                        officer, Office of the Army Surgeon Gen-          for service members making the resolution     platform for mutual support                     clude a calculator that enables users to
   Tobacco use causes cancer and heart                          eral.                                             to quit tobacco, the resources are there to   and the exchange of ideas, tips                  determine how much money they can
disease, and it creates problems that car-                         Deciding to quit smoking is a critical first   help,” said Chuck Watkins, chief, Com-        and advice among service                         save by giving up tobacco; games,
ry a greater risk for military personnel,                       step. Studies show that, on average, it           munications and Research Requirements,        members who are fighting                            such as Texas Hold ‘em, with mes-
such as easier detection in the field, slow-                    takes 11 quit attempts before a person            Tricare Management Activity.                  this very tough oppo-                                   sages to reinforce their resolve to
er wound healing, impaired night vision                         wins the fight against tobacco.                      Studies show that people who seek          nent.                                                        become tobacco free; re-
and decreased stamina.                                             Support is one of the most influential         counseling while trying to become tobac-         For     example,                                            search-based articles; and
   “Soldiers have the will, they have the                       factors affecting cessation rates. Research       co free increase their chances of remaining   users can post their                                            practical advice and
discipline, they have the strength to quit to-                  shows that if a person tries to quit with a       tobacco free to 15.8 percent, as compared     pledge on the “I Re-                                            strategies for quitting.

								
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