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                                                                                                                                                      VOL. 38 NO. 50 | DECEMBER 18, 2009




    INSIDE                                                                                                                                                                                     25th ID says
                                                                                                                                                                                               ‘Aloha’ to
                                                                                                                                                                                               departing
                                                                                                                                                                                               general
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Story and Photo By
                                                                                                                                                                                                       STAFF SGT. TIM MEYER
                                                                                                                                                                                                     25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                   SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In
                                                                                                                                                                                               the Ninewa province of north-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ern Iraq, as tension grew between
                                                                                                                                                                                               Kurdish Peshmerga forces and
                                                                                                                                                                                               the mostly-Arab Iraqi Army over
                                                                                                                                                                                               the security of the Mosul Dam
                                                                                                                                                                                               in mid-2009, an American gen-
                                                                                                                                                                                               eral successfully brought both
                                                                                                                                                                                               sides together to craft an agree-
                                                                                                                                                                                               able joint security structure and
                                                                                                                                                                                               avoid armed conflict.
Yama Sakura 57
                                                                                                                Sgt. Ricardo Branch | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Whether bringing ethnic


      8th Theater
                                     Low crawl                                                                                                                                                 groups to the bargaining table
                                                                                                                                                                                               in Iraq, or Soldiers and commu-
                                                                                                                                                                                               nity members to the beaches on
Sustainment Command                  HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE — Sgt. 1st Class Paul Valdez, 605th Transportation Company, conducts a 50-meter low                                                 Oahu where he liked to surf, Brig.
 Soldiers take time to               crawl during the Waterborne Challenge, Dec. 8, here. See the full story on A-5.                                                                           Gen. Robert B. Brown is known
     make friends,                                                                                                                                                                             for building lasting relationships.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Brown, the 25th Infantry Divi-
  experience culture                                                                                                                                                                           sion deputy commanding gen-
   during exercise.                                                                                                                                                                            eral (support), and his wife, Pat-



                  45th Sust. Bde. returns
                                                                                                                                                                                               ti, were recognized for their ded-
            A-3                                                                                                                                                                                ication and service during a “Fly-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ing V” ceremony at Sills Field,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Tuesday.


Dining facilities
                  home from Afghanistan
                                                                                                                                                                                                     SEE ALOHA, A-6



 provide feast                                      Story and Photo By
                                                                                                                                                                                               ‘Stop Loss’
                                          SGT. MAJ. TERRY ANDERSON
  Oahu dining facilities

                                                                                                                                                                                               payments
                                      8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
  open their doors for       WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — When
   Christmas holiday      Amber Murphy paid $11 to the 45th Sus-
         dinner.          tainment Brigade Family Readiness Group

          A-7
                          for the chance to win the “First Kiss” raffle,
                          she didn’t expect her name to be drawn
                          from the hundreds of entries.
                             She had one simple reaction when she
                                                                                                                                                                                               on way
                                                                                                                                                                                                    NAVY LT. JENNIFER CRAGG
                          was picked to be the first spouse to kiss her                                                                                                                                 American Forces Press Service
                          Soldier at the 45th Sust. Bde. Redeploy-
    Staying on            ment ceremony, Dec. 9, at the Multiple De-
                          ployment Facility (MDF), here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  WASHINGTON — After an ini-
                                                                                                                                                                                               tial delay caused by software
                                                                                                                                                                                               and manpower issues, the first
                             “I cried,” Murphy said.
      island?                More than 150 Soldiers of the 45th Sust.
                          Bde. returned to Schofield Barracks to
                                                                                                                                                                                               retroactive payments will be dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                               bursed next week to Soldiers
                                                                                                                                                                                               who were retained on active
                          friends, family and loved ones from a 12-                      Lt. Col. Brent Barnes sings the Army Song during the 45th Sustainment Brigade redeploy-
 The Tropics will host a month deployment to Afghanistan. The re-                        ment ceremony, Dec. 9, at the Wheeler Army Airfield multiple deployment facility.                     duty involuntarily under the so-
                                                                                                                                                                                               called “Stop Loss” program.
 holiday party for every- maining 150 are scheduled to return early                                                                                                                               Maj. Roy Whitley, program
one staying in Hawaii for next year.                                                     morale high by mailing him a weekly care         said. “He got a lot of cookies, brownies,
                                                                                                                                                                                               manager for the Army’s Retroac-
                             Murphy says her 12-year-old son, Tim-                       package.                                         muffins, a lot of DVDs – Blockbuster knows
 the holidays, Dec. 24, othy, and her family got her through their                          “Every Thursday he went to the post of-                                                            tive Stop Loss Special Pay pro-
        3-8 p.m.          first deployment. She kept her husband’s                       fice and picked up a care package,” she                     SEE RETURN, A-4                           gram, acknowledged problems
                                                                                                                                                                                               over the program’s first 50 days
See FMWR Briefs, B-2                                                                                                                                                                           and said officials are working
                                                                                                                                                                                               to reduce the current backlog

                                Warrior Care, VA collaborate to make transitions smooth                                                                                                        for the thousands more who are
                                                                                                                                                                                               expected to file their claims over
                                                                                                                                                                                               the next year.
                                                                                                                                          ed, ill and injured Soldiers back to the force          “We are going to plow
                                       WARRIOR TRANSITION COMMAND
                                                                                                                                          or to productive civilian life.                      through the backlog as quickly
                                                       News Release
                                                                                                                                             “If we are to have Soldiers be able to            as we can,” said Whitley, who
                                    WASHINGTON — Army and the Depart-                                                                                                                          spoke with bloggers and online
                                ment of Veterans Affairs (VA) are continu-                                                                step with confidence from the Army to civil-
                                                                                                                                                                                               journalists, Dec. 10, during an
                                ing to collaborate to assist wounded, ill and              For more information on the Warrior            ian life then we have got to set the stage
                                                                                                                                                                                               Army bloggers roundtable.
                                injured Soldiers in making a seamless tran-                Transition Command, visit its official         through our own relationships with the VA,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “We lost time (by) improving
                                sition to civilian life. In a Pentagon Channel             blog at www.wtc.armylive.dodlive.mil.          Cheek said.
                                                                                                                                                                                               the claims end early on,” he said.
                                interview, VA Assistant Secretary for Public                                                                 Other areas of Army and VA collaboration
                                                                                                                                                                                               “For every day we spent working
                                and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Honor-                uniform. They are just as valuable,” Duck-       include the virtual lifetime electronic records      the claims, we knew we were
                                able Tammy Duckworth, who also serves                    worth told the Pentagon Channel.                 system, VA collaboration with Transition             losing a day on development
                                as a major in the Illinois National Guard, and              Duckworth explained what the PDES pi-         Assistance Programs and VA liaisons and              and case management.
                                Brig. Gen. Gary Cheek, commander, Warrior                lot program will achieve:                        counselors located at military treatment fa-            “We are building it out (and)

     Exploring                  Transition Command, discussed the goals of
                                the Physical Disability Evaluation System
                                (PDES) pilot program, the presence of VA ad-
                                                                                            1. A single disability exam conducted to
                                                                                         VA standards to be used by both VA and
                                                                                         DoD
                                                                                                                                          cilities and warrior transition units. Cheek
                                                                                                                                          said his mission for wounded, ill and injured
                                                                                                                                          Soldiers is not only to heal but to transition
                                                                                                                                                                                               improving software. (That is) the
                                                                                                                                                                                               reason why you are seeing some
                                                                                                                                                                                               delay.”

      Makua                     visors at military treatment facilities and
                                warrior transition units, and the virtual life-
                                time electronic records system.
                                                                                            2. A single disability rating by VA that is
                                                                                         binding upon both departments
                                                                                            3. Expeditious payment of VA benefits
                                                                                                                                          to a life they want to lead.
                                                                                                                                             “We have a comprehensive transition
                                                                                                                                          plan, which focuses the Soldier’s future
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Parts of the initial Web-based
                                                                                                                                                                                               claims program, launched Oct.
                                                                                                                                                                                               21, lacked complete functional-
  Local middle school               “We invest so much in our Soldiers when              within 30 days of a separation from service      through a series of goal-setting. We look to         ity, and many of the claims were
                                we are training them when they’re serving                   Cheek says he relies on the VA liaison of-    inspire that warrior toward their future be-         processed manually, Whitley
students explore Makua          on active duty. We need to invest just as                ficer within his own command to assist with      cause if they’re excited about their future
  Military Reservation.         much into their futures after they take off the          his mission of transitioning seriously wound-    they are going to heal faster,” Cheek said.             SEE PROGRAM, A-5
            B-4

                                Military leaders, community aim to reach solution on Furlough Fridays
     This issue                                    MIKE EGAMI
                                        U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs
                                                                                       is co-chaired by the Superintendent of
                                                                                       Education and senior military officers rep-
                                                                                                                                      school system can be raised and resolved
                                                                                                                                      together.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Dec. 10, at the Oahu Veterans Center, the
                                                                                                                                                                                       military expressed its concerns about the
                                                                                                                                                                                       education of its 90,000 school-age chil-
                                   SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Joint                      resenting all branches of service, leaders        The forum encourages a positive learn-
Footsteps in Faith A-2          Venture Education Forum (JVEF) is a co-                from the DOE, state Senate and House           ing environment and high quality educa-          dren, and the impact of Furlough Fridays.
                                                                                       chairpersons of education, and select busi-    tional opportunity for Hawaii’s children         The military is concerned about Hawaii
Deployed Forces         A-3     operative venture between the U.S. Pacif-
                                                                                       ness leaders.                                  with approximately $5.5 million in mili-         having the shortest school year of any
                                ic Command (USPACOM) military com-
                                                                                          For the past 10 years, this partnership     tary-school partnership appropriations.          state and how it impacts students.
News Briefs             A-5     munity and the Hawaii Department of Ed-
                                                                                                                                                                                          “Taking away 17 furlough days or 10
                                ucation (DOE) serving to advance the mil-              has promoted interaction between the mil-          The military leadership in Hawaii has
FMWR                    B-2                                                            itary community and state educators where      been engaged with select leaders on Fur-         percent of the school year as a solution to
                                itary community’s responsibility in the
                                pursuit of quality education for public                issues of importance to the education of       lough Friday issues out of the public eye.
Sports & Fitness B-5
                                school students in Hawaii. The JVEF board              our military children and the public           However, at the last JVEF board meeting,                SEE FURLOUGH, A-6
A-2 | DECEMBER 18, 2009 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY                                                                                                                                                                       NEWS & COMMENTARY
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 cles and announcements is the           soned holiday predator, searching for
 Friday prior to Friday publica-         their next target of opportunity.                       charged.                                             For more information on CID or to                antivirus and antispyware software and
 tions. Prior coordination is               As part of the ongoing “CID Lookout”                     Shop in a group or at least in pairs.            report a crime, contact your                     a firewall. Security software must be
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     Articles must be text or Word                                                                   Visit ATM’s only at well-lighted and                                                              the latest threats. Set your security soft-
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 ing photographs must be digital,        community who plan on visiting shop-                    hours if possible. Using the drive-up is                                                              automatically.
 high resolution, jpeg files with full                                                           usually safer than walking up or into a           number, you should take your business                  Consider how you’ll pay: Credit cards
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    Commander, U.S. Army
        Garrison-Hawaii
                                                                                                                                                                      Reflect, share, trust the
                                                                                                                                                                      light this holiday season
     Col. Matthew Margotta
     Director, Public Affairs
         Dennis C. Drake
 Chief, Command Information
   Aiko Rose Brum, 656-3155
     Aiko.Brum@us.army.mil                                                                                                                                            Light is powerful                                  ebrated in song and verse. Chris-
                Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tians see the power of light, the
    Vickey Mouze, 656-3156
                                                                                                                                                                      symbol across all                                  source of light and the lord of
 editor@hawaiiarmyweekly.com                                                                                                                                          different religions                                light as Jesus Christ, the son of
  News Editor/Web Content                                                                                                                                                                                                God born of the Virgin Mary,
   Stephanie Rush, 656-3153                                                                                                                                                                                              so long ago.
                                                                                                                                                                              CHAPLAIN (MAJ.) LESLIE
stephanie.anne.rush@us.army.mil                                                                                                                                                                                             Light is also recognized in a
        Pau Hana Editors                                                                                                                                                          FORBES-MARIANI
                                                                                                                                                                      U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Religious Support Office miraculous event this time of
          Amy L. Bugala
           Brenda Naki                                                                                                                                                                                                   year by Jews around the world,
           community@
                                                                                                                                                                           Light, it has power; it illumi- as for eight days the light burned
     hawaiiarmyweekly.com                                                                                                                                             nates and it is a beacon in dark- in the rededication of the temple
            Staff Writer                 Staff Sgt. Jaquelin Ong and her husband, Spc. Luis Ruiz, a transportation specialist for the 25th                            ness giving direction. Light is when there was only enough
           Bill Mossman                  Transportation Detachment, 25th Infantry Division, work together to complete an interactive exercise in                      described in idiom as                                          olive oil for one day.
               Layout                                                                                                                                                 smart, a good idea,                                            The holiday lights of
                                         their workbook during the Strong Bonds couples training at Turtle Bay resort, Dec. 3-5.
            Leah Mayo                                                                                                                                                 and purity.
     Advertising: 525-7439                                                                                                                                                                                                           Hanukkah lit each
                                                                                                                                                                           Scripture relates

                                         311th hosts marriage training
      Classifieds: 521-9111                                                                                                                                                                                                          night for eight days
Editorial Office: 656-3155/3156                                                                                                                                       light to God. God is                                           are to remind of the
          Fax: 656-3162                                                                                                                                               the direction; he is                                           miracle of light. The
             Address:                                                                                                                                                 pure and the one who                                           blessing of the holi-
       Public Affairs Office                                  Story and Photos By                          Chaplains also used a variety of materials for             gives light to all. God                                        day candles call
742 Santos Dumont Ave., WAAF                                                                                                                                          is light.
     Building 108, Room 304
                                                                LIANA MAYO                              the couples’ course including the Strong Bonds                                                                               upon the wonders of
                                                       311th Signal Command Public Affairs              workbook, a combination of video clips, interac-                   Light is filled with                                      God’s salvation and
      Schofield Barracks, HI
            96857-5000                                                                                  tive exercises and handouts and excerpts from the             power; it moves faster                                         the sacred use of the
                                            KAHUKU — Nearly a dozen Soldiers of the                                                                                                                         Forbes-Mariani
             Web site:                   311th Signal Command and their spouses, 23                     book “Fighting for your Marriage,” a self-help                than the eye can see                                           light.
 www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/
                                         couples in all, enjoyed a free three-day stay at               book focused on marriage enhancement and di-                  and has properties of color                           Sharing the celebrations with
              haw.asp                                                                                   vorce prevention.                                             which are beautiful as seen in a family by giving gifts and re-
                                         Turtle Bay Resort while attending the Strong
                                         Bonds couples training, here, Dec. 3-5.                           “Communication was the main thing I learned                rainbow. The rainbow is formed membering the source of light is
 Nondelivery or distribution                                                                                                                                          because of the light refracted by found in many of the traditions
   problems in Army Hawaii                  In addition to the complimentary two-night                  how to use to help us as a couple, and I have a
 Family Housing areas? If so,            stay at the hosting resort, training participants re-          better understanding about his career,” said Chris-           water as a prism and in scripture observed during this winter sea-
  call 656-3155 or 656-3156.             ceived free meals and childcare during class time,             tian Perez, wife of Sgt. Luis Perez, noncommis-               is the promise of God. Light son. Give the light.
                                         and were allowed free time to enjoy activities                 sioned officer in charge of Command Group,                    helps us to see beyond what the                       In the Christian tradition of
                                         available at the resort, such as swimming, tennis,             Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 307th                  darkness hides, warms our spir- Advent, a candle is lit each week
                                         golf and snorkeling.                                           Integrated Theater Support Battalion (ITSB).                  its and give us hope.                              during the four Sundays leading

   19 days                                  For about six hours per day, couples learned a
                                         variety of techniques to improve relationships,
                                         through lecture presentations such as “Honey,
                                                                                                           “Our best-case scenario would be for every
                                                                                                        couple in every unit to attend this program be-
                                                                                                        cause it facilitates relational fitness, and it is a fact
                                                                                                                                                                           Long ago in the deep of night, to Christmas, representing the
                                                                                                                                                                      a star shone in the darkness growing and expectant waiting
                                                                                                                                                                      leading seekers to find a child for the celebration of Christ’s
     since last                          Let’s Talk,” “Stress and Relaxation,” “Forgiveness,”
                                         and “The Sensual/Sexual Relationship.”                                       SEE COUPLES, A-8
                                                                                                                                                                      who was the promise of hope. birth and return. The light re-
                                                                                                                                                                      On a hill, light burst upon shep- minds of Jesus as hope, peace
   fatal accident                                                                                                                                                     herds to announce the birth of a and joy.
                                                                                                                                                                      child in the city of David. This                      So when you light your
    Number represents fatal acci-                                                                                                                                     time of year the lights around homes this year for the holi-
 dents as defined by Army Reg-                                                        photo in the “Experts calm employee pay angst” article on page
 ulation 385-10, which is inclu-
 sive of all active component U.S.
 Army units and personnel. Cur-
 rent as of 12/17/09.
                                                                                A     A-1 of the Dec. 11th edition was incorrectly attributed to
                                                                                      Nancy Rasmussen. Instead, Master Sgt. Christina Bhatti, U.S.
                                                                                Army-Pacific Public Affairs, took the photo.
                                                                                                                                                                      the city remind Christians of the days, remember the source of
                                                                                                                                                                      reason for the season of Christ- the light. How does your faith
                                                                                                                                                                      mas.                                               speak hope, joy and salvation
                                                                                                                                                                           The child who would one day to you? Reflect the light, share
                                                                                                                                                                      be the savior of the world is cel- the light, trust the light.



                                                                                                                                                   What is your favorite thing about the
                                                                                                                                                   holiday season?

                             “We have an                                         “We have a                                   “The holiday                                          “It’s a great                                    “I like
                             annual                                              group of                                     spirit, especially                                    time for                                         getting the
                             family                                              single                                       here in Hawaii,                                       family,                                          presents.”
                             gathering, it                                       Soldiers who                                 even if you                                           everyone is
                             means a lot                                         come over                                    don’t have a                                          so giving
                             to me.”                                             and we make                                  family you feel                                       and happy.”
                                                                                 them part of                                 like you’re a part
                                                                                 our family.”                                 of something.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    Staff Sgt.
                             Sgt. Corbin                                                                                      Leah Hall,                                            Nathan                                           Angela
                             Giles,                                              Jessica Giles,                               Sales Representative,                                 Taylor,                                          Vickers,
                             3B STB                                              Family member                                T-Mobile at                                           8th STB                                          Family member
                                                                                                                              Schofield PX
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8th TSC troops participate in Yama Sakura 57, experience local culture
Snowy isle provides training                                                                                                                                                                   bond, not just on the work level, but on the friend-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ship level as well. So we can also establish person-
ground to strengthen military,                                                                                                                                                                 al relationships.”
cultural ties between nations                                                                                                                                                                      For Yama Sakura 57, National Guard and Army
                                                                                                                                                                                               Reserve Soldiers worked alongside the active duty
              SPC. ASHLAND HARNISHFEGER                                                                                                                                                        Soldiers of the 35th CSSB. Lt. Col. Stacy Townsend,
           8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs                                                                                                                                      commander, 35th CSSB, says this exercise is the first
   CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan — More than                                                                                                                                                     time many of the National Guard and Army Reserve
50 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) Sol-                                                                                                                                                  Soldiers have deployed outside the United States,
diers worked hand-in-hand with their Japanese                                                                                                                                                  and it’s an opportunity that is unforgettable.
counterparts during Exercise Yama Sakura 57,                                                                                                                                                       “For some of the Soldiers, working with the
here. The Soldiers departed the warm, tropical cli-                                                                                                                                            Japanese in an exercise may be the first time
mate of Hawaii for the cold, snowy northern island                                                                                                                                             they’ve worked with a Soldier from another coun-
of Hokkaido in early December for exercise train-                                                                                                                                              try,” he said. “So you can always learn something
ing and cultural experiences.                                                                                                                                                                  from each other and take that back with you. For
   Yama Sakura is the 28th iteration of the Japan-                                                                                                                                             us in the 35th CSSB, it’s continuing our partnership
based exercise series. Yama Sakura is an exercise                                                                                                                                              with the Japanese. We are just the logistics arm of
designed to enhance US and Japanese combat                                                                                                                                                     it, but we are proud to support everybody.”
readiness and interoperability while strengthening                                                                                                                                                 Many Soldiers had the chance to experience a
the relationship between the two nations. The fo-                                                                                                                                              home visit with a Japanese family, and took part in
cus of the exercise is tactical combat and battle staff                                                                                                                                        cultural events during the exercise. One Soldier said
training, giving Soldiers more experience in full-                                                                                                                                             working and socializing with the Japanese while on
spectrum operations.                                                                                                                                                                           exercise Yama Sakura has been an interesting but
   The Soldiers of the 35th Combat Sustainment                                                                                                                                                 memorable experience.
Support Battalion (CSSB), based out of Tokyo and                                                                                                                                                   “When I’ve got some time, after working, I like
part of the 8th TSC, supported exercise partici-                                                                       Lt. Col. Matt Garner | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs   to go to Friendship Hall and socialize with the
pants by making sure there were enough latrines                        From left, 1st Lt. Jessica Dunn, and Staff Sgt. Nelida Wakefield, Support Operations Human Resources,                   Japanese army and my counterparts,” said Sgt.
available, enough food to sustain the exercise and                     8th Theater Sustainment Command, participated in the Japanese home visit as part of Yama Sakura 57                      Christopher Forecki, 8th TSC. “It’s interesting be-
enough room in billeting to accommodate the Sol-                       with the Kubata family of Chitose. The Soldiers enjoyed sushi and a specialty their hosts described as                  cause they don’t speak perfect English and my
diers comfortably.                                                     “Japanese pancakes”— finely chopped fresh vegetables and pieces of pork in an egg batter that the                       Japanese is not so good either, so we tend to have
   This was no easy task, but for the Capt. David                      family cooked on a tabletop grill                                                                                       a couple laughs and a good time. But just experi-
Williams, support operations plans officer, coordi-                                                                                                                                            encing Japanese culture and the home visit is
nating with his Japanese counterparts is an oppor-                        “Every day I attend a bilateral meeting where we     mutual understanding on how we are going to                     something I’ll remember for a long time.”
tunity to learn firsthand how the Japanese soldiers                   sit down, and go over issues that pertain to our side    resolve this issues,” Williams said. “We also go to                 The exercise wrapped up with a closing ceremo-
do business.                                                          and issues on their side and we always come to a         the social events so there’s a chance for us to                 ny Sunday.




Community, region leaders welcome home redeployed in American Samoa
         1ST LT. MARYJANE PORTER                            and a Welcome Home Warrior Citizen             Kamauoha delivered the key remarks            through with this. He never hesitated            if you work hard and give it all your
        305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment              flag.                                       and commended the Soldiers for their             from day one when he found out he                best,” said Pfc. Sione Lefao, C Co, who
                                                               The 100th Bn. recently returned          loyalty and commitment to accomplish             was deploying. He knew he had a mis-             is also a cadet with the University of
   TAFUNA, American Samoa — Twen-
                                                            from their one-year tour in Kuwait in       their missions without hesitation.               sion to accomplish and lived up to it,”          Hawaii/American Samoa Community
ty-seven Soldiers from B and C Com-                         support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.            Kamauoha also thanked the families            said his proud grandfather.                      College Army Reserve Officers’ Train-
panies of the 100th Battalion/442nd In-                     The deployment was a second tour for        and community at large for their con-               A pleasant surprise of the day was            ing Corps (ROTC).
fantry were honored during a Wel-                           the battalion, but a first for these 27     tinued support and for doing all they            the crowd finding out that Kamauoha                 The Honorable Mapu Jamias, civilian
come Home Warrior Citizen Award                             warrior citizens.                           can to ensure that Soldiers stay fo-             was one of their own, a native son of            aide to the Secretary of the Army
Ceremony held at the US Army Reserve                           Col. Gary Kamauoha, commander,           cused on their job during such difficult         Samoa. Many did not think there was              (CASA), was in attendance and did not
Center, here, Dec. 6.                                       Support Unit, U.S. Army-Japan; Sgt.         times.                                           a Samoan colonel, least not to be lead-          miss a beat when leading the crowd in
   The Welcome Home Warrior Citi-                           Maj. Forrest Wacker, command ser-              Parents, spouses, children and mem-           ing the group from Honolulu for the              singing the 100th Battalion/442nd In-
zen Award is given to Soldiers upon re-                     geant major, 9th Mission Support Com-       bers of the community packed the gath-           ceremony.                                        fantry regimental song.
turn from their first deployment.                           mand; and Maj. Keith Horikawa, exec-        ering room to witness and congratulate              “A lot of us were shocked, yet proud             The CASA smiled in the end and
   Each Soldier receives an encased                         utive officer, 100th Bn.; were among        these young heroes.                              of the fact that Col. Kamauoha is                said there will always be a special place
American flag, a commemorative                              the special guests who traveled from           “I’m very proud of my grandson,               Samoan. He’s inspired me to reach for            in his heart for the 100th Battal-
Army coin, a certificate, a lapel pin set                   Hawaii to participate in the ceremony.      Pfc. Malauulu, for his courage to go             the stars and that anything is possible          ion/442nd Infantry.
A-4 | DECEMBER 18, 2009 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY                                                                                                                                                                                       NEWS



3 Rs: Easing return for families 3 Rs: Making the most of
            DR. TRISH PROSSER
            U.S. Army Center for Health
         Promotion and Preventive Medicine
                                                                                                                                                   redeployment for troops
   Having the family together again and                                                                                                            Realistic goals, effective
enjoying the return of a deployed father                                                                                                           communication helps
or mother can be a time of great joy, but
is also a major transition that can have                                                                                                           ease return process
its difficulties for all those involved—re-                                                                                                                                                            Find more resources on
turning Soldier, spouse, children and                                                                                                                        DR. TRISH PROSSER
                                                                                                                                                             U.S. Army Center for Health               successful reunions at:
other family members. Managing the
                                                                                                                                                          Promotion and Preventive Medicine            •www.militaryonesource.com
change that deployments bring about
can help everyone to develop resiliency,                                                                                                              As the deployed member of your                   •www.afterdeployment.org
especially children.                                                                                                                               family, coming home can be a time of                •www.apa.org/psychologists/
                                                                                                                                                   great joy and also nervousness.                      resilience.html
                                                                                                                                                   Changes have happened on both                       •www.apa.org/psychologists/
                                                                                                                                                   sides. You have been away, seen and                  pdfs/militaryfamilies.pdf
                                                                                                                                                   experienced many different and often
                                                                                                                                                   difficult things. Whether you are a
 Find more resources on success                                                                                                                    husband, wife, parent, son, daughter              ance to be “business as usual.”
 -ful reunions at:                                                                                                                                 or sibling, coming home can be                       Some things to think about that
 •www.militaryonesource.com                                                                                                                        tough.                                            may help in experiencing the 3 Rs:
                                                                                                                                                      The imagined reunion with family                  •Set yourself realistic goals and
 •https://www.cs.amedd.army.mil
                                                                                                                                                   may not live up to the dream, and                 help your family by letting them
  /youth.aspx#                                                         Sgt. Maj. Terry Anderson | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs   you may be confronted with a list of              know what it is you need and how
 •archive.sesameworkshop.org/tlc                                                                                                                   issues and problems that occurred                 they can help you. Vice versa, your
                                               Spc. James Murphy plants a big kiss on his wife, Amber, during the “First Kiss” cer-
 •www.sesameworkshop.org/initi                 emony at the 45th Sustainment Brigade redeployment ceremony, Dec. 9 at Wheeler                      while you were away. Intimacy and                 family has dealt with many things
  atives                                       Army Airfield.                                                                                      family relationships may not fall                 while you were away; don’t just ex-
 •www.focusproject.org                                                                                                                             straight back into the place where                pect them to drop everything and fo-
                                               for an important game or the prom,              and your family over this time. This is             you left them before being deployed.              cus on you.
                                               have the insight to know that absence           especially necessary for families of re-               Returning to duty also may bring                  •Don’t come back and lay down
   Even a few months is a long time in         was not the parent’s fault, and then feel       turning members of the Army Reserve                 about new issues for previously de-               the rules. Watch the new routine and
the life of a child, whether the child is an   guilty for feeling resentful.                   and National Guard, who may not have                ployed Soldiers—perhaps some inter-               then look for ways you can help out
infant, toddler, pre-teen or teenager.            Talking to your children about their         as ready access to programs as active               actions have changed between those                and become a part of it again.
Children go through periods of rapid           expectations for the homecoming is a            duty Soldiers and families who have                 that were deployed together and those                •Listen to your family members.
development and change, and this im-           good way to begin engaging them in the          regular access to a military installation.          not deployed. Each individual re-                 Listen to how your partner has been
pacts their view of the world around           readjustments to come. Find out about           In addition to Army support for return-             sponds differently to different stres-            living while you were away. Listen to
them. They grow physically and emo-            the fun things they want to do with             ing Soldiers and their families, there are          sors and the different experiences                your children and what they were
tionally—from crawling to walking, from        their returned parent and the things they       many other resources and support net-               that occurred while on deployment.                doing while you were away.
home to school, from elementary to             may be fearful of. Also be aware the re-        works that have sprung up that are not                 As with most things, there are                    Early on, identify people who you
high school.                                   turning parent has been in a different          attached to military families. Many of              healthier ways than others to express             can turn to for help and support.
   While the deployed family member            place, perhaps in difficult circumstances       these can be found on the Web or even               the kinds of reactions one can have to            Some of these people may be friends
was away there may have been varying           and may also have certain expectations          from installation support services such as          these stressors.                                  who are good to talk to and some
amounts of contact by Webcam, phone,           or fears about reconnecting.                    Army Community Services.                               Trying to keep to the healthier al-            may be those that can offer more
e-mail or letters. This can be great, but         Routines will need to be readjusted. It         Above all, take things slowly. Be pa-            ternatives will ultimately make rein-             professional guidance, such as a so-
it can also have its problems. Be aware        is to be expected that as new routines          tient. There is no right way or wrong               tegration a smoother process. Re-                 cial worker, chaplain or financial ad-
for instance that a 3-year-old seeing          develop there may be some friction. The         way to reconnect. The aim at the end,               servists and National Guard mem-                  visor.
mommy or daddy on the Webcam does              parent that stayed at home managed to           however long it may take, is that the               bers may be confronted with differ-                  Be patient-with yourself and with
not always understand why mommy or             adjust to meet the challenges and               family is still a family together.                  ent problems if return to work and                your family.
daddy cannot just come out of the com-         changes over the period of the deploy-             (Editor’s Note: Dr. Trish Prosser is a           routine after deployments creates ten-               (Editor’s Note: Dr. Trish Prosser
puter, and this can lead to some chal-         ment and they find it difficult to change       Public Health Psychologist with the U.S.            sion with colleagues who may want                 is a Public Health Psychologist with
lenging behavior. Teenagers may feel           instantaneously.                                Army Center for Health Promotion and                to hear about the war and bosses                  the U.S. Army Center for Health Pro-
resentful that mom or dad was not there           Know what help is available to you           Preventive Medicine.)                               who may expect your work perform-                 motion and Preventive Medicine.)




Return: Remaining 150 troops to return home early next year
CONTINUED FROM A-1                                       pecting it and it was very special.”                           course, get back to training because the Army                   in January they were responsible for 1,200 Soldiers,
                                                            Staff Sgt. John David Hilty, 45th Sust. Bde.                never stops. We’ve been doing this for 10 years and             Sailors, Marines and Airmen. By December, these
me by my first name!”                                    Support Operations, and a native of Bowie, Md.,                we love it, it’s our life.“                                     figures had increased to 3,300 personnel.
   More than 300 family members, comrades and            held his one-year-old son, Jordan Drew, and re-                   The brigade deployed last January in support of                 The 45th Sust. Bde. was also instrumental in
loved ones packed the MDF and screamed with joy          united with his wifeJamie at the conclusion of the             Operation Enduring Freedom where they were the                  providing training to the Afghan National Army.
as the Soldiers marched in to the theme song             ceremony.                                                      only sustainment brigade in Afghanistan. They                   They provided vital training on subjects varying
from the movie classic “Rocky.” Following re-               “He’s huge, he’s a little miracle,” Hilty said of his       were responsible for providing items such as fuel,              from noncommissioned officer professional devel-
marks from 8th Theater Sustainment Command               son. “We’ve been married 10 years and we final-                foodstuffs and equipment to the warfighters on the              opment, to combat life-saving skills, to weapons
deputy commanding officer, Col. Steven Pate, Spc.        ly got one!”                                                   ground. To accomplish this, they ran an average of              handling.
James Murphy was called to the front of the for-            This deployment was Hilty’s third, but he said              41 convoys a month to forward operating bases                      This was the brigade’s second 12-month deploy-
mation to take part in the “First Kiss” ceremony.        the welcome home ceremonies never get old.                     throughout Regional Command-East and Region-                    ment since transforming from the former 25th
   Amber rushed out to embrace her husband,                  “This is the best feeling in the world,” Hilty said.       al Command-South.                                               Infantry Division Support Command in November
planting a long-awaited kiss on her Soldier.             “I’m going to take about 30 days off, spend time                  During their year in Afghanistan, the brigade’s              2005. The brigade returned from Northern Iraq in
   “It was awesome,” he says. “I wasn’t really ex-       with the family, then attend my senior leader                  footprint increased considerably. When they arrived             July 2006.
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Waterborne challenge tests 545th Trans. Co.
                        Story and Photo by
                 SGT. RICARDO BRANCH
          8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
   HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE — Army watercraft
operators from the 545th Transportation Company
put their bodies on the line during the waterborne
challenge competition, Dec. 8, here.
   The event came about as a way to bring the
team together before many of them travel across the
country on leave for the holiday season.
   “Today’s our day to get everyone together before
the holidays for a friendly competition to test their
fitness,” said Capt. David Walters, company com-
mander, 545th Trans. Co. “It’s not a team chal-
lenge but more of an opportunity for them to com-
pete individually against each other.”
   During the challenge, Soldiers began with a 3.5-
mile run in body armor, followed by a 250-meter
swim, a 100-meter chain drag and a 50-meter low
crawl.                                                            A Soldier from the 650th Transportation Detachment swims 250-meters during the Waterborne Challenge Dec. 8 at Hickam Airforce Base.
   Spc. Daniel Mineweaser, a watercraft operator
with the 545th Trans. Co., and overall winner of the              into the swim … I was really beat at that point,       pany,” he said. “Our detachment, the 603rd, al-          one who competed.
competition, said the challenge really pushed his                 which made the last two events really, really hard.”   ways tries to be the top dog, and I wanted to do it        “The Soldiers did outstanding,” he said. “Any
body to the limits.                                                  Mineweaser had one goal for himself: perform-       for them.”                                               event to test their physical fitness is great and
   “It was pretty hard,” he said. “I’m a good runner,             ing above and beyond in the competition.                  Each age bracket recognized the first place fin-      everyone here gave 100 percent and beyond. I’m
so I knew I’d do well on the run but then going right                “We have four different detachments in our com-     isher but for Walters, the real winners were every-      proud of them all.”


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said. However, he added, the
                                                 he said, “and we knew we had
                                                 to make some changes both on
                                                 software and personnel.”
                                                                                                     24 / Thursday
                                                                                          Office Closure — The 8th Theater Sus-
                                                                                       tainment Command and U.S. Army Garri-
                                                                                                                                                      11 / Monday
                                                                                                                                           MLK Day Observances — The 8th Pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ongoing
case-management software is                         As soon as the software            son-Hawaii Staff Judge Advocate offices          visional Brigade and Team Equal Opportu-            HECO Gate Closure — The HECO Gate,
expected to be finalized this                    changes are tested and final-         will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1,       nity (EO) Hawaii will host two special ob-       which is located near Wheeler Middle
week, closing at least 1,000 cas-                ized, he added, his staff will be     2010, in observance of the holidays.             servances for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.        School and exits onto Kunia Road, is closed
es. Those cases will then be for-                better able to ease the backlog.                                                       Everyone is invited to attend:                   until further notice. Open during peak traf-
warded to Defense Finance and
Accounting Service for pay-
ment.
                                                    “We are hoping this will
                                                 knock down on the anxiety
                                                 caused by our backlog and e-
                                                                                                  January                                  •Jan. 11, 7-9 a.m. — Join a breakfast
                                                                                                                                        gathering at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter.
                                                                                                                                        Tickets for the breakfast are on sale and can
                                                                                                                                                                                         fic hours to assist with traffic flow, the
                                                                                                                                                                                         gate’s use is not needed during the 25th
                                                                                                                                                                                         Combat Aviation Brigade’s deployment.
   “The latest enhancement                       mails,” Whitley said. “We are                       7 / Thursday                       be purchased for $15, by calling Master          Call 656-6751.
gives us the ability to close the                really working through those             Battleship Missouri Re-enlistment             Sgt. Ivan Brenes, 438-2253 or Sgt. 1st Class
cases,” Whitley said, and will                   and trying to focus exclusively       Opportunity — Individuals who have held          Nathaiel Chromczak at 438-9310. Seating is          Fort Shafter Construction — Construc-
allow Army claims managers to                    on claims clearing.”                  a military ceremony aboard the Battleship        limited.                                         tion on Funston Road, Fort Shafter, Dec. 14-
advise claimants on the status of                   The deadline to submit Stop        Missouri during 2009 are invited to man the         •Jan. 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon — Enjoy a           Jan. 1, 2010, will cause changes in traffic
their claims.                                    Loss pay claims is Oct. 21, 2010.     rails of the ship, Jan. 7, 2010, as it returns   cultural diversity experience through mu-
   He added that he is working                      (Editor’s Note: Navy Lt. Jen-      to Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row after three     sic, song and slide shows with special guest           SEE NEWS BRIEFS, A-8
on adding more claims man-                       nifer Cragg serves in the De-         months in dry dock.
agers to his staff of 14. “We saw                fense Media Activity’s emerg-            In addition, a special mass
the volume coming forward,”                      ing media directorate.)               re-enlistment ceremony will
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SAMC wraps up successful year of service, community outreach
                 SGT. RICARDO BRANCH                                                                                                                                               To become a member of the Sergeant Audie
          8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                                   Murphy Club (SAMC), noncommissioned offi-
    HONOLULU — The Sergeant Audie Murphy                                                                                                                                           cers (NCOs) must first be selected and go
Club (SAMC) of Hawaii, an organization of non-                                                                                                                                     through a rigorous selection board. Upon pass-
commissioned officers (NCO) who make up a                                                                                                                                          ing the board they are then inducted into the
highly integrated, nonprofit organization to reach                                                                                                                                 organization.
out to the local and military communities, are
wrapping up a highly successful year.                                                                                                                                              Since its creation in Fort Hood, Texas, in 1986,
    “Our success in many events this past year is a                                                                                                                                the SAMC has spread to all Army installations
direct reflection of the support we’ve received                                                                                                                                    with membership stretching into the
from our members,” said Staff Sgt. Richard                                                                                                                                         thousands.
Yniguez, Headquarters and Headquarters Compa-                                                                                                                                     wounded veterans visiting the island, donated
ny, 8th Theater Sustainment Command and SAMC                                                                                                                                      food to needy families and supported many non-
president. “We’ve been successful because of                                                                                                                                      profit organizations, but it doesn’t stop there.
them.”                                                                                                                                                                               Outside of community service, SAMC mem-
    This past year, SAMC has been responsible for                                                                                                                                 bers have built an organization designed to
three food drives, collecting shoes and school                                                                                                                                    strengthen the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.
supplies for orphans, four Junior Reserve Officer                                                                                                                                    “We have a large amount of diversity within our
Training Corps (JROTC) events, and the coordina-                                                                                                                                  ranks,” Yniguez said. “Because of military occu-
tion of numerous special military events for the                                                                                                                 Courtesy Photo   pation specialties and positions, our members
community.                                                        (From left to right) Staff Sgt. Richard Yniguez, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 8th               have become more successful because they can
     “One of the roles we have in the club is to show             Theater Sustainment Command; Staff Sgt. Bryan Haldeman, 7th Engineer Dive Team; Connie Mitchell,                grow and learn from one another to become bet-
the civilian community the best representation of                 executive director, Institute for Humane Services; Staff Sgt. Celeste Harris, 45th Sust. Brigade; and 1st       ter leaders.”
the Army,” Yniguez said. “By showing that there’s                 Sgt. Martin Jenkins, HHC, 516th Signal Bde.; stand before the many donated goods collected during                  Staff Sgt. Bryan Haldeman, SAMC member,
a group of individuals willing to support their                   the November drive, at Honolulu Community College.                                                              7th Engineer Dive Team, summed up best what
community, everyone will know we are a valued                                                                                                                                     new members can look forward to upon joining
asset to any community.”                                         strong is the support to the local JROTC pro-              “When an NCO in the Army supports the local           the club.
    Over the past four years, SAMC have fostered                 grams,” Yniguez said. “Not only are we there to         community, he’s setting a positive example for              “You are joining a team of other fellow NCOs
good community relations with many programs                      judge the events, but we’re there to make sure the      young Soldiers – that’s our nature as NCOs, in ad-       who make up the top two percent of the Army in
in Hawaii. SAMC has sent many of its NCOs out                    Army is represented by top-notch NCOs.”                 dition to guiding, training and influencing.”            this club,” Haldeman said. “When you join, you
to help local events, often with their members ful-                 For Yniguez, the job is important work, but it’s        Throughout the last year, NCOs from SAMC              step out and become more that an NCO who
filling the roles of community liaisons between the              not about the work needing to be done, it’s about       have donated 613 volunteer hours and thousands           leads Soldiers, you become a community leader
Army and locals.                                                 Soldiers giving to others and impacting the com-        of dollars in donated food and goods to military         who sets the example for the rest of the NCO
    “The best program we’ve had that’s still going               munity in a positive way.                               and civilian communities. They have helped               Corps and others to follow.”




Aloha: Brown departing to Europe Furlough: Letter
CONTINUED FROM A-1                                                                                            “Thanks for all you have done, and know
                                                                                                           there is always a place for you and your
                                                                                                                                                              urging change drafted
    “Assembled here before you are the var-                                                                family here at Schofield Barracks and the          CONTINUED FROM A-1                    days, and three schools convert-
ious storied colors of this division, and they                                                             25th Infantry Division,” Caslen said.                                                    ed three days back to instruc-
are here today to honor and to recognize                                                                      Brown thanked his wife, division leader-        the funding challenge is not ac-      tional days” Gledhill said. “Let’s
Brig. Gen. Robert B. Brown, and his fami-                                                                  ship and staff, his mentors, his team in           ceptable. The impact of Furlough      at least have dialogue about is-
ly, and everything they’ve done for the Sol-                                                               Mosul, and a group of friends he called the        Fridays on the quality of educa-      sues and stop calling them mis-
diers of the Tropic Lightning Division,” said                                                              “North Shore Crew.”                                tion for our children in Hawaii is    perceptions as if they don’t exist
Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., commanding                                                                    “They’ve taught me to surf, they taught         of great concern and importance       except in our imagination.”
general, 25th Inf. Div.                                                                                    me the culture in Hawaii, and I’m just grate-      to the entire military community,”       He stressed that Furlough Fri-
    Brown has served the U.S. Army for                                                                     ful for the friendship of those in the com-        said Lt. Col. Richard Gledhill,       days are very real to the mili-
many years in various roles and duties, in-                                                                munity — it’s just been fantastic,” Brown          JVEF board member and com-            tary community. The military
cluding the executive assistant to the com-                                                                said. “It’s truly a great team, I’m really hon-    mander of U.S. Army Garrison-         wants to look for possible solu-
mander, United States Pacific Command.                                                                     ored to be a part of it.”                          Oahu, who coordinates and inte-       tions from a perspective of what
When the division deployed to Iraq as the                                                                     After the ceremony, attendees bid Brown         grates base operations support        is best for all of Hawaii’s children.
headquarters for Task Force Lightning,                                                                     and his wife Patti farewell with lei, hugs,        for all Oahu Army installations.         A motion was made by Gled-
Brown headed a separate command post in                                                                    handshakes and warm wishes as they pre-               When the local newspapers          hill for JVEF board members to
Mosul, the Ninewa provincial capital.                                                                      pare to depart for Europe. Nominated for           announced that the Board of Ed-       draft a letter addressed to key
     “As the commander of Task Force Light-                                                                appointment to the grade of major gener-           ucation (BOE) was filing to re-       stakeholders regarding the im-
ning, I could not have been better served by                                                               al, Brown will serve his next assignment in        store instructional time, the mil-    pacts of furlough days and their
Bob Brown and his team,” Caslen said. “For                                                                 Germany as the chief of staff, U.S. Army-          itary had hope. But, after closer     resulting loss of instruction days.
many of you who know Bob Brown, his                                                                        Europe and Seventh Army, deputy com-               review, the military felt the waiv-   This motion was seconded by
                                                           Brig. Gen. B. Robert Brown, left, deputy
leadership and competence are unparal-                     commanding general (support) 25th               manding general, U.S. Army-North Atlantic          er action by the BOE appeared         retired Col. John Penebacker,
leled.                                                     Infantry Division, thanks Maj. Gen. Robert      Treaty Organization.                               misleading.                           BOE and unanimously support-
    “He’s provided tremendous support to                   L. Caslen Jr., commanding general, 25th            Unique to the division, the “Flying V”             “Actually only 17 percent of all   ed by Rep. Mark Takai, and the
this division with his talent and ability to               Inf. Div., after a “Flying V” ceremony hon-     ceremony consists of brigade commanders            the available days were request-      remaining board members. This
manage the support and logistical needs                    oring Brown for his service during his tour     and unit guidons from the battalion and            ed to be converted back to in-        letter would urge decisive and
of the Soldiers. He also projects a personal-              with the Tropic Lightning Division.             above, posted in a V-shaped formation.             structional days. Of our 54 heav-     constructive dialogue to end this
ity that matches his stature,” continued                                                                   The observance is similar to the more famil-       ily impacted military schools,        education crisis. JVEF is current-
Caslen, with a nod to Brown’s impressive                   tionships, the kind of relationships that       iar change of command ceremony. The Ma-            only eight schools chose to con-      ly working to draft this letter to
height. “Utilizing the combination of all                  benefit the Soldiers, our Army, and the         rine Forces Pacific Band provided musical          vert one day to an instructional      be published by the first of the
these qualities, simply put – he builds rela-              nation.                                         accompaniment.                                     day, five schools converted two       year.
 NEWS                                                                                                                                                    HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY DECEMBER 18, 2009 | A-7



TSA works to let families see off, greet troops at airport
               SAMANTHA L. QUIGLEY
                American Forces Press Service
   WASHINGTON — It’s a scene that’s played out
in airports across the country numerous times in
the past eight years: Families and service members                                                                                                                        The policy on gate passes is available
clinging to each other, either sad to leave or hap-                                                                                                                       on the Transportation Security
py and vowing to never let go again.                                                                                                                                      Administration’s Web site, www.tsa.gov,
   The emotion always is appropriate, but the lo-                                                                                                                         under the heading “Accommodations for
cation of the scene – just beyond the airline tick-                                                                                                                       U.S. Military Personnel.”
et counters and before the security checkpoint -
robs the actors of precious minutes with loved
ones. Those lost minutes are unnecessary, at least                                                                                                                          Each family member would have to present
as far as the Transportation Security Administra-                                                                                                                        the gate pass as well as a valid government-issued
tion is concerned, a TSA spokesperson said.                                                                                                                              identification card, Soule added.
   “TSA permits the airlines to offer a gate pass to                                                                                                                        TSA doesn’t keep statistics on how frequently
family members of arriving or departing U.S.                                                                                                                             military families take advantage of this opportu-
service members,” Greg Soule said. “Family mem-                                                                                                                          nity. Volunteers at Washington-Dulles Internation-
bers who want to accompany a … service mem-                                                                                                                              al Airport’s USO lounge said they are not frequent-
ber being deployed to the boarding gate, or greet                                                                                                                        ly asked about the program or for assistance in ob-
them (as they return) from deployment at the ar-                                                                                                                         taining the passes.
rival gate may receive passes to enter the secure                                                                                                                           Separations and reunions are emotional enough
area of the airport.”                                                                                                                                                    in normal situations, but with the holidays in
   Though TSA allows this practice, the final de-                                                                                                                        full swing, they’re even more poignant. And
cision rests with the airlines, from which family                                                                                                                        thanks to the TSA and cooperating airlines, they
members must request the passes. Each airline, and                                                                                                                       can be more positive.
possibly even airport, has its own rules and pro-                                                                                                                           “We’re happy to do this and make this small ex-
cedures, Soule said.                                                                                                                                                     emption,” he added, noting that TSA officials
   Families interested in obtaining a gate pass                                                                                                                          recognize that military families, as well as serv-
need to check with the airline before arriving at          provide to the airlines. “Typically, only passengers   passes can pass through security, they must adhere     ice members, make sacrifices for the country.
the airport to determine the exact rules and pro-          who are flying and have a boarding pass are al-        to all security regulations. This includes removing       The TSA has no jurisdiction overseas, so U.S.
cedures.                                                   lowed to pass through security.”                       coats, jackets and shoes, and the liquids regula-      military family members wishing to see off or meet
   “It’s an airline procedure,” Soule said. “It is           TSA makes this allowance out of support for the      tion. Anything of a liquid or gel consistency must     their servicemember at a foreign airport are
something that TSA has permitted the airlines to           armed forces, Soule said.                              be 3.4 ounces or less and be sealed in a quart-sized   encouraged to check with the airline for local
do, though we have security regulations that we              Though military family members with gate             storage bag to pass through security, Soule said.      policy.




Oahu dining facilities open doors to patrons for Christmas holiday
Dining facilities keep                          ate the gesture.

tradition alive with feast
                                                   “We still have many retirees and their                                                        Meal Hours
                                                families join us in the DFACs as they re-     •K-Quad, Building 780                      •Warrior Inn, Building 2085
                                                call the ‘old days’ when everyone             Schofield Barracks                         Schofield Barracks
      U.S. ARMY GARRISON-HAWAII                                                                                                                                                    •F-Quad, Building 650
                News Release
                                                showed up at the DFAC for traditional         45th Sustainment Brigade                   2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team           Schofield Barracks
                                                Christmas meal,” Bate said. “I think for      Holiday meal served Dec. 23.               Holiday meal served Dec. 23.              3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
   SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Three din-              them it is a time of remembrance and          Breakfast: 7-8 a.m.                        Breakfast: 7-8 a.m.                       Holiday meal served Dec. 25.
ing facilities (DFACs) on Oahu are wel-         also a way to help keep the tradition         Lunch:     11 a.m.-2 p.m.                  Lunch:     11 a.m.-2 p.m.                 Breakfast: 7-8 a.m.
coming service members, their fami-                                                           Dinner: Closed                             Dinner: Closed                            Lunch:      11 a.m.-2 p.m.
                                                alive.
lies, retirees and authorized guests of                                                       Contact: Sgt. 1st Class Petie Miller,      Contact: Sgt. 1st Class Derek Smith,      Dinner: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
                                                   “Where else can you get a Christmas        655-6315                                   655-1062
patrons to their Christmas feast.                                                                                                                                                  Contact: Mr. Norman Lopes,
   The meals include traditional holiday        meal with so much food for just $7?”                                                                                               655-4833
favorites, such as glazed baked ham,               DFACs open for Christmas dinner in-
roast turkey, mashed potatoes and               clude the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat                                                          Christmas Menu
eggnog.                                         Team “Warrior Inn,” in Building 2085,
                                                Schofield Barracks; the 45th Sustain-         ~Spiced Eggnog                                                  ~Festive Salad Bar with Assorted Dressings
   According to Ron Bate, food pro-
gram manager, Directorate of Logis-             ment Brigade Consolidated DFAC “K-            ~Manhattan Clam Chowder                                         ~Cornbread Muffins, Assorted Seasonal Fresh Fruits
tics, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, host-          Quad,” in Building 780, Schofield Bar-        ~Pimento Cheese ~Stuffed Celery                                 ~Holiday Layered Gelatin Salad, Cranberry-Orange
ing Christmas dinner in the DFAC is a           racks; and the 3rd Infantry Brigade           ~Fruit Cocktail - Lime ~Gelatin Salad                            Relish
long standing tradition.                        Combat Team “F-Quad,” in Building             ~Shrimp Cocktail with Seafood Cocktail Sauce                    ~Assorted Rolls, Whole Grain Breads &
   “Participation has dwindled some-            650, Schofield Barracks.                      ~Baked Glazed Ham Studded with Pineapple and                     Butter/Margarine Pats
what in the mainland, (but the) com-               Meal prices are as follows:                 Clove                                                          ~Hot Tea, Hot Fresh Coffee, Hot Chocolate
mands here remain vigilant in recogniz-            • Meal cardholders: No charge              ~Traditional Sliced Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy              ~Chilled Milk Selections, Iced Tea, Soft Drinks
ing that this is a time of year when               • Family and guests of E-4 and be-          on the Side                                                    ~Dessert Bar: Decorated Cookies, Angel Food Cake
family and friends come together to                                                           ~Hand Carved Steamship Round of Beef and Horse-                 ~Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce, Apple and Pecan
                                                low: $5.95
celebrate the season and to ensure what
those far from their loved ones are re-
                                                   • E-4 and below: $7                         radish Sauce                                                    Pies
membered and offered a pleasant place              • E-5 and above, family, guests: $7        ~Steamed Broccoli                                               ~Ribbon Candy Pieces or Colorful Candy Canes,
to dine,” Bate said.                               • Officers and enlisted on BAS: $7         ~Savory Bread Dressing                                           Mixed Nuts
   The DFAC management understands                 • Retirees, authorized civilians: $7       ~Carrot and Celery Amandine                                     ~Decorated Holiday Cake to Wish You Joy-filled
the importance of the holiday tradition            (Editor’s Note: The the U.S. Army-         ~Favorite Mashed Red-Skin Potatoes                               Happy Holidays!
and providing a ‘home-away-from-                Pacific DFAC, in Building 503B, Fort          ~Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples                            ~Layered Red & Green Whipped Topping -
home’ for Soldiers, their families and re-      Shafter, held its holiday dinner              ~Red Cabbage with Sweet and Sour Sauce                           Chocolate Pudding Parfait
tirees, and finds many guests appreci-          Wednesday.)
A-8 | DECEMBER 18, 2009 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY                                                                                                                                                                          NEWS



Couples: Training strengthens marriage bonds
CONTINUED FROM A-2                                                                                                                                                      Division in the mid-1990s. During the past 15
                                                                                                                                                                        years the program has undergone many changes
that Soldiers who are happily married perform                                                                                                                           and considerable growth, to an Armywide fund-
better at work, earn more money and feel more ful-                                                                                                                      ed program. It is one of many existing programs
filled with their life,” said Chaplain (Col.) Daniel                                                                                                                    that will become part of the Army’s new Compre-
Moll, 311th Signal Command, who co-taught the                                                                                                                           hensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program.
course along with Chaplain (Capt.) Jimmy Major,                                                                                                                            “Our main goal for couples who attend the
307th ITSB, and Chaplain (Maj.) Richard Graves,                                                                                                                         training is that they take with them a new aware-
516th Signal Brigade.                                                                                                                                                   ness of different ways to solve problems, and that
    The Strong Bonds program provides guidance                                                                                                                          they recognize these techniques as tools that they
and materials for chaplains to offer three types of                                                                                                                     can put to use, to “think outside their foxhole,”
events focused on increasing relationship skills:                                                                                                                       Moll said.
Marital enrichment, family enrichment and single                                                                                                                           In order to attend a Strong Bond training, Sol-
Soldier enrichment. All three curricula were re-                                                                                                                        diers must contact their chain of command or
searched, developed and carefully adapted for the                                                                                                                       chaplain’s office, complete a registration form
Army Chief of Chaplains office to ensure the use                                                                                                                        that their supervisor must sign, and be willing to
of validated educational procedures and evidence-                                                                                                                       participate. All Strong Bond programs are free
based material.                                                                                                                                                         for Soldiers in the active component, Reserve and
    “Our theme or focus changes, depending on                                                                                                                           National Guard, and their spouses and families.
the dynamics of the group,” Graves said. “For ex-                                                                                                                       Moll said the 311th is considering the possibility of
ample, this group only had one new couple, all the                                                                                                                      offering training sessions during Battle Training
others had been married a while. Those who have         Sgt. Luis Perez, right, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 307th Integrated Theater Signal                  Assembly (BTA) weekends for Reservists.
been married longer can share their experiences         Battalion, and his wife Christian share excitement about enjoying some activities outside after the last            “We want a strong force, and we recognize that
with the others. The ones who can benefit the           lecture presentation during the Strong Bonds couples training at Turtle Bay Resort, Dec. 3-5.                   essential to this are several types of fitness: phys-
most are the younger couples, who have a whole                                                                                                                          ical fitness, psychological fitness, spiritual fitness,
life together ahead of them.”                              “Many couples have told me the tool that real-       rocate,” Perez said. “We’ve already tried some of       and I believe a fourth and equally-important type
    “We hope that they will keep using the tech-        ly works well for them later is the speaker-listen-     these techniques for communication, and we found        is relational fitness,” Moll said. “These are all ul-
niques that we teach them, to help them work to-        er technique.”                                          that they do work.”                                     timately vital to the accomplishment of our mis-
gether to solve problems, and break unhealthy              “I learned the importance of giving the floor to        The history of the Strong Bonds program actu-        sion, and our ability to be resilient to the de-
patterns of behavior,” Graves said.                     my wife sometimes, and knowing when to recip-           ally started here in Hawaii, with the 25th Infantry     mands and hardship of combat.”


                                             traffic congestion during construction.     cadets, or join its staff and faculty.       Army Community Service, Building             traffic is permitted to drive from

          News                               Call 656-6751/6750 for more details.

                                                IR Hotline — U.S. Army Garrison-
                                                                                            Each year, regular Army Soldiers are
                                                                                         offered direct admission to the U.S. Mil-
                                                                                         itary Academy (USMA) or to the U.S.
                                                                                                                                      2091, Schofield Barracks. Call 655-4ACS
                                                                                                                                      (655-4227) to register or contact Jack-
                                                                                                                                      ie Torres, AER officer, at 655-7132, or e-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Schofield to Waianae, noon-5:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                      The pass is closed weekends and hol-
                                                                                                                                                                                   idays, and operation times are subject to

          Briefs
               From A-5
                                             Hawaii employees, (civilian, military
                                             and contractor) can report instances of
                                             fraud, waste or mismanagement to the
                                             Internal Review Office (IRO) “IR Hotline"
                                                                                         Military Academy Preparatory School.
                                                                                            For more information, contact Maj.
                                                                                         Brian Easley, Soldier admissions officer,
                                                                                         at 845-938-5780 or brian.easley@
                                                                                                                                      mail jacqueline.torres1@us.army.mil.

                                                                                                                                         Army Nurse Corps Scholarships —
                                                                                                                                      The Army Nurse Corps is offering schol-
                                                                                                                                                                                   change. Motorists are urged to call 668-
                                                                                                                                                                                   3007 before attempting to access the
                                                                                                                                                                                   pass.

                                             by telephone, e-mail, fax or online. The    usma.edu.                                    arships to qualified individuals in the         Fort Shafter Legal Assistance Of-
flow affecting military personnel and        IRO will refer reports to management or        Those interested in an assignment         amount of $3,000 per applicant. Appli-       fice Relocates — The Fort Shafter Le-
visitors.                                    initiate an investigation.                  to USMA can complete a USMA inter-           cation deadline is April 1, 2010.            gal Assistance and Claims offices have
   All inbound and outbound lanes at            Call the IR Hotline at 655-8121.         est form at swww.usma.army.mil/adj              Questions concerning the applica-         relocated due to building renovations.
Buckner Gate will be redirected through      Forms are available online at               utantgeneral.                                tion process should be sent to educa-        They are now located on Fort Shafter
the Military Police (MP) Station parking     www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil (Click                                                      tion@e-anca.org or the Web site              Flats, Building 1599. Walk-in hours are
lot. All visitors and trucks will be redi-   “Directorates and Support Staff”). Fax         Commanders Referral Program               www.eanca.org/ContactUs.html.                from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-
rected through Patton Gate, located 100      reports to 655-0791, or e-mail Inter-       — Commanders and first sergeants can                                                      Wednesday and Friday, and from 1-3
feet from Buckner Gate, which will be        nalReview@hawaii.army. mil. Please          approve up to $1,000 of basic living ex-        Kolekole Pass Hours of Opera-             p.m., Thursday. Call 438-6725.
open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.          provide the required information on         penses from Army Emergency Relief            tion — Kolekole Pass, the road that con-
   Hours for other gates remain un-          the hotline report.                         (AER), which offers an essential train-      nects Schofield Barracks to the Wa-             Religious Services — A full list of all
changed and can be viewed online at                                                      ing course that commanders and first         ianae coast through Naval Magazine-          services, children’s programs and edu-
www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/sites/             Military Academy Admissions —            sergeants must complete to use the pro-      Lualualei, is open Monday-Friday, 7          cational classes offered by the garri-
traffic/gatehours. asp.                      West Point is recruiting the best quali-    gram.                                        a.m.-5:30 p.m.                               son’s Religious Support Office can be
   Motorists are asked to set aside addi-    fied Soldiers, noncommissioned offi-           Classes run from 9-9:30 a.m., the            Traffic is permitted to drive from        found online at www.garrison.hawaii
tional travel time in light of expected      cers and officers to either become          fourth Wednesday of the month, at            Waianae to Schofield, 7-11:45 a.m., and      .army.mil.
                                                                                                      When work is finished.                                            FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2009




                                                                                BILL MOSSMAN                         Soldiers on them; while
                                                                                   Staff Writer                  the third-place ribbon went to
                                                                  SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Giving and re-            the 2nd Squadron, 14th Cal-
                                                               ceiving holiday greeting cards is an impor-       vary, whose card featured
                                                               tant part of celebrating the season for many.     Santa Claus on a horse.
                                                               Annually the U.S. Army Garrison-Oahu                 The Oahu South communi-
                                                               (USAG-Oahu) Holiday Card Lane and contest         ty did itself proud this season,
                                                               gives units and organizations an opportunity      with a previously unheard of
                                                               to spread holiday cheer throughout the com-       15 entries for the Holiday
                                                               munity in a really big way.                       Card Lane contest.
                                                                  Open to all units, agencies and organiza-         “It was the most we’ve ever had,” con-
                                                               tions within the local installations, the con-    fessed Mark Young, director, Oahu South                  Above — Schofield Barracks Veterinary
                                                               test features giant wooden cards fashioned        community, USAG-Oahu. “Last year, we had                 Services’, three-dimensional card placed first
                                                               from two pieces of plywood, each measuring        12 entries. So this was a good year for us.”             in the Oahu North Holiday Card Lane contest.
                                                               4 feet by 8 feet.                                    During the Dec. 10 Oahu South Holiday
                                                                  “I’ve had several people tell me that they
                                                               really appreciated the craftsmanship of the
                                                               cards, and how beautiful they were,” said Ted
                                                               Taijeron, operations specialist for Oahu North
                                                               Community, Director’s Office, USAG-Oahu. “I
                                                               also think it’s amazing that we had as many         See more photos of the Holiday Card
                                                               entries as we did, considering how many of          Lane and the U.S. Army Garrison-
                                                               our Soldiers are currently deployed and how
                                                               many units are currently here.
                                                                                                                   Oahu tree lighting ceremonies at
                                                                  “I’d call it a success.”                         www.flickr.com/usag-hi.
                                                                  The North community entries, which to-
                                                               taled 21 in all, have been on display in front
                                                               of Tropic Lightning Museum and along Ma-          Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony at Palm
                                                               comb Road, since Nov. 20.                         Circle, Fort Shafter, the winning cards were
                                                                  The Oahu North community card winners          also announced. They were: first place, 8th
                                                               were announced during the annual tree             Theater Sustainment Command, Special
                                                               lighting ceremony, Dec. 3. Taking top honors      Troops Battalion; second place, 311th Signal
                                                               from the North community was the team             Command; and third place, AAFES.
                                                               from the Veterinary Command, Schofield               Annually both the Holiday Card Lane con-
                                                               Barracks, whose card production featured a        test and the community tree lighting cere-
                                                               three-dimensional house with an intricately       monies help kickoff the Christmas season for
                                                               designed Christmas tree.                          garrison Soldiers and their families. The holi-
                                                                  Second place went to AAFES, whose card         day cards will remain on display for the pub-
                                                               showcased ornamental balls with pictures of       lic to enjoy until Jan. 4.
                                                               deployed




                                                                                                                                                                   Above — The third place Oahu North card submis-
                                                                                                                                                                   sion by 2nd Squadron, 14th Calvary claims,“Santa
                                                                                                                                                                   Claus must be ‘Cav.’ because he wears red and
                                                                                                                                                                   white!”

                                                                                                                                                           Left — The top three winning card designs (from right to
                                                                                                                                                           left clockwise) from the Oahu South community were
                                                                                                                                                           awarded at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 10.
                                                                                                                                                           Holiday cards in both communities will be on display until
                                                                                                                                                           Jan. 4.
                                                                                                                                                 Photos by Amy L. Bugala and Mike Egami, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs




Holiday concerts, events, activities, scheduled islandwide
  The holiday season is here. Families can get in    nesia performances are 6-7 p.m. and are free and       Call 888-995-5558, or visit www.
the spirit of the season at a variety of magical     open to the public.                                    naleo.net/holidayshow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Sunday, Dec. 27
                                                                                                                                                                                      Symphony Concert — Musi-
events taking place around the island of Oahu          The performances are as follows:                                                                                               cians of the Honolulu Sym-
during December.                                        •Dec. 18, Kumu Hula Ed Collier’s Hula halau              Friday, Dec. 25                                                       phony will present a free con-
                                                       •Dec. 19, Halau o Pualoke                               USO Christmas — The                                                       cert Dec. 27, at the Blais-
               Friday, Dec. 18                         •Dec. 21, Nani Laie singers and dancers              Airport USO will host a                                                      dell Concert Hall. Matinee
   Christmas in Polynesia — The Polynesian             For more information on each event, call 367-        Christmas dinner Dec. 25,                                                    begins at 4 p.m.
Cultural Center will feature “Christmas in Polyne-   7060 or 293-3333 or visit www.Polynesia.com.           11:30 a.m. During that time,                                                   Selections from Romeo
sia” a variety of live entertainment by local per-                                                          free phone and video calls                                                    and Juliet and Beethoven’s
forming groups, hula halau, and the center’s own                    Sunday, Dec. 20                         will be provided by Skype                                                 Symphony No. 9 will be per-
talented musicians and performers, as well as fun,      Concert — Na Leo will perform their 25th An-        to USOs around the world to                                             formed.
family-friendly activities.                          nual Holiday Music Spectacular, Dec. 20, 22 and        keep traveling troops and                                             Tickets for this free event are avail-
   The center will also be outfitted with glimmer-   23, 7:30 p.m., at the Hale Koa Hotel.                  family members connected with loved                                 able at the Blaisdell Box Office. Call
ing lights, cheery decor, Christmas trees, and a        The concert is open to the public, and military     ones.                                                   591-2211 for more information or visit www.
staging of the Nativity scene. Christmas in Poly-    discounts are available. Ticket prices start at $35.      Call 836-3351 for more information.                  honolulusymphonymusicians.org
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                                                                                                                                                                                           Additional religious services,
                                                                                                                                                                                           children’s programs, education-
                                                                                                                                                                                           al services and contact infor-
                                                                                                                                                                                           mation can be found at
                                                                                                                                                                                           www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil.
                                                                                                                                                                                           (Click on “Religious Support
              18 / Today                                                                                                                                                                   Office” under the “Directorates
   Waikiki Party Bus — Let Family and                                                                                                                                                      and Support Staff” menu).
Morale, Welfare and Recreation be your
own personal chauffeur to Waikiki on                                                                                                                                                        AMR:  Aliamanu Chapel
payday Fridays. The free party bus runs                                                                                                                                                     FD:   Fort DeRussy Chapel
again, Dec. 18, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., and Dec. 31,                                                                                                                                                 FS:   Fort Shafter Chapel
for New Year’s Eve.                                                                                                                                                                         HMR:  Helemano Chapel
   The bus is free, but tickets are required                                                                                                                                                MPC:  Main Post Chapel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Schofield Barracks
to reserve your seat. Pick-ups are avail-
                                                                                                                                                                                            PH:   Aloha Jewish Chapel,
able at both Schofield Barracks and Fort                                                                                                                                                          Pearl Harbor
Shafter. Call 655-9971 or 438-1985.                                                                                                                                                         TAMC: Tripler Army
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Medical Center Chapel
           23 / Wednesday                                                                                                                                                                   WAAF: Wheeler Army Airfield
   Positive Psychology — Army Commu-                                                                                                                                                              Chapel
nity Service will offer a new course                                                                                          Rebecca Ellison | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs
throughout December. Learn the art of op-                                                                                                                                                  Buddhist Services
timism and positive psychology to build
resiliency and reduce stress. Upcoming
                                                 Sesame Street Live                                                                                                                        •First Sunday, 1 p.m. at FD
                                                                                                                                                                                           •Fourth Sunday, 1 p.m. at MPC
                                                                                                                                                                                           Annex
class dates include the following:               SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Elmo and his pals Cookie, Zoe, Grover and Rosita brought Sesame Street to Hawaii for
   •Dec. 23, 29; noon-1 p.m., Kalakaua                                                                                                                                                     Catholic Masses
                                                 more than 2,000 family members at the Martinez Physical Fitness Center, here, Saturday. The half-hour show is                             •Friday, 9 a.m. at AMR
Community Center, Schofield Barracks.            an extension of Sesame Workshop's Talk, Listen, Connect program aimed at helping military youths deal with
   •Dec. 21, 30; 1:30-2:30 p.m., ACS                                                                                                                                                       •Saturday, 5 p.m. at FD, TAMC
                                                 deployment related issues. See more photos from the event at www.flickr.com/usag-hi.                                                      and WAAF chapels
Classroom (Building 2091), Schofield Bar-
racks. To register, call 655-1670.                                                                                                                                                         •Saturday, 6 p.m. a Hawaiian-
                                                                                                                                                                                           style Mass (May-Aug. only)
                                                            29 / Tuesday                         AFTB Survival Training — Army Fam-         tutoring services in all grade levels of       near the Army Museum (FD)
   Money Management — Learn the                                                              ily Team Building (AFTB) connects fam-         math, science, english and social studies.     •Sunday services:
basic tools for financial success, develop       Customer Appreciation Fish Fry —
                                                                                             ilies to the Army one class at a time.         This service is available at no cost to           -7:30 a.m. at WAAF
a spending plan, reduce expenses and           Outdoor Recreation is hosting a customer
                                                                                             Call today to find out how commanders,         Army families.                                    -8 a.m. at AMR
make your paycheck work for you during         appreciation fish fry, Dec. 29. Call us for
                                                                                             Family Readiness Groups and others can            Visit tutor.com via the Army One               -10:30 a.m. at MPC Annex
the next Money Management class, Dec.          more information at 655-0143.                                                                                                                  -11 a.m. at TAMC
                                                                                             use AFTB to assist in team building, in-       Source website at www.myarmyone
23 and 30, 10:30-noon, at Schofield Bar-                                                     crease unit readiness, help new family         source.com/cyss_tutor. Contact the School      •Monday-Friday, noon at MPC
racks Army Community Service. Call 655-                  30 / Wednesday                      members adjust to the Army lifestyle,          Liaison Office at 655-9818.                    and TAMC
4227.                                             Basic Investing — Learn the basics of
                                                                                             and reacquaint other family members.                                                          Gospel Worship
                                               investing Dec. 30, 9-10:30 a.m. at                                                              Confidential Counseling — Military
                                                                                                 For more information on classes, con-                                                     •Sunday, noon at MPC
   Car Buying — Learn valuable informa-        Schofield Barracks Army Community                                                            and Family Life Consultants (MFLC) are
                                                                                             cept blocks, and unit briefs, contact                                                         •Sunday, 12:30 p.m. at AMR
tion that can save you thousands of dol-       Service. Learn the difference between         Catherine Baldwin or Shelly Hinzman at         available to assist Soldiers and family
lars and make the whole auto buying ex-        various saving accounts, CDs, Money           655-1703 or e-mail catherine.baldwin           members by providing short-term, situa-        Islamic Prayers and Study
perience less stressful during a Car Buy-      Market Accounts, Mutual Funds, Bonds                                                         tional, problem-solving counseling serv-       •Friday, 1 p.m. at MPC Annex
                                                                                             @us.army.mil.
ing class Dec. 23, 9-10:30 a.m. at             and stocks.                                                                                                                                 •Saturday and Sunday, 5:30
                                                                                                                                            ices, which are private and can be
Schofield Barracks Army Community                 The Financial Readiness Program also                                                                                                     a.m., 6, 7 and 8 p.m. at MPC
                                                                                                ITR — Let Information, Ticketing &          arranged by calling 222-7088. If your is-      Annex
Service. Call 655-4227 for more informa-       has one-on-one personal financial coun-       Reservations (ITR) help you explore par-       sue is financial-based, call an MFLC per-
tion.                                          seling available by appointment. Call         adise. Use the online request form at          sonal financial counselor at 265-8136.         Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath)
                                               655-4227.                                     www.mwrarmyhawaii.com, click travel,                                                          •Monday, 6 p.m. at PH (Bible
            24 / Thursday                                                                    tours & tickets. Special military rates are         Blue Star Card — Spouses of de-           Study)
   Tropics Holiday Party — Calling all
those staying on island for the holidays:
Tropics Recreation Center, Schofield Bar-
                                                       Ongoing                               available.
                                                                                                Call Schofield Barracks ITR at 655-
                                                                                             9971, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and
                                                                                                                                            ployed Soldiers are eligible to sign up
                                                                                                                                            for a Blue Star card (BSC), which will
                                                                                                                                            give card holders discounts at Family
                                                                                                                                                                                           •Friday, 7:30 p.m. and
                                                                                                                                                                                           Saturday, 8:15 a.m. at PH
                                                                                                                                                                                           Orthodox Divine Liturgy
racks has your home away from home                Furlough Fridays — Looking for Fur-        Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m; or Fort Shafter       and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facil-      •Sunday, 9 a.m. at TAMC
ready and waiting on Dec. 24, 3-8 p.m.         lough Fridays activities? The Directorate     ITR at 438-1985, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-        ities, activities and special events. BSC’s
   Join us for free food, great prizes, live   of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recre-                                                                                                    Pagan (Wicca)
                                                                                             6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The of-      are valid throughout the entire deploy-
                                               ation (FMWR) has you covered with a                                                                                                         •Friday, 7 p.m. at MPC Annex
entertainment and tons of other fun ac-                                                      fices are closed on Sundays and federal        ment. To sign up, visit Army Community
tivities and games. Call 655-1130.             variety of options for students and teens     holidays.                                      Service (ACS) at Schofield Barracks or         Protestant Worship
                                               in all grades. Programs offered at Child,                                                    Tripler Army Medical Center ACS, or e-         •Sunday Services
             28 / Monday                       Youth and School Services (CYSS), Army           Tutoring Available — The Depart-            mail sarah.chadwick@us.army.mil.                  -9 a.m. at FD, FS, MPC,
   Keiki Art Club — Join us for a special      Community Service and Sgt. Yano Li-           ment of the Army has contracted tu-                                                              TAMC and WAAF chapels
edition of the Keiki Art Club during           brary will keep your keiki busy.              tor.com to offer free, online tutoring to        BSC Facebook page — Stay current                -10 a.m. at AMR and HMR
holiday break on Dec. 28, 29 and 30 at the        An FMWR Furlough Friday Activity           students in kindergarten–high school and       on all upcoming Blue Star Card (BSC)
Schofield Barracks Arts and Crafts Cen-        program guide can be downloaded at            college prep. Tutor.com gives students         events and activities at the BSC Face-
ter. The creative keiki classes will run 10-   www.mwrarmyhawaii.com, click on               access to live tutoring help 24 hours a        book page. R.S.V.P. online to attend
11:30 a.m. each day and registration is re-    CYSS. The next Furlough Friday days are       day, seven days a week. The tutors are         events, see photos, and tag your friends
quired.                                        scheduled, Jan. 15, 29; Feb. 5, 12; March     certified teachers, college professors, and    with special BSC stickers. Find BSC at
   For more information call 655-4202.         5, 12; April 23, 30; and May 7, 14.           graduate school students who provide           www.facebook.com.


                                               ha for the community by choosing an             Visit www.ravenchase.com/public                 Art and Essay Contest — The Armed
                                               angel from a Salvation Army Angel Tree        _events/hi.php or e-mail hawaii@raven          Services YMCA’s annual art and essay
                                               and granting the wish of a child or a         chase.com, or call 266-0478.                   contest invites military children to create
                                               senior citizen who otherwise would not                                                       artwork and essays on this year’s themes,
                                               receive any gifts at Christmas. The Angel         New Year’s Celebration — Ring in           “My Military Hero” and “My Military               Call 624-2585 for movie
                                               Tree will be located Uptown, now through      the New Year at the Aloha Tower market-        Family.” Entries for the art contest must       listings or go to aafes.com
                                               Dec. 20, during center hours.                 place, Dec. 31. The marketplace will be        be postmarked no later than Feb. 19,           under reeltime movie listing.
      Send announcements to                                                                  featuring live entertainment, fireworks,       2010, and are for children in grades K–6.
 community@hawaiiarmyweekly.com.                            22 / Tuesday                     dancing and fun from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. For            Students in grades 1-12 are asked to
                                                 Modified Holiday Hours — The Fort           more infomation visit, www.alohatower          write their essay about “My Military Hero”
                                               Shafter Thrift Shop will be closed Dec. 22,
              18 / Today                       24, 25, 29, 31 and Jan. 1, 2010 in obser-
                                                                                             .com                                           and postmark entries no later than March
   Scholarships for Military Chidren —                                                                                                      19, 2010.
Applications are being accepted for the
2010 Scholarships for Military Children
Program. Eligible applicants should pre-
                                               vance of the holidays. The Fort Shafter
                                               Thrift Shop is normally open Tuesday
                                               and Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Thursday,
                                                                                                      January                                  Winning entrees will be displayed in a
                                                                                                                                            number of locations in the Washington
                                                                                                                                            D.C. area, and winners will be recognized
                                               2-6 p.m.                                                   11 / Monday                       at a luncheon on Capitol Hill. Entry forms
pare to submit an essay on the following
topic: “You can travel back in time; how-                                                       MLK Day Observances — The 8th               are available at www.asymca.org.
ever, you cannot change events. What
                                                           31 / Thursday                     Provisional Brigade and Team Equal Op-
point in history would you visit and
                                                  New Year’s Eve Cruise — Celebrate
                                                                                             portunity (EO) Hawaii will host two spe-          Operation: Military Kids Camp —                  The Fourth Kind
                                               New Year's Eve aboard the Star of Hon-                                                       Operation: Military Kids Camp (OMK),
why?”                                                                                        cial observances for Martin Luther King                                                                 (PG-13)
                                               olulu, Dec. 31. Cruise departs from Aloha                                                    Hawaii, along with YMCA-Camp Erdman
   Applications must be turned in to a                                                       Jr. Day. Everyone is invited to attend:                                                          Fri., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
                                               Tower Market Place, Pier 8, at 10:45 p.m.                                                    are offering two family camps geared to-
commissary by close of business Feb. 17.                                                        •Jan. 11, 7-9 a.m. — Join a breakfast
                                               and returns Jan. 1 at 12:45 a.m.                                                             ward helping recently redeployed service
At least one scholarship will be awarded                                                     gathering at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter.
                                                  Enjoy spectacular views of the fire-
at every store location with qualified ap-
                                               works at Aloha Tower Marketplace and          Tickets for the breakfast are on sale and      members and their families reconnect.                     Amelia
plicants. To apply, visit www.commissaries                                                   can be purchased for $15, by calling           The camp scheduled, April 9-11, 2010,
                                               along the Waikiki coastline, a                                                               is open for registration.                                 (PG)
.com or diwww.militaryscholar.org for an                                                     Master Sgt. Ivan Brenes, 438-2253 or
                                               “champagne" toast, special party favors,                                                        Visit www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/4h/omk,             Sat., Dec. 19, 4 p.m.
application.                                                                                 Sgt. 1st Class Nathaiel Chromczak at 438-
                                               delicious dinner, live entertainment and                                                     or e-mail omk@ctahr.hawaii.eduor, or
                                               dancing into 2010. Three cruise packages      9310. Seating is limited.
   AER Scholarships — Army Emergency                                                            •Jan. 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon — Enjoy a         call 956-4125.
Relief (AER) Scholarship opportunities
                                               and Kamaaina/military rates are available
                                                                                             cultural diversity experience through mu-
                                                                                                                                                                                               Michael Jackson’s
                                               ($125.55 per person and up with valid                                                            Pacific Aviation Museum Offer —                    This Is It
for the 2010—11 academic year are now                                                        sic, song and slide shows with special
                                               Hawaii or Military ID.)
available.                                                                                   guest speaker Mr. Krish Dhanam during a        The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Har-
                                                  For reservations or more information,
                                                                                                                                            bor is offering one free keiki admission (4-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      (PG)
   Army Families with undergraduate col-                                                     special presentation at the Sgt. Smith
lege expenses for their dependent children
                                               call 983-STAR (7827) or visit www.star
                                                                                                                                            12 years old) with each paid adult admis-
                                                                                                                                                                                              Sat., Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
                                               ofhonolulu.com.                               Theater, Schofield Barracks.
may be eligible to apply for the Maj. Gen.                                                      For more information call Master Sgt.       sion every Saturday and Sunday. Children
James Ursano Scholarship Program. The                                                        Ray McCall at 655-4802/4808 or e-mail          under 4 are always free.Adult ticket rates
Scholarship Program offers scholarships           Father Time Race — Looking for a           ray.mccall@us.army.mil.                        are $14; $10 for kamaaina and military.
based on financial need, academics, and               unique and fabulous activity this                                                     The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., dai-
leadership/achievement for                               New Year’s Eve?                                                                    ly. Visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org,
each academic year.
   The Stateside Spouse Ed-
ucation Assistance Program
                                                            Come join Ravenchase Ad-
                                                              ventures for the Fourth An-
                                                               nual Quest for Father Time
                                                                                                      Ongoing                               or call 441-1000.
                                                                                                                                               Recycling — Keep unwanted metals
(SSEAP) is a need-based                                         adventure race and after-       NORAD Tracks Santa — For more               and plastics out of landfills by recycling
education assistance pro-                                       party, Dec. 31.              than 50 years, NORAD and its predeces-         old cellular phones. Proceeds generated
gram designed to assist                                          The event is an adven-      sor, the Continental Air Defense Com-          from this initiative will help fund environ-           Astro Boy
spouses/widows(ers) in gaining                            ture race and treasure hunt in     mand (CONAD) have tracked Santa's              mental projects and Family and Morale,
the education required to allow them                downtown Honolulu and Chinatown,         Christmas Eve flight. Children can track       Welfare and Recreation events for the                     (PG)
to qualify for increased occupational          on New Year's Eve, 7 p.m-midnight. A          Santa's progress across the skies of the Pa-   community. Call 656-5411 or 864-1048             Sun., Dec. 20, 2 p.m.
opportunities.                                 combination of the Amazing Race, Da           cific or anywhere in the world at the          for a pick up or drop off at the Environ-
   Scholarship applications are available      Vinci Code and Raiders of the Lost Ark,       North American Aerospace Defense Com-          mental Division offices, Building 105,
online at www.aerhq.org. and due March         teams travel in any direction around the      mand, (NORAD), Web site at www.norad           3rd floor, Wheeler Army Airfield.                  Christmas Carol
1, 2010.                                       city looking for answers and puzzle pieces    santa.org.                                        All items will be collected when cus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      (PG)
                                               along the way.                                                                               tomers request a regular pick up.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Wed., Dec. 23, 7 p.m.
             20 / Sunday                          The game ends with a pupu buffet,            Twitter — Do you Twitter? Follow the            To learn more about on-post recycling
   Salvation Army Angel Tree — Pearl-          champagne toast, party favors and New         garrison at www.twitter.com/usaghi. For        efforts, go to www.garrison.hawaii.army.
ridge Mall shoppers can share their alo-       Year's party.                                 more information, call 656-3153.               mil, and click on “Sustainability.”          No shows on Mondays or Tuesdays.
 COMMUNITY                                                                                                                                                           HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY DECEMBER 18, 2009 | B-3



Women’s association sends holiday care packages to troops
              Story and Photo by
             BILL MOSSMAN
                  Staff Writer
   FORT SHAFTER — The holidays for
many deployed Soldiers and Marines                                                                                                                                                                    For more information on the
just got a little bit brighter, thanks to                                                                                                                                                             “Care for Soldiers” project,
the efforts of volunteers from the North
American Taiwanese Women’s Associ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      visit www.natwa.com.
ation-Hawaii Chapter (NATWA-HI).
   As part of the national organiza-                                                                                                                                                                nize their vigilant efforts on battle-
tion’s annual “Caring for Soldiers”                                                                                                                                                                 fields halfway across the world.
project, six NATWA-HI volunteers paid                                                                                                                                                                  “Hopefully, the packages provide
a visit to the Fort Shafter Post Office,                                                                                                                                                            some sort of relief for them,” said
Dec. 8, to ensure the delivery of 11                                                                                                                                                                Rohrer, adding that each package con-
care packages to troops overseas in                                                                                                                                                                 tained a personal note thanking Sol-
time for Christmas.                                                                                                                                                                                 diers and Marines “a thousand times
   “We chose to mail the boxes by to-                                                                                                                                                               over” for service to their country.
day so that the troops would receive it                                                                                                                                                                “They’ve sacrificed so much for us,”
by Christmas,” said Julie Rohrer, pres-                                                                                                                                                             she continued. “This is just a small
ident of NATWA-HI. “We think they’ll                                                                                                                                                                way for us to show our appreciation,
like what’s in them.”                                                                                                                                                                               and tell them how fortunate we are
   Five of the packages were mailed to                                                                                                                                                              to have them.”
Soldiers from the 130th Engineer                                                                                                                                                                       This was the second time in the past
Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, cur-                                                                                                                                                               year that NATWA-HI has sent care
rently stationed in Iraq, while the oth-              Fort Shafter Post Office clerk Kevin Soriano reviews priority mail paperwork as Jane Lee, a volunteer with the North American                 packages to appreciative service
er six were sent to Marines from the                  Taiwanese Women's Association-Hawaii Chapter (NATWA-HI), looks on. NATWA-HI volunteers paid the local office a visit on                       members downrange. In February, the
Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd                     Dec. 8, hoping to get 11 care packages to Soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan,                volunteers mailed similar items to Sol-
Marine Regiment, now serving in                       before Christmas Eve.                                                                                                                         diers in time for Valentine’s Day.
Afghanistan. The boxes contained                                                                                                                                                                       NATWA’s “Caring for Soldiers” pro-
more than $700 worth of items                         pellent, body lotion and sunscreen.            “These packages have things that            these gifts.”                                      gram began in 2005 as the brainchild
requested by service members online                      Funding for the care packages was         the Soldiers and Marines specifically            Rohrer commended both the Sol-                  of Vandy Chang, then president of the
through the “www.anysoldier.com”                      made possible through donations from         asked for,” said volunteer Dr. Hwei-          diers and Marines for demonstrating                Kansas chapter. Since then, numerous
program, according to Rohrer. The                     the Taiwanese-American community             Shien Hahn, who previously worked in          bravery under adverse conditions. Her              care packages and letters have been
goodies included edible items such as                 in Hawaii and the North America Tai-         the Radiology Department at Tripler           group’s goal, she added, was to re-                sent to troops stationed in Iraq, Kuwait
cookies, candies and beef jerky, as well              wanese Medical Association Founda-           Army Medical Center before retiring in        mind the deployed Soldiers that the                and Afghanistan, from NATWA chap-
as non-edible items like mosquito re-                 tion.                                        2002. “So I’m sure they will appreciate       Hawaii community continues to recog-               ters across the United States.




USO collects holiday cheer for
Hawaii’s Wounded Warriors
Community gives to local
heroes during the holidays,
help to transitioning Warriors
                      Story and Photo by
            STAFF SGT. BRYANNA POULIN
              25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
   HONOLULU — Volunteers with the USO-
Hawaii gathered at Pearl Harbor’s Navy Ex-                                                                              Dressed as Santa’s helpers, Tripler Army Medical Center nurses (from left) Capt. Katrina Smith, Capt.
change, Tuesday, collecting holiday goods and                                                                           Valerie Montoya and Sgt. John Sullivan hold Carl and Kristi Larson’s one-month-old triplets, Ben, Brook
gift certificates for injured service members                                                                           and Blake during Tripler’s first reunion of the neo-natal intensive care unit graduates, Saturday.
transitioning from active duty to civilian.
   The first-time event generated early respons-
es from local businesses and family members to
recognize military personnel currently under
programs such as the Wounded Warrior Transi-
                                                                                                                        Tripler’s NICU graduates reunited
                                                                                                                           TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER PUBLIC AFFAIRS                  time, catching up with each other and showing off
tion Unit at Schofield Barracks, Tripler Army
                                                                                                                                                News Release                           how much their babies have grown. We’ll do this
Medical Center, Warrior Transition Unit-Marine
                                                                                                                           HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center’s                    next year, for sure,” said NICU head nurse, Lt.
Corps Base Hawaii and the Fisher House.
                                                                                                                        neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) staff held its            Col. Patricia Wilhelm. She noted that as of early
   Along with the generous donations from the
                                                                                                                        first reunion for former patients/graduates and                December, more than 270 babies have been admit-
local community, many people contributing to
the event all shared a similar passion of helping                                                                       their proud parents at a holiday party complete                ted to the NICU during the year.
                                                                Elaine Ota, center manager USO, hugs a contrib-         with Santa and some of his taller elves on hand.                  Wilhelm said the staff worked hard on the dec-
service members who already sacrificed so much.                 utor for her donation to the Wounded Warriors in
   Regardless of the reason, donations were                                                                                More than 70 guests streamed in and out of                  orations all morning and arranged entertainment
                                                                Hawaii. Throughout the month of December, the                                                                          that included music by a group of NICU staff
made with the sole purpose of helping the is-                                                                           Tripler’s ninth-floor conference room, Saturday.
                                                                USO focused its efforts on helping Wounded
lands’ Wounded Warriors celebrate the holidays                                                                          Newborns to toddlers, including one set of quadru-             physicians, singers from other Tripler departments,
                                                                Warriors celebrate the holidays with more than
and welcome in a new year, said Elaine Ota, USO                 500 gift packages distributed to the Warriors in        plets, three triplets and multiple twins, filled the           dancers from New Hope Leeward, and presents
center manager for Hickam, who has been with                    Hawaii.                                                 room with joy and laughter.                                    for children from donations received by the Fish-
the organization for six years.                                                                                            “It was a huge success. Everyone had a good                 er House.
   “One donation was given from a Vietnam                       sense of home when they see us.”
veteran who wanted the Warriors to understand                      While many of the donations were mone-
the support they have from the local communi-                   tary or gift cards, the USO did receive other
ty…unlike the support many Vietnam veterans                     items as well.
got when they returned home,” Ota said.
   Ota explained why the bond between the
                                                                   “We have an entire box of goodies and Christ-
                                                                mas stockings we will hand out,” Ota said. “We                                                                                            Rise and
USO and service members is so important.                        even have letters from elementary school chil-
   “We (USO) are the last ones to see them off (ser-
vice members) and the first to welcome them, and
                                                                dren for the event.”
                                                                   Finally, all donations and goods collected at
                                                                                                                                                                                                          shine
being out here is another chance for the commu-                 the event will be distributed to service members                                                                                          SCHOFIELD BARRACKS —
nity to support our military in Hawaii.”                        Dec. 20 at the Oahu Veterans Center to jumpstart                                                                                          Master Sgt. Jason Geier and
   While most USO volunteers are retired serv-                  the holiday season and give back to those who                                                                                             his daughter start their
ice members or spouses, others volunteer for                    sacrifice so much.                                                                                                                        morning with a long stretch
more personal reasons.                                             Eva Laird Smith, director, USO-Hawaii                                                                                                  during a Furlough Fridays
   “People ask me all the time why I am out here,               summed up the spirit of the event and said, “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                          PT (physical training) event
why I volunteer,” said Ota whose husband is re-                 Wounded Warriors are a special group of heroes
                                                                                                                                                                                                          at Watts Field, here, Dec.
tired from the Air Force. “I do it for the vast ma-             that need our care and compassion as they go
                                                                                                                                                                                                          11. Headquarters and
jority of service members in Hawaii who don’t                   through difficult stages in their lives, they deserve
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Headquarters Detachment,
call the island home…I want to give them a                      our Aloha, especially this time of year.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          500th Military Intelligence
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brigade Soldiers and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                          school age daughters and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          sons participated in a morn-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ing PT routine to share
                                                                                                                                                                                                          quality time and the good
                                                                                                                                                                                                          habit of physical fitness.
                                                                                                                           2nd Lt. Julianne Barcia | 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs


 The Religious Support Office will offer the following holiday services:
  Aliamanu      Military Reservation (AMR) Chapel                                  Main Post     Chapel (Schofield Barracks)
  Dec. 21       11:15 p.m., Christmas Luncheon                                     Dec. 24       4:30 p.m., Children's Christmas Mass
  Dec. 21       12:15 p.m., Christmas Program                                      Dec. 24       6:30 p.m., Candlelight Service and Cantata
  Dec. 24       4:30 p.m., Keiki Christmas Mass                                    Dec. 25       10:30 a.m., Christmas Mass
  Dec. 25       10:30 a.m., Christmas Day Mass (Catholic)                          Dec. 31       10 p.m., Watch Night Service
  Jan. 1        10:30 a.m., Mary, Mother of God Mass                               Jan. 1        10:30 a.m., Mary, Mother of God Mass
                (Catholic)                                                                       (Catholic)

  Fort DeRussy Chapel                                                              Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) Chapel
  (near the Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki)                                               Dec. 24    5 p.m., Christmas Eve Mass (Catholic)
  Dec. 24    5:30 p.m., Christmas Eve Service                                      Dec. 24    7 p.m., Candlelight Service
  Dec. 24    9 p.m., Christmas Eve Mass (Catholic)                                 Dec. 25    11 a.m., Christmas Day Mass (Catholic)
                                                                                   Jan. 1     11 a.m., Mary, Mother of God Mass
  Fort Shafter Religious Activity Center                                           (Catholic)
  (Building 344)
  Dec. 24     6 p.m., Christmas Eve Service                                        Wheeler Chapel (Wheeler Army Airfield)
                                                                                   Dec. 24  9 p.m., Christmas Vigil Mass
  Helemano Military Reservation (HMR) Chapel
  Dec. 21  6:30 p.m., Christmas Cantata

  Call the Religious Support Office (655-9355), AMR Chapel (836-4599) or TAMC Chapel (433-5727), for more information.
B-4 | DECEMBER 18, 2009 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY                                                                                                                                                                                   COMMUNITY



Mililani students discover culture, natural resources at Makua
                       Story and Photo by
                     KAYLA OVERTON
             U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs
   MAKUA MILITARY RESERVATION — More than
150 Mililani Middle School students had an op-
portunity to explore many unique cultural and
natural resources during two field trips to the
area, here, this week.
   Seventh grade “Laulima," (working together)
students were welcomed to the Makua Military
Reservation (MMR) to enhance their study of the
Hawaiian ahupuaa system of sustainable land
management. The ahupuaa concept is an ancient
Hawaiian land division based on natural features
such as mountains, streams, and valleys that also
includes cultural, human, and spiritual resources.
   “This field trip was a great opportunity to ex-
tend learning outside of the classroom. We’re
able to see, touch and experience the things that
we learn and read about in books,” said Michael
Diggs, social studies teacher, Mililani Middle
School.
   After applying ample sunscreen, drinking plen-
ty of water, being outfitted with proper footwear
and getting a detailed safety brief by range per-
sonnel, students were ready for the field trip to be-
gin. Separated into three groups, the students
then hiked to archaeological sites and areas near
endangered plant populations.
   Kim Welch and Candace Russo, environmental
outreach specialists from the Army Natural Re-
source Program (OANRP), gave a presentation on
threatened and endangered species unique to
MMR, and what actions the OANRP takes to pro-
tect them. The students learned about threats to                    Alton Exzabe, (far right) cultural resource specialist, points out cultural features at Makua Military Reservation during a student field trip to the area this week.
these species such as invasive non-native plants
(weeds), fire, and non-native predators such as rats                  Students visited a petroglyph rock, where Car-                along the way. Alton Exzabe, cultural resource          prove their awareness and appreciation of cultur-
that eat native bird eggs, plants, seeds and snails.               ly Antone, cultural resource specialist, talked                  specialist, led the students in a discussion on         al resources and the Army's efforts to manage
   Some of the endangered species include the                      about the Army's efforts to protect and preserve                 how archaeologists record, research, and interpret      those resources."
Hawaii state flower, Hibiscus brackenridgei; a                     fragile resources such as the petroglyphs.                       resources such as this site.                               “I really enjoyed seeing Makua, it’s really neat
small forest bird, the Oahu Elepaio; an endangered                    Students viewed the weathered images of dogs,                    "The Army's Cultural Resource Program seeks          to be able to actually see the things we read
palm native to the northern Waianae Mountains,                     turtles, birds and people and discussed possible in-             to protect and preserve Makua's Resources,” said        about in class,” said student Megan Yamamoto.
the Loulu; and the Kahuli tree snail.                              terpretations.                                                   Jaime Raduenzel, cultural resources outreach spe-          After the field trip the group gathered in a
   The students also learned that the Hawaii state                    Each group then hiked to an archaeological site,              cialist. “An important part of that preservation is     large circle, and sang “Hawaii Aloha” to thank
insect, the Kamehameha Butterfly and the Hawai-                    passing various cultural and historic features and               sharing the resources with the community.               everyone for their visit and then ate their lunch-
ian Happy Face Spider can also be found at MMR.                    enjoying beautiful views of Makua's landscape                    Through students visiting Makua, we can im-             es under a mango tree.




Apply now for 2010 Healthy holidays should focus on friends, family                                     GABRIELLE KIRK

Scholarships for                                                                                      Tricare Management Activity
                                                                                            It’s easy to over-indulge during the holi-
                                                                                         day season. It’s a time when everyone whips
                                                                                         up their most decadent recipes and heads to

Military Children                                                                        gatherings with family, friends and co-work-
                                                                                         ers. Starting at Thanksgiving, many people
                                                                                         find themselves with busy social calendars
                                                                                         and less time to eat at home and maintain
DeCA scholarship                                  igibility Reporting System data-       their regular fitness schedule.
                                                  base. or DEERS. Applicants
deadline Feb. 17                                  should ensure that they, as well
                                                  as their sponsor, are enrolled
        TAMMY L. MOODY                            in the DEERS database and
            DeCA Marketing                        have a current ID card.
   The holidays are fast ap-                         The applicant must be plan-
                                                  ning to attend, or already be
                                                                                           Visit Tricare’s “Get Fit” Web page
proaching, and they can be a                                                                                                                     lost during the rest of the year. Gaining just       •Limit alcoholic beverage intake. Alco-
fun family time as children                       attending, an accredited col-            at www.tricare.mil/getfit/ to find
                                                                                           more information on how to lead                       one pound may not sound like much, but            holic drinks can have many calories, espe-
away at college come home, and                    lege or university full time in                                                                over 20 years it could mean weighing an ad-       cially holiday favorites like eggnog. Cut or
other students get their holiday                  the fall of 2010, or be enrolled         a healthier lifestyle.                                ditional 20 pounds just from holiday indul-       limit alcohol calories by drinking more wa-
break. It’s also a time for stu-                  in a program of studies de-                                                                    gences.                                           ter.
dents and parents to apply                                                                 Beneficiaries can also visit                             The Centers for Disease Control and Pre-          •Find fun and creative ways friends and
for the 2010 Scholarships for                                                              www.cdc.gov/healthyweight for                         vention (CDC) offer these tips for having a       family can spend time being active instead
Military Children Program                                                                  more information from the CDC                         healthy holiday season:                           of eating. Be sure to spend time together that
that officially opened Nov. 3.                                                             about attaining and maintaining a                        •Before heading out to a party, eat a light,   doesn't revolve around a meal.
   The Defense Commissary                                                                                                                        healthy snack before going to help curb              •Sign up for a 5K walk or run to keep fo-
Agency (DeCA) scholarship
                                                                                           healthy weight, and www.small
                                                                                           step.gov for 100 tips toward a                        hunger and decrease visits to the buffet table.   cused on physical activity goals. ake those
program is an example of                                                                                                                            •Modify a favorite holiday recipes to re-      New Year’s resolutions even easier to attain
commissaries supporting                                                                    healthier lifestyle.                                  duce the amount of fat and calories. Opt for      by maintaining your physical activity dur-
their local communities by                                                                                                                       low-fat cheese or vegetables in place of          ing the holidays.
helping to improve the                                                                      Researchers at the National Institutes of            meat.                                                Practice balance and moderation and the
quality of life for military                                                             Health found the weight people gain during                 •Bring a healthy holiday dish to the par-      only reminders of holidays past can be hap-
families, said Philip E.                                                                 the fall and winter seasons is generally not            ty to help everyone eat a little lighter.         py memories with family and friends.
Sakowitz Jr., director and
CEO, DeCA.
   “Being part of some-                                                                                                                          ation Dec. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a level      being accepted now. Active Duty Army,
thing that makes higher                                                                                                                          two program suitable for those with a mod-        Army Reserve and National Guard units in
education more afford-                                                                                                                           erate level of skill. Lessons are $48 each and    Hawaii may enter a team.
able for military families is                                                                                                                    include equipment and round-trip trans-              Entries must be received by the USAG-HI
thrilling, as we feel it makes a                  signed to transfer directly into                                                               portation from Schofield Barracks. For more       Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Office, Stop
better future possible for their                  a four-year program.                                                                           information call 655-0143.                        112, Building 556, Kaala Community Activ-
children,” he said. “The program                     Applicants should prepare to                                                                                                                  ity Center, Schofield Barracks by 4 p.m.
awards $1,500 scholarships to
well-rounded, accomplished
service members’ children, en-
                                                  submit an essay on the follow-
                                                  ing topic: “You can travel back
                                                  in time; however, you cannot                         26 / Saturday
                                                                                                                                                           Ongoing                                 Jan. 4. Entries can be faxed to 655-8012 or
                                                                                                                                                                                                   438-2470. Call 655-0856 or 438-9572.

abling these families to save                     change events. What point in              Stand-Up Paddling — Learn the newest                    Fort Shafter Biggest Loser Contest —              Great Aloha Run — Stop by any Army
some on their children’s tuition.”                history would you visit and            sport that's taken Hawaii by storm, stand-              Need a little motivation to lose weight?          Physical Fitness Center to pick up individ-
                                                  why?”                                  up paddling, Dec. 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with                Try some friendly competition with the Fort       ual or Sounds of Freedom Unit applica-
                                                     Applications must be turned         Outdoor Recreation. Lessons are $54 each                Shafter Biggest Loser contest. Enter anytime      tions for the 2010 Great Aloha Run, Feb. 15,
                                                  in to the Schofield Barracks           and include equipment and round-trip                    after Jan. 4 at the Fort Shafter Physical         2010. Participate as an individual or as an
                                                  Commissary by close of busi-           transportation from Schofield Barracks. Call            Fitness Center. The contest will run through      organized unit in Hawaii's premier road
                                                  ness Feb. 17. At least one schol-      655-0143.                                               April 1. For more information call 438-           race through downtown Honolulu and into
                                                  arship will be awarded at every                                                                1152.                                             Aloha Stadium.
 The 2010 Scholarships for                        commissary location with qual-                        27 / Sunday                                                                                   Blue Star Card holders can also enjoy a
 Military Children applica-                       ified applicants.                         Adventure Surfing — Surf like the pros,                Intramural Soccer — Entries for the             discount on the entry fee. For more infor-
 tions are available online                          Scholarship applications are        or at least look the part with Outdoor Recre-           2009 Intramural Men's Soccer league are           mation call 655-8006.
 at www.commissaries.com                          available in commissaries
                                                  worldwide and online.
 or at www.militaryscholar.                          Since the program began in                                                                  Harbor, down Nimitz Highway, Kamehame-            per team, per race. Entry fees include a T-Shirt.
 org.                                             2000, it has awarded $7.3 mil-                                                                 ha Highway and into the Aloha Stadium.               •Magic Island Biathlon, Jan.17. Register by
                                                  lion in scholarships to almost                                                                    The finish line is the back goal line of the   Jan. 4.
   Only dependent, unmarried                      5,000 children of service mem-                                                                 north end zone on the stadium floor. Running         •Valentine’s Day Biathlon, Feb. 14. Regist-
children, younger than age 21                     bers.                                                                                          divisions available include elites, age groups,   ter by Feb. 1. Visit www.waikiki swimclub.org.
(age 23 if enrolled as a full-                       The scholarships program is               Send sports announcements to                      wheelchair and handcycle competitors, and
time student at a college or uni-                 administered by Fisher House              community@hawaiiarmyweekly.com.                      military personnel running individually or in                    9 / Saturday
versity) of active duty person-                   Foundation. Scholarship Man-                                                                   Sounds of Freedom formations.                        Aloha Readiness Series — The Mid-Pa-
nel, Reserve, Guard and retired
military members, survivors of
service members who died
                                                  agers, a national, nonprofit,
                                                  scholarship management serv-
                                                  ices organization, manages and
                                                                                                    January                                         Applications are available online at
                                                                                                                                                 www.greataloharun.com. Only finishers re-
                                                                                                                                                 ceive a “finishers” T-Shirt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   cific Road Runners Club is hosting a series of
                                                                                                                                                                                                   races designed to prepare runners for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2010 Great Aloha Run in February.
while on active duty, or sur-                     awards the scholarships. Com-                         4 / Monday                                                                                    •Harold Chapson 8K, Jan. 9. Register by
vivors of individuals who died                    missary vendors, manufacturers,           Great Aloha Run — Entries are being ac-                 Biathlon Series — Challenge the biathlete      Jan. 4.
while receiving retired pay from                  brokers, suppliers and the gen-        cepted for the 26th Annual Great Aloha                  in you during the Waikiki Swim Club                  •Johnny Faeber 10K, Jan. 31. Register by
the military may apply for a                      eral public donate money to the        Run, scheduled for Presidents Day, Feb. 15,             2009/2010 biathlon series at Magic Island/Ala     Jan. 25. Register for the entire series for $60
scholarship.                                      program, and every dollar do-          2010, 7 a.m. The 8.15-mile flat course starts           Moana Beach Park. Each race starts at 7:30        at www.active.com. Entry fee includes T-
   Eligibility is determined us-                  nated goes directly to funding         at Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu,                    a.m. and consists of a 5K run and a 1K swim.      Shirt and timing chip. Visit www.mprrc.com
ing the Defense Enrollment El-                    the scholarships.                      winds its way along the historic Honolulu               Registration costs $25 per individual, $50        for detailed race descriptions.
 SPORTS & FITNESS                                                                                                                                  HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY DECEMBER 18, 2009 | B-5



Shafter gymnasium expansion set, pending Army funding
             Story and Photos by
             BILL MOSSMAN
                Staff Writer
   FORT SHAFTER — Workout war-
riors at the physical fitness center,
here, could have more room to exercise
in the near future, should a planned
expansion project receive the necessary
funding from the Army.
   The Fort Shafter Physical Fitness
Center built in 1973 and located in
Building 665 along Chapplear Road, is
too small to meet the growing
demands of those who utilize the facil-
ity according to project supporters.
The weight room, they say, is inade-
quate to accommodate all authorized
equipment. As a result, gym users
have to carefully navigate their way
around the machines in close quar-
ters.
   “You almost have to move sideways
in order to make your way past the
Nautilus equipment,” observed Robert
Antonio, program manager and mas-          A Soldier enjoys the comforts of mod-
ter planner within the Army’s Direc-       ern technology while exercising on the      Rows of authorized Nautilus exercise equipment fill the weight room at the Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center. A planned
torate of Public Works (DPW). “It’s re-    cardio theater treadmills during an early   expansion may provide a bit of breathing room in near future. Exercisers are cautioned to watch their step as they navigate
ally packed in there.”                     morning workout at the Fort Shafter         around the equipment in close quarters.
                                           Physical Fitness Center.
 “So this addition,                        us, just because of the growing popu-
                                                                                       Right — Sgt. 1st Class Nathaniel
                                                                                       Bryant, U.S. Army-Pacific, G3 Branch,
 whenever it happens,                      lation of the Soldiers and families who     gives his back muscles an early morn-
                                           use the gym,” added the center’s super-     ing burn on the rowing bar, during a
 would be great for us                     visory sports specialist, Joe Fischer.      workout at the Fort Shafter Physical
 and our clientele.”                       “It gets rather tight in here, and from     Fitness Center, Tuesday.
                                           time to time, we have people waiting
                    — Joe Fischer          to use the equipment.                       tions’ projects to fall by the wayside,
       Supervisory Sports Specialist          “So this addition, whenever it hap-      they would have to fail to get across
                                           pens, would be great for us and our         the necessary paperwork,” Antonio
                                           clientele.”                                 explained. “Or, there would have
   The Army has taken steps to ad-            However, Antonio cautioned that          to be environmental concerns or
dress Soldiers’ concerns for improved      while the recent call for a request for     safety issues that still need to be ad-
conditions at the existing physical fit-   proposal remains a positive sign for        dressed.
ness center. In October of 2008, for       Fort Shafter’s workout warriors, the           “At that point, (an installation’s)
example, the Fort Shafter facility con-    reality is that funding may still not       project may be delayed another year or
verted one of two racquetball courts       be available in the immediate future.       so, and only then could we move up
into a dedicated cardio room, equipped     He noted that all projects submitted        (on the funding list) and take their
with 17 cardio theater treadmills and      through the Unspecified Minor Military      place.”
elliptical machines.                       Construction Army program, and                 According to Antonio, the expan-
   Still, it’s an expanded weight room     which have been approved to receive         sion of the Fort Shafter fitness center
that gym users are clamoring for           funding of $2 million or less, are con-     is seen as an interim step until a larg-
these days. Should the project be ap-      sidered “urgent” matters and essential      er fitness center, currently planned for
proved, the expansion would begin          improvements by the submitting instal-      Rice Manor neighborhood, can be con-
sometime late next year and add            lations.                                    structed.
roughly 1,800 square feet to the weight       Thus, once a project receives fund-         “But that won’t happen anytime
room training area, and pave the way       ing approval from the Army, the ap-         soon,” he added. “That’s a $25 to
for new fitness equipment to be in-        propriated monies are rarely with-          $30 million project, and I’d say it’s at
stalled.                                   drawn.                                      least 15 or 20 years away from being
   “The extra space would be huge for         “In order for these other installa-      built.”

				
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