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VOL. 38 NO. 50 | DECEMBER 18, 2009
INSIDE 25th ID says
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
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,
home from Afghanistan
SEE ALOHA, A-6
provide feast Story and Photo By
SGT. MAJ. TERRY ANDERSON
Oahu dining facilities
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
‘Tis The Season
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hear from you...
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The editorial deadline for arti- carry it and always ensure it is fully minimum, your computer should have
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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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nected with the U.S. Govern-
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Commander, U.S. Army
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-
tians see the power of light, the
Vickey Mouze, 656-3156
symbol across all source of light and the lord of
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com 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,
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
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.
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
“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.”
Sgt. Corbin Leah Hall, Nathan Angela
Giles, Jessica Giles, Sales Representative, Taylor, Vickers,
3B STB Family member T-Mobile at 8th STB Family member
SOLDIERS HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY DECEMBER 18, 2009 | A-3
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
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change that deployments bring about
can help everyone to develop resiliency, As the deployed member of your •www.afterdeployment.org
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Changes have happened on both •www.apa.org/psychologists/
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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
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.
NEWS HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY DECEMBER 18, 2009 | A-5
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.”
be held while the ship is in tow, providing speaker Mr. Krish Dhanam during a special
Program: Software News Briefs Send news announcements for
a rare opportunity to re-enlist on a U.S. bat-
tleship while it is underway.
See your retention noncommissioned
presentation at the Sgt. Smith Theater,
Call Master Sgt. Ray McCall at 655-
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officer to arrange your re-enlistment, or
call 455-1600, ext. 225, or e-mail mikep
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CONTINUED FROM A-1
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-
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-
“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
A-6 | DECEMBER 18, 2009 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY NEWS
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
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.
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
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
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@
Army Nurse Corps Scholarships —
The Army Nurse Corps is offering schol-
change. Motorists are urged to call 668-
3007 before attempting to access the
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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
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
(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,
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
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
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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. -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.
email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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-
($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-
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 email@example.com. 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-
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
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-
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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-
“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.”