Archive for April, 2010

Deployed Forces: ‘Archangels’ unite for lifesaving ops

Deployed Forces: ‘Archangels’ unite for lifesaving ops

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq — The Soldier’s Creed is Army dogma, with every Soldier striving to adhere to such core beliefs as to “never leave a fallen comrade.” 

1st Lt. Stephen Bennie (center, with notebook), platoon leader, Task Force Wings’ Personnel Recovery Force, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, collects information from a ground force unit working in conjunction with an Iraqi Emergency Response Unit near Kirkuk, Iraq.In northern Iraq, Task Force Wings’ “Archangel” is the personnel recovery force hand selected to ensure that no Soldier is left behind.

According to Capt. Zachary Seidel, commander, TF Wings’ Personnel Recovery Force, 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), “Team Archangel” is designed to recover personnel on the battlefield, regardless of circumstance or environmental conditions. 

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Deployed Forces: Brigade recalls Holocaust crimes, vows to help eradicate intolerance

Deployed Forces: Brigade recalls Holocaust crimes, vows to help eradicate intolerance

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE, Marez, Iraq — The 130th Engineer Brigade held a luncheon, here, to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and to celebrate those heroes who worked to save lives in Nazi-controlled areas during World War II.

At Contingency Operating Site Marez, the 130th Engineer Brigade holds a Days of Remembrance Luncheon in commemoration of the Holocaust. Members of the unit ensured that the April 21 luncheon, titled “Holocaust Days of Remembrance,” would never be forgotten by sharing seven stories of people who did what mattered to save others’ lives

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25th Infantry  selects ‘Best Warriors’

25th Infantry selects ‘Best Warriors’

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Six Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division tested their physical and mental capabilities in events that a Soldier must be able to do within garrison and combat environments, during the division’s Best Warrior Competition, held here, April 19-22. 

Sgt. Colin Whyte (top), a health care noncommissioned officer with 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, observes and reports enemy activity during the Best Warrior contest, April 22.“The best thing about this competition is the professional development you get as a Soldier and as a noncommissioned officer. It makes you a better Soldier and a better leader in the Army, and hopefully, you share your knowledge and experience with your Soldiers and leaders within your command,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Marrero, command sergeant major, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. 

Five men and one woman took part in the competition — three for best NCO, and three for best Soldier.

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Vietnam veterans reminisce, talk story during Tropic Lightning  reunion

Vietnam veterans reminisce, talk story during Tropic Lightning reunion

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A group of Vietnam veterans who served in the 50th Infantry Long Range Patrol, Company F, 75th Infantry (Ranger) Regiment, gathered on Oahu for a “cathartic” reunion, recently, reminiscing about their days in hostile territory and the lessons learned that could be beneficial to both today’s and yesterday’s Soldiers.

Tim Walsh (right) gives a brief oral history of some of his experiences in Vietnam to Master Sgt. Michael Wetzel, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs, at the Tropic Lightning Museum, Schofield Barracks, April 21. Walsh served with Company F, 50th Inf. Long Range Patrol, 75th Inf. (Ranger) Regiment, which was attached to the 25th ID in Vietnam.Collin Hall was among the nine veterans who, as part of their reunion, visited the installation, here, as well as Wheeler Army Airfield and other bases during a driving tour, April 21. Several active duty Soldiers accompanied the veterans on the tour.

A platoon sergeant in Vietnam, Hall was in charge of lower-enlisted Soldiers who, as he recalled, “were gung-ho, and rah-rah, and wanted to run through the woods and kill people.”

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Shafter gets cutting-edge complex

Shafter gets cutting-edge complex

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

FORT SHAFTER — Officials from the U.S. Army-Pacific, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, the Corps of Engineers, and Nan Inc., gathered for a maile lei untying ceremony to open the newest Soldiers’ barracks, here, April 22.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver-certifiable barracks sits on the site formerly known as Favreau Field. The six-story facility will house 156 Soldiers and, as an environmentally friendly structure, is expected to consume 30-percent less energy than older barracks currently in use.

Leaders cut the maile lei that officially opens a new six-story barracks at Fort Shafter. Pictured are (from left to right) Lt. Col Jon Chytka, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District; Jim Duttweiler, deputy commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii; Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific; and Fooney Freestone, president, Nan, Inc.“This project has been an achievement in teamwork from initial planning to construction, and now to maile lei untying — and it was all possible because of the flexible and determined folks of the Garrison, the end-user commands, the Honolulu District, and the design-build team of Nan Inc.,” said Lt. Col. Jon Chytka, commander, Honolulu District.

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USAG-HI receives restoration honors

USAG-HI receives restoration honors

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HONOLULU — U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii received Hawaii’s highest honor for preservation projects, April 22, at the Bishop Museum Atherton Halau, here. 

The Historic Hawaii Foundation 2010 Preservation Award was presented to USAG-HI for the restoration of the only remaining quad theater at Quad F, Schofield Barracks. 

A mural from the early 1930s, discovered during the Quad F theater renovation, are displayed. (Courtesy Photo) As part of the centennial celebration in 2009, USAG-HI commissioned the restoration of the theater, which was originally constructed in the 1930s. Leading the nine-month effort was Kenneth Hays, architectural historian, Directorate of Public Works. 

 

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Four leaders, spouses lauded with awards

Four leaders, spouses lauded with awards

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FORT SHAFTER — In a cozy conference room filled with senior noncommissioned officers at the Hale Ikena, April 20, the U.S. Army-Hawaii Sergeant Audie Murphy Club recognized four Soldiers and four spouses for their outstanding service to the Army and its community members.

Members of the U.S. Army-Hawaii Sgt. Audie Murphy Club gather with their newest member, Staff Sgt. Tamari Adderton (wearing lei), at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter, for a keepsake photo.The ceremony began with the overhead lights turned off, leaving the room illuminated only by a projection screen in a corner. 

As a video explained what it takes to be a leader, Soldiers dressed in past era uniforms emerged from behind the screen to welcome a new generation of leaders.

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News Briefs

News Briefs

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

DODEA Schools — In response to the Hawaii Department of Education 17-day furloughs (this year and next), the Department of Defense is conducting a study on the feasibility of establishing DoD Education Activity schools in Hawaii. Soldiers with school-aged children attending public, private, charter or home-schools may complete the survey on Hawaii’s education quality. Visit https://surv.dodea.edu/dhss/.  

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Race track built for the safe, not speedy

Race track built for the safe, not speedy

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

HALAWA — With his palms saturated in sweat, the driver briefly let go of the steering wheel, reached downward to give a confirming tug on his helmet strap and checked the functionality of his seat belt clasp. 

Driving enthusiast Earl Ford sits on his Ariel Atom II prior to the start of “Hawaii Solo,” a Sports Car Club of America event held once a month at the Aloha Stadium. The Ariel Atom is known for its face-flattening speed and covers 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds.His heart was undoubtedly racing at the moment, and the knuckles on his hands, placed securely back on their respective spots on the steering wheel, were turning white in anticipation of the drop of the green flag.

For this driver and others, their presence on the racing track wasn’t about satisfying a need for speed. 

Sure, they all wanted to arrive first, but more importantly, they were hell-bent on doing so safely.

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Footsteps in Faith: Only God’s grace changes us, not self-help

Footsteps in Faith: Only God’s grace changes us, not self-help

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Almost 13 years ago, author Phillip Yancey wrote a book titled “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” His goal was to show the true meaning and impact of such a powerful word. 

SmithLike other words that have a strong theological background, Yancey argued that grace often winds up being used in catch phrase after catch phrase. 

He pointed out that there is probably no greater word in the English language that is more significant to our lives. Furthermore, once we really understand everything about this word, he added, it would change everything about us forever. 

In my case, grace has been a powerful enabler, allowing me to have a relationship with God. 

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