Archive for June, 2010

Deployed Forces: SWO ‘operationalizes’ weather for TF Wings’ mission

Deployed Forces: SWO ‘operationalizes’ weather for TF Wings’ mission

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Senior Airman Deonta Brooks, weather forecaster, staff weather team, 22nd Expeditionary Weather Squadron, supporting Task Force Wings, performs preventative maintenance on a tactical meteorological observing system, also known as a TMQ-53, at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit, Iraq, June 4. CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq – Imagine a blinding, gusting wall of sand and dust 5,000 to 8,000 feet high, spanning 60 to 90 miles, moving at a rate of 35 to 60 kilometers an hour.

That describes a “haboob,” an Arabic word for a type of intense sandstorm common to Iraq–a sandstorm that can have a devastating impact on aviation operations.

Now, imagine a pilot’s relief in receiving a tactical instant message from a staff weather officer, or SWO, miles away that advises the pilot of an approaching haboob in time to avoid it. 

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USARHAW competes in ‘Iron Chef’-style cookoff

USARHAW competes in ‘Iron Chef’-style cookoff

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Spc. Juan Tamez, food service specialist, 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, stuffs peppers, June 17, at the B Quad Culinary Laboratory on Schofield Barracks, during the U.S. Army-Hawaii Chef of the Quarter competition. ( Pfc. Darnell Collins | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Most Soldier of the Quarter Boards are easy to prepare for; however, the Soldiers competing for the U.S. Army-Hawaii Chef of the Quarter competition realized just how hard it is to prepare for a cookoff with no prescribed recipes, a strict time limit, and mystery ingredient list.

“(Our competition) somewhat mirrors the ‘Iron Chef’ TV show,” said Master Sgt. Kal Shibata, chief, food operations noncommissioned officer, Headquarters Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. “We reveal the mystery ingredients, and then they have 30 minutes to come up with a menu, and two hours and 45 minutes to prepare four entrees.” 

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Tripler holds ceremony for health education program graduates

Tripler holds ceremony for health education program graduates

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

During Tripler Army Medical Center’s Graduate Professional Health Education Program commencement ceremony, June 18, Navy Capt. Christopher Culp, deputy chief of the Navy Medical Corps, addressed the 122 graduate students. (Daniel Kawasaki | Tripler Army Medical Center)HONOLULU — Opening the commencement ceremony, June 18, Commanding General Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher addressed the class of 122 students of the Graduate Professional Health Education Program assembled at Tripler’s flag, here.

 “For our students, this day culminates following many years of continuous and deliberate academic study; the mastery of hands-on technical skill; the compassion and empathetic bedside manners; long hours in the clinic; emergency room, operating room, and on the ward at the patient’s bedside; doing papers and exhaustive research; rotating off the island around the world; and performing thousands of face-to-face encounters with our most precious and important mission, seeing patients,” Gallagher said.

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Mainland cadets experience ‘real’ side of Army in Oahu

Mainland cadets experience ‘real’ side of Army in Oahu

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Each summer, cadets from across the nation participate in Cadet Troop Leadership Training, where cadets shadow a platoon leader for three to four weeks and then lead Soldiers before returning back to their schools.  

For a few lucky U.S. Military Academy and ROTC cadets currently going through CTLT, they can now brag to their friends that they got to visit Hawaii.

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Exercise is still possible with asthma

Exercise is still possible with asthma

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Shinobu Yagi-Robinson, Zumba instructor, leads a popular aerobics class at the Health and Fitness Center on Schofield Barracks. People exercising with asthma should consult their physician before joining an aerobics class and monitor their reactions to the exercise. (Lacey Justinger | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Asthma is a disease that affects the airways of the lungs, and exercise-induced asthma, or EIA, is acute airway narrowing or constriction either during or after exercise. 

With asthma, the airways and bronchial tubes are extra sensitive to triggers that cause them to swell and the muscles around them to tighten, making it hard for air to pass through the airways. A trigger does not cause a person to be asthmatic, rather a trigger is something that sets off an asthma attack.

One of the things that can trigger an asthma episode is exercise. These asthma attacks generally peak in severity about five to 10 minutes after starting to exercise, and can continue for 20 to 30 minutes. 

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Family Child Care offers parents, children in-home options

Family Child Care offers parents, children in-home options

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Pam Murray, child care provider with Schofield Barrack’s Family Child Care Program, interacts with children in her care during small group activities. From left to right are Pam Murray, Angel Slaton, Kaytyla Domingo, Aydin Buchanan and William Slaton.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Army’s Family Child Care, or FCC, program has been in existence for decades, but there are still folks in the military community who are unaware that it is a viable child care option.   

FCC matches trained Child, Youth and School Services child care providers with families.  

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Wili Wili neighborhood taking shape

Wili Wili neighborhood taking shape

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

The new Wilikina Community Center, located in the Wheeler Army Airfield Community, will be completed in the fall. Families will enjoy great amenities, including the swimming pool being built. (Courtesy Photo)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Nearly 150 homes have been completed in Wili Wili with less than 100 to go to finish the neighborhood at Wheeler Army Airfield. 

Also, families started moving into the Aloala neighborhood here this month where the first 24 new homes were completed. By summer’s end, all 74 homes will be completed.

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Military members, families cut the waves

Military members, families cut the waves

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Col. Mike Donnelly, U.S. Army-Pacific, rides a wave inward during an All-Military Surf Classic hosted by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department; Hawaiian Island Creations; and Quiksilver, Saturday. More than 90 active duty and retired service members and their dependents competed in the seventh annual surfing event at White Plains Beach in Kapolei. KAPOLEI — Active duty and retired military personnel living on the island of Oahu participated in an annual surfing competition, Saturday, with the support of the local community.

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Sun exposure, ultraviolet rays damage skin, health

Sun exposure, ultraviolet rays damage skin, health

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Ultraviolet rays are a part of sunlight that is an invisible form of radiation. There are three types of UV rays: ultraviolet A, B and C. 

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Summer shuttle is on a roll

Summer shuttle is on a roll

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Roy Naki, shuttle driver, stops the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation summer shuttle outside the food court at the PX/Commissary, here. The summer shuttle operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for all Department of Defense service and family members with valid IDs. The shuttle stops at Helemano’s Community Center; […]

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