Archive for August, 2010

Deployed Forces: U.S. mission in Iraq officially changes Sept. 1

Deployed Forces: U.S. mission in Iraq officially changes Sept. 1

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — A fundamental shift will take place at the end of the month in the mission of U.S. forces in Iraq, a Pentagon official said, earlier this month. 

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Navy builds world-class satellite facility for Army use

Navy builds world-class satellite facility for Army use

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Naval Facilities Engineering Command-Hawaii completed final building inspections, Aug. 11, for the U.S. Army’s 53rd Signal Battalion, 1st Space Brigade’s new 28,244 square-foot Wideband Satellite Communication Operations Center, here.

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Deployed Forces: Deployed chaplains discuss suicide prevention, reach-out methods

Deployed Forces: Deployed chaplains discuss suicide prevention, reach-out methods

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Deputy Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Keith Goode, U.S Forces-Iraq, looks over points made during a small group discussion at a Chaplain’s Conference, Aug. 10. The three-day conference gathered chaplains and their assistants from across Iraq to discuss suicide prevention and life affirmation, as well as tactics to reach out to service members.CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — Soldier suicide is one of the Army’s top concerns as its troops continue to endure the stresses of multiple deployments in addition to the daily challenges of life. 

From the new Shoulder to Shoulder: “I Will Never Quit on Life” suicide prevention video, to the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, the Army is focusing on programs to build resiliency and erase the stigmas associated with mental health issues that still prevent some from seeking help. 

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Dental Command under new hands

Dental Command under new hands

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Col. Randall Ball (center), incomming commander, Pacific Regional Dental Command and U.S. Army Dental Activity-Hawaii, receives the colors from Col. Dan Reese (right), commander, U.S. Army Dental Command, during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 13. (Daniel Kawasaki | Tripler Army Medical Center)FORT SHAFTER — Continuing in a time-honored tradition, Col. William Bachand relinquished command of the Pacific Regional Dental Command and U.S. Army Dental Activity-Hawaii to Col. Randall Ball, Aug. 13, at Palm Circle, here.

Col. Dan Reese, commander, U.S. Army Dental Command, in his role as reviewing officer, spoke of Bachand’s accomplishments during his three years in command in the Pacific.

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84th Engineer Battalion donates blood, DNA for bone marrow

84th Engineer Battalion donates blood, DNA for bone marrow

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Spc. Todd Turner (left), 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, gives a DNA sample for bone marrow registration. Engineers provided DNA for the C.W. Bill Young Marrow Donor Center and blood for the Armed Services Blood Program, Aug. 17 and 18. (Spc. Mary Ware | HHC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde, 8th TSC)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, showed what the unit is made of — literally, Aug. 17 and 18, as the battalion organized a combined bone marrow registration and blood drive. 

Engineers provided DNA for the C.W. Bill Young Marrow Donor Center and blood for the Armed Services Blood Program. 

“It’s amazing to see so many people from one unit rally behind a cause like this,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jose Martinez, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, and a representative for the C.W. Bill Young Marrow Donor Center.

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Native Hawaiian Advisory Council explores contract issues

Native Hawaiian Advisory Council explores contract issues

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

FORT SHAFTER — The challenges that face Native Hawaiian businesses while procuring federal contracts was the topic of a unique panel discussion at the Aug. 18 meeting of U.S. Army Garrison’s Native Hawaiian Advisory Council, here.

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News Briefs

News Briefs

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

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25th ID Values —Enter the 2nd Tropic Lightning Values photo contest that runs through Sept. 1. Soldiers can submit photographs of 25th Infantry Division Soldiers depicting Army Values, which will be used for posters and publicity items. For entry rules, call 655-8780, e-mail divisionretentionoffice@hawaii.army.mil or visit the Division Retention Office at 1586 Trimble Rd., Building 585, Schofield Barracks.

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National Guard Bureau offers military social media guidelines

National Guard Bureau offers military social media guidelines

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

National Guard members need to know that even though a new DoD policy authorizes them to use social media and other Web 2.0 platforms on nonclassified government computers, there are consequences for social media misuse. ( Photo Illustration by C. Todd Lopez | Army News Service)WASHINGTON — Military members need to know that even though a new Department of Defense policy authorizes them to use many of the social media and other Web 2.0 platforms available on a nonclassified government computer, consequences result for social media misuse.

“Access will vary among the states, but DoD has granted access to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube as long as users don’t compromise operational security, participate in illegal activities or try to open prohibited websites,” said Jack Harrison, director of public affairs, National Guard Bureau.

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National conference features housing partnership

National conference features housing partnership

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Simpson Wisser neighborhood is part of a U.S. Green Building Council pilot program that is helping to set the first national ratings for green neighborhood development. The Fort Shafter neighborhood was a featured topic at the Association of Defense Communities conference held in San Francisco earlier this month. (Mark Brown | Army Hawaii Family Housing)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Simpson Wisser community may be the most sustainable neighborhood on a U.S. military installation and was the focus of much attention at the annual Association of Defense Communities conference held earlier this month in San Francisco. 

The Army Hawaii Family Housing partnership, led by Col. Douglas Mulbury, garrison commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, provided an overview of the Fort Shafter neighborhood that is among a select group of developments in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, for Neighborhood Development pilot program. 

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AHFH is building community

AHFH is building community

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

An aquatics facility at the Wilikina Community Center at Wheeler, pictured above, is scheduled to open in the fall and will be the sixth of seven planned community centers for AHFH. (Mark Brown | Army Hawaii Family Housing)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Building a strong sense of community is just as important at Army Hawaii Family Housing as building quality new homes. 

AHFH believes it is vital to create communities that address the needs of families, so it engages residents and provides opportunities for them to share ideas for improving the community and potentially assist in issue–resolutions. 

In 2009, a Resident Advisory Board was formed in partnership with the Army to give residents an opportunity to take ownership of their community. 

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