Archive for September, 2010

Rededication ceremony lauds renovations at Soldiers Chapel

Rededication ceremony lauds renovations at Soldiers Chapel

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Soldiers Chapel, as it depicted here in 1942, was moved to its current location by D-Quad in 1925. (Courtesy of U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The pealing of the bell reverberated throughout the white clapboard country-style church as U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii community members and guests met to celebrate the completion of the Soldiers Chapel renovation, here, Sept. 24.

The clear sound originated from a real, brass bell and not from a modern, digitized recording.

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Corps, students team up to analyze water quality in watersheds

Corps, students team up to analyze water quality in watersheds

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Angela Jones (right), park ranger, USACE, assists Washington Middle School students with analysis of nitrate and phosphate levels from a Makiki Stream water sampleFORT SHAFTER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District joined together with Washington Middle School students, Sept. 21, for the first part of Oahu’s annual World Water Monitoring Day activities in the Makiki and Ala Wai watersheds. 

The district teamed up with the City and County of Honolulu Storm Water Quality Branch, Hawaii Water Environment Association and Punahou School Mamiya Science Center to teach almost 120 students how to test materials at the upper section of the Makiki stream. 

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Blue Star Card spouses, families enjoy luau, entertainment at Hale Koa

Blue Star Card spouses, families enjoy luau, entertainment at Hale Koa

| September 30, 2010 | 2 Comments

Sophia Smelser practices her Tahitian dancing at the Hale Koa luau. Sophia and her mom, Christina, attended the Hale Koa luau through the Blue Star Card program for spouses of deployed Soldiers.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — More than 240 Blue Star Card members, children and family members celebrated the Big “R” at the Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki, Sept. 23. 

The Big R, the countdown to redeployment, is a Blue Star Card program that encourages spouses and families to stay active and to meet new friends, each month. 

The group was treated to a free night of entertainment and fun, complete with kalua pig pulled from the “imu” pit, hula, Tahitian dancing and fire-knife dancers.

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‘Autumn Laulima’ promotes vital teamwork, USARPAC CCP readiness

‘Autumn Laulima’ promotes vital teamwork, USARPAC CCP readiness

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Lt. Col. Nathan Watanabe (left), and Staff Sgt. John Zahnee, both of USARPAC CCP, work together to stabilize the interior of a deployable rapid assembly shelter during Exercise Autumn Laulima, a baseline exercise to prepare USARPAC CCP to become FOC. (Spc. Monica Kelley | U.S. Army-Pacific Contingency Command Post)FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Senior field grade officers, noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Soldiers from the U.S. Army-Pacific Contingency Command Post worked side-by-side, Sept. 7-24, for Exercise Autumn Laulima, turning an empty field into a self-sustained operational command post, here.

Laulima is the Hawaiian word for teamwork, and in this case, that team was the USARPAC CCP.

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Final graduation

Final graduation

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. 1st Class Ashley McDougle (right), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, accepts his First Sergeants Course certificate of graduation from Master Sgt. Seane Fry (left), assistant instructor, Sept. 23. McDougle is a member of class 22-10, the last active duty First Sergeants Class in the […]

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USACE coordinates community clean-up on National Public Lands Day

USACE coordinates community clean-up on National Public Lands Day

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Punahou High School JROTC students and friends clean the beach berm at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki, during National Public Lands Day, Saturday. HONOLULU — More than 100 volunteers scoured Fort DeRussy and Kakaako Waterfront Parks, picking up trash for National Public Lands Day, Saturday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District coordinated the event, which was attended by Soldiers from the 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command; JROTC students from Punahou High School and other local schools; the North America Taiwanese Women’s Association-Hawaii Chapter; and Corps employees.

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Volunteers help protect Oahu’s native forest with DPW

Volunteers help protect Oahu’s native forest with DPW

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Josephine Hoh (front), a volunteer, and Candace Russo (back), OANRP outreach specialist, transplant a native Hawaiian sedge, Carex wahuensis, into the forest. (Courtesy of Oahu Army Natural Resources Program)KAHUKU — Volunteers needed four-wheel drive to navigate a deeply rutted dirt road at the training area, here, Monday, in celebration of the nation’s largest volunteer effort, National Public Lands Day. 

“You’ve got it … we’re almost to the top!” shouted Josephine Hoh, a volunteer.   

“This trip just gets better and better,” said David Danzeiser, a volunteer.

Yes, these were clearly just the right group of volunteers for the task. 

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Pacific paralegals endure ‘trials’ at annual Warrior Challenge

Pacific paralegals endure ‘trials’ at annual Warrior Challenge

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Sgt. Dalani Brown (left), paralegal, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, competes in an APFT during U.S. Army-Pacific’s Paralegal Warrior Challenge, an annual event hosted by USARPAC.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Eight top paralegals from commands throughout the Pacific judiciously competed to become the top paralegal of the Pacific, Sept. 20-24. 

For the third consecutive year, Soldiers from U.S. Army-Pacific, including Alaska and Japan, publicly demonstrated their tactical and technical proficiency during the five-day competition. 

“We’re warriors who just happen to do legal work,” said Sgt. Maj. Michael Maestas, chief paralegal, USARPAC, and the noncommissioned officer in charge of the event. 

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45th Sust. Bde. competes for DFAC excellence

45th Sust. Bde. competes for DFAC excellence

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Food service specialists of the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, serve hungry Soldiers and civilians lunch during the 43rd Annual Philip A. Connelly Inspection, Sept. 23. SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — If you were to ask Soldiers from the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, what the standard is for everything they do, they would all tell you, “excellence,” and this standard was recently demonstrated by the Soldiers and civilians of the 45th Sust. Bde. Dining Facility, located in K-Quad, here.  

They participated in the Department of the Army level of the Philip A. Connelly Competition for large garrison DFACs, Sept. 23. The contest was created to find out which large garrison DFAC is the best in the Army. 

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8th MPs gather to discuss suicide prevention during prayer breakfast

8th MPs gather to discuss suicide prevention during prayer breakfast

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Sgt. Erin Marcotte, communications team leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, reflects on fellow Soldiers at the 8th MP Bde. prayer breakfast at the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, consolidated dining facility, here, Sept. 22. The prayer breakfast focused on suicide prevention and looking out for each other in times of need.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — “Assist, protect, defend” is the motto of the Military Police Corps, and it’s a motto that defines the MP’s mission to the Army, Soldiers and their families.

As Soldiers from 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command gathered for a prayer breakfast at the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, consolidated dining facility, here, Sept. 22, they took that mantra to heart and applied it to how they treat each other.

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