Live TV town hall to feature health, more

| November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jack Wiers
U.S. Army-Garrison Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Themes for the next live TV town hall, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on installation channel TV2, here, include holiday health and safety, current programs and special events.

The 90-minute broadcast is designed to provide information on services and programs for Soldiers, families and civilian employees, with special emphasis on those engaged in the deployment cycle and recognition of the special challenges and stresses of the holiday season.

This third televised town hall will originate from the Schofield Barracks Visual Information broadcast studio. It will be co-hosted by Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command and U.S. Army-Hawaii, and Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.

“We are responsible for the care of our Soldiers, families and civilian employees, and through these televised town halls, we have another method for addressing the concerns and issues of our community with timely program information and live feedback,” Mulbury said.

A series of holiday health and safety program information presentations will include an Army Community Service rundown of resiliency and life skills programs from Dr. Brenda Chew, ACS psychologist, and updates from the Schofield Barracks Health Clinic about treatments and tips for recognizing clinically-significant symptoms of depression.

“It is vital to promote community awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression to appropriately care for our ohana this holiday season,” said Col. Joseph Bird, commander, Schofield Barracks Health Clinic. “State-of-the-art treatment services are available at both SBHC and Tripler Army Medical Center for individuals needing assistance.”

An open question-and-answer session will highlight the second portion of the program.

During the last televised town hall in July, the garrison’s social media addresses — www.Twitter.com/USAGHI and www.facebook.com/usaghawaii — emerged as a popular tools for viewers to provide spontaneous questions and input. Garrison officials say they expect this trend to continue.

“What began as a nice high-tech addition to our broadcast, quickly became an impressive new tool that generates instant feedback from our community,” said Dennis Drake, director, USAG-HI Public Affairs, who supervises the telecast.

Telephones will be answered prior to and throughout the town hall to take questions and comments. Two dedicated phone numbers will be identified and displayed continually on installation TV2. Look for the numbers across the bottom of the screen before and during the telecast.

All questions are logged, reviewed and prioritized for broadcast. Questions and issues not addressed during the toon wwn hall will be handled by the appropriate agency in the days following the live telecast.

“Every question will receive a response,” Mulbury said. 

The third edition of the live town hall is expected to feature another innovation that will expand the live show to the audience beyond the post gates. Testing is underway to webcast the town hall and stream live video on the garrison website. The new webcast delivery system is anticipated for the Dec. 1 broadcast.

“Our goal is to make our town halls accessible to every member of our community, and we are nearly there,” Mulbury said.

The live broadcast on garrison’s cable channel 2 can be received throughout the garrison as part of basic cable television reception.

The town hall will be rebroadcast throughout December and January, daily.

Community members can submit questions in advance of the town hall to “Ask the Commander,” on the garrison website, www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil, or e-mail AsktheCommander.USAGHI@us.army.mil.

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