U.S. Army-Hawaii’s 8th TSC helps Great Aloha Run

| February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Tameika Drayton, 8th Theater Sustainment Command volunteer, hands out giveaways during the Great Aloha Run early registration at the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run Kick Off Party, in Honolulu, Dec. 2, 2010. (Spc. Darnell Collins | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Spc. Tameika Drayton, 8th Theater Sustainment Command volunteer, hands out giveaways during the Great Aloha Run early registration at the Kaiser Permanente Great Aloha Run Kick Off Party, in Honolulu, Dec. 2, 2010. (Spc. Darnell Collins | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

 

FORT SHAFTER — Any good mission starts with an even better plan: This might be the perfect motto for a noncommissioned officer, here, who’s orchestrating the U.S. Army-Pacific’s support of the upcoming Great Aloha Run, Feb. 21.

“We started planning our participation mid-October,” said Sgt. 1st Class Santrel McClusky, in Operations, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. McClusky is GAR liaison for all USARPAC units.

“(8th TSC’s) big contributions leading up to the event include doing coordination for both deployed and garrison-based Army registrations, and providing logistical support on behalf of the Army command and GAR committee,” he said.

This year is the second consecutive year that 8th TSC is coordinating USARPAC’s participation.

Although the annual charity race lasts only a few hours, preparation takes several months, and Soldiers assigned to 8th TSC help the GAR staff almost every step of the way.

Help means getting more than 3,500 Soldiers, in more than 70 buses, to the start line, including those who will volunteer at the water points and aid stations along the run route, McClusky said. Soldiers will be bused from here, Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield.

A large portion of Soldiers will run in the GAR’s Sounds of Freedom, a combined services military formation that runs to cadence.

Also, 8th TSC units currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan registered their Soldiers in the Honolulu event and will run their own races in their deployed locations.

Although not running this year, McClusky will make sure things go as planned and Soldiers get to and from the race safely. He knows that even after the race begins, the 8th TSC’s involvement is far from over.

“During the race, the 8th TSC will be helping both logistically and as a military command and control liaison,” he said.

The amount of planning and effort that goes into this one event can make even the most battle-tested Soldier tired.

“Even though participating in this event is a great experience, I can’t wait until Tuesday (the day following the race), so I can take a day off from planning. Then Wednesday, we can start preparing for next year,” McClusky said, jokingly.

Created in 1985 by Hawaii entertainer Carol Kai and physician Jack Scaff, the annual 8.15-mile GAR is a charity event that benefits Carole Kai Charities, a philanthropic fund. Since the race’s inception, more than $8.1 million in proceeds have been distributed to about 150 nonprofit organizations in Hawaii, including military Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.

Hosted by the city of Honolulu, the race starts at Aloha Tower and ends at Aloha Stadium.

“It’s a great feeling to know that I can help support an event of this magnitude that not only supports the local community, but the military community as well,” McClusky said.

 

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