Ask the Garrison Commander: Mulbury addresses education, trees and no-parking zones

| May 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Col. Douglas Mulbury
Commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

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The “Ask the Garrison Commander” program is designed as a communication tool to allow Soldiers, civilians and family members to get their concerns addressed and questions answered.

All submitted questions come directly to me. Directorates and support staff research queries and provide responses.

Several community members submitted questions to me via the live TV2 town hall, at the Ask the Garrison Commander e-mail address, and through the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii web link at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/comments/contactgc.aspx.

These communication tools are provided to allow Soldiers, family members and civilians who live and work on the installation to get their concerns addressed and answered.

Q: The folks who give the Civilian Education System courses in Virginia and Kansas are willing to come to Hawaii and present their training to those of us who are unable to travel or be away in temporary duty for extended periods of time. They only require 30 or more students per class to bring this training to Hawaii. Could we please ask them to come to Hawaii, as this would be a big help to many of us and also save our limited government travel dollars?

A: The Army Management Staff College recently expanded its CES training program to include a Mobile Education Team, which brings classes on-site to better support those individuals who, for various reasons, are unable to attend this important training on the mainland. Unfortunately, the MTT’s schedule is fully booked for fiscal year 2011. AMSC expects to continue this program throughout fiscal year 2012 and possibly beyond.

Because of the installation-wide scope of this program, (coordination, responsibilities and requirements) from USAG-HI, Installation Management Command-Pacific Region Headquarters, U.S. Army-Pacific, Tripler Army Medical Center and all other tenant activities, the proponents best suited for this program are the Workforce Development offices at IMCOM-Pacific and USARPAC.

Refer any questions or comments to IMCOM-Pacific at 438-2077 or USARPAC at 438-0959.

Q: We live on McCornack Lane next to the Kolekole Shoppette, where there is a tree growing right next to power pole. The kids like to climb the tree and then slide down the power pole’s guide wire. I think this is dangerous, and either the tree should be removed or the wire relocated. Also, our neighborhood doesn’t have a playground. 

A: After looking into your concerns, the Directorate of Public Works agreed with your assessment that the tree’s location next to a high-voltage utility pole was creating a dangerous situation and, in coordination with Island Palm Communities, took immediate action to have the tree removed.

Construction of a new tot-lot on Hendrickson Loop is ongoing and will soon be completed.

Q: Why are the military police not allowed to ticket vehicles parked in areas clearly posted as “no parking” zones? I think this sends the wrong message to our children when they see their parents doing something that is clearly wrong and the MPs failing to take any corrective action.

A: Our Department of the Army civilian police and MPs are both allowed to ticket vehicles for illegal parking. However, given the extremely limited number of approved parking spaces throughout our installations, this authority is not always actively enforced, particularly when there is not adequate parking in the immediate area.

While our civilian police and MPs are given a certain degree of leeway in this regard, they will always cite parking violations when improperly parked vehicles infringe on the ability of fire and emergency vehicles to negotiate streets and access a scene.

To submit an “Ask the Commander” question, send an e-mail to AskTheCommander.usaghi@us.army.mil. For more information, call Bill Lenharr (656-0611) at USAG-HI Command Group, or call Aiko Brum (656-3155) at USAG-HI Public Affairs.

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