Col. Douglas Mulbury
Commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
The “Ask the Garrison Commander” program allows Soldiers, civilians and family members to present concerns and recommend outcomes.
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii directorates and support staff research queries and provide responses to me, which are monitored by a customer management team.
A sampling of these questions that have community-wide impact are published in the Hawaii Army Weekly.
Submit questions via the Ask the Garrison Commander email address and through the USAG-HI web link at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/comments/contactgc.aspx. Time-sensitive concerns should be directed to the Interactive Customer Evaluation system at ice.disa.mil.
Q: I would like to know why the track at Stoneman Stadium is being torn down? Without access to this area, there will be 115 kids trying to practice at Wyatt Field, and as a result, they won’t have any real track experience until the day of the meet. Couldn’t the demolition work wait until the end of the season when the track is not being used as much? The children have also noticed the dedication sign at the skate park by the stadium has been removed. Are there plans for the skate park to be renovated as well?
A: The Stoneman Field complex is undergoing a major renovation. When completed, the fields will all be new. An additional softball field will be added, and other amenities will be incorporated.
This non-appropriated funds construction project to replace the antiquated athletic venues was initiated in late 1980, redesigned a number of times and finally funded in fiscal year 2010.
It is unfortunate that the demolition phase of this project will interfere with Child, Youth and School Services’ sports, but the demolition phase of this project must begin due to funding availability and fiscal year execution requirements.
While this project will affect the track program, it will also impact the sports programs involving our active duty Soldiers and force our soccer and flag football programs to use other fields throughout the installation. As well, it will force the 22 active duty softball teams on Schofield Barracks to travel to Fort Shafter to participate in that intramural program.
The end results, however, will be a much-improved and modern facility for everyone.
Unfortunately, our plans to include a skate park were not approved by the State Historical Preservation Office. Although our Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has no current plans to construct a replacement skate park on Schofield Barracks, Island Palm Communities does have a skate park in the Porter Community Center area, which can be used by all children.
Q: The Simpson Wisser neighborhood at Fort Shafter has three playgrounds for children, but no place in the area where our teens can play basketball or even sit down. Is it possible for the garrison to contribute funding to the construction of a gazebo where our teens could congregate? We have several teens in the area who belong to the JROTC program at Moanalua High School who would be willing to volunteer to help with this project.
A: Since your request involves an area that falls within IPC’s footprint, our housing partner would have the responsibility for approving and constructing any additional amenities of this nature.
After discussing this matter with IPC, I was informed it currently has no funds budgeted for this type of project. However, the manager mentioned that an Eagle Scout group had partnered with IPC to install benches along a path in another community, and this type of partnership may be an option worth pursuing in your community or with JROTC.
With respect to teen-appropriate activities, DFMWR’s Middle School/Teen Program is a comprehensive, supervised program, targeting youth in grades 6-12, who are generally between the ages of 11-18. It provides fun and safe recreational opportunities that assist with the development of eligible youth outside school hours. It also offers a wide range of positive options that promote healthy youth development and helps ease their transition into adulthood.
Q: I would like to know why, even though I am now living in Helemano Military Reservation on a month-to-month lease, that I cannot move into another unit of the same size, onto Schofield Barracks. I was told that if I wanted to move into another unit, I needed to either have another child or move off post and put myself on the waitlist.
A: To be eligible for a move to another home, a Soldier must have experienced an increase in the size of his or her family, where an additional bedroom is required; he or she must have been promoted to a senior rank, E6 to E7; or the Soldier converted from enlisted to officer. All community centers have copies of the ”Move Over” policy. If you feel you meet the aforementioned criteria, call your community center manager at 275-3780.
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