Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Maurice Smith
45th Sustaintment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS —The Post Renovation Shop, here, is a small building and easy to miss.
Operated by the 540th Quartermaster Company, the shop, located at Building 585, offers a variety of sewing services for Soldiers’ uniforms.
The shop sews on skill badges, replaces worn-out Velcro on uniforms and makes nametapes for troops every day.
Soldiers spend money at a variety of alterations shops off post, daily, not knowing the same thing is done, here, at no cost to them.
“We do it for free,” said Capt. Broderick Jackson, commander, 540th QM Co, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command. “Just not a lot of people know about it.”
According to Jackson, one uniform can easily cost $40-$50 to get nametapes, rank and special skill tabs sewn on. Soldiers can save $200 or more by taking four or five uniforms to the shop on post, Jackson said.
“Living in Hawaii can be very expensive, especially for lower-ranking Soldiers,” Jackson said. “Products cost more here because most of them are imported. You are looking at spending $4 a gallon for gas, and it may come down to deciding on getting gas or getting new nametapes. One of the two is not going to happen.”
While same-day services are offered at shops off post, Soldiers can get their uniforms back within 72 hours at the shop, here. The shop requires that customers must be an ID cardholder, and uniforms must be clean when dropping them off.