Staff Sgt. Drexel Holliday
26th Concrete Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The timeworn and aged asphalt sidewalks that provided a rough travel surface for Soldiers and Army families at Richardson Pool, here, are gone.
The sidewalks have been replaced with concrete, providing a smoother, more aesthetically pleasing surface to walk, run and bike.
Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, 643rd Engineer Company, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, spearheaded the project with support from the 26th Concrete Detachment, 84th Eng. Bn. The two units worked on the project from Dec. 19-Feb 6.
The 514-linear-foot section now has ramps that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, allowing easier travel for family members, Soldiers, visitors and retirees.
“I remember walking along this stretch of sidewalk when staying temporarily at the Schofield Inn and running into uneven areas,” said Sgt. Corey Keglovitz, 26th Concrete Det. “I thought, how great it would be to be able to repair this area. Little did I know that I would actually be out on this very site participating in the repair.
“Now when I drive by, I proudly show my son and wife where I was during some of those late days,” Keglovitz added.
The project encompassed removing the existing asphalt sidewalk, replacing it with a new concrete sidewalk and increasing the width from four to five feet. Also, a nine-foot-wide access road was excavated and installed for the Richardson Pool.
Fifty tons of asphalt, concrete, dirt and root sections were removed prior to the emplacement of formwork and barriers.
Soldiers executed the project accident free and to standard.
“I am proud of what we do as engineers and honored to be able to have a tangible impact that our family members can see,” said Sgt. Teresa Faliniko, project manager, 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn.,130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC.