U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — You’re invited to help celebrate the Army’s 237th birthday and rich heritage of defending our nation during Pacific Army Week, or PAW, June 11-16.
The week’s activities follow:
•The Warrior Challenge 2012 starts Monday with Soldiers from U.S. Army-Pacific competing for best Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer. Each day, images of the competitors will be posted to www.usarpac.army.mil/wc12/. Later in the week, the Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year will be announced during the Army Birthday Commemoration.
•Pacific Army Week Golf Tournament and Grand Opening will be held Tuesday at Leilehua Golf Course in Wahiawa. The four-person scramble golf tournament is open to all USARPAC Mission Support Commands, Theater Enabling Commands and staff. Teams outside of unit allocation will be placed on a standby list in order of receipt; visit www.himwr.com/golf-news/954-pacific-army-week-golf-tournament-and-leilehua-golf-course-grand-opening-golf-tournament or call 656-0114.
•Eagles versus the Sergeants Major softball game, 3 p.m., Wednesday, at Takata Field, Fort Shafter. Come out and see if the Eagles soar or if they are grounded by the Sergeants Major. Visit www.usarpac.army.mil/paw/softball.asp or call 438-5730.
•237th Army Birthday Commemoration, June 15, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The commemoration is open to all active duty, National Guard, Reserve, ROTC cadets, Army civilians, government contractors, family members, retirees, veterans and invited guests. Check-in and cocktail hour start at 5 p.m., with the doors to the ballroom opening promptly at 6 p.m. June 8 is the last day for ticket sales. Visit www.usarpac.army.mil/237Birthday to find your unit representative or contact the event coordinator at 366-3557 for ticket information and other details.
•Pacific Army Week ends with an Army Birthday Celebration, 2 p.m., June 16, at historic Palm Circle on Fort Shafter. Activities are open to the public and include military historic vehicle static displays, children’s activities, K9 demonstration, unit competition and the Gold versus Black Polo Paina. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, umbrellas and canopy pop-ups.
All PAW activities are scheduled in conjunction with the Army’s birthday, Thursday.
USARPAC leaders give birthday wishes
This week marks the 237th birthday of America’s Army. Born on Lexington Green, our Army’s heritage is that of the nation. For more than 237 years our Soldiers, families, and Army civilians have defended America with courage and honor, and I am proud to say that this generation carries on that tradition in splendid fashion.
Pacific Army Week celebrates our profession’s legacy of service to the nation. This year’s theme, “Strength in the Pacific — Soldiers, Families and Civilians,” reflects our core belief that people are our Army’s most precious resource. Our Soldiers, family members and civilians are unequalled, and it is my privilege to serve with each of you.
I encourage everyone throughout the theater to take advantage of the many opportunities this week has to offer. From athletic competitions to the Army Birthday Celebration to polo on Palm Circle — get out, get involved, and create lasting memories with your families and friends. We look forward to the year ahead and the opportunities and experiences it will bring.
Jeannine and I, with Vera and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, would also like to convey our personal gratitude to our local communities in Hawaii as well as to our friends and partners for their impressive dedication and support. Thank you for being an integral part of the U.S. Army-Pacific team!
Happy 237th Birthday, U.S. Army!
Army Strong! One Team!
(Editor’s Note: Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific; and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, senior enlisted leader, USARPAC, extend their warmest wishes to the Army on its 237th birthday. See related letter A-3.)