Chief of Engineers tours Hawaii

| August 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick (second from left), U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and commander, USACE, listens as Lise Ditzel-Ma (right), program manager/project manager, USACE-HD, explains the project site layout of USARPAC’s future C2F during a visit to Fort Shafter, July 23.

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick (second from left), U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and commander, USACE, listens as Lise Ditzel-Ma (right), program manager/project manager, USACE-HD, explains the project site layout of USARPAC’s future C2F during a visit to Fort Shafter, July 23.

Story and photo by
Dino Buchanan
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visited the Honolulu District and Pacific Ocean Division headquarters, here, July 23-24, for the final leg of his tour of three POD districts: Japan, Korea and Honolulu.

Bostick became the 53rd U.S. Army chief of engineers May 22 and has spent the past two months touring various Corps districts and their projects, as well as meeting the workforce of Soldiers and civilians.

Lt. Col. Thomas Asbery, commander, USACE-HD, escorted Bostick throughout his visit, which included a meeting and luncheon with district leadership and a visit to the project site of the future Command and Control Facility, or C2F, for the U.S. Army-Pacific, here.

Bostick’s first stop in Hawaii was an office call with Brig. Gen. Richard Stevens, commander,

USACE-POD at division headquarters, where he was also briefed by division staff on POD missions and initiatives.

During his meeting with USACE-HD leadership, Bostick was briefed on the district’s missions and construction workload.

While in Hawaii, Bostick made additional office calls to the commanders of USARPAC and the U.S. Marine Corps Forces-Pacific. He also met with Soldiers of the 130th Engineer Brigade; 84th Eng. Battalion (Construction Effects); 65th Eng. Bn. (Combat Effects); and Company A, 249th Eng. Bn. (Prime Power) at Schofield Barracks.

At the C2F project site, Lise Ditzel-Ma, program manager and project manager, USACE-HD, briefed Bostick on the overall phase plans for the C2F, and Gerald Young, phase one project engineer, USACE-HD, briefed the current status of construction.

At a joint POD-HD townhall, held at the gymnasium, here, Bostick focused his remarks on the U.S. strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region.

“The military leaders, civilian leaders and leaders of other countries I have met in this region all speak very, very highly of your work,” Bostick said. “When talking with the Pacific military leadership, Adm. Locklear (commander, U.S. Pacific Command) and Lt. Gen. Wiercinski, (commander, USARPAC) about the (Engineer) Corps projects in this area of responsibility and the continuing military focus on the Pacific, I told them the Corps is already there. What we need to do is figure out how to extend a higher level of commitment for us and for the Army.

“One of the takeaways I’ve learned on my travels while being here is that people are very happy with the work you’ve done,” Bostick added. “When projects are turned over, the customers are very satisfied with the high quality of work, and they expressed to me they’re looking for more opportunities to work with the Corps.”

Throughout his tour, Bostick stressed the importance of POD’s and HD’s work for the U.S military, the people of Hawaii, U.S. Territories and Pacific Rim nations, and U.S., emphasizing that work could not be done without the district’s and division’s employees.

“The overall value that you add, not only in the work that you do, but in terms of engagement in this part of the world — politically, economically and militarily, and being ambassadors for our country — you do a huge service to our military and country,” Bostick said.

 

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