U.S. Army Hawaii honors past, present, future

| June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

U.S. Army-Pacific celebrated the Army’s 238th birthday throughout Pacific Army Week, a series of command and community events, June 9-14, across the island of Oahu.

The 238th birthday commemorated America’s Army — Soldiers, families and civilians — who have achieved a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong. USARPAC also thanked and publicly acknowledged the local Hawaiian community ohana for its steadfast support of Soldiers and families.

The week kicked off June 9, with U.S. Army Day at the 50th State Fair. All Soldiers, family members, civilians or retirees holding a U.S. Army ID received free admittance to the fair for the day. USARPAC and the Hawaii National Guard set up static displays, and the Tropic Lightning Band performed.

Members of the Pacific Army Reserve’s 411th Eng. Bn. perform native Hawaiian luau dances.

Members of the Pacific Army Reserve’s 411th Eng. Bn. perform native Hawaiian luau dances.

June 10 initiated the Best Warrior Competition, a competition designed to find the best noncommissioned officer and Soldier in the Pacific. During the five-day competition, Soldiers were tested on their Army knowledge and physical and mental stamina. Points were totaled at the end of the week to reveal the winners, whose names were announced at the Army’s 238th Commemoration Ball, June 14.

June 11 was a poignant day. USARPAC Soldiers volunteered their time to various veterans outreach programs across the island as part of a veterans outreach.

More than 250 Soldier volunteers partnered with Oahu veterans organizations to provide food and water to homeless veterans and to inform veterans about available resources. They also lent helpful hands to homebound veterans, cleaned headstones at a veterans cemetery and supported service projects at the Veterans Affairs’ Center for Aging and other veterans community centers across the island.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosted a Golf Scramble, June 12, at Leilehua Golf Course. The scramble was open to all Hawaii-based Soldiers and ended up featuring 36 teams.

The last sporting event of the week was the annual Eagles versus Stars softball game, June 13. Colonels and sergeants major from across USARPAC put on their cleats and headed to Takata Field, located on Fort Shafter. The final score of 11-9 earned the Eagles bragging rights for the year.

Pacific Army Week culminated June 14 with the Army Birthday Commemoration at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.

The Hawaiian King’s Guard perform a perfect rifle routine as part of the night’s festivities.

The Hawaiian King’s Guard perform a perfect rifle routine as part of the night’s festivities.

Soldiers and family members from across the island donned their finest to celebrate at the ball, which included a special ceremony to introduce and honor the USARPAC Soldier and NCO of the Year.

Staff Sgt. Reed DeGosh, B Troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army-Alaska was named USARPAC NCO of the Year.

Spc. Adam Christensen, also of U.S. Army-Alaska, earned the title of USARPAC Soldier of the Year. Christensen is assigned to 472nd Military Police Company, 793rd MP Battalion, 2nd Engineer Bde., Fort Wainwright.

Both will represent USARPAC at the Army’s Best Warrior Competition, later this year.

 

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