Dempsey holds USARPAC town hall at Historic Palm Circle

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Dempsey addressing troops.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, addresses USARPAC troops at an outdoor town hall on Fort Shafter’s Palm Circle.

Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson
U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs


FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers and leaders filled several sets of bleachers at historic Palm Circle as Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed the audience during a town hall meeting, here, Monday.
Dempsey’s trip to U.S. Army-Pacific’s headquarters for a town hall meeting was sparked by his arrival for the beginning of the Rim of Pacific 2014 exercise, one of the largest international maritime exercises. The meeting provided him a chance to listen to Soldiers’ concerns in the Pacific and answer questions related to those concerns.
Before the town hall meeting began, Dempsey presented the following eight USARPAC Soldiers with coins of excellence:
•Staff Sgt. Brandon Williams, a paralegal noncommissioned officer with Headquarters and Support Company, USARPAC, received a coin for being Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion NCO of the Year;
•Staff Sgt. Frankie Williams, 311th Signal Command, received recognition as 311th Signal Command NCO of the Year.
•Staff Sgt. James Chapman, global force network manager with HSC, USARPAC, received recognition because his job is typically held by a field grade officer;
•Sgt. Brian Wimpenny was HHBn. USARPAC NCO of the Quarter;
•Spc. Christina Williams for being the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Soldier of the Year;
•Pfc. Weng Ong for being the 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldier of the Year;
•Spc. Thomas Boyd, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, is the USARPAC Soldier of the Year.; and
•Pfc. Brian Beeg, 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, was recognized for his exceptional performance with partnered nations during his last three joint training exercises.
Dempsey talked about the significance of USARPAC in the Pacific along with its historic past, and the rebalance of the region.
He mentioned how important USARPAC is in providing security for the region.
He said that his most important message and the best part of his visit was thanking the Soldiers for their service.
“I’m proud to have served with each and all of you. I admire what all of you and your family members have done here,” said Dempsey. “You all are making a big difference out here in the Pacific, and it doesn’t go unnoticed.”
As the town hall proceeded, questions varied in topic. Dempsey answered a few questions about how the budget will affect pay, if all branches of service would wear the same uniform, how to financially plan for life after the military, and how to get the most out of a military career.
“People often say to me ‘how do you balance your life in this profession of ours, which asks us to do extraordinary things on short notice,’” said Dempsey. “I can’t answer this question for you; I can only answer this question for myself. The truth is, you have to find in your own family and in your own life, your own balance.”
Service members will feel better and have a more fulfilling career once they are able to balance their professional lives and family lives, said Dempsey. Those finding balance won’t feel like they are cheating either element of their lives.
As the town hall concluded, Dempsey again thanked the USARPAC Soldiers for their hard work and dedication. He encouraged all to continue to give their maximum effort, even in times of uncertainty.

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