8th MP NCOs experience history, build camaraderie

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Hangar 79 at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is the next stop for the senior NCOs of the 8th MPs during their NCO staff ride. The staff ride gave the leaders an opportunity to build camraderie as they explored the hangar and its collection of historic warbirds. The NCOs followed the museum tour with a personal tour of the battleship USS Missouri.

Hangar 79 at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is the next stop for the senior NCOs of the 8th MPs during their NCO staff ride. The staff ride gave the leaders an opportunity to build camraderie as they explored the hangar and its collection of historic warbirds. The NCOs followed the museum tour with a personal tour of the battleship USS Missouri.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

PEARL HARBOR — Senior noncommissioned officers from the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, participated in a staff ride, March 26, at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and the Battleship Missouri Memorial, here.

The NCOs first stepped into the past at the aviation museum where Dick Girocco, a Pearl Harbor survivor, spoke of his experience as a young 20-year-old Navy seaman during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Harold Simpson, a tour guide with the USS Missouri Memorial, leads a tour for a group of 8th MP senior NCOs, sharing remarkable facts and lore about the famous Mighty Mo while standing in the shadow of the battleship’s 16-inch guns.

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Harold Simpson, a tour guide with the USS Missouri Memorial, leads a tour for a group of 8th MP senior NCOs, sharing remarkable facts and lore about the famous Mighty Mo while standing in the shadow of the battleship’s 16-inch guns.

Gathered around the World War II veteran, the senior leaders listened as Girocco described how, even from the hangar, he could hear the awful sounds the USS Arizona made as it took its last breath and sank into the sea.

“It was a very loud and continuous sound,” Girocco described, while covering his ears with his hands and shaking his head. “I’ll never forget it.”

After Girocco’s story, the NCOs explored the historic hangar housing various aircraft from World War II. The ride provided the leaders with a sense of camaraderie for the different sections in the brigade.

“We don’t get a lot of time to come together as one and learn something,” said 1st Sgt. Jamalia Smith, Headquarters and Headquarters Company. “We got to build on camaraderie, esprit de corps, and learn something all at one time.”

The second part of the staff ride involved a personal tour of the battleship “Mighty Mo,” led by retired Sgt. 1st Class Harold Simpson, now a tour guide with the USS Missouri Memorial.

Simpson first led the group to the foredeck, just under the six massive, 60-foot-long, 16-inch guns mounted on the two forward gun turrets. As the group stood under the barrels, Simpson enthusiastically regaled the NCOs with facts and lore for nearly an hour, sharing incredible details about the Mighty Mo and her capabilities.

Senior 8th MP NCOs  listen to Pearl Harbor survivor Dick Girocco as he tells them about the  attack of Dec. 7, 1941. Girocco told his story of his experience as a young 20-year-old Sailor, March 26, at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

Senior 8th MP NCOs listen to Pearl Harbor survivor Dick Girocco as he tells them about the attack of Dec. 7, 1941. Girocco told his story of his experience as a young 20-year-old Sailor, March 26, at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

“This is why we do this,” said Master Sgt. Scott Howerton, senior food service operations management NCO with HHC. “By hearing these stories, it keeps their memories alive and brings us together.”

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