Signal remembers, honors colleague after 29 years with DOD

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

 

Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, 311th Signal Command (Theater) commander, presents the Superior Service Civilian Award to Richard James “Kimo” Rosehill, surviving brother of Charles D. Rosehill, during a memorial service at the Aliamanu Military Reservation chapel, April 1. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, 311th Signal Command (Theater) commander, presents the Superior Service Civilian Award to Richard James “Kimo” Rosehill, surviving brother of Charles D. Rosehill, during a memorial service at the Aliamanu Military Reservation chapel, April 1. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command Public Affairs)

Charles “Chuck” D. Rosehill of 516th Signal Brigade will be missed

Renicka A. Gober
516th Signal Brigade “Voice of the Pacific”
311th Signal Command (Theater)

ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION — Department of the Army civilians, Soldiers, families and friends gathered to celebrate the life of a cherished friend and colleague, Charles D. Rosehill, affectionately known as “Chuck,” at the chapel, here, April 1.

Chuck, who served 29 years with the Department of Defense and passed away March 18, is survived by his brother Richard James “Kimo” Rosehill and sister- in-law, Shawana Okami-Rosehill, of Honolulu.

Chuck began his career with the DOD in 1986 as a project engineer with the U.S. Air Force, 1843rd Engineering Installation Group, and worked the past 14 years with the 516th Signal Brigade as a project manager for Information Technology projects.

The Sig. Bde. chaplain, Chaplain (Maj.) Roy Hamilton, led the group in prayer to begin the ceremony.

Col. Cleophus Thomas and Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Crowder, 516th Signal Brigade command team, present the Rosehill family with the U. S. flag during a memorial service for Charles D. Rosehill at the Aliamanu Military Reservation chapel, April 1. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command Public Affairs)

Col. Cleophus Thomas and Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Crowder, 516th Signal Brigade command team, present the Rosehill family with the U. S. flag during a memorial service for Charles D. Rosehill at the Aliamanu Military Reservation chapel, April 1. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Command Public Affairs)

In honor to the nation, Spc. Kalynn Mims vocalized a beautiful delivery of the national anthem, and Alika Andrade sang and played on the piano a comforting rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Co-workers and friends shared tributes and humorous stories of the man who brought meaning and understanding to the lives of those he interacted with.

Chuck had a way of identifying with many people on their level, and sharing the knowledge he had about topics they were interested in.

He was compared to the Oz from “Wizard of Oz” because of his wealth of knowledge, and to a bear, because of his big heart.

“On my busiest days, he would remind me to eat my lunch, and would share his with me if I didn’t bring one,” said Connie Chandler, 516th Sig. Bde. project manager. “He was very thoughtful and giving. I miss him.”

Jim Arrowood, of the 516th Sig. Bde., spoke about his longtime friend and colleague’s professionalism, unique personality and generous spirit.

Chuck will truly be missed by many, he said.

The 311th Sig. Cmd. (Theater) command team, Maj. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III and Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, had the distinct honor and privilege of presenting the Superior Service Civilian Award to the Rosehill family, and the 516th command team, Col. Cleophus Thomas and Cmd. Sgt. Major Donald Crowder, presented the family with the U. S. flag.

Colleagues and friends of Charles “Chuck” Rosehill share memories of their longtime coworker at the 516th Signal Brigade following a memorial service for Rosehill at the Aliamanu Military Reservation chapel, April 1. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Brigade Public Affairs)

Colleagues and friends of Charles “Chuck” Rosehill share memories of their longtime coworker at the 516th Signal Brigade following a memorial service for Rosehill at the Aliamanu Military Reservation chapel, April 1. (Photo by Liana Kim, 311th Signal Brigade Public Affairs)

“The memories we make are the memories we must hold on to,” said Thomas, reminding all in attendance. “We must not take life for granted.”

“Chuck believed in the whole man concept – work hard and play hard,” said Larry Yamashiro, who worked with Chuck at Wheeler for the Air Force in the 80s and later at the brigade. “He worked really hard.”

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