Volunteer service recognizes with inaugural ‘Na Koa Award’

| April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
A check for $2,047,833.15— reflects the amount of money volunteers “paid” USARHAW by donating their time to USARHAW programs was presented to Col. Richard Fromm (left), commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander, U.S. Army-Hawaii, at Tuesday's Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the Nehelani. Photo by Eric Knox, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation)

A check for $2,047,833.15— reflects the amount of money volunteers “paid” USARHAW by donating their time to USARHAW programs was presented to Col. Richard Fromm (left), commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander, U.S. Army-Hawaii, at Tuesday’s Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the Nehelani. (Photo by Eric Knox, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation)

Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A dozen exemplary volunteers were awarded the inaugural U.S. Army-Hawaii Na Koa Award at the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, Tuesday, at the Nehelani.

“Na Koa” is the Hawaiian phrase for “the Warriors,” and it was chosen because of its significance to the heritage and history of the Army in Hawaii.

Branded on the award was the “Lazy H” insignia, which also carries historical significance for the Army in Hawaii.

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander of USARHAW, alluded to this history at the awards ceremony.

“The people who have the longest and deepest ties to the Army in Hawaii, they recognize the Lazy H, they recognize the patch and they recognize the Army in Hawaii,” Flynn said.
For this reason, he added, he was glad to see the insignia on the Na Koa Awards.

Amanda Crowell,  Army Family Team Building volunteer program manager receives the Na Koa Award from Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, Tuesday at the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Schofield Barracks (Photo by Karen Iwamoto)

Amanda Crowell, Army Family Team Building volunteer program manager receives the Na Koa Award, featuring the Lazy H insignia, from Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, Tuesday at the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Schofield Barracks (Photo by Karen Iwamoto)

“Lazy H” roots
U.S. Army Hawaii’s roots stretch back to the early 20th century, when the District of Hawaii was originally formed in 1910 as a sub-element of the Department of California.
Following World War I, an independent Hawaii Department was authorized a distinctive insignia, described as “an octagon of scarlet, the sides tangent to a circle. … The eight sides refer to the eight islands of the Hawaiian group. Scarlet and yellow are the old Royal Hawaiian colors.”

The 25th Infantry Division assumed command responsibilities for USARHAW originally in 1957. From 1992 into the dawn of the 21st century, the 25th ID supervised both Tropic Lightning and USARHAW. In 2011, when the 25th ID returned from Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, a decision was made for Tropic Lightning to assume a leadership role, once again, in installation operation.

Army leaders adopted the USARHAW name and the Lazy H insignia to promote and honor the heritage both symbols represent – a history that goes back over a century
in Hawaii.

In Recognition
Soldier Volunteer of the Year
•Capt. Forrest Cureton, 45th Sustainment Brigade, for Boys Scouts of America, Troop 24, SB

Civilian Volunteer of the Year
Meredith Rice, 130th Engineer Bde., for Family Readiness Group and Kolekole Girls Scouts

Na Koa Award Recipients
The following were honored at the 2015 Na Koa
Volunteer Awards:
•Sgt. Richard Baggerly, 2nd Stryker Bde. Combat Team, for Child and Youth Services and FRG
•Chantay Burleson, 2nd SBCT and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, for FRG and Army Community Service
•Amy Christofferson, 25th Infantry Division, for FRG
•Katina Cook, FMWR, for ACS
•Amanda Crowell, FMWR, for ACS
•Capt. Forrest Cureton, 45th Sust. Bde., for Boys Scouts of America, Troop 24, SB
•Ingrid Cureton, 45th Sust. Bde., for FRG and Boys Scouts, Troop 24, SB
•Amongla Knight, FMWR, for ACS
•Mary Kay McGlothlin, 25th ID, for FRG
•Karen Pipkin, 2nd SBCT, for FRG
•Karrie Quinty, 25th ID, for FRG
•Percilla Villanida, 25th Combat Aviation Bde., for FRG and ACS

Organizational Award Recipients
The following received 2015 Organizational
Volunteer of the Year Awards:

Parent-Teacher Organization
•Teesha Black for Wheeler Elementary School

FMWR
•Amanda Crowell for ACS through the Exceptional Family Member and Army Family Team Building programs

Hui O Na Wahine Spouses Club
•Kat Fresh for the club

Parent Community Network Center
•Melbis Garcia for Solomon Elementary School

Kolekole Girls Scouts
•Jennifer Hedges, for the Girl Scouts

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