Army Hawaii recognizes volunteers and keiki art

| November 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

 

Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, senior commander, U. S. Army Hawaii, and Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Brzak, 25th ID senior enlisted leader, join local schoolchildren as they display certificates of achievement for their winning posters in the Youth Take a Stand! poster campaign, Oct. 28.

Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, senior commander, U. S. Army Hawaii, and Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Brzak, 25th ID senior enlisted leader, join local schoolchildren as they display certificates of achievement for their winning posters in the Youth Take a Stand! poster campaign, Oct. 28.

Story and photo by
Doris Pangelinan
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Seventeen adults were honored for their outstanding volunteer service and seven children for creating the best posters for Youth Take A Stand! at the U.S. Army Hawaii Recognition Ceremony at the Nehelani, here, Oct. 28.

Attended by nearly 200 people, Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, USARHAW senior commander and 25th Infantry Division commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Brzak, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID senior enlisted leader, presented each winner with a framed award and special medal.

Held quarterly, the Na Koa ceremony honors USARHAW community members who have dedicated a lot of their free time to volunteer work.

“Each volunteer here today has provided many hours of their time and talent to an organization within our community,” said Flynn, “and this impactful volunteer service has certainly improved the quality of life for our Soldiers and their families and helped to build a stronger community.”

“With today’s very challenging fiscal realities in our government, it would be virtually impossible for our many family programs to offer the many services they provide without your dedicated volunteer efforts,” he added.

The Hawaiian phrase “Na Koa” translates to “the Warriors” and was selected because of its historical significance for the Army in Hawaii. The medals awarded feature the “Lazy H” insignia, whose octagonal yellow “H” stands for the eight islands of the Hawaiian group and is set on a scarlet background – yellow and scarlet being the old Royal Hawaiian colors.

For the first time, the ceremony included and recognized schoolchildren of various ages who were winners of the Youth Take A Stand! poster campaign. Flynn and Brzak presented them with certificates of achievement for their support of the Youth Take A Stand! awareness and education campaign immediately after the handing out of the Na Koa awards.

The ceremony concluded with a buffet out on the terrace.

Na Koa Award Recipients
Sgt. 1st Class Donaval Avila
Leslie Barkley
Marlene Barretto
Amy Horner
Anna Hurning
Danielle Lofreddo
Micielle Loper
Tiffany Macmanus
Kristie McKiddy
Melissa Reed
Na-Koa-Awards11st Sgt. Jamila Smith
Sarah Smith
Shirlene Tamayori
Ayanna Whitesides

Bronze Award Recipients
Chantay Burleson
Amy Christofferson
Amanda Crowell

 

Contest artwork provided by Xavier Garrido, 11th Grade, and High School 2nd place award winner in the Take a Stand poster competition.

Contest artwork provided by Xavier Garrido, 11th Grade, and High School 2nd place award winner in the Take a Stand poster competition.

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