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Desert rock

Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team relieve deployment stress with music


New WAAF gate

An exit-only gate is now open on Wheeler Army Airfield, providing access to Kunia Road from Eastman Road. This gate facilitates school bus departures and parents dropping off and picking up children from Wheeler Elementary and Intermediate Schools.

Registration office moves

Schofield Barracks Vehicle Registration office is closed today in order to move to the more central location of the Soldier Support Center, Building 750, Room #116. The office will reopen at its new location and regular hours.

For details, see A-10

Families first

FMWR showcases programs made possible by the Army Family Covenant


Lightning Spirit


Deployed Forces


News Briefs




Sports & Fitness


This issue

VOL. 37 NO. 32 | AUGUST 8, 2008

Chemical munitions destroyed


SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Army experts completed the safe destruction of the six re- maining recovered legacy chemical muni- tions here, July 31, using a state-of-the-art contained detonation technology called the Transportable Detonation Chamber (TDC) TC- 60.

The Army safely destroyed two of the six recovered chemical munitions July 30, and the remaining four, July 31. Previously, the Army had successfully destroyed 65 of the chemi- cal munitions using the TDC, before halting operations for system maintenance in May.

monitoring confirmed that there was no re- lease and that the munitions, including their chemical fill, were completely destroyed.

“I am extremely pleased with the tremen- dous professionalism of the entire destruction team, and commend the state of Hawaii for the integral role it played to ensure the safe- ty of the public and the environment during these operations,” said Tad Davis, deputy as- sistant secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health. “The safe and successful destruction of these muni- tions reinforces our commitment to the peo- ple of Hawaii to be good stewards of the en- vironment.”

Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Hawaii State De- partment of Health, and the City and Coun- ty of Honolulu. This deliberative and collab- orative effort ensured safeguards were in place to protect the health of the communi- ty and the environment.

“From the very beginning of this process, we have emphasized that safety is paramount, and we’ve stayed true to our focus,” said Col. Matthew Margotta, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. “We’ve been blessed to work with a team of true professionals, and I could- n’t have asked for a better result — safe, com- pletely contained destruction.”

In total, the TDC provided for the fully contained destruction of 71 recovered chem- ical munitions at Schofield Barracks. Air

Army officials extensively coordinated the entire destruction effort with local, state and federal agencies, including the Centers for

The TDC will now be disassembled and re- turned to the mainland for future destruction operations.

Chaplains celebrate their 233rd anniversary

Story and Photo by

KYLE FORD News Editor

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Hawaii chaplaincy and its families gathered to celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the Chaplain Corps at Bowen Park, here, July 29.

Participants celebrated the birthday of the second oldest corps in the Army with a transfer of authority and a look at the past, present and future of the chaplaincy, followed by food, fel- lowship and fun.

Gen. George Washington creat- ed the infantry, then he created the chaplaincy, noted Chaplain (Col.) Vince Inghilterra, incom- ing Schofield Barracks Installa- tion Chaplain.

“He did this for two reasons, one to preserve the moral good- ness of the force and, two, there- by meriting the protection and favor of almighty God,” In- ghilterra said.

The official birthday of the corps is July 29, 1775, when the Continental Congress recognized chaplains in an updated pay scale for officers and enlisted Soldiers.

More basically, chaplains are responsible for the spiritual and moral welfare of Soldiers, said Sgt. Mike Swintek, chaplain’s as- sistant, North Community Chap- lains noncommissioned officer in charge.

“We nurture the living, provide for the wounded, and honor the dead,” Swintek added.

Kyle Ford | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

Ping Pong power

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Pastor Mark Teves returns a volley during the Ping Pong tournament at the Tropics, Tuesday. Players bat- tled over the green table for pride, bragging rights and gift certificates provided by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. The final ranking for the Schofield Barracks championship is: First place, Pastor Mark Teves; second place, retired Master Sgt. Torell Smarr; and third place, Staff Sgt. Armondo Morales.

“If we didn’t have chaplains, what would the Army be like without them?” asked Inghilterra. “We provide the caring heart of the Army.”

Chaplain (Col.) Gene Fowler, U.S. Army-Pacific (USARPAC) command chaplain spoke to the assembled chaplain corps of Hawaii before relinquishing au- thority to Chaplain (Col.) Jack Van Dyken.

Garrison employees thanked at town hall

“Everyone develops their rela- tionship with God differently,” Fowler said. “We walk the walk that God has given us.”


News Editor

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) commander provided civilian employees with a progress re- port on past initiatives and outlined his plans for the garrison’s future at several workforce town hall meetings last week.

Col. Matthew Margotta praised employees for their continued outstanding performance and discussed challenges for the future.

“Customer service is the core function of garrison employees,” Margotta said. “It is the thing that USAG-HI people do better than any other garrison in the Army.”

Margotta said great customer service is estab- lished by three things: giving customers what they want, keeping it clean, and being friendly.

Nearly everything gar- rrison employees do af- fects the quality of life of Soldiers and their fami- lies.


When the 25th Infantry Division returned from Iraq, it became the “Year of Quality of Life,” Margotta said.

“Because we knew the 25th was most like- ly going to be returning to Iraq in a year, we

wanted to make sure the Soldiers got as much enjoyment out of their year back as we could provide,” Margotta said.

With the help of the Army Family Covenant, Soldiers benefited with the Kolekole Jam and one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in recent history.

Concerts weren’t the only events Soldiers enjoyed in the quality of life initiative, they also gained expanded services like those at outdoor recreation and fitness centers.

The garrison also worked to improve the lives of wounded warriors, renovating Schofield’s Grant Hall for the Warrior


The path of a chaplain is to support the Soldiers in the Army, he explained. Since ancient times, priests have traveled with armies and given soldiers moral and spir- itual support.

“The chaplaincy has evolved through the years as the Army has evolved,” Fowler said.

He said USARPAC chaplains have undergone three major changes recently. First, the chaplaincy is now officially part of a warfighting unit in a


Oahu South Town Hall gives community members voice

Story and Photos by

KAYLA OVERTON U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs

ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION — Military personnel and family members discussed community issues at the Oahu South Town Hall, at the chapel here, July 30.


  • Read about recent Army Family

Covenant-related events on pages B-1 and B-3.

completed and turned over to new residents at AMR.

The meeting gave community members from Forth Shafter and AMR the opportunity to voice their concerns to subject matter experts from throughout the garrison.

Lt. Col. Mark Boussy, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Oahu, welcomed the audi- ence as the meeting began.

“We are pleased to have you here; we are here to listen to you, hear your concerns and get resolutions for them,” Boussy said. “We are proud to say that all issues that have been brought up at these town hall meetings have been resolved and reviewed.”

Domingo also highlighted AHFH’s “Na- tional Night Out,” Aug. 16, from 9 a.m.- noon., at the AMR Community Center. The event is a community effort to bring neigh- borhoods together and promote safety, and will feature rides, games, a working dog demonstration, and a bicycle safety demon- stration.

Lt. Col. Thomas Denzler, director, Direc- torate of Emergency Services (DES), dis- cussed new security changes that are pro- viding a greater police presence in area com- munities.

Community members address concerns to subject matter experts at the Oahu South town

hall meeting. spend more time in the community, allow-

(DFMWR) announced the Army Communi-

Vickie Domingo, Army Hawaii Family Housing (AHFH) operations director for the South Region, provided an update on new construction. She said 212 units have been

“As result of realigning force protection measures, we are now able to provide a higher police presence our communities,” Denzler said. He said officers are now able to

ing them to build a stronger rapport with res-



Jack Wiers of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation

ty Theatre at Richardson Theatre will launch

its 2008-2009 season in September with the


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