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25th CAB builds bonds with community

Aviation Brigade welcomes local community leaders, ohana with “open” arms

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STAFF SGT. TYRONE C. MARSHALL JR. 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) gave lo- cal community leaders and key organiza- tions a brief glimpse into the lives and work of its Soldiers during an open house here, July 31.

The open house highlighted the 25th CAB’s efforts to educate the local community and its leadership on the brigade’s daily operations, aircraft and missions while continuing to rein- force its dedication to the ohana spirit of Hawaii.

“The local community is very important to us and it is a source of strength for all that we’re able to do out there,” said Col. Michael Lundy, commander, 25th CAB. “We don’t take that relationship for grant- ed and it certainly can’t be overstated how important it is.”

The 25th CAB welcomed key individu- als such as Hawaii State Representative Ryan Yamane, members of the Mililani Town Board and Lion’s Club, and admin- istrators from local schools.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chris McConnell explains the nuances of piloting a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter to Abey Qureshi, vice princi- pal, Wheeler Elementary School, during the Wheeler Army Airfield Open House, July 31. The event was designed to strengthen relation- ships with neighboring communities on Oahu.

Patrons were treated to a warm recep- tion at the 25th CAB’s flight line and experienced multiple displays of the brigade’s aircraft and gear that pilots, air crews and ground troops wear. Accompanied by the smooth sounds of the 25th Infantry Division’s Tropic Lightning Band Jazz Ensemble, visitors climbed aboard aircraft and tactical vehicles, enjoyed refreshments, and watched a short video on the history of WAAF in the Oahu community. Shortly af- terward, the “Wings of Lightning” brigade commander presented awards to recog- nize the efforts of some of the leadership.

“We do have a bond and a relationship here, and your kindness to bring us into your ohana is something that we very much appreciate,” said Lundy. “On top of that, we also need your support to enable us to train.

“The training areas we have here on Oahu and over on the Big Island enable us to be able to do the things that our nation calls on us for,” Lundy continued. “As we

Spc. Kevin Miller, a fueler with A Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, shows a young visitor how to operate one of the battalion’s fuel trucks as part of a static display

during the open house, July 31.

fight the global war on terror, we’ve got to continue to maintain our readiness. But we also don’t take it lightly that we are part

of the community here and we must make sure we strive to achieve balance and minimize the impact of our operations.”

Several open house patrons said they were grateful for the opportunity to visit such an elaborate event.

“This will greatly improve the commu- nity’s relationship with the military,” said Alfred Remigeo, an Aiea VFW represen- tative. “To have them come to the instal- lation and see what the military is doing for them is great.”

“I think it’s great and something that is really needed,” said Joshua McCloskey, also an Aiea VFW representative. “You have to be able to work together, and the civilian community depends on the mili- tary. We really do need them. I think they’re doing a great job.”

Abey Qureshi, vice principal for Wheel- er Elementary School, also agreed.

“It was wonderful,” she said. “(By) bring- ing in some of the local leaders, I think we

really experienced a very warm welcome tonight, and that really kind of bridges

those connections and will really help lo- cal leaders want to build more partner- ships.”

Chicpaul Becerra l U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa Public Affairs

Environmen al enl ghtenment

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — (From left to right) Sarah Knox, Pohakuloa Training Area natural resources coordinator, and Bill Godby, PTA archeologist, discuss various PTA environmental projects to Rotary Club members Mark Mullins and John Simmerman. More than 25 members and guests of the Rotary Club of North Kohala learned about PTA during a briefing at the club’s monthly luncheon meeting in Waimea on the Big Island, July 30.


Community Calendar

From B-2

e-mail or tony4atmos@aol.com.

Youth Activities — Youth can participate in a number of activ- ities, including building model rockets and receiving power/glid- er flight training. The squadron is also involved with community service projects and participates in training for disaster response and search and rescue.

Call or e-mail 386-1374, or tony4atmos@aol.com.

Borders Reading Groups Borders Waikele hosts three month- ly reading groups: Bestsellers, sec- ond Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Romance Readers Anonymous, second Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; and Interna- tional Women’s Writing Guide, first and third Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Call 676-6699 for more infor- mation.

Transition to Teaching Ses- sion — Bryan Miller will hold an in- formational session providing handouts and answering questions about the Troops to Teachers and Spouses to Teachers programs, the first Tuesday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Education Cen- ter, Room 220, Schofield Barracks.

E-mail HawaiiTTT@notes.k12. hi.us or visit www.proudtoservea- gain.com.

Free DVD Messages — Family members can record a 30-second video message on DVD to send to their deployed Soldier.

The free service is offered every Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., TV2 sta- tion, Schofield Barracks. To reserve your spot, contact Larry Thomas at 295-0205 or e-mail Larry.Th- omas9@us.army.mil.

Beginners Line Dancing — Wear covered shoes and join a group of happy, fun-loving, beginning lev- el line dancers, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., in Ewa Beach.

Cost is $3 per class. Call 351- 2614.

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