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A-2 | AUGUST 8, 2008 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY

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T h e H a w a i i A r m y W e e k l y w e l - c o m e s a r t i c l e s f r o m A r m y o r g a n i - z a t i o n s , a n n o u n c e m e n t s f r o m t h e g e n e r a l p u b l i c a b o u t c o m m u n i t y e v e n t s o f i n t e r e s t t o t h e m i l i t a r y c o m - m u n i t y a n d l e t t e r s a n d c o m m e n - t a r i e s . I f , y o u h a v e n e w s w o r t h y i d e a s o r s t o r i e s y o u d l i k e t o w r i t e , c o o r d i - n a t e w i t h t h e m a n a g i n g e d i t o r a t 6 5 6 - 3 1 5 5 , o r e - m a i l e d i t o r @ h a w a i - i a r m y w e e k l y . c o m T h e e d i t o r i a l d . e a d l i n e f o r a r t i c l e s a n d a n n o u n c e m e n t s i s t h e F r i d a y p r i o r t o F r i d a y p u b l i c a t i o n s . P r i o r c o - o r d i n a t i o n i s m a n d a t o r y . A r t i c l e s m u s t b e t e x t o r W o r d f i l e s w i t h c o m p l e t e i n f o r m a t i o n , n o a b - b r e v i a t i o n s ; a c c o m p a n y i n g p h o t o - g r a p h s m u s t b e d i g i t a l , h i g h r e s o l u - t i o n , j p e g f i l e s w i t h f u l l c a p t i o n s a n d b y l i n e s . T h e H a w a i i A r m y W e e k l y i s a n a u t h o r i z e d n e w s p a p e r a n d i s p u b - l i s h e d i n t h e i n t e r e s t o f t h e U . S . A r m c o m m u n i t y i n H a w a i i . A l l e d i t o r i a l c o n t e n t o f t h e H a w a i i A r m y W e e k l y i s t h e r e s p o n s i b i l i t y o f t h e U . S . A r m y , H a w a i i P u b l i c A f f a i r s O f f i c e , S c h o f i e l d B a r r a c k s , H a w a i i 9 6 8 5 7 . C o n t e n t s o f t h e H a w a i i A r m y W e e k l y a r e n o t n e c e s s a r i l y t h e o f f i - c i a l v i e w s o f , o r e n d o r s e d b y , t h e U . S . G v e r n m e n t o r t h e D e p a r t m e n t o f t h e A r m y . T h e H a w a i i A r m y W e e k l y i s p r i n t - e d b y T h e H o n o l u l u A d v e r t i s e r , a p r i v a t e f i r m i n n o w a y c o n n e c t e d w i t h t h e U . S G o v e r n m e n t , u n d e r e x c l u s i v e w r i t t e n a g r e e m e n t w i t h t h e U . S . A r m y , H a w a i i . T h e H a w a i i A r m y W e e k l y i s p u b - l i s h e d w e e k l y u s i n g t h e o f f s e t m e t h o d o f r e p r o d u c t i o n a n d h a s a p r i n t e d c i r c u l a t i o n o f 1 5 , 3 0 0 . E v e r y t h i n g a d v e r t i s e d i n t h i s p u b - l i c a t i o n s h a l l b e m a d e a v a i l a b l e f o r p u r c h a s e , u s e o r p a t r o n a g e w i t h - o u t r e g a r d t o r a c e , c o l o r , r e l i g i o n , s e x , n a t i o n a l o r i g i n , a g e , m a r i t a l s t a - t u s , p h y s i c a l h a n d i c a p , p o l i t i c a l a f - f i l i a t i o n , o r a n y o t h e r n o n - m e r i t f a c - t o r o f t h e p u r c h a s e r , u s e r o r p a t r o n . T h e a p p e a r a n c e o f a d v e r t i s i n g i n t h i s p u b l i c a t i o n , i n c l u d i n g i n s e r t s a n d s u p p l e m e n t s , d o e s n o t c o n s t i - t u t e e n d o r s e m e n t b y t h e D e p a r t - m e n t o f t h e A r m y , o r T h e H o n o l u l u A d v e r t i s e r , o f t h e f i r m s , p r o d u c t s o r s e r v i c e s a d v e r t i s e d .

C o m m a n d e r , U . S . A r m y G a r r i s o n C o l . M a t t h e w M a r g o t t a D i r e c t o r , P u b l i c A f f a i r s D e n n i s C . D r a k e C h i e f , C o m m a n d I n f o r m a t i o n A i k o R o s e B r u m , 6 5 6 - 3 1 5 5 A i k o . B r u m @ u s . a r m y . m i l M a n a g i n g E d i t o r J e r e m y S . B u d d e m e i e r , 6 5 6 - 3 1 5 6 e d i t o r @ h a w a i i a r m y w e e k l y . c o m N e w s E d i t o r K y l e F o r d , 6 5 6 - 3 1 5 0 k y l e @ h a w a i i a r m y w e e k l y . c o m W e b E d i t o r S t e p h a n i e R u s h s t e p h a n i e @ h a w a i i a r m y w e e k l y . c o m L a y o u t L e a h M a y o S t a f f W r i t e r M o l l y H a y d e n A d v e r t i s i n g : 5 2 5 - 7 4 3 9 C l a s s i f i e d s : 5 2 1 - 9 1 1 1 E d i t o r i a l O f f i c e : 6 5 6 - 3 1 5 5 / 3 1 5 6 F a x : 6 5 6 - 3 1 6 2 A d d r e s s : P u b l i c A f f a i r s O f f i c e 7 4 2 S a n t o s D u m o n t A v e . , W A A F B u i l d i n g 1 0 8 , R m . 3 0 4 S c h o f i e l d B a r r a c k s , H I 9 6 8 5 7 - 5 0 0 0 W e b s i t e : w w w . g a r r i s o n . h a w a i i . a r m y . m i l / h a w . a s p N o n d e l i v e r y o r d i s t r i b u t i o n p r o b l e m s i n A r m y H a w a i i F a m i l y H o u s i n g a r e a s ? I f s o , c a l l 6 5 6 - 3 1 5 5 o r 6 5 6 - 3 1 5 6 .

61 days

since last fatal accident

Number represents fatal ac- cidents as defined by Army Regulation 385-10, which is in- clusive of all active component U.S. Army units and person- nel. Current as of 8/6/08.

Services abound for school-age children

LT. COL. MARK BOUSSY Commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Oahu

In a military community, the summer months typically mean transition for many families, and our Army community in Hawaii is no different. First let me welcome all our new Soldiers and families to Hawaii. As I am sure you are quickly discovering, Hawaii is a great place to work and live. The Commander’s Corner for the month of August focuses on important back-to- school issues.

Deployment Resource Team

Due to recent and pending deployments, military children are continuing to expe- rience the stress and challenges of sepa- rating and reuniting with parents. Education issues may arise that require the attention and support of the department of education, military community, educa- tion and mental health specialists, and parents. For deployment information and support, the school liaison office partners with various community subject matter experts who make up a deployment resource team (DRT). This team provides in- formation and resources to school staff and military families. To schedule a brief- ing by the DRT team or for deployment re- sources and activity books for children and teens, contact the school liaison office.

Parent-to-Parent In an effort to assist parents in keeping

their children’s aca- demic development on track and supporting their social and emo- tional needs, the De- partment of Defense has contracted the Mil- itary Child Education

Coalition, a nonprofit organization, to devel- op the Parent-to-Par -

Boussy

ent program operating under the umbrel- la of Child and Youth Services (CYS).

The program is made up of a group of committed individuals who offer free in- teractive training and workshops designed to create and enhance parental awareness of important school transition issues. Parent-to-Parent offers relevant informa- tion to assist parents in becoming their child’s best educational advocate. This short training is a wonderful central focus for any family readiness group (FRG) or so- cial meeting. For information regarding the Parent-to-Parent program, contact Karmin Solomon at schofieldparent2par- ent@yahoo.com.

Student Online Achievement Resources (SOAR)

SOAR is a program for military children and the school districts that serve them. It is a free Web site that provides students in grades 3-12 and their parents with re- sources to identify academic strengths and weaknesses in math and reading. The Mil- itary Impacted Schools Association spon-

sors SOAR. The association hopes SOAR will help children improve their academic endeavors and ease the transition of mov- ing from one military installation to an- other. Families can visit www.soarath- ome.org to access the program.

Child Safety

Child safety is a priority in our Army communities. Children less than 10 years old cannot be left unsupervised at a bus stop and cannot walk to school alone. Children less than 10 years old must be escorted by a parent or sibling 12 years old or older. Policy Memorandum USAG-HI 34, Child Supervision Policy for Army Installations in Hawaii states the conditions under which children must be supervised. Remember, this is the perfect time to update phone numbers, work numbers, ad- dresses and e-mail addresses with your school administrator. Failure to contact a parent in an emergency situation could have devastating consequences. For the safety of your child, please ensure this policy is strictly adhered to. Let’s ensure we all do our part to keep our keiki (children) safe.

School Bus

Children that reside a mile or more from their school are eligible for regular school bus service. Because the Hawaii Department of Education (DoE) leases the use of private buses, there is a cost to student riders.

Unlike some states that own their bus fleet, the Hawaii DoE contracts bus companies to transport students to and from school.

The bus trip (one way) averages $.35 per trip. Parents can purchase round trip passes at a cost of about $33 for a school quarter (prices change based on the num- ber of school days in each quarter) or $123.90 for the entire school year. One way rates are also available. Students who qualify for free lunch are eligible to receive a free bus pass. Parents should visit their child’s school for a bus pass application and can check on the status of their child’s application by logging on to http://ipor- tal.k12.hi.us/SBT.

Command and Parent Involvement

Parental involvement is key to a child’s successful educational experience. I en- courage the chain of command to assist Soldiers in an effort to support their chil- dren’s education by allowing the Soldier time to meet with teachers and school of- ficials during normal duty and school hours. The successful education of a child takes a commitment by our entire com- munity.

For more information regarding educa- tional support programs, contact CYS School Liaison & Education Services at (808) 655-8326/9818, or e-mail at tam- sin.keone@us.army.mil. You can also vis- it their Web site is at www.mwrarmy- hawaii.com/cys/cyslia.asp.

Soldier sentenced for AWOL

OFFICES OF STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE 8th Theater Sustainment Command and 25th Infantry Division

To deter misconduct and to in- form Soldiers and civilians of mil- itary justice trends, the Offices of the Staff Judge Advocate from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command and 25th Infantry Division publish the results of the following recent courts martial:

Human resources system open for self-enrollment

LT. COL. MIKE MOOSE U. S. Army Human Resources Command Public Affairs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Army Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS) Office launched the Army DIMHRS Web-based Blackboard Learning Manage- ment System, Friday.

DIMHRS is a Congressionally-mandated program designed to provide the Army with an integrated, multicomponent personnel and pay system that will create one person- nel record per service member for his or her entire career.

The Blackboard houses all DIMHRS train- ing courses and materials used to teach the

entire Army community, including Soldiers, civilians and contractors, to successfully navigate through the new system. The

DIMHRS Blackboard http://ssi.learn.army.mil.

is

located

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All Soldiers can complete the distance learning directly through the Internet or by downloading the programs to a computer.

The Army will train five targeted audi- ences: DIMHRS administrators (DA), Train- the-Trainer (T3)/Change Agents, human resources (HR) specialists, managers, and self-service members. Self-enrollment opened to all users Friday.

  • DIMHRS Administrators Training will

take place from Monday through Sept. 5 at:

Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Jackson, S.C.; Camp Robinson, Ark.; Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Va.; Europe and Hawaii; and from Sept. 8-12 in Korea. DA training in- cludes eight hours of distributed learning and one week of classroom training.

  • Train-the-Trainer (T3/Change Agent)

Training will be conducted from Oct. 6–Dec. 12 at Fort Jackson, S.C.; Fort Hood, Texas; and Army National Guard Training Facility, Camp Robinson, Ark. T3 includes 48 hours of online learning and 80 hours of classroom in- struction (128 hours total). T3 students must self-enroll, complete the Basic Foundation

SEE RESOURCES, A-8

Over the past month, one Soldier was tried, found guilty, and sen- tenced for various offenses occur- ring on and off Schofield Barracks.

A private first class from 561st Engineer Company (rear detach- ment), 84th Engineer Battalion, Schofield Barracks, was sentenced at a special court-martial to be re- duced to the grade of private (E-1), to be confined for 90 days, and to be discharged from the service with a bad-conduct discharge, for miss- ing movement and being absent without leave.

In addition to forfeiture of pay (either adjudged or by operation of law), confinement and a punitive discharge, the Soldier will also have a federal conviction that he or she must report when filling out a job application. This federal conviction may strip the Soldier of some civil rights, such as the right to purchase and maintain firearms and the right to vote.

The season runs June 1-Nov. 30, so stay vigilant for turbulent shifts in weather.

If a hurricane is approaching Hawaii, you will learn about it from radio and TV news reports, collected from the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

Stay tuned to HACN TV2 in Army Hawaii Family Housing for specific guidance, respond to instructions on the AHFH CallMax automatic telephone system and comply with directives from Military Police via public address systems.

Emergency shelters are located on Oahu Army instal- lations. You will be advised when to proceed to your as- signed shelter. When you get this notice, take your fami- ly and your Emergency Readiness Kit to your assigned emergency shelter.

Review the 2008 AHFH Hurricane Readiness trifold pamphlet, now, which lists Oahu Army emergency shel- ters and items you should have in your readiness kit. Download the pamphlet at www.garrision.hawai.army.mil

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    under the left side “Hazard Awareness” link.

Off-post military must determine their area shelter from their local phone book, visit www.oahucivilde- fense.com or call 523-4122.

Q A : : The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate releases the results of recent courts-martial for publication to inform the community of military justice trends and to deter future misconduct by Soldiers. Why does the Hawaii Army Weekly publish court-martial findings?

God’s compassion transcends human suffering

CHAPLAIN (CAPT.) RAMON P. SANTILLANO 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment Chaplain

The miracle that Jesus performed in the feeding of 5,000 people on the shores of the Sea of Galilee near Bethsaida has always filled me with awe and intrigue. It is inter- esting to me because this is the only miracle of Jesus found in all four of the Gospels (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; and John 6:1-15).

And so, I have always wondered, why? What lessons and insights does this narrative offer? Many, one might think, yet specifically, what do we find here?

After you have had an opportunity to read the narrative for yourself, I invite you to use your imagination and revisit the opening scene. Imag- ine with me, Christ is in the boat; shafts of high- ly focused heat and light beam relentlessly in his face and eyes. These rays

Santillano

come both from the sun and as reflections off the face of the water. There is no escape for

him.

The air is dry and dusty. Heat waves com-

bine with dust in the air to paint mosaics — false illusions, mirages and distorted images.

Therefore, the awaiting crowd at first may have appeared as nothing more than a blur obscured by the sun’s rays — an illusion — a giant mirage of dust and heat. But, as Jesus moves to the shore and, yes, dares to join the crowd, all becomes clear.

Note that he doesn’t decide to sail away, ig- nore the crowd, or go another way. Instead, he joins them. As he mingles with the crowd, he is confronted with a multitude of vivid im- ages, sounds and even smells. He observes

SEE COMPASSION, A-8

Staff Sgt.

Spc. Greg

Spc. Nipa

Wendy Cortes 8th TSC HR Specialist

Richards 94th AAMDC Intelligence Analyst

Thomas 311th Theater Signal Command Motorpool Clerk

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for children."

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basketball player."

What career would you choose (other than your current career) if salary wasn’t an issue?

8th TSC Paralegal NCO

USARPAC Counter Intelligence Staff Officer

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