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A-6 | AUGUST 8, 2008 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY

Photos by Sgt. Stephen Proctor l 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Cause or app ause

FORT SHAFTER — (Above, left to right) Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hires, 500th Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade; Staff Sgt. Levon Mursier Jr., 732nd MI Battalion; and Sgt. Michael Davids, 205th MI Bn.; receive the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award during a ceremony at the Richardson Theater here, July 31. The award is named after the most decorated Soldier in World War II, who earned the Medal of Honor and every other medal for valor, among others.

Left — Anne-Marie Sawyer, 732nd MI Bn., is presented the Doctor Mary E. Walker Award by Maj. Gen. Raymond Mason, right, during the ceremony, July 31. Also awarded but not present were Monica Matteo, 8th Special Troops Bat- talion, and Melissa Rodeffer, 205th MI Bn. The award is named after the only female Medal of Honor recepient and is awarded to Army spouses who distin- guish themselves with oustanding volun- teer service in support of Soldiers.

SOLDIERS

Dining facility opens lanai

SGT. 1ST CLASS JASON SHEPHERD U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — For most Sol- diers and Department of the Army civilians, eating lunch at Fort Shafter’s only dining facility was a tedious affair.

It wasn’t because the food was bad or the service was terrible. The hard part was trying to find a seat.

The grand opening of the Paradise Haven Dining Facility Lanai should put an end to the wait, according to Sgt. 1st Class Adriana Ybarra, dining facility manager.

Lt. Col. Erik Nordberg, command- er of the U.S. Army-Pacific Special Troops Battalion officially opened a new lanai with additional seating in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the dining facility, July 25.

“We’ve had so many people that wanted to come here, so lunches were very tight,” he said. “With everyone’s help, a lanai was built very quickly, which will now provide 45 additional seats. With the 88 seats in here plus those outside, troops will not have to stand around and wait for a space.”

According to Nordberg, approval for the funding of the new lanai took almost two years. Cutting the rib- bon was Nordberg’s last official func- tion before he stepped down from command, July 29.

“I want to say thank you to our team, thanks to the garrison and the (Department of Public Works) team as well,” he added. “Everyone who has made this happen. Since I arrived here two years ago, I’ve understood that the dining facility was one of the priorities that needed to be fixed.”

He also said that the dining facil- ity was losing more than $1,000 every month, but with changes in management and quality of food, the dining facility is almost breaking even.

Spc. Rebecca Kuschka cuts the cake she made with some help from Lt. Col. Erik Nordberg in celebration of the new opening of the Paradise Haven Dining Facility Lanai, July 25.

at (a sandwich shop) when he or she could come here and get the same thing for $3.75, which includes

one that Fort Shafter and USARPAC could be proud of. “This is an Army in transformation

dessert.

and Fort Shafter is big in transfor-

Ybarra said she and her crew have instituted several new ideas to drum up more business, including a sand- wich bar and a more exciting menu.

“My goal is to have all Soldiers come here for lunch, instead of fast food,” she said. “I never understood why a Soldier would want to pay $7

“If you think about it, you could save almost $60 every month just by eating at the dining facility. Now, with the extra seating, there’s not an excuse to go off post and eat.”

Nordberg said that it was always his goal to make the dining facility

mation,” he said. “We recognize that as we have more and more Soldiers assigned here, the dining facility is a place where people will come to- gether to eat and talk to their fellow Soldiers. It is very important that Paradise Haven is a top-notch facil- ity.”

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