A-10 | AUGUST 8, 2008 HAWAII ARMY WEEKLY
Chaplains: History guides chaplain corps
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warfighting headquarters. Second, with the Pacific integration, Korea now falls under USARPAC. Finally, the chief of chaplains has decided that chaplain training will be world- wide.
Fowler encouraged his troops to read up on the history of the chap- lains because “the more you know about the past, the more you will know about the future.”
“You here today are writing the future history of chaplains,” Fowler continued. “You are directing the chaplaincy and the direction it will go in the future.”
Inghilterra expanded on Fowler’s words.
“God is on a roll,” Inghilterra said. “We are coming into a time where we need to be ‘instruments of peace.’ We are called to bring hope, healing, forgiveness and reconciliation in the lives we touch.
“With the religious nature of war right now, who better than the chap- lains to help win these wars?” In- ghilterra asked. “Who better than the experts in religious dealings? Who better than the chaplains to become ‘instruments of peace?’
“In the end, when push comes to shove, we are here to do God’s work,” Inghilterra concluded.
The anniversary event was more than speeches and a reminder of the second oldest corps, it was also an opportunity for the caregivers to practice what they preach.
Sgt. Christopher Charilla, Headquar- ters and Headquarters Detachment, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, chaplains fund clerk, fills water balloons for the balloon toss at the 233rd Anniversary of the Chaplain Corps Celebration at Bowen Park on Schofield Barracks, July 29.
“It’s also a day we can relax from a mission that happens 24 hours a day seven days a week,” said Chap- lain (Lt. Col.) Jim Caraway, deputy installation chaplain, Schofield Bar- racks. “You’ll break if you don’t take the time to chill out a little.”
infantry and the smallest corps, so it’s good to see us all in force. We all work as a team but there is also power in numbers and this event shows how strong we really are — the power of ministry by presence.”
Having the Hawaii corps together is heartening, Swintek said, because normally a chaplaincy consists of a chaplain and his assistant — two people for a regiment.
“Today brings us together all as one team,” Swintek said. “We are the second oldest corps next to the
Chaplains answer to more than just the call to serve their country with the motto Pro Deo Et Patria, “For God and country.”
“I love what I do,” Swintek said. “The ability to help others, not just Soldiers, but people and families, is a calling in itself.”
Gate opens to alleviate congestion
DIRECTORATE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES News Release
An exit only gate opened on Wheeler Army Airfield providing access to Kunia Road from Eastman Road, Tuesday.
This gate, adjacent to Wheeler Elemen- tary School, is open to facilitate the departure of school buses and parents dropping off and picking up children from the Wheeler El- ementary and Intermediate Schools.
The gate’s hours of operation are: 7-8:15 a.m. (Monday-Friday) Noon-1:45 p.m. (Wednesday only) 2-3 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Drivers are cautioned to obey the speed zone in front of the school. Drivers should also use care when merging onto Kunia Road.
Vehicle Registration Office is moving The Schofield Barracks Vehicle Registration Office will relocate from its Leilehua Golf Course location to the Soldier Support Cen- ter, Building 750, Room 116, Schofield Bar- racks, today.
Room 116 is immediately to the right when customers enter through the main doors. It will be closed the entire day to accomplish the move, but will reopen Monday.
This move is designed improve customer service by placing this facility in a more cen- tral location.
The Vehicle Registration hours of operation will remain the same; 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon- day - Friday. Phone numbers will also remain the same:
Veh. Reg Office: 655-0894 Supervisor: 655-8940 Fax: 655-9095 The Installation Access Control Office will remain at the Leilehua Golf Course. The Fort Shafter Flats Vehicle Registration Office will be open today.
Margotta: Garrison focuses on customers
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Transition Unit and making a “one stop shop” for returning wounded warriors.
The garrison and Directorate of Public Works (DPW) made strides in base beautifi- cation, repainting road stripes and signs.
The bottom line for quality of life, ac- cording to Margotta, is continuous im- provement and serving the Soldiers and families of Hawaii.
As the 25th Infantry Division prepares to return to Iraq, Margotta said the garrison’s focus will shift to training Soldiers and sus- taining their families while they are away. This means ensuring training areas are us- able for Soldiers, and also means maintain- ing and expanding family programs the garrison has worked hard to establish.
In addition to Soldiers and families, Margotta also stressed taking care of garrison employees.
“We need to hire and take care of civilian career development in the same way we do for people in the ‘green suit.’” Margotta said.
Another topic, NSPS, raised many eyebrows. Margotta said the garrison learned many lessons from the first year of NSPS and will implement those lessons in the upcoming rating period. One of the primary lessons he shared was the idea that what employees do each year builds on itself, so it isn’t necessary to reinvent priorities and tasks every year.
Margotta also stressed that employees take an interest in their own professional development.
“You are the only person who can affect your performance,” Margotta said. “You are the person who has the most to gain by guiding your own career.”
At the same time, he also appealed to su- pervisors to help employees move forward in their careers.
Workforce and community town halls are an important tools the garrison uses to gain insight into the communities and set garrison priorities.
“As tough as some town halls can be, we
get a lot of good ideas from them,” said Margotta.
Following his presentation, Margotta welcomed questions from the assembly.
Several centered on the NSPS system, while others dealt with traffic congestion on post. Margotta said he didn’t expect any major changes to the NSPS system soon. He also said the garrison is looking at a traf- fic control master plan and is working to- ward improving traffic at all Army instal- lations on Hawaii.
The challenge, he said, is the roads weren’t built to handle the amount of peo- ple currently working in and around the in- stallations.
In closing, Margotta thanked the audi- ence for their hard work and dedication to the garrison.
“We have accomplished a lot this year and that’s due to the quality of our organ- ization and the quality of our people,” Margotta said. “We’ve got the best people in the Army working in this garrison. Thank you for what you do.”
Pre-Retirement Orientation — The next semiannual pre-retirement orientation is scheduled for Aug. 27, 8-11:30 a.m., at the Post Conference Room, Schofield Barracks.
The orientation is for Soldiers with 18 or more years of service, but spouses are en- couraged to attend as well.
Quartermaster Laundry — The Quar- termaster Laundry, Building 2800, Lyman Road, Schofield Barracks, provides laundry
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The Quartermaster Laundry is open Mon- day-Friday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 624-3906.
These services are approximately 50-75 percent cheaper than other on-post and off- post laundry facilities.
Information on the benefits and privi- leges of retirees will be provided and repre- sentatives from federal, state and military staff offices will be on hand to answer ques- tions.
services to military, Reserve Officer Training Corps members, Department of Defense civil- ians and all authorized dependents and re- tirees.
The laundry offers same day service (mil- itary uniforms only), 24-hour and 72-hour service, clothing repair and sewing require- ments.