Garrison, USAG-HI community building for future
December 24, 2013
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii (Dec. 20, 2013) -- U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii community members witnessed a year of building in 2013 as the garrison stood poised for continued growth.
A building year
Garrison welcomed the dedication of new barracks, the building of new family homes and breaking ground for an extensive new building and renovation of Hale Kula Elementary School.
The $33,200,000 project for Schofield Barracks' Hale Kula, announced in March, is funded primarily through federal grants and is now underway. When completed in 2015, the new complex will include a new two-story, 10-classroom building, a Library/Student Services Building, an Administration Building and a covered play court.
The facility serves approximately 900 children of military personnel.
The new $35.3 million Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing on Montague Street, dedicated Oct. 30, now houses Soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division's Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion and with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
Moving trucks began rolling into Helemano Military Reservation, beginning in February, and delivered household goods to 146 new homes in 2013. Schofield Barracks' Kalakaua community began opening 296 new housing units in August, and Aliamanu Military Reservation's Valley View community witnessed the completion of two phases of homebuilding completion in February and November. The Hibiscus neighborhood also welcomed another 137 new homes during the year.
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation reopened the Schofield Barracks Stoneman Field athletic complex in the fall following two years of building and renovation.
A year to be entertained
Through the efforts of FMWR, the NFL and the USO, it was a big year with big-name entertainment for USAG-HI.
The National Football League's annual Pro Bowl event provided the backdrop for game week garrison appearances and activities in January that brought Soldiers, family members and NFL stars together. One example was the appearance by football superstars Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Larry Fitzgerald at Wheeler Elementary School as part of the "Play 60" NFL initiative.
Concerts included movie and television star Gary Sinese and his Lt. Dan Band, country superstar Toby Keith (May 4) and Fourth of July Spectacular entertainment by OneRepublic.
A year of remembrances
The Army's history in Hawaii continued to be highlighted through a year of remembrances. During one, Gold Star mothers and families were recognized during a Lei of Honor and Remembrance Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Sept. 29. The event, hosted by Survivor Outreach Services (part of Army Community Service, DFMWR), captured the attention of the state for its solemn recognition of family sacrifice.