SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - U.S. Army-Hawaii (USARHAW) Soldiers and family members will have the opportunity to ask questions on the air during the first-ever, live, televised town hall forum, here, Dec. 17.

The broadcast will air real-time on Hawaii Army Cable Network (HACN) TV2, the installation access channel. The broadcast will be hosted by Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, senior commander, USARHAW, and Col. Matthew Margotta, commander, U.S. ArmyAca,!E+Garrison-Hawaii, from 7-8 p.m.

The TV town hall forum will broadcast from the Visual Information (VI) studio and is designed to encourage open communication and discussion between USARHAW leadership and the local Army community.

"Our goal is to offer a new forum where our community members have an opportunity to offer questions and receive immediate feedback, both from command and subject matter experts," said Margotta. "In the process, (we hope to) expand our ability to communicate with each other in new but relevant ways."

Callers will be able speak to featured panel members on the show. Panelists currently scheduled for the broadcast include Lt. Col. Richard Gledhill, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Oahu (USAG-Oahu), who coordinates and integrates base operations support for all organizations on Oahu Army installations, and USAG-Oahu Command Sgt. Maj. Darryl Jannone.

Subject matter experts from the Army medical and housing communities will also be available for questions.

The inaugural live program will offer two half-hour feature segments devoted to health care and housing-related issues. Though highlighted by a primary topic, the open forum will allow introduction of a wider range of issues.

Community members can participate immediately by posting their questions via the "Ask the Commander" program.

All questions will be gathered and answered by a subject matter expert, even if the inquiries are not featured during the scheduled live forum.

"We want to seize this chance to tap the tremendous potential social media has in this process and utilize both our Web site and Twitter to gather questions and comments," Margotta added.

The live town hall will be rebroadcast throughout December and January on TV2.

Submit questions now at <a href="http://www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil">www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil</a> (click on the "Ask The Commander" link on the left) or at <a href="http://www.twitter.com/usaghi">www.twitter.com/usaghi</a>.

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