By Lt. Col. Daniel Hulsebosch, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Emergency ServicesOctober 25, 2010
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Effective Nov. 1, hours of operation for three U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii gates will change at Schofield Barracks' Foote and Kawamura gates and Fort Shafter's Patch Gate.
Foote Gate will no longer be a 24-hour gate, but will close from 11 p.m.-5 a.m.
Kawamura Gate will close at 8 p.m. - one hour earlier than before - and it will open at 7 a.m., on weekends, which is two hours later than before.
Patch Gate will remain open one hour later, until 8 p.m.
Almost 18 months ago, USAG-HI Directorate of Emergency Services started planning for the transition that is being implemented across all garrisons: elimination of contract guards and changing over to Department of the Army security guards. The transition from contract security guards to DASGs was completed Sept. 15, fifteen days ahead of schedule.
USAG-HI DES has hired its full complement of 120 guards, and concluded the ninth guard academy, Tuesday. The academy lasts 120 hours and gives new guards the skills they need to perform their duties at the gates.
The contracted guards manned nine gates across USAG-HI. With the new DASGs, DES can man 10 gates and conduct random patrols at USAG-HI housing areas for more than half of each day.
One of the ways we are able to cover more of our gates is by adjusting the hours some gates are open. At Schofield Barracks, Foote and Lyman gates are currently 24-hour gates, even though they are less than a block apart. The Nov. 1 change in operational time was implemented accordingly.
DASG patrols in North and South Oahu communities will conduct random gate operations at the four housing areas.