By Story and Photo by Mike Egami, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public AffairsJune 21, 2011
POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii -- Big Island senior government officials and community leaders attended the Community Leaders Day, here, June 14.
In a seminar-style gathering, attendees were provided information that highlighted the Army’s future plans for PTA, sustainability and Saddle Road improvements.
About 100 people attended this annual event.
Attendees also celebrated the Army’s 236th birthday, here, during Community Leaders Day. Debra Zedalis, regional director, Installation Management Command-Pacific, and Dennis Cabanting, a veteran and Purple Heart recipient, cut the cake in the traditional ceremony.
Static displays of the equipment that Soldiers and Marines at Bradshaw Army Airfield, here, use were also part of the installation tour.
Attendees talked with Army helicopter crews, explored the helicopters’ interiors, observed Marines firing an artillery round and watched a Hawaii Army National Guard artillery unit prepare for a convoy mission.
“We believe the forum enabled both the military and community leaders to share ideas and discuss issues directly affecting Army garrison installations throughout Hawaii,” said Lt. Col. Rolland Niles, commander, PTA. “We will continue to discuss, listen and work toward the improvement of all our installations.”