By U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public AffairsApril 6, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Soldiers, family members and civilian employees on Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield participated in a community spring cleanup, March 27-29.
Orchestrated by the 25th Infantry Division, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and other on-post organizations, the cleanup is the start of an installation community campaign to take pride in its Army home.
Under the theme "Hometown Schofield-Wheeler 'Ahahui Pride," the campaign's goal is to instill a sense of ownership and responsibility in the installation. In fact, the Hawaiian word "'Ahahui" means "bringing a group of people together."
To kick off the cleanup, Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, then-commander, 25th ID, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Devens Jr., senior enlisted leader, 25th ID, issued the following proclamation:
Tropic Lightning Soldiers and families,
It's time we took back our community! The Schofield Barracks-Wheeler Army Airfield community should reflect the pride we have in who we are and in what we represent.
We give a lot, and we give a lot of ourselves to wear this uniform and to live in this community. We owe it to ourselves, our families and our neighbors to make Schofield Barracks-Wheeler Army Airfield the best possible community. Regardless of how long we live here, this is our Hometown -- an exclusive community built through our service and sacrifice and the service and sacrifice of those who have come before us.
Ahahui is Hawaiian for bringing a group of people together. We should embrace the concept of ahahui and come together to maintain our community to the highest standards possible.
It's not someone else's responsibility; the responsibility is ours. We need to start with consideration of others by obeying the speed limit, turning down our music, stop littering, keeping our living quarters and work areas clean, and by properly supervising our children.
You deserve and have earned the privilege of living in a community that has Hometown Pride: a community that reflects our self-discipline, leadership by example, consideration of others, individual responsibility and personal accountability. We can do better to make this community better.
Let's make the Schofield Barracks-Wheeler Army Airfield communities reflect who we are and the pride we have serving in the "Tropic Lightning" Div.