Midway needs extras See page B-5Whats INSIDE Kick back with a concert See page B-1 USS Hawaii participates in submarine insertion See page A-4 Preparing for disaster See page A-2July 20, 2018 www.issuu.com/navyregionhawaii www.hookelenews.com Volume 9 Issue 28 RIMPAC on target Courtesy Story U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs Live fire from aircraft, a submarine and land assets participating in the Rim of the Paci c (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned exUSS Racine (LST-1191) July 12 in waters 15,000 feet deep 55 nautical miles north of Paci c Missile Range Facility (PMRF) Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. PMRF is the worlds largest instrumented multi-environmental range capable of supported surface, air, and space operations simultaneously. Units from Australia, Japan and the U.S. participated in the sinking exercise (SINKEX), which provided them the opportunity to gain pro ciency in tactics, targeting and live ring against a surface target at sea. Today, we demonstrated the lethality and adaptability of our joint forces in the maritime environment, said Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Indo-Paci c Command. As naval forces drive our enemies into the littorals, army forces can strike them. Conversely, when the army drives our enemies out to sea naval repower can do the same. The SINKEX featured live firing of surface-to-ship missiles by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a launcher on the back of a Palletized Load System (PLS) by the U.S. Army. This marks the rst time a land-based unit has participated in the live-fire event during RIMPAC. This year was also the rst time a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft has participated in a SINKEX during RIMPAC. With numerous warships, allied submarines, multiple strike aircraft and multi-domain land forces participating, this SINKEX was an extremely valuable part of RIMPAC, said Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Bob Auchterlonie, deputy commander of the RIMPAC Combined Task Force. SINKEXs are an important way for us to test our weapons and weapons systems in a way that provides our ships companies, our submariners, our aircrews, and our land forces with the most realistic training possible. Former U.S. Navy vessels used in SINKEXs, referred to as hulks, are prepared in strict compliance with regulations prescribed and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under a general permit the U.S. Navy holds pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act. Each SINKEX is required to sink the hulk in at least 1,000 fathoms (6,000 feet) of water and at least 50 nautical miles from land. Surveys are conducted to ensure that people and marine mammals are not in an area where they could be harmed during the event. Prior to the vessel being transported for participation in a SINKEX, each vessel is put through a rigorous cleaning process. The process includes the removal of all polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), transformers and large capacitors, all small capacitors to the greatest extent practical, trash, floatable materials, mercury or uorocarbon-containing materials and readily detachable solid PCB items. Petroleum is also cleaned from tanks, piping and reservoirs. A U.S. Navy environmental, safety and health manager and a quality assurance supervisor inspect the environmental remediation conducted in preparation of a vessels use in a SINKEX. Upon completion of the environmental remediation, the manager and supervisor provide signed certi cation of the work in accordance with EPA requirements. Racine was the second ship to bear the name of the Wisconsin city. The ship was the 13th of 20 ships of the improved Newport-class of Landing Ship, Tank (LST) built to replace the traditional LSTs of World War II. Throughout Racines 22 years of service, the ship conducted several western Pacific deployments including one during the Vietnam War where Racine provided troop and material transport. PMRF has over 1,100 square miles of instrumented underwater range and over 42,000 square miles of controlled space.JASDF surgeon general visits PACAFStory and photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Vaughn PACAF Public Affairs U.S. Air Force Col. (Dr.) Lee Harvis, Pacific Air Forces command surgeon, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (Koku Jietai), Maj. Gen. Shinya Bekku, surgeon general, met at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their first face-to-face meeting July 9-12. The talks gave them an opportunity to share medical services lessons learned, subjectmatter expert exchanges and ways forward for future interoperability. Its critical to build bilateral ties with our Japan Air SelfDefense Force counterparts, Harvis said. Sharing medical capabilities breaks down barriers and opens doors for regional engagements. The bilateral exchange highlighted past multinational exercise successes and addressed objectives for U.S. and Japanese patient support across the continuum of care to include 5th generation aircraft pilots. We hope to further the development of innovative training and support for aeromedical evacuation, F-35 pilots and humanitarian operations, Harvis said. The discussions focused on joint partnerships and training opportunities meant to spark positive process improvements for the two allied air forces. Sharing knowledge and experiences with one another is very important for building relationships and developing an innovative mindset, Bekku said. Innovation is very important throughout all areas of military operations, including training. Its a mechanism for us to change our thinking in order to solve regional challenges. The successful meeting laid the ground work for future bilateral U.S. and Koku Jieitai medical career eld engagements and enhanced training and support throughout the IndoPaci c region. We are stronger together, Bekku said. U.S. Air Force Capt. Warren Carter, operations element chief, 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Det 1, speaks with Japan Air Self Defense Force (Koku Jieitai), Maj. Gen. Shinya Bekku, surgeon general, aboard a C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 11.U.S. Navy photo by MCCM Brian Brannon
HOOKELERIMPAC disaster relief drill trains military, civilian organizationsRIMPAC Public Affairs Military and civilian personnel responded to a simulated earthquake and tsunami scenario July 12-13. Responders were part of a task force that included non-governmental organizations, and the state of Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This year for the first time, all of Hawaiis acute care hospitals participated in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise. In the exercise scenario, a major earthquake and tsunami have struck an island nation inflicting massive casualties, aftershocks, and extensive infrastructure damage. The island nation is requesting support from non-governmental organizations and the military, which have formed a combined task force. The team is under the command of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Hideyuki Oban, vice commander, Combined Task Force, as the disaster has exceeded the nations capability to respond to the needs of its residents. Military staff and medical planners from 10 countries assisted in the simulated HADR efforts including the U.S., Japan, Chile, Canada, Vietnam, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, the Republic of Korea and Peru. RIMPAC 2018 has been a valuable experience for my professional development and building new relationships with partner nations, said Chilean navy Lt. Cmdr. Sergio Huidobro, current operations of cer for the Chilean eet and a battle watch captain for the HADR scenario. As the battle watch captain of Combined Task Force 18, I oversee the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations by analyzing the situation and deliver real-time assessments to the vice commander of the Combined Task Force for decision-making to help maximize and accelerate getting humanitarian aid to those in need. The exercise was heavily focused on refining the civil-military relationships that ensure an effective disaster relief response. Among the participants: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. Agency for International Development Of ce of Foreign Disaster Assistance, Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management Coalition, Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team, Harvard, Brown, Oxford, Yale, Stanford, Lehigh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, American Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Hawaii State Department of Health, Kailua Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Ewa CERT, and Team Rubicon. The partnership with Dr. (Chris) Crabtree and the Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management provides medically ready forces as well as statewide healthcare emergency preparedness, said Thomas Bookman, Regional Health Command-Pacific emergency manager. RIMPAC provides our forces and the state of Hawaii with critical real-world training following a major emergency or natural disaster to coordinate and support emergency preparedness, mitigation and the response and recovery efforts. The mass casualty portion of the HADR exercise features more than 300 volunteers portraying patients who will be triaged in mobile hospital units on Ford Island, and transported by helicopter and ambulance to hospitals on six islands. For the rst time, all of the acute care hospitals in the state of Hawaii are participating in the RIMPAC HADR exercise and will receive certi cations toward their annual requirements. Naval Expeditionary Combat Command units, a Fleet Survey Team, Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), the Naval War College, and U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Indo-Paci c Command assets also participated in the training. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Travis LitkeOphemia Perez-Hoffman, a volunteer for the Hawaiian Disaster Medical Assistance Team, moves a patient from the triage tent to a medical treatment tent during HADR training as part of the RIMPAC exercise July 12 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. During the tness assessment members must: assessment session at 5:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m. or 7:15 a.m. with valid common access card (CAC) (doors will be closed promptly at the end of check-in by 5:45 a.m., 6:45 a.m. or 7:45 a.m.) testing. Adhere to Air Force Instruction 362903 when wearing of cial Air Force PT gear. lize only the one provided on our SharePoint no other versions will be accepted) New FAC streamlines testing at HickamTech. Sgt. Heather Redman 15th Wing Public Affairs The 647th Force Support Squadron Fitness Assessment Cell (FAC) has come together to make the Air Force fitness assessment a little less painful for the Airmen stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Since June 11, Airmen are no longer required to complete the administrative portions of their test at the Hickam Gym prior to completing the physical portion at the track. Now Airmen are able to complete the entire tness assessment in a single location. For years the FAC has been conducting fitness assessments at the track, after doing the administrative piece at the gym, said Staff Sgt. Jose Timana, 647th FSS FAC. This process didnt make a lot of sense for the Airmen stationed here or for the FAC members. Over the past two years, the FAC collected data concerning the non-value added steps Airmen were taking during their assessments. Prior to its relocation, the FAC Airmen would travel over three miles up to three times a day between the Hickam Gym and Earhart Track, to accomplish annual physical tness testing for active duty members. During scal year 2016, this process wasted over 1,584 man-hours, costing over $60,000 annually. To streamline the fitness assessment process the FAC proposed utilizing space already available. Converting two racquetball courts at the Hickam Bowling Alley into private rooms, the space is now ready for abdominal and weight measurements and collection, with a newly air-conditioned area available for the push-up and sit-up testing. Once finished, a quick walk to the track nalizes the tness assessment. The new process consolidates the entire tness assessment experience for the Airmen in a comfortable environment, Timana said. Not only will Airmen be able to complete most of their tness assessment indoors but we are estimating that the new location will cut the current testing time in half. FAC is now located behind the Hickam Bowling Center on Kuntz Avenue at building 1891. Members taking their fitness assessment are not able to enter the FAC from the Bowling Centers front doors, but must enter through the back of the building. U.S. Air Force le photo by 2nd Lt. Kaitlyn Daddona INS Sahyadri (F47)Master Chief Petty Of cer 2nd Class AW Anup Kumar KhanI love my nation, and I want to serve in the military, that is why I join in this navy. We are just looking forward to the sea phase of this exercise. Well be part of the various task forces, and it will give us the operational capabilities. USS Illinois (SSN 786) Machinists Mate 3rd Class Christopher Shaw Im excited for 2018 RIMPAC and to see what other countries have to offer. BAP Ferre (PM 211) Lt. j.g. Pedro Hayden and I am very excited to be a part of this. I am excited to work with 25 different nations who have different points of view. Here in Hawaii, we are different people around the world with different languages, cultures, and I guess this opportunity, you only get it in the navy. CFMCCLt. Boriharn KumnuntI joined the military because I want to be a part of a special organization and a part of some special event like RIMPAC 2018, and here I am. This is my Im excited to learn from RIMPAC, how to work with other countries and how to carry on the operations.FACES F RIMPAC JS ISE (DDH 182)Ensign Yoshito MikuniI joined the navy because in 2011 an earthquake occurred in Japan, I decided to help more people. I expect out of this RIMPAC to cooperate with many countries. BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602)Lt. j.g. Maryam D. Balais that we are experiencing and participating in the harbor and exercise phase of RIMPAC. I chose to serve the military because Ive seen how it changed my elder brother from being a carefree individual into a disciplined one, (and wanting) to serve my country.A campaign to highlight the diversity of participating nations.U.S. Navy photos by MC2 Kory Alsberry, MC1 Daniel Hinton and MC2 Kelsey J. Hockenberger
Michael J. Morris Naval Safety Center Public Affairs (Editors note: This article was originally published in the All Hands Magazine last month.) With warmer weather comes an increase in motorcyclists hitting the road, often catching drivers by surprise. The American Motorcyclist Association, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and the Naval Safety Center are encouraging all motorists to share the road and watch for motorcyclists. Motorcycles are some of the smallest vehicles on our roads and are frequently hidden in a vehicles blind spot or blending with traf c. Drivers can successfully interact with motorcyclists by being alert and taking extra time to look twice for motorcyclists. The majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are generally caused when other drivers dont see the motorcyclist. Service members should also be aware of the risks associated with riding a motorcycle. Always make yourself as visible as possible, stay out of blind spots, use Department of Transportation-compliant motorcycle helmets, and stay vigilant. According to NHTSA data, in 2016 there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, 12 of whom were our Navy shipmates. The Navy recorded 84 motorcycle mishaps for fiscal year 2018 so far, nine of them fatal. The Naval Safety Center encourages drivers to be aware of their surroundings and watch for motorcyclists, not only during the spring and summer months, but throughout the year. Motorcyclists should obey the rules of the road and always practice good safety measures to ensure they are more visible to other motorists. Reducing crashes is a shared responsibility for drivers and motorcyclists alike, practicing safe riding and cooperation. Stay alert, use common sense, and always be courteous on the road.HOOKELE Courtesy of U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Shown here is a casket believed to contain the body of John Paul Jones on the after deck of the Tug Standish, after its transfer from USS Brooklyn (Armored Cruiser # 3) in Annapolis Roads, off the Repatriation of John Paul Jones Navy Region Hawaii. All editorial content is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the hookelenews.com. This civilian enterprise newspaper is an authorized publication primarily for civilian publisher, The Honolulu Star Advertiser, is responsible for commercial advertising, which The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement of the products and services advertised by the Department of Defense, Advertiser. Everything advertised in this paper shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Capt. Jeff Bernard Director, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Agnes Tauyan Communication Strategist Bill Doughty Director, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs Chuck Anthony Managing Editor Anna General Life & Leisure Editor Kristen Wong Sports Editor Randy Dela Cruz Graphic Artist Michelle Poppler What is your favorite national landmark and why?Want to see your command featured in Diverse Views? Got opinions to share? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org Submitted by David D. Underwood Jr. and Ensign Heather Hill Ernie CoupeHolomoku NEXMy favorite national landmark is the Washington Monument because eight of the last 10 years I lived there and saw it every day. Fire Seaman Terrence KoudossoUSS Bonhomme RichardMy favorite national landmark is the Statue of Liberty because Im from Brooklyn. monument I had ever impacted me! Staff Sgt. Jason Holmes25th Air Support Operations SquadronMy favorite landmark is Louis, Missouri. This arch reminds me of home and family. It is the gateway to my past and the bridge that brings me together with loved ones that are so far away. Fire Controlman 2nd Class Alan BridgesCOMSUBPACBellows Beach is my favorite landmark because it is a secluded area where you can enjoy the sunrise. Master Sgt. Angel JenkinsUSTRANSCOM Patient Movement Requirements CenterThe Martin Luther King, Jr. monument at the King Center in Atlanta. I love this landmark because its so rich in history and it makes how far weve come in this nation. Dennis Nagle, Jr.DoD family memberThe USS Arizona Memorial. This is my favorite because I love to see things related to military history. It is special because it honors all those who died there and they should be remembered. Drivers take notice: Motorcyclists are hitting the roadAn Airman from Joint Hickam rides across the installation after receiving a motorcycle Motorcycle Safety Day, U.S. Air Force le photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron OelrichTips for safer roads: seconds behind a motorcycle to allow enough reaction time on the road. lane change. Crashes often occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist approaching an intersection, turning left in front of the motorcycles path. ways give a motorcycle the full lanes width. and never split or share a lane with a motor vehicle. sometimes it occurs unexpectedly. All motorists should take extra care and be more observant during periods of inclement weather. help eliminate blind spots where small vehicles like motorcycles can be missed. Motorcyclists should position their motorcycles to avoid being in a drivers blind spot. terials on their motorcycles and by keeping headlights on at all times to improve the chances of being seen by other drivers. Navy uniform update releasedChief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs The Navy announced the expansion of hairstyles for women along with several other uniform policy changes and updates in Navy Administrative Message 163/18, July 11. Among the several hairstyle changes is the authorization for women to wear locks. The NAVADMIN provides specific and detailed regulation on how locks can be worn. Women are also authorized to wear their hair in a single braid, French braid, or single ponytail in service, working and physical training uniforms. The ponytail may extend up to 3 inches below the bottom edge of the shirt, jacket or coat collar. The accessory holding the ponytail must not be visible when facing forward, and be consistent with the color of the hair. The hair cannot be worn below the bottom of the uniform collar where there are hazards such as rotating gear. Women may now wear a hair bun that does not exceed or extend beyond the width of the back of the head. Other uniform changes include the approval of the Navy optional physical training uniform that consists of a navy blue highperformance shirt and 5-inch running shorts. The uniform is expected to be available at Navy Exchange uniform and customer care centers starting October 2018. The U.S. Navy is also developing a standard navy blue physical training uniform that will be phased into the seabag issue at Recruit Training Command in the next 12-18 months. The Black Relax-Fit Jacket (Eisenhower Jacket) has been designated a unisex item and Sailors can wear the men or womens jacket sizing that best suits their uniform requirements. To allow for greater visibility, female Sailors have the option to wear identification badges on the right side above the pocket of their uniforms. Wear testing of the improved female officer and chief service uniform skirts and slacks will be complete this summer. Improvements include a straight line service skirt, and redesigned khaki and white service slacks with lower waist and reduced rise (waist to top of the inseam). These items are expected to be available at NEX uniform and customer care centers at the end of the year. An improved black leather safety boot (I-Boot 4) for optional wear with all Navy working uniforms and coveralls will be for sale at designated fleet concentration locations beginning this October. The boots were selected based on Sailor feedback and the 2017 Navy Boot Study. New uniform policies are the result of fleet feedback and the ongoing efforts to improve Navy uniforms, uniform policies and Sailor appearance. The Navy Uniform mobile app will be updated in late July. The update will include all of Navy uniform regulation illustrations, policies and NAVADMINs. The expanded uniform apps goal is to provide one-stop uniform policy access and ability to submit uniform questions links to NEX online uniform sales via the app. For the complete uniform policy, details, guidance and where to direct questions, see NAVADMIN 163/18 at www. npc.navy.mil.
HOOKELEWSEP tests 13th Fighter Squadron weapons capabilitiesStory and photo by SrA Brittany A. Chase 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 13th Fighter Squad ron (FS) participated in Combat Hammer, an eval uation exercise, which is part of the Air Forces weapons system evalu ation program (WSEP) at Joint Base Pearl Har bor-Hickam (JBPHH) from June 11-15. Combat Hammer is where we evaluate cradleto-grave precision-guided munitions (PGM), said U.S. Air Force Maj. Shan non Beers, 86th Fighter Squadron Exercise Combat Hammer F-16 lead evaluator. By this, we mean from storage, to maintenance putting them on aircraft, to how the aircrew em ploys them. The exercise is one phase of WSEP, encompassing a week-long evaluation of munition crews, mainte nance, pilots and aircraft. This evaluation gives us the number of probabilities of target hits with these munitions, Beers said. If something doesnt work, we then evaluate the cause, and it will be determined whether it was the aircrew, munition or aircraft. The information gath ered during WSEP gives the commander of Air Combat Command an idea of how the units are doing. He will also see how the PGMs are doing and whether they are perform ing as advertised. If theyre not working, the Combat Hammer team can further investigate to understand why it isnt working the way it should. Misawa Air Bases F-16 Fighting Falcons deployed GBU-12s and GBU-39s during the exercise. This is a valuable opportunity since this doesnt occur in most pilots careers due to the limited ranges that can support the employment of the PGMs. This exercise is signifi cant because you can go a whole career without dropping these specific weapons, said Maj. Ja son Markzon, 13th FS assistant director of oper ations and WSEP detachment commander. I have been in the Air Force for 10 years and have never dropped the GBU-39, so getting the newer pilots the opportunity to employ it early on in their career is essential. During WSEP, pilots get a better understanding of how to best employ their weapons systems and properly train with them in case of a real-world contingency. The Combat Ham mer team evalu ates mission-ready or mission-capable pilots. Although the PGMs are an essential part of the ex ercise, its also important to review how the aircrew em ploys them. Aircrew training is a definite part of what Combat Hammer is, Beers said. When you are in dayto-day training, all you do is simulate weapons. When you simulate weapons, there is no feedback; there are no weapons dropping from the air craft. Simulated weapons dont have malfunctions like their real-world coun terparts. This exercise allowed them to get weap ons on targets and they did great. During their tenure at JBPHH, the 13th FS ew 48 sorties, totaling 116 hours. Throughout the week-long Combat Hammer phase of the exercise, they ew 11 sorties total ing 34.9 hours and em ployed 10 GBU-12s and nine GBU-39s. Combat Hammer is an awesome opportunity we dont get but every three to four years, if we are lucky, Markzon said. Coming out here really gave us the opportunity to do some thing new and beneficial that we wouldnt get to do otherwise at home. A 13th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief taxis in a F-16 Fighting Falcon at joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 18. Special operations forces practice submarine insertionStory and photo by MC1 Daniel Hinton COMSUBPAC Public Affairs Members of the multinational special operations forces (SOF) supporting the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise participated in a submarine insertion evolution at sea off the coast of Oahu, July 9. Service members from the United States, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Peru and Japan participated in the event designed to enhance each countrys maritime interoperability. The main purpose of RIMPAC is to bring countries together and build partnerships, said Cmdr. John C. Roussakies, commanding ofcer of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776). Developing that in teroperability is important because its a big ocean out there, and we cannot do the job ourselves. The submarine Hawaii, using a reconfigured torpedo room, transported approximately 30 multinational SOF operators to a debarkation point off the coast of Oahu. It sounds like it should be easy, but its a lot of work, Roussakies said. It took ve to six sailors to carry each raft onto the sub, and the vessel will be rocking and rolling on the surface. SOF personnel used the submarines lockout chamber to exit the ship, inflate rigid hull inflatable boats, and make an amphibious landing. For some of our partner-nation special operators, submarine evolutions like today were new, said Army Capt. Matthew Song, detachment commander of Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha from 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group based out of Okinawa, Japan. We rehearsed the day before, and that set us up for success because they executed pretty well today. Song said dry dock launches like these are essential because it provides critical standoff distance for our special operators during maritime operations. At the end of the day RIMPAC is about partnerships, everything that we are doing is purposely designed so that we can operate together with our partners, Song said. The relationships we are building today are important, and we hope to maintain them so that when there is a problem, we can all come together to solve it. Multinational special operations forces (SOF) participate in a submarine insertion exercise with the fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) and combat rubber raiding craft off the coast of Oahu during RIMPAC, July 9.
HOOKELE U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Arthurgwain L. MarquezU.S. Coast Guard Diver 2nd Class Joshua Bredesen, assigned to Regional Dive USS OKane (DDG 77) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 during U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Raymond Minami U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Ethan T. Miller U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Kevin A. Flinn U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison
HOOKELE Celebrating summer with Pau Hana Concert in the ParkReid Tokeshi Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sunny skies, a summer breeze and live music greeted those who turned out for the first Pau Hana Concert in the Park of the season at Hickam Harbor on July 13. Attendees took advantage of the weather to enjoy a relaxing couple of hours under the Hawaiian sun to begin the weekend. Folding chairs and blankets covered the lawn fronting the harbor as a crowd of nearly 300 kicked back and listened to the sounds of the U.S. Navys Pacific Fleet Band. The band performed a wide range of pop and rock hits over the course of an hour-plus session. Many patrons showed up to grab their favorite spot on the lawn nearly an hour before the band took the stage. Over an hour into the event, people kept coming. Kids running, playing and laughing added to the atmosphere. A constant ow of hungry customers kept the food trucks busy. One anomaly that grabbed some peoples attention was the unusually high tide happening on the same day. Called the king tides by some, water levels were several feet higher, although not to a harmful deg ree. The sight prompted kids and adults to take a moment to glance at the surroundings. Outdoor Recreation Director Brandon Lavin was pleased with the turnout for the rst concert. He said he hopes everyone returns for the upcoming dates. The next Pau Hana Concert in the Park happens on July 27 with the Air Force Band of the Pacific. The Aug. 10 event features local rock band Elephant, who performed at Club Pearl after the 4th of July celebration. For more information on Pau Hana Concert in the Park and other MWR events, go to www. greatlifehawaii.com. Photos by FFR MarketingAbove left, a family gets refreshments. Below, concert attendees relax on the lawn near Hickam Harbor, July 13. Musician 3rd Class William A. Camps performs Big Wave. Members of the U.S. perform during Pau Hana Concert in the Park.
HOOKELE USS Hawaii hosts Hollywood at sea Above, actor Stephen Hill, from the upcoming reboot of Magnum P.I., poses while underway on a Hollywood-to-sea embark on the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776), July 6. At left, actors from the upcoming network reboot of Magnum P.I. discover how the photonics mast functions on the USS Hawaii. At right, actor Zachary Knighton, center, talks with Cmdr. John C. Roussakies, right, Sterling Jordan, the prospective commanding U.S. Navy photos by Lt. Cmdr. Cheryl Collins TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY IDEAS: Call 808-473-2890 or email email@example.com
Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz Sports Editor, Hookele Coast Guard Avionics Electrical Technician 2nd Class Aldo Albarello and goalkeeper Nikki Forsberg, a military family member, handed Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii its first loss of the season with two goals. The Coast Guard won with a score of 4-3 on July 14 in a Summer Soccer League game at Earhart Field, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Playing in its second game of the season, the Coast Guard picked up its first win after opening up the season with a tie, while NIOCs record is now 1-1. Luckily, we were never down, Albarello said. We were always up and when it was 3-2, one of our guys had a really nice goal to put us up 4-2. So we never had to shift our game plan. In the first half, Albarello literally got the team started on a good foot. Being at the right place and right time, he followed up on a missed shot to put the ball into the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead. Before the game, we discussed a set play, where if we had a throw-in, we were going to have one guy go the post and one guy go to the back, he revealed. We threw it to the back post, the guy headed it back to the striker, he got a touch on it and laid it right in front of me and I just put it to the back of the net. It was the way we drew it up. It couldnt have turned out better. Hungry for more, Albarello was right in the middle of the action once again, as he popped in his second goal of the game to give the Coast Guard a 2-0 lead. That was important, said Albarello about taking a 2-0 lead. (NIOC) came back and fought really hard. Every goal counts. Later in the first half, NIOC came back to cut the lead down to one, as Jordan Abraham, a military family member, took a great pass off the foot of Lt. Donny George and pushed the ball in without a challenge to make it 2-1. However, the Coast Guard came back just before halftime to score one more time, when Lt. Cmdr. Cal Robbins picked up a goal for a 3-1 lead at the break. While the Coast Guards offense was running as smooth as it could, NIOC was struggling near the goal, as Coast Guard goalkeeper Forsberg did everything she could to keep NIOC from scoring. Nikki played really well, Albarello said. She save(d) us back there. I think shes the MVP every game. In the second half, just when you thought that the Coast Guards lead might be safe, NIOC got back into the game, when Senior Airman Matthew Gessner shot in a goal that put NIOC within one point of the opposing team for the second time in the game. Instead of allowing NIOC to tie, the Coast Guard stood tall and put the game away for good, when Avionics Electrical Technician 1st Class Brennen Bridgeford scored the teams fourth goal of the game. Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 3rd Class Craig Francis scored the third and nal goal for NIOC. While the game was only the second of the season, the win over a top team like NIOC only proves that the Coast Guard should be able to hold its own against any team in the league. We want to win the whole thing, Albarello said. We have a really good group of people. Everyone gets along really well, we have good team chemistry and as long as we can get everyone to show up, as long as we have numbers, I think that we can compete with anybody.Coast Guard hangs on to defeat NIOC Hawaii HOOKELE Run with prideParticipants of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) 5k Pride Run begin the race held at the Missing Man Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 29. The LBGT 5k Pride Run was hosted by Joint Base Diversity Committee in support of LGBT Pride Month. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Darienne SlackLt. Cmdr. Cal Robbins meets the ball with his shoulders to keep the action going. Robbins scored one goal in the game to help Coast Guard defeat NIOC.
UPCOMING EVENTSJoint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation HOOKELE MWR photo by Helen Ko Take a swing at $2 Tuesdays for outdoor fun Reid Tokeshi Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation Hawaiis beautiful weather year-round offers a chance to have fun while being active in the fresh air and sunshine. One example right here on base is $2 Tuesdays on the driving range at the Mamala Bay Golf Course. Non-golfers and golfers alike have found that this is something worth trying. Offered every Tuesday, customers get discount rates on several things from 4 to 6 p.m. Normally $2 for a bucket of balls, on Tuesdays the same $2 gets two buckets (about 60 balls). There are also $2 hot dogs and $1 water and soft drinks. Its a good way to get people introduced to the game, said Mamala Bay Golf Course Manager Carl Kelly. He said golf can feel like a dif cult, expensive game, especially for a beginner. For a low price, patrons can come to the driving range and try what is arguably the most fun part, hitting the ball as far as you can. Of course, experienced golfers are welcome to take advantage of the discount, but Kelly said he is enjoying how it appeals to customers of all ages beyond the enthusiast. I think most of our customers that come out are new to the game. They dont have their own clubs, Kelly said. He adds that one of the other great things about $2 Tuesdays is that customers can borrow clubs for free and kid sizes are available. I like seeing the kids get involved. It can be a family activity that gets them outside, away from the video games, said Kelly. Were loaning out an awful lot of clubs, which is great, he added. For newbies with no idea what theyre doing, Kelly and his club pros are on hand offering free tips. The instructors really are involved, getting the customers swinging right, holding the club properly, giving sound advice. Bruce and Kit Pier brought their kids along on one Tuesday. Bruce is in the Army and the family lives on Hickam. An avid golfer, hes a regular at the course, but now the whole group can come out and spend time together. We wanted to do something as a family and we like to do outdoor stuff, Kit said. We wanted to try something a little different, something sporty where we didnt have to take a lot of gear with us. Its easy, inexpensive and we can be home in time for dinner. Kit said she likes that the kids can participate with no expectations or pressure, while spending time with their mom and dad. My husband gets to teach the boys something they dont know. Theyre bonding all while enjoying the beautiful blue sky. She added that its fun watching their reaction when they make contact. You can tell theyre excited when they hit it, she said. You can see their excitement. Weve had people that have never touched a golf club before and we get them swinging and hitting balls, Kelly said. It doesnt matter what your skill level is, we can make sure you enjoy your time out here. For more information on $2 Tuesdays, visit the pro shop at Mamala Bay Golf Course, call 449-2304 or visit greatlifehawaii.com. Photo by Theresa ValadezPatrons tee off at the Mamala Bay Golf Course. The course offers a $2 Tuesday special.
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