Upcoming museum events to include airshow, hangar talk

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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will hold the "Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii" on Aug. 16 and 17.  Photo courtesy of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will hold a series of upcoming events for the rest of this year, including an airshow, museum day, hangar talk and open cockpit day.

* The museum will hold the “Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 16 and 17.

This year is the museum’s sixth remote-control airshow. Visitors will be able to drive on to Ford Island or take the free shuttle from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and experience remote control 1/5th scale warbirds, jets and helicopters performing aerial combat, stunts, aerobatics and delivering candy for the children.

Other activities will include music, aircraft flyovers, full size aircraft static displays, hangar tours, prize drawings, food, drink, retail and entertainment booths and exhibits, and a free showing of Disney’s new film “Planes: Fire and Rescue” at 5 p.m. Visitors can bring their chairs and mats.

* Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live will be held on Sept. 27 at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The event will include free admission to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor for anyone presenting a museum Day Live! Ticket. Visitors can download free tickets at http://www.smithsonianma g.com/museumday/. This is an annual national celebration of culture and learning between the two museums. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a Smithsonian affiliate museum.

* A hangar talk and book signing with Stacey Hayashi, author of “Journey of Heroes,” will be held on Oct. 4 at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The hangar talk is at 2 p.m. followed by the book signing and meeting with the author at 3 p.m. The event is free with museum admission and free to museum members.

* Open Cockpit Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in the hangars. Visitors can climb into the cockpit of one of several historic aircraft and talk story with pilots. Flight suits and helmets will be provided. Visitors can bring their cameras. The event is free with museum admission and free to museum members.

For more information on the events, call 441-1007 or visit the website http://www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Navy Teen Council representative gives feedback

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Jordyn Merrit (far left) and fellow Keystone Club Members set up the sip-s-slushee sleepover teen center lock-in on July 11. MWR Marketing photo

Justin Hirai

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Navy Region Hawaii’s current representative in the Navy Teen Council (NTC) is 16-year-old Jordyn Merrit. The NTC is a group of 10 Navy teens from across the United States. They are responsible for effectively communicating the issues and concerns that affect Navy teens to all levels of Navy leadership.

The NTC was established in 2012 by CNIC Child & Youth Programs to initiate its goal of mobilizing Navy teens worldwide by improving the sense of a “Navy teen community.”

Merrit is a junior at Rad-ford High School and is a member of the school volleyball team. She is an active member of the teen center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH).

Merrit will be going to San Antonio for her second council meeting on July 24. While there she will be meeting with other representatives to discuss issues, concerns and relay positive and negative feedback she has received from fellow teens. According to Merrit, these meetings are “a great opportunity for Navy Teen Centers to communicate with each other and suggest ideas and improvements.”

“It helps give our center a voice and a chance to influence decisions that will impact the centers and the teens that use them,” she said.

“The council develops plans and programs to benefit our centers and cross-center communication,” she added.

Cross-center communication is a main topic the council is working on improving. One of their big projects is Operation Mega-phone, which they plan on having annually. Operation Megaphone is a worldwide lock-in. Teen centers throughout the world schedule times to communicate through social media or other online resources. The teen center at JBPHH participated in the recent Operation Megaphone in April and submitted their suggestions to Merrit on how they can improve the event.

Teens who may have ideas, suggestions or feedback on improving the Navy teen community should contact Merrit so she can share them with the council.

She can usually be found at the teen center (building 1859) in the afternoons, especially on Fridays after their 5 p.m. Keystone Club meetings. For more information, call 449-3354 or message the center on Face-book at http://www.facebook.com/JBPHHTeenCenter with suggestions.

Fitness centers introduce new Zumba Step class

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Instructor Tewauna Raymundo leads a group in a Zumba Step class. MWR Marketing photo by Reid Kagemoto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Ko

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Zumba Step is a new program offered by Zumba at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center and Hickam Fitness Center for patrons.

Zumba Step allows participants to take their lower body workouts and calorie burning to new heights. It is designed to help tone and strengthen glutes and legs with a blend of Zumba routines and step aerobics.

It is also designed to produce maximum results in an easy-to-follow fitness-party atmosphere. This class is geared to anyone more than 10 years of age who loves to dance and do step.

Only seven instructors on the island of Oahu are teaching this program, according to Lori Gaynor, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center manager.

Tewauna Raymundo is the only instructor teaching Zumba Step at JBPHH and the other military bases.

Patrons say they have felt a difference in their legs and enjoy the program as a variation of the Zumba Fitness format.

Gaynor said that the last 10 to 15 minutes of this class is focused on strengthening participants’ core muscles.

Zumba Step will be on Fridays at JBPHH from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Starting July 30, Hickam Fitness Center will be offering this class every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 471-2019 or 448-221

JBPHH hosts Consumer and Financial Protection Fair

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Several hundred people showed up for the Consumer and Financial Protection Fair held at the Navy Exchange, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on July 16.

Story and photo by Brandon Bosworth

Assistant Editor, Ho’okele

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) hosted a Consumer and Financial Protection Fair at the Navy Exchange, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on July 16. Several hundred people showed up for the event, which marked Military Consumer Protection Day.

Military personnel and their families often face unique financial challenges. Military Consumer Protection Day (MCPD) is a joint initiative between the state and federal agencies to help deal with these issues.

“The purpose of MCPD is to promote consumer and financial protection education by providing free information that will help protect people’s privacy, manage their money and debt, and avoid identity theft, frauds and scams,” said Kealii Lopez, DCCA director.

Brent Suyama, DCAA communications officer, believes it is important to reach out to service members and their families.

“We really see the military as an underserved area regarding consumer protection,” he said.

According to Suyama, issues regarding purchasing vehicles and tenant-landlord disputes are some of the most common problems military personnel have.

More than two dozen government and nonprofit agencies participated in the event, providing information and answering questions. Free document shredding was also provided on site during the fair.

This was the first time DCAA has held a Consumer and Financial Protection Fair at JBPHH, but there are plans for future fairs.

“We absolutely plan to make this an annual event,” Suyama said. “The military is part of our community, and they protect us in a real physical sense. We want to protect them in a financial sense.”

The MCPD website, http://www.military.ncpw.g ov, features tools people can use to recognize rip-offs, sniff out scams, and make smart financial choices.

Several hundred people showed up for the Consumer and Financial Protection Fair held at the Navy Exchange, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on July 16.

Pearl Network Operations Center celebrates renovated quarterdeck

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Retired Vice Adm. Denby Starling, vice president and acting account executive, Navy and Marine Corps Accounts Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector Hewlett-Packard Company (left) talks to the personnel of the Pearl Network Operations Center on Ford Island.

Story and photo by MC2 Laurie Dexter

Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii

Personnel from hangar 87, Pearl Network Operations Center (NOC) celebrated the renovation of its quarterdeck July 10 on Ford Island.

Pearl NOC first served as an aviation hangar before and during World War II and still wears the damage it received from the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor.

“The team out here decided a year ago this historic building didn’t have the flair they wanted it to have,” said retired Vice Adm. Denby Starling, vice president and acting account executive of

Navy and Marine Corps Accounts Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector (USPS), Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company.

The quarterdeck now displays a 10-foot-by-14.5-feet-wide mural of Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2010.

“The eight-month, self-help project displays the collaboration and partnership between our Navy Sailors, civilian Navy and HP on bringing hangar 87′s rich history on display,” said Bill Clemente, program director of Pacific and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Navy account, Navy and Marine Corps account, USPS, HP Company.

“We displayed the rich lineage of hangar 87 via pictures, serving first aviation and then cyber with both network operations center and Pacific battle watch leading down the hallway and in the quarterdeck. The HP team members’ after hours’ self-help worked to create the lineage photos and artifacts of the history of hangar 87 serving our Navy for over 75 years,” he explained.

The team celebrated the occasion, in honor of hangar 87′s history, with cake and beverages.

“This great quarterdeck picture stands to remind us why we’re really here, which is to support the Navy every single day with everything we do. We’re real proud of what we do, and this sort of shows a little bit of HP pride in our service to this great Navy,” said Starling.

Keeve relieves James at JBPHH change of command

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Capt. Jeffrey W. James, departing commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, speaks during a change of command ceremony held July 11 on Ford Island. During the ceremony, Capt. Stanley Keeve Jr. relieved James.

Story and photo by MC2 Laurie Dexter

Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii

Capt. Stanley Keeve Jr. relieved Capt. Jeffrey W. James as the commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) during a change of command July 11 on Ford Island.

Rear Adm. Rick L. Williams, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, was the guest speaker and reflected on James’s service to those in attendance.

“Jeff, you set the standard for team building and support to families at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,” said Williams. “You will be remembered for your practical approach, your willingness to listen, and your problem-solving abilities, based on trust throughout the chain of command.”

Williams presented James with the Legion of Merit Award and letters of appreciation for his service as commander of JBPHH.

James took command in June 2011 as the second commander of JBPHH. Prior to reporting, James served on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He is retiring after 30 years of naval service.

During James’s speech, he reflected on his accomplishments as commander, giving the credit to all the personnel attached to JBPHH.

“Anything that I talk about with respect to the base, any accolades Adm. Williams gave me, anything you heard in the awards citation, is really about them,” said James.

James and Keeve took turns reading their orders to the audience, which represents the official command turnover.

After the exchange of command, Keeve addressed the audience.

“To the men and women of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Capt. James’ tour of duty was successful because of your dedication, professionalism and commitment to the mission,” Keeve said.

His tours of duty have included the frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57), cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and the staff of U.S. 6th Fleet in Gaeta, Italy. He has served as commanding officer of the mine countermeasure ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) and the destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). His most recent assignment was military assistant to the Defense Business Board in the Pentagon.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is home to the Air Force’s key strategic flight line in the Pacific and the Navy’s most historically significant homeport, with 177 tenant commands and about 93,000 active duty personnel and their family members, Department of Defense civilians and contractors.

Leadership changes hands at NAVFAC Hawaii

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Capt. Michael D. Williamson departing commanding officer, NAVFAC Hawaii, receives a Legion of Merit (Gold Star in lieu of the Fourth Award) from Rear Adm. Bret J. Muilenburg, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific, on July 16 at a change of command ceremony.

Story and photos by Denise Emsley

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Public Affairs

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii held a change of command ceremony July 16, fronting its headquarters building at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Capt. Michael D. Williamson, a Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer, turned over responsibility for NAVFAC Hawaii and more than 1,200 highly-skilled civilians and 200 Navy and Air Force military personnel at the time-honored event to Capt. Dean A. Tufts.

“Leading extraordinary people at NAVFAC Hawaii has been a highlight of my career,” said Williamson.

“We successfully dealt with many challenges these past two years together, including sequestration, funding reductions, hiring restrictions, executing many large complex construction projects on Oahu and Kauai, and moving forward with renewable energy initiatives and successes. All of this has ultimately positioned us for success in the future.”

Over the past two years, Williamson’s innovative leadership motivated the NAVFAC Hawaii workforce to deliver over a billion dollars in facilities engineering and environmental services to Navy Region Hawaii, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and numerous federal agencies. He was instrumental in the completion of the first advanced electronic guidance and instrumental system (AEGIS) ashore facility on Kauai for the Missile Defense Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Inouye Region Center on Ford Island, Oahu.

In addition to his duties as commanding officer of NAVFAC Hawaii, Williamson also provided his expertise as Navy Region Hawaii’s regional engineer, helping to improve Navy facilities capabilities, enhancing quality of life for military and civilians, energy conservation, environmental stewardship, community relations and historic preservation.

An example of this was his engagement with the state of Hawaii, local and business leadership on the $5.3 billion HART Rail Project, ensuring that the transfer of land, environmental assessments and section 106 historic consultation process proceeded effectively.

Capt. Dean A. Tufts, new commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii and regional engineer, salutes as he departs his change of command ceremony July 16.

His efforts resulted in two high-capacity rail stops servicing Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the future, to reduce traffic condition at base entrances and enhance overall quality of life for military and civilian personnel.

Williamson’s dedication to partnering and innovation moved Navy Region Hawaii’s energy program forward toward extensive alternative energy initiatives while instilling region-wide energy behavioral changes affecting in excess of 60,000 personnel.

He expanded the region’s energy program from a traditional, energy conservation-focused program to one that also addresses energy security concerns, renewable energy initiatives and water conservation efforts to meet the Secretary of the Navy’s (SECNAV) aggressive energy goals.

His efforts charted a course for the region to meet all renewable energy goals and directly resulted in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-

Hickam, Pacific Missile Range Facility Kauai, and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard receiving 2013 Gold Level of Achievement in the SECNAV Energy and Water Management Awards.

Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. He welcomed Capt. Tufts and offered thanks to Williamson and his team.

“NAVFAC Hawaii continues to set the standard for professionalism, and that is especially true under the strong leadership of Capt. Mike Williamson. Every time I turn around, we’re dealing with a project, program or issue that involves NAVFAC Hawaii, and Mike and his team are right there,” Williams said.

“Think about it for a moment — the impact of NAVFAC Hawaii in all our lives. Nearly every facility we work in, every road we travel on base, the electricity we use for our ships, offices and other buildings, the green areas, the plumbing, the clean water we drink — most of the things we touch and see every day on base are thanks in some way to NAVFAC. You keep us cool, safe, working, training, and moving forward— able to support fleet, force and family,” Williams said.

Williamson is remaining in Hawaii and will become NAVFAC Pacific’s vice commander. He will be responsible for facilities engineering and construction activities in the Pacific area of responsibility, including Hawaii, Guam and Far East.

“While we’ve accomplished much over the past two years, we still have a long way to go to achieve our energy goals, upgrade our infrastructure and create a world class integrated training capability here in Hawaii,” said Williamson. “I can think of no one more qualified than Capt. Tufts to lead NAVFAC Hawaii through the challenges that lie ahead.”

Tufts is a native of Springfield, Mass. Prior to reporting to NAVFAC Hawaii, he was the commander of the 31st Seabee Readiness Group and in February 2013 took command of Naval Construction Group 1, Port Hueneme, Calif.

He had two previous tours of duty in Hawaii as aide to the commander, 3rd Naval Construction Brigade, and facilities operations officer, Navy Region Hawaii.

RIMPAC 2014

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Navy says aloha to Pearl Harbor survivor

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The ashes of Pearl Harbor survivor Navy Motor Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Wesley E. Ford were scattered over the waters of the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, during a military funeral honors ceremony on July 9.

Among those in attendance were Ford’s wife of more than 50 years, Ruth, his daughter Jennifer and grandsons.

Capt. Lawrence Scruggs, deputy commander of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, provided remarks as the guest speaker. Cmdr. George Mendes, a chaplain with Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel, offered the benediction.

“I would like to specially thank the family, wife Ruth, daughter Jennifer and grandsons, Kevin and Alex. We are honored by your presence today,” said Scruggs. “Today we return a shipmate back to his brothers in arms at this most hallowed spot.”

Ford was born Nov. 8, 1919, in Danville, Ill. and joined the Navy in December 1939. He was serving aboard the destroyer minelayer USS Breese (DD 122), moored across the loch from USS Utah, on the day of the 1941 Japanese attack.

Jim Taylor, Pearl Harbor survivor liaison, described Ford’s actions on that fateful day in history.

“On that day of infamy, Wes[ley] was a fireman second class. Although his normal duties had him below decks, his battle station was on a three-inch, 23-caliber gun as a loader,” said Taylor.

“Thanks to outstanding training, the ship had the gun firing within 10 minutes of the start of the attack. He [Ford] was slightly injured due to the gun’s recoil but continued on loading.”

From his ship’s location, Ford witnessed the explosions and the smoke from USS Arizona, saw USS Curtiss being hit by a fighter plane, and watched USS Utah sink. He also saw the periscope of a Japanese mini-sub rammed by the USS Monaghan and was on a gun crew that destroyed a Japanese Aichi D3A val dive bomber.

“He would have a front seat to the Japanese attack that morning. I am sure he felt that this may be his last day as he ran to perform his duties as trained,” said Scruggs.

“He would witness his world forever change that day, and yet he would go on, go on to serve his country honorably, with passion and courage, and a deep commitment to his shipmates. Serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during the war would surely have tried even the best man’s mettle. Petty Officer Ford was an exceptional Sailor,” Scruggs said.

Ford often visited Hawaii after the war, sharing his experience and memories with others. He passed away in early July 2013.

“He was quite a character,” said Ruth. “Very feisty and not like many others, but he loved to travel and was a good man.”

Jennifer recalled growing up and playing games with her father.

“He liked to play games and taught me many of them. I remember laughing with him and he always told us that he loved us,” said Jennifer.

“He loved to talk about his days at Pearl Harbor – that was his pride and glory, and it was his finest moments, I believe.”

Military honors included a gun salute and the folding of the burial flag by the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Honors and Ceremonial Guard followed by Scruggs personally presenting the flag to the family.

“I did not know there would be a gun salute and that the ceremony would be so elaborate,” said Jennifer. “I just pictured there would be a boat, and we would just spread his ashes and a few words would be said. Instead, I was very amazed. I think dad would have loved it.”

“It was beautiful,” added Ruth. “It was his glory!”