Pedestrian safety emphasized in safety campaign

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pedestrian safety

Three pedestrians have been killed in a five-month span along a busy portion of North King Street.

That’s why police, the AARP and the mayor were out near Gulick Avenue today sign-waving, reminding motorists not only to look out for pedestrians, but also with a message for anyone crossing a street.

“Well, we grew up looking both ways,” said Crystal Lee of Walk Wise Hawaii, “but we’re telling people now to look left, look right, and look left again and continue looking until we’re done crossing the street.”

And Honolulu police is serious about cracking down on jaywalking, issuing more than 1,300 tickets so far this year.

That’s not all. Law enforcement officers across the state are also cracking down on impaired driving as part of the national “drive sober or get pulled over” campaign.

Through Sept. 1, police will be setting up checkpoints to catch drivers under the influence. Officials say it’s not just alcohol that will get you in trouble — those driving while impaired by drugs and prescription medications could also land behind bars.

Feds Feed Families continues at joint base

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0815-34Brandon Bosworth

Assistant Editor, Ho’okele

The Feds Feed Families program is in full swing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Feds Feed Families is a charitable campaign led by the United States Department of Agriculture that collects canned goods and non-perishable food items for those in need

The campaign has been held annually since its launch in 2009. Since then, service members and federal workers have donated and collected 24.1 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America.

Chief Religious Program Specialist Kimberly Bell said so far collections at JBPHH have been steady, except for one unexpected snag.

“It’s been going well but got slower in the first part of August,” she said. “That’s probably because of the hurricanes. You have to have canned food during a hurricane.”

Now that the threat of twin hurricanes has passed, Bell hopes to see donations pick up again before the Feds Feed Families drive ends on Aug. 31.

Collection boxes for canned goods and non-perishable food items have been placed at several locations around JBPHH, including base chapels, the Naval Surface Group Mid-Pacific administration building, and the third floor of building 150. Some individual commands have their own collection boxes.

For more information, call Chief Religious Program Specialist Kimberly Bell at 473-4512 or visit

RIMPAC participants get one last taste of Hawaii

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Hiking in search of waterfalls was just one of the many activities offered to RIMPAC participants by MWR. MWR Marketing photo

Reid Tokeshi

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

RIMPAC 2014 concluded Aug. 1, and for many of those participating having the opportunity to enjoy Hawaii for a few more days afterward was a nice reward at the end. MWR scheduled an assortment of activities to help visitors explore the island.

MWR Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT) offered luau, go kart racing and dinner cruises, while the Liberty Center took single Sailors and Airmen on excursions to Waimea Valley and a luau.

MWR’s Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) conducted guided tours that provided a variety of ways to see Oahu from different perspectives. Hikes into valleys and bike trips on the North Shore explored the land. Stand up paddle-board and snorkeling excursions showed the world above and below the water surface at different spots around the island.

In total, MWR’s scheduled activities, such as those listed above, and sports tournaments held during the two in-port periods, delivered recreation for more than 6,000 participants. This number does not include the hundreds more that privately planned their own fun with help from MWR, such as hotel stays, command functions and rentals.

Blue Angels to perform at JBPHH Sept. 27-28

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The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) “Wings Over the Pacific” airshow will feature the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s world-famous flight demonstration squadron.

The airshow will take place Sept. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Hickam side of JBPHH. The Blue Angels flight demonstration will use the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft to exhibit the choreographed refinement of skills possessed by all naval aviators.

The Leap Frogs, the United States Navy Parachute Team, will also perform, and there will be demonstrations by the Blue Angels C-130 Hercules support aircraft affectionately known as “Fat Albert” and C-17.

“Wings over the Pacific” will also offer displays of vintage and modern aircraft, food booths and an Xtreme Fun Zone for children that will feature rides, games and more.

The show is free and open to the general public.

Security restrictions will be in place.

“On behalf of our Navy and Air Force community, I invite you to join our ohana for this great event,” said Capt. Stan Keeve, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“You will be entertained by the Blue Angels and other airshow performers, and you will have an opportunity to see static displays of a variety of aircraft.”

For more information, visit

New demonstration electric hybrid bucket truck operates in Hawaii

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii utilities personnel use the new hybrid bucket truck in the field for the first time. Power lines between multiple poles on the command's main compound were replaced at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Story and photo by Denise Emsley

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Public Affairs

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii Utilities Maintenance Division personnel recently took their new hybrid bucket truck into the field for the first time at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH).

The heavy hybrid electric bucket truck is part of a one-year demonstration project with NAVFAC Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC), Port Hueneme, Calif.

The hybrid truck will be dispatched on routine field service calls, and its electric plug-in system is expected to increase fuel economy over and above the non-plug-in bucket truck to which it will be compared.

“NAVFAC’s directed energy program is sponsoring the project on behalf of the organization’s base support vehicle and equipment (BSVE) product line,” said David Cook, NAVFAC EXWC alternative fuel vehicle team lead.

“This program conducts field validation testing for emerging energy efficient technologies. If the results are favorable, NAVFAC BSVE will integrate plug-in heavy hybrid utility trucks into their long-term vehicle buy plan. The non-plug-in technology has already accomplished performance objectives in a program completed in 2012,” Cook said.

Electric plug-in heavy hybrid trucks have been found to be more efficient and produce lower tail pipe emissions than conventional diesel trucks. Hybrid trucks also permit clean and quiet work operations that would otherwise require continuous idling of the vehicle.

The electric plug-in hybrid bucket truck will demonstrate alongside a comparable diesel powered bucket truck at JBPHH. Both trucks will operate on similar duty cycles. Fuel economy is the critical performance parameter, considered successful if achieving a 40 percent increase in miles per gallon over the baseline truck.

Additionally, the project will evaluate noise, brake wear, unscheduled maintenance, reliability and drivability relative to the conventional truck.

“The NAVFAC project team ordered the hybrid bucket truck with special instrumentation for hands-free monitoring,” said Cook.

“The automated system will collect data on the truck’s usage in both the driving mode and the engine-off working mode (use in the aerial lift and hydraulic tools). The system will also monitor the truck condition and diagnostic codes.

“The on-board telematics system will transmit data to a website several times per day, so the latest data will be available for the team’s review and analysis. The data will help compare efficiency of the hybrid with the baseline truck in both operating modes, and any other operating factors that may affect fuel efficiency,” Cook said.

Heavy duty plug-in hybrid electric trucks are in an early commercial production phase and have not previously been validated by the Department of Defense.

“We are pleased to be part of this pilot project and working on the next possible evolution of electric hybrid truck equipment,” said Michael Lyman, line crew work leader.

“The training we have received on the new vehicle has been very important to make sure everything operates correctly prior to taking it into the field. And of course we really appreciate receiving new equipment that we get to retain after the pilot is completed. It’s a win-win situation for both commands and our customers here in Hawaii,” he said.

NAVFAC EXWC completed testing on a non-plug-in utility truck in 2012. The unpublished results indicated fuel economy benefits in excess of 25 percent. The non-plug-in hybrid conserves fuel by operating in a battery-only mode for aerial lift operations, though limited to short durations.

The plug-in hybrid trucks have capability for direct grid recharging operations as well as up to 15 times the capacity for the electric-only work mode. The larger battery pack also enables enhanced efficiency gains for driving operations.

USS Denver decommissions after 46 years of service

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After 46 years of service, USS Denver (LPD 9) held its decommissioning ceremony Aug.14 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“It is with a great sense of pride that Denver decommissions as the oldest deployable warship in the Navy and as the last and longest serving Austin-class amphibious transport dock,” said Capt. Michael P. Donnelly, commanding officer.

“Her extended service life is a true testament to the men and women of Lockheed Shipbuilding who built her and the generations of crews who maintained and sailed her through the full spectrum of missions: from disaster relief to Gulf War command ship,” he said.

Jim Hyden of the USS Denver Association presented Donnelly with a proclamation from the mayor of Denver, which was read at the ceremony.

The ship was launched on Jan. 23, 1965 and commissioned on Oct. 26, 1968. She was christened by her sponsor, Ann Love, wife of the governor of Colorado.

Denver is the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of American pioneer James William Denver and the capital of the state of Colorado. Over its history, the ship played a significant role in several operations, most notably Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon, Vietnam in April 1975. “That she finishes her operational service in our forward-deployed naval forces is fitting to the reputation her crews have earned her over 46 years of service and is fittingly in sync with our Navy’s current priorities: warfighting first; operate forward; be ready,” said Donnelly. “Denver has been the example of these tenets.”

The guest speaker for the de-commissioning was Rear Adm. Hugh D. Wetherald, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group Seven. “You are truly among the best I’ve seen and served with during my Navy career,” said Wetherald. “Fair winds, my friends, and following seas.”

After Wetherald and Donnelly spoke, the decommissioning directive was read aloud. The ceremony concluded with the ship’s company filing ashore, and eight bells were struck terminating the final watch. The colors, pennants, jack and ensign were hauled down and the USS Denver ceased to be a commissioned U.S. Navy warship.

Also present at the event were three former Vietnamese refugees who escaped the fall of Saigon aboard Denver as well as several former crew members.

The ship has been part of the forward-deployed Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which reports to Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.

More photos and a story about today’s ceremony are planned for next week’s Ho’okele.

Pearl Harbor Commissary reset rescheduled

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0815-9The Pearl Harbor Commissary is currently scheduled to have a commissary reset from Aug. 21 to 23 in an effort to enhance the shopping experience, according to Eyvinne Umemoto, store director of the Pearl Harbor Commissary.

The commissary is scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 21 and reopen on Aug. 24 for regular business hours.

However, the dates of the Pearl Harbor Commissary reset are tentative and still subject to change due to weather conditions, according to Umemoto. Previously, the reset had been planned for Aug. 17 through Aug. 19, but it was later rescheduled.

The Hickam Commissary will support commissary patrons during the reset.

The reset is part of the Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA) ongoing effort to enhance the shopping experience.

The reset is part of an agency-wide program that systematically changes how products are displayed on shelving throughout a commissary system in order to better serve customer shopping patterns.

The goal is to give commissaries worldwide a more customer-friendly product flow and a layout that is as consistent as possible from location to location, according to Tracie Russ, deputy director of sales.

To make changes easier for customers to follow, stores have aisle layout maps available as well as generic item locators on their Web pages. Store Web pages are under the locations link at along with store hours, contact information, store news and special customer service features.

For more information, call the Pearl Harbor Commissary at 471-8402, ext. 101 or email eyvinne.umemoto@

Welcome USS John Paul Jones and USS Preble

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Rear Adm. Rick Williams

Rear Adm. Rick Williams

Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

This week historic Pearl Harbor welcomes two new warships to our waterfront: USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Preble (DDG 88).

Each ship is named for a founder of the U.S. Navy— leaders who made their mark in the Revolutionary War, especially in the case of Jones, and—in Preble’s case—in the war against Barbary pirates.

Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago this month, in August 1776, John Paul Jones was temporarily promoted to captain and assumed command of the sloop Providence.

He sailed from the Delaware with orders to “cruise against the enemy” off the northeast coast of America, where he captured supply ships, preventing them from reaching the British.

In the next three years, he raided off the coast of England, rescued American prisoners of war, and defeated enemy ships in some of the most memorable battles in U.S. Navy history.

More than 150 years ago, James Fennimore Cooper said in a Jones biography:

“There can be no question that Paul Jones was a great man … all the cruises of the man indicated forethought, intrepidity and resources. Certainly, no sea captain under the American flag, Preble excepted, has ever yet equaled him, in these particulars.”

If John Paul Jones is considered one of the fathers of the Navy, Commodore Edward Preble must be considered another of our founders.

Like Jones, Preble fought with fearless determination.

Two hundred and eleven years ago this month, in August 1803, he sailed the American frigate USS Constitution toward the Mediterranean.

Aboard Constitution and with Marines at his side, Preble led Jefferson’s Navy into Tripoli. He sailed with young men who would become captains in the War of 1812—Stephen Decatur, James Lawrence, Isaac Hull and David Porter.

Preble defeated the Barbary pirates and established some of the foundations for the modern Navy and demonstrated our nation’s firm commitment to the rescue and return of our prisoners of war.

Between Jones and Preble, there have been 10 United States ships named for these great heroes of our Navy. These namesake ships—most of them destroyers—have fought in the Mexican-American war, Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, Vietnam and in the Middle East.

It is a privilege to welcome USS John Paul Jones and USS Preble to Hawaii. I know you will bring advanced capabilities in radar and weapon systems, including Aegis ballistic missile defense and Navy Integrated Fires, and I’m grateful you’re joining our team.

You’ll find a supportive family and many friends at DESRON 31 and MIDPAC. You’ll join other ships with proud namesakes and outstanding records of achievement.

Happily, many of the Sailors and families already serving here in Hawaii will be able to join shipmates aboard one of these fine warships arriving this week.

To USS Preble and USS John Paul Jones: Welcome aboard and aloha!

USS Arizona Memorial Shrine Room wall replacement to begin in September

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Chief Journalist Tim Paynter scans the names of 1,177 Sailors and Marines who lost their lives during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, in the shrine room of the USS Arizona Memorial. U.S. Navy file photo

Sarah Safranski

Pacific Historic Parks

HONOLULU—Pacific Historic Parks announced Aug. 11 that construction on the USS Arizona Memorial Shrine Room wall is scheduled to begin in September. The project starts the second phase of a three-part restoration that began in 2012.

Weather exposure and saltwater spray have taken a toll on the Shrine Room wall, which lists the names of the men who died aboard the USS Arizona. The original wall was replaced in 1984 but has since become stained and partially eroded in areas.

“Viewing the Shrine Room wall is one of the most impactful experiences in Pearl Harbor. It is the collective headstone to the USS Arizona crew who sacrificed their lives for their country. Keeping the wall in good condition is elemental to what we must do as stewards of the memorial,” said Paul DePrey, superintendent, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, National Park Service.

Pacific Historic Parks, a nonprofit cooperating association of the National Park Service at WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, has been leading the effort to restore the USS Arizona Memorial, working with public and private entities to collect the approximately $750,000 needed to complete the repairs.

AMVETS has pledged to raise the necessary funds to replace the Shrine Room wall. Since the late 1950s, the veterans service organization has raised more than $450,000 to replace the inscribed marble panels and refurbish the memorial.

“We are honored to once again help restore and preserve the memorial,” said John Mitchell Jr., national commander of AMVETS.

“It is our duty and solemn vow as keepers of the wall to never forget those who fought and died. The current mission to raise funds was an opportunity to take on our largest-ever National Commander’s Project—USS Arizona Forever Fund. Our members really came through and we achieved our goal of $343,000,” Mitchell said.

The Shrine Room wall will be replaced with 138 Olympian white marble panels mined from a quarry in Vermont. Construction is expected to last for two months. The wall will be rededicated on Veterans Day 2014. Boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial will continue throughout the project.

“We are proud to work with the National Park Service, AMVETS and Hawk Contracting Group to ensure that the USS Arizona Memorial is protected and preserved for future generations. The engravers are currently inscribing the marble and we are excited to see the results,” said Gene Caliwag, president and CEO, Pacific Historic Parks.

PHP awarded a contract to Hawk Contracting Group to replace the wall in March 2014. The company, which is currently overseeing the engraving of the marble, previously completed work on the USS Arizona Memorial during phase one of the restoration, which concluded in November 2012.

Phase one projects included replacing the skylights, railings and doors; repainting the interior and exterior of the monument; installing LED light fixtures; and repairing concrete irregularities.

During phase three, the memorial’s terrazzo flooring will be replaced.

For more information about the restoration of the USS Arizona Memorial and to donate, visit

Beetle eradication continues

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Contract workers began tree removal operations on the grounds of Mamala Bay Golf Course at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) this week in efforts to eradicate the coconut rhinoceros beetle. Navy Region Hawaii and JBPHH are teamed up with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and the USDA to trap and eliminate the invasive species. USDA and HDOA select the trees that are damaged or found to be nesting material for the CRB. There are presently between 500 and 600 trees on Mamala Bay Golf Course. While the number of trees being removed is significant, it is necessary to protect the remaining trees from the CRB infestation. JBPHH intends to plant trees to replace those being cut down, but the first priority is to remove the existing threat. There is also a proposed Eagle Scout project to contribute to the replanting effort at JBPHH.

U.S. Navy photos by Lt. j.g. Eric Galassi