(Via Ho’okele News)
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.