UPCOMING EVENTS – Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

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Teen Employment Program job fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Peltier Conference Room. This event is open to teens ages 14 to 18 and family members of active-duty, retired military, Department of Defense and contractor employees currently enrolled in high school. For more information, call 448-0418.

Free float night will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Scott Pool. Participants can bring their own floats. For more information, call 473-0394.

Easter brunch buffet at Restaurant 604 will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16. The buffet is $45 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under. A dinner buffet (without the breakfast foods) is also available from 4 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 888-7616.

Easter brunch buffet and egg hunt at The Lanai at Mamala Bay will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16. The cost is $32.95 for adults and $16.95 for ages 6-12. The egg hunt will be held before the brunch, with 9 a.m. time for ages 5 and under, and 9:30 a.m. for ages 6-12. For more information, call 422-3002.

Easter Sunday popcorn will be provided at 2:30 p.m. April 16 at Sharkey Theater. With every paid movie ticket, patrons can receive a free small bag of popcorn. For more information, call 473-0726.

Free Teen Center family night: Month of the Military Child will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the Joint Base Teen Center. This is open to all families of teens ages 13-18. For more information, call 448-0418.

Free Liberty’s Barracks Bash will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 20 at Wahiawa Annex Barracks. This event is for single, active-duty E1-E6 only. For more information, call 473-2583.

Teen Employment Program job fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. April 21 at Peltier Conference Room. This event is open to teens ages 14 to 18 years old and family members of active-duty, retired military, Department of Defense and contractor employees currently enrolled in high school. For more information, call 448-0418.

Camping in the park will begin at 4 p.m. April 21 and will end at 8 a.m. April 22 at MWR Outdoor Recreation at Hickam Harbor. Families can spend the night out underneath the stars and watch a movie once the sun sets. Registration only reserves camp space. Gear and equipment are not provided. If camping gear is needed, participants can visit the Outdoor Adventure Center to rent. The cost is $30-$35. For more information, call 449-5215.

Free movie in the park for all ages will begin at 7 p.m. April 21 at MWR Outdoor Recreation at Hickam Harbor. Patrons can bring some blankets and sit on the grass to watch a movie under the stars at Hickam Harbor waterfront. Patrons can bring drinks and snacks. The movie is to be announced and it will be suitable for all ages. Check the movie listings on Facebook at “Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Outdoor Recreation.” For more information, call 449-5215.

Superhero movie day will begin at 10 a.m. April 22 at Sharkey Theater. Kids can watch “The Incredibles” and dress up in their favorite superhero costumes. The movie is presented by the Military and Family Support Center in partnership with MWR. For more information, call 474-1999 or 473-2651.

Free Earth Day Celebration at Hickam Harbor will begin at 11 a.m. April 22 at MWR Outdoor Recreation at Hickam Harbor. There will be food trucks, events, a bounce house for the kids, information booths and more activities for the entire family to help the community learn about caring for the land and waters. For more information, call 449-5215.

Plans expedited to install new turf at Aloha Stadium

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Aloha Stadium turf

The Aloha Stadium Authority said Friday that it is expediting plans to install new turf ahead of schedule.

There’s always been a plan to replace the turf, but the stadium authority wants to do it six months earlier than planned.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has a contract with the NFL for the 2017 Pro Bowl.

While the Pro Bowl was played without incident earlier this year at Aloha Stadium, there was a big dispute over the condition of the stadium’s artificial turf back in December 2015 when the U.S. women’s soccer team abruptly canceled their exhibition match against Trinidad and Tobago over safety concerns.

Stadium authority officials said that U.S. Soccer officials did visit the field prior to the cancellation and deemed it safe to play.

Hale Mauliola transitional housing, services center opens on Sand Island

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A new facility that’s been more than a year in the making is finally opening its doors Thursday.

Hale Mauliola is a housing navigation service center on Sand Island made up of shipping container housing units.

It will offer shelter to homeless looking to get off the streets, and the property comes with extra services to help them.

The rooms are stocked with everything from towels and toiletries to a small solar panel that powers a small light and charges cell phones.

According to Kimo Carvalho, Institute for Human Services’ director of community relations, these are just some of the amenities in Hale Mauliola.

“We want to basically set them up so that they are housing ready and by allowing all of the services that are on site, which includes employment, healthcare, housing, it includes case management and access to benefits, they can access all that on site while they’re working full-time and doing what they’re doing,” said Carvalho.

The first six people move into the facility Thursday, with full capacity at 90 people.

According to IHS’ Connie Mitchell, the goal is to have people transitioned into permanent housing within 60 days.

“We’re really about welcoming people who are motivated and really ready to work toward getting into housing, so we’re going to be connecting them up to all of our housing resources, making sure that they’re really focused on doing the things they need to do to get out of here in 60 days,” Mitchell said.

According to IHS, one of the biggest differences in this facility is that there will be fewer barriers to entry.

Couples will be able to stay together in the same room. The institute will also be working with the humane society and will allow pets in the rooms.

There also won’t be a curfew, just quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Gary Nakata, the city director of community services, says public input played a big role in the final product.

“We’ve heard the public. We heard everyone that had concerns about this. We took it all in and we internalized it and we said, you’re right, there’s a lot of good ideas here. There’s a lot of good concerns. Let’s not be in too much of a rush. So we took a step back and we thought how can we do it better,” Nakata said.

Pacific Fleet commander, fleet master chief visit shipyard

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Andy Llanos explains the benefits of electronic work tablets to Adm. Scott Swift, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during a tour of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Nov. 2.

Story and photo by Sean Hughes

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Pacific Fleet Master Chief Susan Whitman visited Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF), Nov. 2,to learn details of the command’s mission, workload and innovation initiatives.

“Between Pearl Harbor maintenance of home-ported ships, Guam support and AOR voyage repairs and emergency response, the visit really drove the point of the command’s importance home,” said Swift. The command’s submarine and surface fleet-maintenance mission is centered at Pearl Harbor and extends across the Asia- Pacific region.

Swift and Whitman toured drydocks and industrial facilities to learn from shipyard leaders and workers about how they keep up with increased fleet nuclear and non-nuclear workload, improve Virginia-class submarine maintenance, train new apprentices, partner with the private-sector repair industry and academia, and maintain steward-ship responsibilities in facilities and historic preservation.

“It’s all so amazing, from the historic and heritage perspective to the education connections, along with the nature of the work itself in routine and emergent repairs,” Swift said.

While visiting a submarine project in drydock, Swift, Whitman and the project team discussed new waterfront technology initiatives, such as waterfront wireless connectivity and implementation of electronic tablets, the need for accelerated development of new maintenance personnel to manage fleet workload, and in caring for the submarine crew’s quality of life.

“All the levels of maintenance you’re responsible for, and what you’re doing in finding—and making— opportunities to innovate is remarkable,” Swift told Capt. Jamie Kalowsky, shipyard commander.

“It’s good to see the command taking these opportunities,” Swift said.

JBPHH graduation ceremony honors service members

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Senior Master Sgt. Donna Mottley, Hawaii top three military ceremonies committee lead, congratulates recent graduates during the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) military college graduation recognition ceremony held Nov. 6 at the Historic Hickam Officer's Club. U.S. Navy photo by Blair M. Gradel

Story by Blair Martin Gradel and Ensign Dorothy Wright

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) hosted a military college graduation recognition ceremony on Nov. 6 at the Historic Hickam Officer’s Club.

Col. Charles Velino, commander for 15th Operations Group at JBPHH and the keynote speaker for the event, encouraged graduates to continue to strive for future education opportunities.

“Try your best to learn something new each and every day,” he told graduates and family members during his speech.

“One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Dewar, ‘Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open.’ What you have accomplished today shows both the desire and ability to open your minds, to continue to learn, to continue to increase your knowledge base, and strive for better understanding of the world around you,” he added.

More than 60 Navy and Air Force service members were honored who earned an associate, bachelor, master or doctoral degree between September 2014 and December 2015.

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Noel Ramirez from the 766th Specialized Contracting Squadron (SCONS) unit, said one of the biggest reasons he chose to pursue a master’s degree in the first place was to show his children that “anything was possible.”

“At the rank that I’m at right now, it’s difficult to pull away from work and go to school,” Ramirez said.

“But my leadership made it possible for me to be able to attend classes and to be able to aggressively attack the coursework in order to get it done within a year and a half,” he said.

Aside from the graduates, family members were also in attendance to cheer on their spouses and family members as their accomplishments were recognized.

Mayra Salazar, military spouse, was there in support of her husband, Air Force Master Sgt. Joe Salazar Jr. as he received his master’s degree in acquisition management from American Graduation University.

“It’s been long, but it’s been good,” he said of the couple’s journey. “I would encourage all military spouses to be patient and supportive during this time.”

Navy Chief Master-at-Arms (EXW/SW) Jasper Johnson also echoed similar sentiments when he recounted his journey in pursuing an associate’s degree in business from Excelsior College.

“My encouragement to my colleagues and [their] spouses would be to continue to pursue your dreams and never stop,” Johnson advised.

“Continue to pursue your education because [keep in mind] whatever you learn, you take it with you after you retire,” he said.

Switchfoot scheduled to perform at JBPHH Beachfest

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Rock band Switchfoot will headline the Nov. 22 Beachfest at Hickam Beach. Photo courtesy Switchfoot

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

National recording artists Switchfoot will be performing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s (MWR) Beachfest on Nov. 22.

The free event is held at Hickam Beach and features a variety of activities, beginning with the pre-party at noon. As the live DJ spins music, customers can take part in cornhole, ladder ball and other outdoor games.

Switchfoot, known for hits such as “Dare You to Move,” “Love Alone is Worth the Fight” and “Dark Horses” takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. This performance is presented by Armed Forces Entertainment.

Other attractions include a giant mural for kids to paint, bubbles, water ballons and more. Nearby, Sam Choy’s Island Style Seafood Grille and food trucks will be on hand to offer food and drinks for purchase.

Parking is available within walking distance. A special nearby parking area will be reserved for those who choose to “go green” and ride bicycles to the beach.

Beachfest is open to Department of Defense ID cardholders and their sponsored guests. No tickets are needed to attend. Certain items are restricted. (For more event information, go to www. greatlifehawaii.com.)

Post-Thanksgiving Black Friday camp

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Sailing, fishing, kayaking and other activities will be offered during the Black Friday camp on Nov. 28. MWR Marketing photo

Sailing, fishing, kayaking and other activities will be offered during the Black Friday camp on Nov. 28.
MWR Marketing photo

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s (MWR) will host a Black Friday camp on Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is open to children ages 7-15 years, with 7-9 year olds meeting at Hickam Harbor and 10-15 year olds meeting at Rainbow Bay Marina.

Both age groups can take part in various outdoor activities depending on location and the children’s abilities. Possible options include swimming, fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sailing and outrigger canoe paddling.

Cost of the camp is $40 per person, and signups begin Nov. 7. For more information, call the outdoor recreation office at 449-5215.

JBPHH facilities offer Thanksgiving dinner options

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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Eateries at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam are offering patrons a variety of options for Thanksgiving.

Joint Base Catering at the Historic Hickam Officers’ Club will offer their annual Thanksgiving Day lunch buffet featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites. There are three seating times to choose from. Those who want to dine with the harbor as a backdrop can dine on the lanai at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Those who prefer air-conditioned comfort can choose the dining room with a noon seating time.

Prices are $32.95 for adults, $18.95 for kids 7-12 years, $12.50 for kids 4-6 years and children 3 years and under free. Club members can get a $2 discount on the adult price. Reservations are required and are being accepted now until Nov. 24. Call 448-4608 for more information.

At Hickam Harbor, Sam Choy’s Island Style Seafood Grille will offer a Thanksgiving buffet featuring traditional favorites such as oven-roasted turkey and ham as well as salmon, pork loin and more.

The special buffet is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., making it an available option for lunch or dinner. Prices are: $29.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids 6-12 years and free for children 5 and under. Reservations are being taken now. Call 422-3002 for more information.

For those who want to spend Thanksgiving at home, Joint Base Catering provides Thanksgiving turkey to-go. For $130, customers get a ready-made meal for 6-8 people.

The package includes a 10-12 pound turkey, stuffing, gravy, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Customers can pick up their meal at Wright Brothers Cafe & Grille Thanksgiving morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Reservations for the to-go deal are required and are accepted now through Nov. 24. Customers can call the catering office at 448-4608 to order a to-go package.

Enlisted Women in Submarines Roadshow invites prospective submariners

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Lt. Jennifer Carroll answers questions from prospective submariners following the briefing.

Lt. Jennifer Carroll answers questions from prospective submariners following the briefing.

Story and photo by Ensign

Krystyna Nowakowski

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

The submarine community opened its doors to female officers a few years ago and is now looking for enlisted women to become submariners.

The Enlisted Women in Submarines (EWIS) task force hosted a “roadshow” Nov. 2 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Eligible E-6 and below female Sailors from all communities and rates are being offered a cross-rate opportunity, if rating eligible, or conversion into the submarine community.

Chief petty officers within the logistics, yeoman, information technology, culinary and hospital corpsman ratings are being offered conversion to submarines as well.

With Lt. Jennifer Carroll, one of the first female officers to serve in the community, and Force Master Chief Wesley Koshoffer of SUBLANT leading the discussion, Sailors were able to learn about exciting new opportunities.

U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief Susan Whitman was a member of the panel for the initial selection board to bring female Sailors aboard submarines, and she was on-hand during Tuesday’s brief.

“I think having women on submarines is fantastic,” said Whitman. “This is just one more avenue for female Sailors to excel and, more importantly, have a larger role in today’s Navy.”

Aircrew Survival Equipment-man 2nd Class Christina Gonzalez from Marine Aviation and Logistics Squadron 24 was interested in the submarine community as soon as she saw the Navy administrative message, which was released in August. She currently is working on a package to convert and wants to be part of history as one of the first enlisted female submariners.

Gonzalez was enthusiastic in the challenge of becoming one of the first enlisted women to wear the coveted silver dolphins. “The more people that question why I want to do it is what makes me want to do it more,” Gonzalez said.

Sailors like Gonzalez will be led by both female officers as well as chief petty officers, such as Chief Culinary Specialist Dominique Saavadra. A former CPO aboard the USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), Saavadra said her prior command was “100 percent supportive” when she expressed interest in conversion.

“It’s really great to see other people interested [in the submarine community] as well,” she said.

Currently, Ohio-class guided and ballistic missile submarines are being integrated with enlisted female Sailors, one crew at a time. Integration of female crew members aboard fast-attack submarines will begin in 2016.

Force Master Chief Russell Mason, senior enlisted advisor for the Pacific Submarine Force, spent time underway with the USS Ohio (SSGN 726) while four female officers were serving aboard, and he said he was impressed with the exemplary professionalism the women displayed.

Other Sailors also seem supportive of the change. Electronics Technician 2nd Class Robert Pegg of USS Buffalo (SSN715) said, “It doesn’t matter who it is, it matters the quality of the person.”

Though it may be surprising, her answer was a straightforward and confident “no.” “It was not being a female, but rather being a junior officer [and trying to earn qualifications] that was most challenging.”

The Enlisted Women in Submarines Roadshow continued as the team made their way to San Diego for additional briefings on Nov. 5. Next month they will be visiting the Jacksonville/Mayport area.

(For more information, visit the EWIS website at http://www.public.navy.mil/subfor/ewis.)