To save our communities from the downsizing of Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter…
As part of its 2020 force structure realignment, the Army is considering a proposal that would eliminate 19,800 soldiers and approximately 30,000 civilians. The total is roughly 5% of Honolulu’s total population.
The Army conducted a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment. It looked at 14 factors.
Results were “minor to beneficial” in all categories except one: Socioeconomic.
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE?
In 1985, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii officially established the Military Affairs department to:
- Serve as the state’s liaison in matters relating to the U.S. military. The Chamber formed the Military Affairs Council comprised of Chamber business leaders, Hawaii government officials, and retired military flag and general officers to protect and preserve the military’s presence in Hawaii, promote public awareness and understanding of issues challenging the military locally and nationally, and serve as the advocate for military and their families.
- Provide oversight for the military’s economic impact to the state’s multi-billion dollar defense industry benefitting Hawaii’s small businesses, research and development ventures, and good-paying jobs for Hawaii residents. The defense industry is responsible for generating $14.7 billion into Hawaii’s economy, making it the state’s second major source of revenues, next to tourism. Moreover, the industry accounts for creating job opportunities for more than 100,000 Hawaii residents that report annual household earnings topping $8.7 billion annually.
For more information about the Chamber’s Military Affairs visit the website below: