Army supporters exceed critics

Army supporters exceed critics Residents express opinions on plans to transfer thousands of soldiers off Oahu By William Cole, Star-Advertiser “The military is our ohana,” said Karen Leilani Paty, a teacher at Wahiawa Middle School, during the Army community listening session held at Leilehua High School on Wednesday evening. A standing-room-only crowd of mostly Army…

Public Invited to Listening Sessions on Army Downsizing

Public Invited to Listening Sessions on Army Downsizing By Molly Solomon, Hawaii Public Radio Thousands stand to lose their jobs at Hawai‘i’s military bases, if the Pentagon’s proposed cuts move forward. Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter are among 30 military installations across the country where similar scenarios are playing out. Army officials are gathering public input…

Support military presence that bolsters our economy

Support military presence that bolsters our economy By U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, Star-Advertiser: Insight, 1/19/2015 As one of the newest members of Congress, I am honored to serve the constituency of the 1st Congressional District of Hawaii. There are many pressing issues that Congress needs to address, including comprehensive immigration reform, surface transportation funding, a reform…

Army exit would devastate Wahiawa

Army exit would devastate Wahiawa By Scott Harada, Star-Advertiser: Island Voices, 1/19/2015 In 1938, a young businesswoman had the idea of opening an outdoor roller-skating rink in Wahiawa. As the military population grew, it proved a smart economic decision. A year later, she opened a restaurant next door to feed the customers. A few years later,…

Military leaders address gains and potential losses

Military leaders address gains and potential losses By Jim Mendoza, Hawaii News Now In their annual update to Hawaii’s government and commerce leaders, military commanders reiterated America’s commitment to a strategic rebalance in the Pacific. But they also caution other Indo-Pacific nations are expanding their military power — specifically China. “We’ve got to remain protective…