January 28: Save Our Bases - Sign Waving & Community Meeting at Leilehua High



Save our bases and our communities

Please help by attending the following meetings:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:30 p.m. at the Hale Koa Hotel
Wednesday, January 28,2015 6:30 p.m. at Leilehua High School

Share your stories with the Department of Defense.  Tell what the military means to you, your family, your school, and your community.

Defense spending in Hawaii makes up around 18 percent of the state’s economy.  A potential Army realignment initiative could be catastrophic for Hawaii.  Such an option would result in a reduction of approximately 20,000 soldiers and civilians from Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks along with another 30,000 of their family members.  The communities on the west side of Oahu around Schofield Barracks would lost approximately 30 percent of their population, causing an annual economic loss to the state of about $1.35 billion. 

As teachers, we know that cuts like this could put communities and families at risk.  Army leadership will be in Hawaii on January 27 and January 28, 2015 to hear what communities surrounding military installations have to say. It is critical that community members show up to voice our opinions and share our stories.

Some of the schools that could be impacted include:  Hale Kula Elementary, Helemano Elementary, Iliahi Elementary, Leilehua High, Solomon Elementary, Wahiawa Elementary, Wahiawa Middle, Wheeler Elementary, Wheeler Middle, Kipapa Elementary, Mililani High, Mililani Ike Elementary, Mililani Mauka Elementary, Mililani Middle, Mililani Uka Elementary, and Mililani Waena Elementary.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Teachers on Oahu are encouraged to participate in sign waving scheduled before the Department of Defense meeting at Leilehua High School in Wahiawa.

5:00 p.m.  Meet in the Leilehua High School parking lot for assignments,
signs, and t-shirts.  Volunteers will be shuttled to locations along
California Avenue.
5:15 –
6:15 p.m. Sign Waving

6:15 p.m. Bento dinner

6:30 p.m. Community listening session. 

Michele Lee
Office of Representative Marcus Oshiro

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Cuts would be ‘crippling,’ Congress members say

By William Cole

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 28, 2015

Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation said it would be a strategic misstep for the Army to significantly downsize here, with the state’s economy also suffering.

“Hawaii is the last place the Army should consider cutting soldiers in light of America’s commitment to re-balance to the Asia-Pacific,” said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

Schatz said that if “resourced correctly, the Army can play a strategic role, with Hawaii as the foundation for its engagement in the region.”

The testimony was submitted by video as the Army conducts two “listening” sessions to hear what residents have to say about a worst-case scenario that would see the Army cut 16,000 soldiers at Schofield Barracks and 3,800 at Fort Shafter.

The removal would mean the loss of $1.35 billion in annual sales, according to the Army.

One listening session was scheduled for Tuesday night at the Hale Koa Hotel. The second is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Leilehua High School.

Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter are “critical” not only to Hawaii’s economy, but to the strategic posture of the United States, said U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

“Importantly, the Army’s presence in Hawaii has always been rooted in the significance of Hawaii’s geographic location,” Gabbard said. “Nowhere else in the world is it so clear that our economic and national security interests are deeply impacted by potential threats arising in the Asia-Pacific region.”

A loss of the magnitude the Army is considering would have “crippling impacts to the unique and indispensable assets available to Pacific Command for regional security and stability,” Gabbard said.

“Cuts like these would harm Hawaii’s economy, put many communities around these bases at risk and be out of line with our recently adjusted national defense strategy,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Takai. “The Obama administration has announced the re-balance to the Asia-Pacific, and Hawaii is the perfect place to ensure that our troops are ready to meet the challenges of this arena.”