At Your Service
For and about Hawaii's military

By Gregg K. Kakesako

Sunday, October 21, 2001

See also: For Your Benefit


Hickam Air Force Base
study to find out if private
firm can do same repair jobs

The Air Force is conducting a study that could affect 32 jobs -- 18 military and 14 civilian -- at Hickam Air Force Base's equipment testing facility.

The study is to determine whether a private company can do the work of the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory. The facility is responsible for calibrating and repairing test, measurement and diagnostic equipment and ensuring the accuracy and reliability of Air Force weapon and communications systems.

Wayne Wilcox, assistant project superintendent at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility management team, has been named as the federal manager of the year from a field of 11,500 federal managers from 29 agencies nationwide.

Brig. Gen. Ralph E. Parker, deputy commander for Marine Forces Pacific and former commander of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, has been honored by the Hawaii Motorcycle Dealers Association for promoting and supporting motorcyclist safety in Hawaii.

"Right from the start, Brig. Gen. Parker made a difference by doing things like making helmets, gloves, reflective vests and other protective gear available in the exchanges on the Marine Corps base," said HMDA President Robert Becker.

"He also made protective gear part of the proper uniform, included motorcycle safety in every safety stand down, and emphasized the importance of motorcyclist awareness to the non-motorcycling public." Becker noted that because of the emphasis on safety, the Marines have not had a motorcycle-related fatality in Hawaii in more than 16 months.

The Pentagon has suspended its requirement to pay $100 per day to troops who are deployed more than 400 days in any two-year period.

The 2000 National Defense Authorization Act mandated that the services report how many days each service member spends deployed.

Any service member deployed more than 400 days in the previous two years was to have received $100 for each additional deployment day past 400, Pentagon officials said.

The counting started Oct. 1, so the earliest anyone could have been eligible for the high-deployment per diem is early November.

The San Diego Oceanside Historic Preservation Advisory Commission has said it would like to preserve several historic houses, including the one featured in the movie "Top Gun," suggesting that developers of Manchester Resorts move the "Top Gun" house to a nearby location when it comes time to build its planned resort. Three homes on the property may be eligible for listing on the National Register for Historic Places, according to a staff report. The house was featured in the 1986 movie starring Tom Cruise. The commission's recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council, which is scheduled to make the final decision Oct. 24.

Tripler Army Medical Center has opened a pharmacy refill pickup site at 3189 Nimitz Rd. between Camp Catlin and Peltier Road. The site is only for refills which must be called in a day prior at 433-6962. Hours are weekdays only, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Gregg K. Kakesako can be reached by phone at 294-4075
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