Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann addresses Navy League Key Spouse
Recognition Program recipients before presenting them their Key Spouse Awards.
Military Key Spouses
The Navy League’s Honolulu
Council presented its Key Spouse
awards at a ceremony at Honolulu
City Hall in early January to celebrate and reward seven “key”
spouses for their work in the military family community during
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann presented the awards at the
event, and was joined by a gathering of friends and family of the hon-orees and local Navy Leaguers.
A key spouse from each of the
five military branches and two
from the National Guard and
Reserve received a check for
$1,000, a Navy League Certificate
of Appreciation and a letter of
acknowledgment from the mayor.
A “key” spouse is a spouse who
functions as the main source of
communication and organization
for a command or unit deployed in
a hostile theater of operations.
They are military spouses and take
up the leadership role to support
their fellow spouses who are left
when military family members are
called into harm’s way.
The 2006 Honolulu Key Spouse
Awardees were: Renee Dvorak, U.S.
Air Force; Maria Grimsley, U.S.
Army; Gretchen Eastman, U.S. Coast
Guard; Cynthia Hall, U.S. Navy;
Faith Cowart, U.S. Marine Corps;
Lynette Yee, Hawaii Army National
Guard and Reserve; and James
“Kimo” Palakiko, Hawaii Air
National Guard and Reserve.
This was the third consecutive
year the Honolulu Council has
worked with U.S. Pacific Command to honor its Hawaii-based
Puts Its Construction
Skills to Work
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC)
cadets from around the country
came together as Construction
Battalion Illinois to do a number of
community service construction
projects as part of their annual training. About 70 cadets from 19 states
made up the 2006 Construction
Battalion, which trains each year at
the National Guard Training Area in
Marseilles, Ill., according to Lt.
Cmdr. Lee Van Der Hulst, NSCC’s
commanding officer. The battalion
has been doing building projects for
the past four years.
Battalion cadets tackled their
largest project yet during the most
recent training, with 26 of them — 15
boys and 11 girls — constructing a
picnic pavilion at the Landing Ship
Tank Memorial Marina on the Illinois
River in Seneca, Ill. The four-day project had the cadets doing everything
from digging out a base for the concrete slab and seating the support
posts, to nailing on the plywood roof
and tar-papering and shingling it.
Navy Ensign Timothy Marinelli and
Builder 1st Class John Tandy
supervised the project.
LEE VAN DER HULST
U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps Construction Battalion Illinois cadets shingle the roof
of a picnic pavilion they built at Landing Ship Tank Memorial Marina in Seneca, Ill.,
as part of their annual training community service projects.