NAVY LEAGUE NEWS
The Honolulu Council wrapped up the old year and rang in the new by hosting and taking part in events
that honored military spouses and supported wounded
warriors. The council later was recognized for its efforts
on behalf of the sea services by RADM Robert P. Girrier,
deputy commander and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet, at
its annual meeting and elections dinner Jan. 23.
In late November, the council honored eight spouses, who are active members in their respective communities and frequently volunteer their time, with the Key
Military Spouse Awards. The awards were presented
during ceremonies held at Honolulu City Hall Nov. 27
and at Aloha Stadium Nov. 30.
During the City Hall ceremony, Council President
David C. Livingston introduced the award recipients to
City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
“We honor these spouses today for the hard work
they do,” Caldwell said, according to a report from the
Navy News Service. “Their partner is frequently away
and they are left to raise the family, keep the household
running, and they still find time to help other members
of the services and their families.”
The 2013 honorees are Sharrie
Brown (Air Force), Erika Gro-
nenthal (Army), Maria Harris
(Coast Guard), Cara Lindsay
(Marines), Edda Hernandez (Navy),
Rene Pagaoa (Hawaii Air Guard),
Leslie Reese (Hawaii Army Guard)
and Shannon Pedzinski (U.S. Pacific
Hawaii National Guard MG Dar-ryll Wong, State Rep. K. Mark Takai
and Matthew Mishima from Oceanic Time Warner Cable joined Caldwell and Livingston in presenting a
certificate to each award recipient,
along with a check for $500.
“It’s important to recognize
what these spouses do,” Caldwell
added. “They become the back-
bone for the armed forces and
work to maintain the community
when their husbands or wives are
away protecting our country.”
This was the 10th consecutive year that the Navy
League has taken the initiative to honor outstanding
spouses of service members deployed abroad, he noted.
The recipients also were honored at Aloha Stadium
Nov. 30 prior to the University of Hawaii football game
versus the U.S. Army Black Knights. The event was
part of Military Appreciation Day at the stadium.
A week earlier, 44 select senior enlisted members and
junior grade officers of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard received awards for leadership and outstanding performances during the council’s 53rd annual Navy League
Sea Service Awards Luncheon at the Ala Moana Hotel.
From Jan. 8-10, the council supported Commander,
Navy Installations Command, and Navy Region Hawaii
in hosting the inaugural Wounded Warrior Pacific
Invitational at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Jan. 8-10.
The event also is supported by the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
The council provided $15,000 “for this fantastic
project,” according to Livingston, with the assistance
of sponsors including Veterans United and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Honolulu Honors Military Spouses,
Supports Wounded Warriors
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
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U.S. Navy spouse Edda Hernandez is recognized with a Key Military Spouse
Award by the Honolulu Council during a ceremony as part of Military
Appreciation Day prior to a Nov. 30 University of Hawaii football game versus
the U.S. Army Black Knights at Aloha Stadium. At her left is Oceanic Time
Warner Cable Vice President of Operations Norman Santos.