Joint Base recognizes Star Service Program facilitators’ efforts

Star Service Program facilitators and Capt. Jeff Bernard, commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, pose for a photo. U.S. Navy photo by ATAN Joshua Markwith

Lt. j.g. Makeedra Hayes

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Star Service Program facilitators received certificates of appreciation from the Joint Base Commander Capt. Jeff Bernard, to conclude their training week and to celebrate 20 years of the program’s introduction to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) organization.

To celebrate this milestone, FFR hosted a luncheon and the JBPHH base commander recognized and rewarded original, current and new Star Service Program facilitators for all their hard work and effort with a certificate of appreciation.

The luncheon took place at Bloch Arena on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Aug. 17.

The Fleet and Family Readiness (FFR) Center of JBPHH trained and welcomed a new group of Star Service Program facilitators during the week of Aug. 13-17.

Simultaneously, their training week marked the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Star Service Program to the MWR organization here in Hawaii.

The Star Service Program was introduced in September 1998. MWR’s goal was to improve the services they offered service members from just good enough to exceptional.

In July 2000, Hawaii’s Star Service Program became the second region to officially lead all training worldwide when it came to quality of life programs.

These programs included Information, Tickets and Travel, Outdoor Recreation, Single Sailor, and Fleet Recreation, to name a few.

“(Star Service Program classes were) my favorite (to teach), ever,” said former facilitator Judy Kosaka. “(They included) games and candy — it’s very fun.”

The training week included a series of events to ensure Hawaii Region’s Star Service facilitators maintain their worldwide high standards. The training week also ensures all service members under the Hawaii Region umbrella continue to receive the best services when it comes to fitness and leisure activities.

“I have been doing this for 19 years, I’m still teaching and I’m loving it,” said current facilitator Millie Gomes.

The luncheon highlighted personnel not in uniform that provide excellent service to armed forces members and their families. Without programs such as Star Service, military families access to leisure activities would not be possible.

All those in the military community including those not in uniform provide invaluable services.

“It is my honor to be able to take time to recognize the individuals that make our lives as service members and the families that support us more enjoyable,” Bernard said.

“This event is a small token of our appreciation, because we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the services provided from those who are part of Star Service Program.”

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