‘Thank you for all you do’

Commentary
Vice Adm. Mary Jackson
Commander, Navy Installations Command

Aloha Team Hawaii!

I would like to thank Navy Region Hawaii and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) for hosting me during my recent visit. My time here provided an opportunity to witness firsthand your many accomplishments, better understand the challenges you face, and determine ways on how we at headquarters can provide further assistance as you execute the shore mission.

The installations in Hawaii, both JBPHH on Oahu and Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, as well as all our CNIC installations across the globe, are the critical link to our Navy’s ability to generate power and constant presence. They provide the infrastructure and maintenance, installation security, fire and emergency response services, a quality environment including safe drinking water, innovative technology including cyber-security, and — not to be taken for granted — quality of life services.

Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), tours a Child Development Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and greets preschoolers. Photo by MC1 Corwin Colbert

One of the biggest ways the shore enterprise provides support is by caring for family needs. Housing, educational support and child development services are especially important to our people. When deployed warfighters do not have to worry about their families and loved ones back home, the shore serves as a force multiplier.

Team Hawaii sets the standard of effective joint basing and positive collaboration between our military services. Through JBPHH, the shore directly supports the Navy, Air Force and its 175 tenant commands to develop a more stable region, promote security cooperation, and deter aggression in the interest of our nation and allies. Although I wasn’t able to visit there this time, I know PMRF is the world’s largest instrumented range, providing range services and training resources for our armed forces and allied partners, vital to our nation’s security.

Team Hawaii is no stranger when it comes to employing and empowering a topnotch workforce committed to sustaining the fleet, enabling the fighter and supporting the family. My time here in Hawaii was short, but I had the opportunity to meet with many men and women who provide relevant and foundational support to our service members, veterans and families.

It is evident that Team Hawaii provides an awesome amount of high quality service. The caring customer service and can-do attitude are contagious and transparent here.

To those I had the honor of meeting and to those I hope to one day see in person, including at PMRF, thank you for all you do. Whether you stand watch at the front gate, schedule port services for our ships, or watch over the youngest members of our families at the child development centers, each member of the CNIC ohana is fulfilling a critical role in the defense of our nation.

Mahalo Team Hawaii!

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