Army spouses exchange info at Torii Station
Several U.S. Army Garrison – Okinawa staff members were on-hand to field an array of questions from 22 Army Spouses March 31 at Havana’s on Torii Station, while informing them of the installation’s core mission to sustain, support and defend.
The spouse information exchange is designed to share information with the Army Family on the many programs, services, events and initiatives that make the Army’s home on Okinawa a unique and Family-oriented duty station, according to USAG – Okinawa officials.
The event generated healthy and productive discussion and paved the way for future collaboration between the garrison and mission units on the island according to Garrison Commander Col. Eric A. Martinez. This is a new initiative to promote better communication between the garrison and the community writ large, he said.
“We wanted to do something different … And with that in mind, that difference was bringing spouses in here from all the Army units across the island and then sharing information about services, programs and the things that the garrison can do for you,” said Martinez.
Because the Army is diffused across the island, it is critical for Families to know that Torii Station is the hub of support and services for Soldiers and Families, said Martinez.
Spouses were treated to a first-class breakfast care of Havana’s, where they were briefed on programs and services like Morale, Family and Recreation; Army Community Service; the Provost Marshal and Director of Emergency Services; the Directorate of Human Resources and the installation Safety Office.
Joe Kumzak, MWR, went through a laundry list of events from Pirate Day, May 2, to the Spring Triathlon, May 10. Kumzak also said that MWR is planning renovations on existing facilities to improve the quality of life for the Army Family on Okinawa.
“We’re going to be renovating the weight room, the cardio room, the gymnasium, the tennis courts and the sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room,” said Kumzak. “We’re in the design phase of those projects now and it’s going to be really nice,” he said.
Kumzak encouraged spouses to provide feedback on what they would like to see at Torii Station in the future, noting that some of the best ideas come straight from Soldiers and Families.
Improving existing programs, facilities and services remains a priority for the Commander of USAG – Okinawa as the Army continues its mission in the Pacific.
“We’re happy to have all of you here today to listen and take back to your fellow spouses the information shared here,” said Martinez. “Right now if you drive around Torii Station, you see a lot of the stuff that is going on … We’re building a new headquarters here, also there is a new [Directorate of Information Management],” he said. “We’re trying to make things better for everybody and that’s our goal.”