Currently the Army is considering, as part of its 2020 force structure realignment, a proposal that would eliminate 19,800 soldiers and approximately 30,000 civilians, which is 5% of Honolulu’s total population. This realignment is set specifically for 16,606 at the Schofield Barracks and 3786 at Fort Shafter, and a total of 30,000 family members. This impact could greatly affect local construction, retail, restaurants and real estate professional services. This could result in a $1.35 billion decrease in revenue and a decrease of 38% of the surrounding community population in Wahiawa, Waialua, Schofield, Mililani and Kunia.
Currently there has been 93,000 letters of support from a variety of bases all over the US but we still need more. We need to create awareness and more effectively, signed the petition to save our bases and community.
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The Army in Hawaii and specifically in the Mililani area support our economy in many ways such as creating jobs in local communities and supporting businesses. Many of these members are not only our friends and neighbors but our supporters as well. We have to support our heroes so please sign the petition.
This letter to the US Army Environmental Command states that the military in Hawaii is the single most significant economic impact on our economy after tourism. The communities around both Fort Shafter and the Schofield Barracks have been partners with the Army on many community projects and depend on the military for economic stability. Their presence has a tremendous impact on the economy of Central Oahu as the resident population itself would be unable to sustain the economy of the area.
The petition requests that the Army please reconsider its scenario outlined in the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Army of 2020 Force Structure Realignment.
This petition is being set forth by the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, which officially established the military affairs department. This serves as the state’s liaison in matters relating to the US military. They also provide oversight for the military’s economic impact to Hawaii’s multibillion-dollar defense industry which benefits Hawaii’s small businesses, jobs for Hawaiian residents and research and development ventures. Image by the US Army Flickr