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Army shifts scoping meetings on Oahu training ranges to online format after Gov. Ige’s executive order

  • COURTESY SPC. TIFFANY FUDGE / 2012
                                Soldiers from the 8th Special Troops Battalion conduct a command post exercise in Makua Valley testing their ability to deploy to an austere environment and communicate with their main command post.

    COURTESY SPC. TIFFANY FUDGE / 2012

    Soldiers from the 8th Special Troops Battalion conduct a command post exercise in Makua Valley testing their ability to deploy to an austere environment and communicate with their main command post.

In light of new COVID-19 restrictions announced today by Gov. David Ige, the U.S. Army is shifting its in-person scoping meetings scheduled for today and Wednesday on its plans to retain leased state-owned land on Oahu for military training to an online-only format.

“Supporting our local and state officials and the health and safety of our communities and staff is our priority,” said Col. Dan Misigoy, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, in a news release. “The transition from an in-person to virtual event was necessary to do our part to reduce large gatherings and make it possible for more people to participate with less risk to public health.”

The meetings will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. both days via Zoom:

>> Today: Webinar/Room ID: 931 4505 1145; passcode: 858113

>> Wednesday: Webinar ID: 917 8104 7214; passcode: 327318

The webinar sessions and all comments will be recorded. Both Zoom sessions will be streamed live on the garrison’s YouTube account at youtube.com/usaghawaii/live.

Find online video presentations and documents at the project website, home.army.mil/hawaii/index.php/OahuEIS.

In addition to the online scoping events, the public may view and/or listen to online video presentations, review project documents and submit written comments through the project website.

Oral comments also may be submitted by calling 808-556-8277, with recording services available at 4 p.m. today through 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Written comments also will be accepted until Sept. 1. Submit written comments by emailing usarmy.hawaii.nepa@mail.mil; mailing to Oahu ATLR EIS Comments, P.O. Box 3444, Honolulu, HI 96801-3444; or via the project website.

“It is important to note that all comments are viewed equally, regardless of how they are submitted,” the Army said in a news release.

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