Keep Hawaii's Heroes
An organization called Keep Hawaii’s Heroes is trying to get at least 40,000 signatures by January 2015 on a petition against a proposal to remove approximately 19,800 active duty personnel and 30,000 civilian family members from Oahu. The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, which started the group, predicts the economic impact to be the loss of 20,000 jobs and $1.35 billion, including $9.2 million in tax revenues.
The proposal, which is part of the U.S. Army's 2020 Force Structure Realignment, would remove enough soldiers and civilian family members from Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter to reduce Oahu's population by 5 percent. Various industries, such as retail and scientific and technical services would be affected.
On Jan. 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., the U.S. Army is planning to hold “listening sessions” at the Hale Koa hotel to hear from the public about this proposal.