USS Arizona Memorial Dock Update

Subject: USS Arizona Memorial Dock Update


We are writing to provide you with our monthly update on the current status of the repair of the USS Arizona Memorial and its dock. In our previous communication, on March 28, we informed you that we had awarded the contract. We will send you updates by the end of each month, or sooner if we achieve a significant milestone. A similar email is being sent to your staff in Washington.

Memorial Dock Update:

The contractor, Silver Mountain Construction LLC, is thus far on track with timely submittals. The NPS received insurance and bond information from the contractor, as well as the list of subcontractors they will be using on the project. The NPS issued the Notice to Proceed to the contractor on April 4.

The NPS has approved all requisite associated pre-construction plans (Water Quality Management, Waste Management, Spill Prevention, Survey Plan for ESA-listed Species, Site-Specific Best Management Practices, Construction Site Plan, Traffic Control Plan, and Staging/Laydown Area Plan). These plans have been forwarded to regulatory agencies, where applicable, such as the State of Hawaii for review of Water Quality Management, and the US Navy for review of traffic/construction/staging in Pearl Harbor waters.

Other pre-construction activities, such as the approval and procurement of materials for the repair, are ongoing.

The next major milestone is a pre-construction meeting with the NPS, US Navy, the contractor, and applicable subcontractors scheduled for the second week of May. Mobilization in the field will occur after this meeting, with on the ground construction projected to begin the week of May 22.

Shoreside Dock Update:

The US Navy conducted a shoreside dock inspection last month and it was determined that the dock is still anchored to the harbor floor. Thus it is not at risk to break away and create a navigation hazard, as was feared. The NPS and the US Navy, with engineers from both agencies, are now considering alternatives for keeping the dock in place rather than removing it.

Maui Approved Minor Replacement CBOC (one stop shopping concept) Minor Project – Obligated $937,451.42

Maui Approved Minor Replacement CBOC (one stop shopping concept) Minor Project – Obligated $937,451.42

Maui Multi-Services Center (One-Stop):  A Land Donation Offer has been received from the State of Hawaii and has been approved by VA Central Office.  Recent turnover in the State required development of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Land Donation.  VA Contracting, VAPIHCS, and the State of Hawaii are working towards final award, projected to be in early FY19.  Thirty percent design of the new CBOC has been accomplished with a remaining design/build project to be completed by mid-FY19.  Activation is projected during early FY20.

Next Milestone:  Finalize MOA regarding Land Donation 1st Qtr FY19.


Carlos A. Santana | Community Liaison

Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono

300 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 3-106

Honolulu, HI 96850 | Office (808) 522-8970

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The American Legion will TAKE ON HEP C and win​

The American Legion will TAKE ON HEP C and win​

Dear American Legion Family members and friends,

With your help, The American Legion will TAKE ON HEP C and win.

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, and The American Legion are working together to help our nation’s veterans get tested for hepatitis C (hep C).

Such testing is critical for veterans. Did you know that one out of every 20 veterans enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration has hep C? That’s more than three times the infection rate of the general U.S. population.

The disease affects the liver and is caused by the hep C virus. About 3.4 million Americans have chronic hep C, making it the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the nation. Hep C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.

Veterans are at a heightened risk if they received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992. Or if they worked in health-care settings with potential blood-to-blood exposure. Hep C can also be spread when personal items such as razors or toothbrushes are shared with someone who has the virus, or from getting tattoos or body piercings in unregulated settings.

The American Legion and AbbVie have worked together to bring free testing to hundreds of our nation’s veterans during the past couple of months. The TAKE ON HEP C tour bus kicked off the campaign at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota in early August. The tour also made an appearance at The American Legion’s 100th National Convention in Minneapolis. In October, it will visit Biketobferest in Daytona, Fla.

Together, The American Legion and AbbVie have provided attendees with educational resources to help them learn about the disease, understand their risk factors and receive the tests.

This part education/part testing approach is important for all veterans. The testing can help alleviate the concerns of not only a veteran, but his or her family members. And for those who test positive, it helps get started on the road to recovery.

If you are a veteran, visit to learn more about the disease, exposure risks, symptoms and testing information. Learn the risk factors, get yourself tested and – if need be – consult with your doctor about treatment.

It’s that easy. Join the fight today to TAKE ON HEP C.

Brett Reistad
National Commander