The military is Hawaii's #2 economic sector, spending $8.8 billion in Hawaii annually, creating 97,500 jobs, and $8.7 billion in household earnings. Honolulu Ford does business with the military both in sales and service.
The Army, like all military services, is facing unprecedented financial challenges. As such, the Army is studying options for reducing its end strength from 490,000 to 420,000. For Hawaii, the Army is evaluating a scenario in which 19,800 Army personnel (soldiers and civilians) are eliminated from Fort Shafter (3,786) and Schofield Barracks (16,606). In addition, Hawaii would lose 30,035 family members.
This would have a devastating impact on Hawaii, especially the communities around Schofield (i.e., Wahiawa, Waialua, Schofield, Mililani and Kunia), with an estimated loss of about $1.35 billion to our economy. The ripple effect will be felt across the state, impacting construction, retail, restaurants, real estate and professional/scientific and technical service sectors.
"Keep Hawaii's Heroes" is Hawaii's answer to the Army's plans to downsize its presence in Hawaii. Please show your support for keeping the Army in Hawaii by signing the petition online or Honolulu Ford. And, share this information with your friends and family.
Together, we will show the Army Ohana our Aloha so that we can Keep Hawaii's Heroes.