Stars and Stripes stripes.com 02 Jan, 2021 21:15 am

Planning starts again for stalled rebuilding of Naval Air Station Barbers Point memorial

Planning starts again for stalled rebuilding of Naval Air Station Barbers Point memorial
Following the surprise removal of a Naval Air Station Barbers Point memorial in 2018 and a couple of failed efforts to relocate it, AMVETS Hawaii is again trying to rebuild the pole-mounted scale model P-3 Orion aircraft surrounded by a moss rock wall.

Planning starts again for stalled rebuilding of Naval Air Station Barbers Point memorial (Tribune News Service) — Following the surprise removal of a Naval Air Station Barbers Point memorial in 2018 and a couple of failed efforts to relocate it, AMVETS Hawaii is again trying to rebuild the pole-mounted scale model P-3 Orion aircraft surrounded by a moss rock wall.The now-shuttered Barbers Point at one time was the largest naval air station in the Pacific, with 6, 500 military, family members and civilians.AMVETS Hawaii, part of a national veterans service organization, is trying to raise $15, 000 through a to rebuild the monument, which included "Naval Air Station Barbers Point 1942-1999 " in big letters on a semicircular wall and bronze plaques detailing squadrons and other history.One new plan being considered would place the reconstructed memorial within a security fence near the Barbers Point control tower, which now guides aircraft that use the state-run Kalaeloa Airport.

But Bev Brennan, a 30-year Navy veteran who was stationed at Barbers Point for 13 years and now runs the Barbers Point Bowling Center, said, "That's a bad thing.The retired command master chief, who was in P-3 units at Barbers Point, said she's "cautiously optimistic " the memorial will be rebuilt, but "it's going to be a fight to get it done right and put in the right place.

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