By Dino W. Buchanan
USACE Honolulu District Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Lieutenant Colonel James D. Hoyman became the 70th commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Honolulu District in a military ceremony held July 11 on Fort Shafter's Palm Circle parade field.
Former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pacific Ocean Division Commander Brig. Gen. Jeffrey L. Milhorn hosted the ceremony during which outgoing commander Lt. Col. Christopher W. Crary and incoming commander Lt. Col. Hoyman passed the ceremonial flag symbolizing the official change of command. During the ceremony, Hoyman and his family were presented with fresh flower leis, a Hawaiian symbol of welcome, with the Crary family also receiving leis as a tribute to their service.
For his outstanding work and contributions while commanding the Honolulu District, Crary received the Meritorious Service Medal. Crary leaves to serve in Pacific Command's Logistics, Engineering, and Security Cooperation Directorate (J-44).
Hoyman will command an organization of more than 300 engineers, scientists and support staff serving the Pacific Region, including Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Kwajalein in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Hoyman most recently served at Wheaton College, Illinois as the Professor of Military Science. During this time leading the ROTC detachment at Wheaton, the program commissioned 78 Army officers.
Hoyman graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Hoyman also holds Master’s degrees in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology and in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Hoyman is a graduate of the Engineer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, is Air Assault qualified, a Sapper Leader Course graduate, and a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.
During his tenure at Honolulu District, Lt. Col. Crary met the challenge of successfully leading the District in executing all mission requirements: military construction (MILCON), civil works, international and interagency services, real estate, regulatory, environmental services and emergency management support. For fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the District's contracting team awarded more than $467.1 million in contracts in Hawaii and the Pacific Region.
Honolulu District is responsible for major military design and construction, civil works, international and interagency support, real estate services for the Army and Air Force, regulatory work, environmental services and emergency management. The District’s current active program is valued at about $2 billion.
Crary led a highly motivated staff in support of U.S. Army military construction and Army initiatives on Hawaii Army posts that included the renovation of several historic quadrangles (Quads) on Schofield Barracks. By the conclusion of Fiscal Year 2015, the District had completed and turned over 13 construction projects worth $253 million to customers, including the Central Vehicle Wash Facility and South Range complex at Schofield Barracks, the Child Development Center at Fort Shafter, and the renovation of Schofield Barracks' Quad D barracks. The second contract award for U.S. Army Pacific's Mission Control Facility was completed in September and the District also conducted the MCF design charrette for the third construction contract. The $63.5 million second contract broke ground in November 2015.
Under Crary's leadership, the District started construction of the $69.7 million phase two of the Combat Aviation Brigade complex at Wheeler Army Airfield and in September 2015 handed over the keys to command and battalion facilities in Schofield’s South Range area. The 101-acre, $127.9 million South Range complex features 22 new buildings, five miles of roadway, a one million gallon water storage tank, and is the new home for the 29th Brigade Engineer Brigade, A Company 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power), the 19th Military Police Battalion (CID), and the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade.
In early 2015 U.S. Air Force Space and Missile System Center officials, Crary and other U.S. Army representatives, broke ground on the island of Kwajalein in the Republic of the Marshall Islands to kick off a 36-month construction effort to build the $300 million S-band Space Fence radar system. The Space Fence will be built on U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll, with Honolulu District providing quality surveillance and facility engineering technical support for the facility construction and power plant used to house and run the Space Fence system.
Honolulu District provided significant civil works support to the State of Hawaii during Lt. Col. Crary's tour, including the completion in September 2015 of the long-awaited Ala Wai Watershed Draft Feasibility Study Report with Integrated Environmental Impact Statement. Brig. Gen. Milhorn, Crary and other Corps team members met with and provided Corps project site tours for the Honorable Ms. Jo Ellen Darcy (Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works) during the 32nd U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meetings on Maui in September 2015. Participants discussed key national issues, proposed new actions, and presented the latest progress in the effort to protect, restore, and sustainably use coral reef ecosystems. Throughout the week Corps team members engaged in a number of working groups to discuss regulatory, conservation, and watershed management activities.
In April 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' hopper dredge Essayons arrived in Hawaii to conduct maintenance dredging in five of the state's commercial harbors. Because of its size and dredging depth, the Essayons is particularly well-suited for dredging larger coastal entrances. The Essayons dredged approximately 300,000 cubic yards from the harbors, which was then safely disposed of at EPA-designated ocean disposal sites.
In late January 2016, the District jointly partnered with Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) and the U.S. Army's 7th Dive Detachment for an underwater survey of the waters just off of the MCBH seaplane ramps in Kaneohe Bay as part of an in-house District structural study assessing the feasibility of landing craft use and training on the ramps. The ramps are a part of the Kaneohe Naval Air Station National Historic Landmark and once based PBY "Catalina" Patrol Reconnaissance Planes, 33 of which were present when the Japanese Empire attacked the base on Dec. 7, 1941.
In addition, in support of USACE Headquarters Emergency Management disaster requirements, Crary led the District through the preparations and potential FEMA response for 13 Pacific typhoons and tropical storms that passed the Hawaiian Islands during the summer of 2015 - the most in one season in recorded history - while the storms transited onward into the western Pacific region. A USACE / FEMA team effort in August 2015 in response to Typhoon Soudelor was led by Pacific Ocean Division and District teams augmented by personnel from Headquarters, USACE, three other USACE Divisions and six USACE Districts, the 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power), and the contracting community. These teams provided temporary power to critical infrastructure as well as other engineering tasks in support of FEMA to improve/protect life, health, and the safety for the people of Saipan. Typhoon Soudelor's rath left the 50,000 island residents and tourists without water or power. Crary and the Pacific Ocean Division commander made several on-site visits to Saipan during the recovery efforts and the Corps response was graciously lauded by local government and federal officials.
Through 2015 and early 2016, Crary and the District hosted numerous Hawaii Congressional, Senior Leader and VIP visits to District project sites including former Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commanding general of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, former U.S. Army Pacific Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks (twice), the Honorable Ms. Jo Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment, as well as USACE Senior Executives Mr. Stacey Hirata, Northwestern Division/Pacific Ocean Division Regional Integration Team Chief and Dr. Ilker Adiguzel, director of the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), USACE Environmental Division Chief Karen Baker, and other local military leaders.
Throughout Crary's tour Honolulu District was also highly involved in the Oahu and State of Hawaii MATHCOUNTS competitions, numerous STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education-oriented outreach events such as the University of Hawaii-Manoa College of Engineering Career fairs, the annual National Engineers Week, the Hawaii Science Olympiad, as well as many District personnel speaking about the Corps to potential future engineers at local schools.