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Pearl Harbor Essay Contest 2011

Marcy Kagami (left), principal of Nimitz Elementary School at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and Carol Wear, JBPHH branch director of Armed Services YMCA, announce Alisa Haase as the national Navy winner of the ASYMCA 17th Annual Art and Essay Contest on May 14 during a school assembly.

Story and photo by David D. Underwood Jr.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

A second grader from Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Elementary School at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam has been selected as national Navy winner of the 17th Annual Art and Essay Contest sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA.

Alisa Haase, daughter of Navy Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Nix and Yasuyo Nix, submitted a picture she drew of her family, depicting what a military family looks like. The contest was open to boys and girls nationwide, and Alisa’s drawing was selected the winner. She is the first student representing Hawaii to win in the 17 years of this event.

More than 100 children entered the contest from each branch of service.

“We’re really proud of her winning this very special recognition,” said Marcy Kagami, principal of Nimitz Elementary. “We encourage our students to be active in extracurricular activities and are really proud.”

Alisa’s mom, Yasuyo, said she worked very hard on her drawing and had been asking for months about who is the winner. Alisa was given the news in front of her schoolmates during an assembly in the school auditorium.

“She’s a really outstanding student,” said her teacher, Roxanne Kauffman.

The Armed Services YMCA of Hawaii serves more than 43,000 U.S. service members and their families on the island with locations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army AirField.

They provide social, educational and recreational programs to help promote a healthy lifestyle, strengthen families, and connect them with the local community.

For more information on the ASYMCA, visit https://www.asymca .org/honolulu-hi/.

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This year's winners wrote essays on the current topic of: “The Budget Control Act of 2011 is projected to cut $1.2 trillion over 10 years across security and non-security programs. What is your assessment of impacts to the Department of Defense, both direct and indirect?””

First Place

Jeffrey P. Moon, Alamo City Chapter

Jeffrey P. "Jeff" Moon is assigned to the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff Resource Management/G8, US Army Medical Command, Joint Base San Antonio,Texas. He has over 35 years of financial and program management operational experience at various unit, activity, and major command levels, and holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Norwich University and graduate degrees in engineering and business administration from Virginia Tech and Golden Gate University.

Second Place

John McKee, Land of Lincoln Chapter

Mr. McKee began his DoD career in 1987 as a Palace Acquire intern, and is now the Lead Cost Analyst for Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB, IL.  He has worked principally in cost analysis, but has also worked in operations & maintenance and working capital fund budgets.  His training has included the Professional Military Comptroller Course, Air Command & Staff College (seminar), and the Executive Leadership Development Program.  He earned a Master's degree from Webster University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate from the University of Phoenix.  

Third Place

Lt Col Steven Minkin, Aloha Chapter

Lt Col Minkin is the Chief of Financial Analysis for Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. He holds a Doctorate in Management from University of Phoenix, and has been published in both domestic and international journals. He as served in the Air Force for 22 years in a variety of capacities to include wing, MAJCOM and Air Staff positions. Lt Col Minkin currently serves as the President of the Aloha Chapter of ASMC in Honolulu Hawaii.

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