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CNRH Holds Cultural Resources Management Annual Review Conference

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Story Number: NNS091029-04
Release Date: 10/29/2009 4:52:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH) held the 2009 Cultural Resources Management Annual Review Conference at the Ford Island Conference Center on historic Ford Island Oct. 27-29.

During the conference, Navy leadership assigned to various commands in the Pearl Harbor area and members from the State Historic Preservation Office, National Park Service, Hawaii Historic Foundation, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and National Trust for Historic Preservation talked about the past, present and future plans of historic Pearl Harbor.

Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific was on hand at the conference to make opening remarks.

"One of our major goals is to not only preserve these historic sites at Pearl Harbor, but also revamp them," said Smith. "It is our mission to get the resources we need to accomplish these goals."

Smith also noted the importance of the community to know the history of Pearl Harbor.

"When a new service member and their family moves onto Ford Island, we should provide them with information and facts of what occurred in their backyard many years ago," said Smith. "There is so much history that has happened here that people do not know about, and it is our job to inform them of it."

Capt. Bret Muilenburg, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii, talked about the plan to repair the old run-down buildings on Pearl Harbor.

"It is important that we get a plan and have our partners join us in helping refurbish these old buildings in a timely manner," said Muilenburg. "It is our duty to provide good stewardship and upkeep to the Navy's historic sites."

Paul Deprey, superintendent of the National Park Service, was also on hand at the conference to talk about the National Park Service's future plans.

"The World War II Valor in the Pacific will no longer just be about the build-up to the war, but now it will involve everything in the aftermath as well," said DePrey. "We will also update our collections and enlighten our visitors with the new information about historic Pearl Harbor."

The Cultural Resources Management Review Conference is held annually for CNRH's top military and civilian leadership to go over updates, budgets and plans for the Navy in the Hawaii region.

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