Dan Cohen AUTHOR The 25th Infantry Division, based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, will begin converting its 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (BCT) to an infantry BCT in March, with the effort scheduled to finish in July, Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, the division’s commanding general, told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday.The move — which will result in the loss of 1,214 soldiers — follows the Army’s latest round of restructuring, which is slated to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018.The BCT’s 330 Strykers will be transferred to the Washington National Guard’s 81st Armored BCT, Flynn said. That brigade has subordinate units in Washington, Oregon and California, reported Army Times.As part of the 2nd BCT’s conversion, the unit will deactivate one of its infantry battalions because infantry BCTs outside the United States have two maneuver battalions, compared with the three that make up a Stryker BCT, Flynn said.One challenge the commander is managing is that duty in Hawaii is considered an overseas assignment, requiring soldiers to serve there for three years.“We’re trying to make sure we look after soldiers and families and career paths and not damage any of that,” Flynn said. The goal is to “make sure no one gets lost in the transition of that brigade combat team.”As part of the Army’s five-year aviation restructuring initiative, the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade also will undergo a conversion this year. The brigade’s 2nd Squadron will be swapping its OH-58 Kiowa Warriors for AH-64 Apache helicopters, according to the story.
WILMINGTON, MA — At a recent School Committee Meeting, Shawsheen Elementary School Principal Lisa King announced the installation of a “Buddy Bench” at her school.Students utilize the bench during recess when they are having difficulty finding a friend or group to play with. If a child is seen sitting alone on the bench, classmates are trained to approach the child and ask him or her to play.King introduced the three students — Julianna, Liam and Craig — who wrote letters to the school’s guidance counselor, asking for such a bench. The students read their letters to the School Committee.“Mrs. Gibbs, out Guidance Counselor, worked all summer to make this happen,” King told the Committee.King also thanked the Wilmington Educational Foundation and the Cottini Family for funding the project, and Wilmington DPW for installing the bench.The school’s Technology Integration Specialist, Kim Provensal, worked with students to create a video highlighting the five rules surrounding the use of the bench. All students watched the video during a recent school-wide assembly.The video was screened for the Committee and can be viewed HERE. (The required password is 0302.)“In second grade, these young leaders came up with the idea,” said King. “In third grade, they helped create the video.”“Thank you for sharing your letters and your video,” responded School Committee Chair Julie Broussard.A Buddy Bench was also installed at the Boutwell Early Childhood Center at the end of last school year.(NOTE: Cover photo of bench is from Provensal’s Twitter account.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBoutwell Early Childhood Center Adds A “Buddy Bench”In “Education”50+ PERSONNEL CHANGES: Who Joined & Who Left Wilmington Public Schools Over The Summer?In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”