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U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Apryl Hall August 3, 2018 Volume 9 Issue 30 RIMPAC 2018 concludesSee pages A-3 A-4, A-5, A-6 U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Ignacio D. Perez Brown assumes command of PACAFPACAF Public Affairs Joining a proud legacy of leaders, Gen. C.Q. Brown Jr. assumed command of Paci c Air Forces (PACAF) during a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 26. Presiding over the ceremony, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson expressed confidence in Brown and his abilities to lead those within his area of responsibility. When it came time to pick the new PACAF commander (COMPACAF), Gen. Brown was the obvious choice, Wilson said. Hes steeped in the critical role of strengthening our alliances and partnerships in order to deter aggression, maintain stability, and ensure free access to global domains. He is a combat-proven leader, supporting multiple operations. Hes gained a tremendous perspective of the Air Force through his operational warfighting experiences and lenses. Wilson described one of Browns recent roles was as the operational architect, leading and managing the air war that decimated the Islamic state. As then-Gen. Mattis once stated, Put C.Q. in the war, and the enemy will pay. Wilson went on further to describe Browns role at U.S. Central Command, where he strengthened political-military ties and helped shape issues for key decision makers. In your new commander, PACAF has a joint Airman who is recognized as one of the top team builders, war ghting experts, and leaders, not only in the Air Force but in the entire U.S. military. Thats why he is the right person at the right time, Wilson said. As the 35th COMPACAF, Brown now leads 46,000 Airmen throughout an area of responsibility that covers more than 100 million square miles and extends from the west coast of the United States to the east coast of Africa and from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Paci c Airmen serve as our nations ambassadors in an area larger than all, and as complicated as any, Wilson said. As a component commander, the Airmen here must be ready to employ with the lethality our joint force and our nation depends on and the level of readiness our diplomats expect. Adm. Phil Davidson, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) commander, welcomed Brown to the Indo-Paci c. Leading a component command and integrating the air component in joint warfare is not a new concept for Gen. C.Q. Brown, Davidson said. He has passed the test of leadership multiple times, commanding forces both forward deployed and back home. I know C.Q. to be a man of integrity, and a man with extraordinary leadership skills I know you are the right leader for PACAF and I am honored to have you as part of the team. Upon accepting the PACAF flag from Wilson, Brown conveyed his readiness to take on the challenges presented in this complex region. I have no doubt the Indo-Pacific will continue to have its share of challenges, Brown said. But every challenge provides an opportunity to demonstrate success or to strengthen a relationship. As INDOPACOM takes steps to implement the National Defense Strategy, PACAF, with its sister components, will have to continue to rethink how we think about the Indo-Pacific region. We will build upon a mature, agile combat employment and strategic shaping concepts so that PACAF can provide combat-ready Airmen that contribute to a more lethal, more resilient, and more rapidly innovative joint and combined force. Brown closed by communicating his core principles and commitment to the continued advancement of PACAFs mission before receiving his rst salute as the new COMPACAF. No matter the challenges and opportunities that come our way, I will lead using four tenants that I have operated with throughout my career: execute a high standard, be disciplined in execution, pay attention to detail, and have fun, Brown said. I look forward to working together to employ the resources provided by our Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and our Air Force to deliver the air, space and cyberspace capabilities Adm. Davidson, INDOPACOM and our nation require, to promote security cooperation, encourage peaceful development, respond to contingencies, deter aggression and, when necessary, ght to win. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders Korean War remains returned HURRICANE HECTOR APPROACHING Photo courtesy of NASA


Hawaiian Raptors, Marine F-35s mark first integrationSenior Airman Orlando Corpuz 154th Wing Public Affairs While stealth technol ogy on fifth-generation fighter aircraft make it uncommon to see on radar, its common to see a fifth-generation F-22 Raptor take off and land at Joint Base Pearl Har bor-Hickam (JBPHH). What is uncommon to see, however, is the pair ing of the Raptor with the latest aircraft to join the fifth-generation ranks, the F-35 Lightning II, joint strike ghter (JSF). For a brief period in late July, the two advance ghters could be seen to gether as the Hawaiian Raptors took to the skies with F-35s assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211. This training was sig nificant as it marked the first integration with the Marine version of the F-35, said a pilot with the Hawaiian Raptors. We previously integrated with F-35s at Hill Air Force Base at home and on the road, but this marked the rst integration with shipbased F-35s. The JSFs stopped at JBPHH for training with the Hawaiian Raptors on their way to a regularly scheduled deployment with the Essex Amphib ious Ready Group and 13th Marine Expedition ary Unit. While in Hawaii the stealth ghters practiced ghter integration. The training was ex tremely successful, a Hawaiian Raptor pilot said. We flew fifth-gen fighter integration sor ties outnumbered against a higher-tier threat and all mission objectives were met. With the Hawaiian Raptors being a total force integration unit comprised of the Hawaii Air National Guard 199th Fighter Squadron and the active-duty 19th Fighter Squadron, integration was already part of the culture. This latest train ing took integration an other step forward. The integration be tween two fifth-gen eration platforms was outstanding, and contrib uted significantly to our readiness training for any future conflicts, said a Hawaiian Raptors pilot. HOOKELE Who is your favorite Star Wars character and why?Want to see your command featured in Diverse Views? Got opinions to share? Drop us a line at Submitted by David D. Underwood Jr. and Ensign Heather Hill Wayne HarrellContractor, MSCI dont really have a favorite, but Luke character that comes to mind. Electronics Technician Chief Kelly Schwab COMSUBPACChewbacca because he doesnt say much but you always know his implications just by the simple noise he makes. Plus, he is fuzzy and looks very huggable! Tech. Sgt. Roy Jackson647th Civil Engineer SquadronMace Windu. He was a champion of the Jedi Order and had no tolerance for anything. Kind of like Samuel Jackson is in real life. Sonar Technician 2nd Class John Lawson Naval Health Clinic HawaiiObi Wan because he is the most consistent and decisive throughout the whole series. He stays true to himself. I think that is something youd want from a science Master Sgt. Gary Won169th Air Defense SquadronYoda, Jedi Master. Stood 4 feet 2 inches tall and kicked some butt! Airman 1st Class Jude Laguana154th Operations Support SquadronHan Solo. Hes a really cool character and makes an awesome pilot! Plus, hes always with Chewbacca. Chewys cool, too, I guess. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Aaron S. PattersonA U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Detachment 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is displayed during a media day at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 21.


HOOKELE Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Capt. Jeff Bernard Director, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Agnes Tauyan Communication Strategist Bill Doughty Director, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs Chuck Anthony Managing Editor Anna General Life & Leisure Editor Kristen Wong Sports Editor Randy Dela Cruz Graphic Artist Michelle Poppler Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, ve submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 people came from all over the Pacic region to conduct the 2018 Rim of the Pacic (RIMPAC) exercise. There were a lot of firsts this time around. Weve had an innovation fair, which was a first. We also had Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam as first-time participants. Its (also) the first time for Malaysia and Philippines to bring ships (to RIMPAC). The Hawaiian operational area is really worldwide known: Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, K-Bay, Hickam Air eld, Wheeler Army Aireld we have aircraft at all of those right now and the Pacific Missile Range Facility up north at Kauai really is the best instru mented range we have right now. RIMPAC is all about prosperity. United States is a maritime nation, our allies, partners and friends are mar itime nations, and 90 percent of the trade goes by sea. To build peace and stability in the region, we work with our partners in RIMPAC so we can further that pros perity. I want to thank the people of Hawaii for having us here. The state of Hawaii (and) the people of the islands have opened their doors to us and continue to welcome us. We have a great partnership with the state of Hawaii and RIMPAC and we want to continue that. Thank you very much. A HUI HOU RIMPAC C OMMEN TAR Y Vice Adm. John D. Alexander Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Photo courtesy of National Archives USS OCallahan underwayExercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludesRIMPAC Public Affairs The worlds largest in ternational maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-ve nations, 46 surface ships, five sub marines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 air craft and 25,000 person nel participated in Rim of the Pacific 2018. This years RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, com mander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet, who served as the combined task force (CTF) commander. Royal Cana dian Navy Rear Adm. Bob Auchterlonie served as deputy commander of the CTF, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Hideyuki Oban was the vice commander. Fleet Marine Force was led by U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Mark Hashimoto. Other key leaders of the multinational force in cluded Commodore Pablo Niemann of Armada de Chile, who commanded the maritime component, and Air Commodore Craig Heap of the Royal Aus tralian Air Force, who commanded the air component. I couldnt be more proud of our international teams ability to success fully complete an exer cise of this nature, said Alexander. Most impor tantly, we completed the exercise safely while still achieving national train ing objectives. This is a true testament to the tal ent and lasting partner ships we built through RIMPACs past and pres ent, and will continue to build for the foreseeable future. Alexander said the in volvement of so many dif ferent countries working together to successfully accomplish RIMPAC was a strong reminder of the unity coalition forces can exhibit in a real-world sit uation. Multinational oper ations are complicated, he said. It takes skill to assemble an international team and have it be successful. Throughout the duration of the exercise, from the planning con ferences to the ships re turning to port, this team proved they work great together and can adapt quickly to a dynamic envi ronment. This years exercise in cluded forces from Aus tralia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indone sia, Israel, Japan, Malay sia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. Additionally, for the first time since RIMPAC 2002, U.S. 3rd Fleets Command Center relo cated from San Diego to Pearl Harbor to support command and control of all 3rd Fleet forces in 3rd Fleets area of respon sibility, to include forces operating forward in the Western Pacific. The Fleet Command Center established at a Deploy able Joint Command and Control on Hospital Point, Pearl Harbor, for the rst part of the exercise and then transitioned to am phibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) for the remainder of the exercise. Auchterlonie said all participating nations worked together incredi bly well to overcome var ious challenges and meet mission objectives. We had some weather systems and other real ities, such as the second SINKEX target ship be ing sunk earlier than ex pected, that impacted our ability to complete all our training according to the plan, but that is also the great part about RIM PAC, Auchterlonie said. Our motto is Capable, Adaptive, Partners and all the participating na tions demonstrated this. We adjusted plans and drafted new ones in order to ensure each nation got the training value they expected from RIMPAC 2018. Participating nations and forces exercised a wide range of capabili ties and demonstrated the inherent exibility of maritime forces. These ca pabilities ranged from di saster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex war ghting. The relevant, re alistic training program included amphibious op erations, gunnery, mis sile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy op erations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage oper ations. This robust constel lation of allies and partners support sustained and favorable regional balances of power that safeguard security, pros perity, and the free and open international order. RIMPAC 2018 contributes to the increased lethal ity, resiliency and agility needed by the Joint and Combined Force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of con ict. For more information about RIMPAC 2018, visit: http://www.cpf. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Omar Powell


HOOKELE HOOKELE RIMPAC 2018 Navy ships assemble to for a photo exercise off the coast of Hawaii, July 26. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Dylan M. KineeSailors load a Harpoon antiship cruise missile on to the Los Angelesclass fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN717), July 3. U.S. Navy photo U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Arthurgwain L. MarquezConstruction Mechanic 3rd Class Lucas Jackson, assigned to Underwater Construction training in Mamala Bay, July 19.U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Ethan T. MillerGunners Mates 2nd Class Kyle Bonserio, left, and Cameron Nicoletti participate in a U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison after refueling near Hawaii, July 17. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather RedmanAirmen from the 15th Medical Group, work together to load mock casualties into a medical evacuation bus during a mass-casualty scenario, July 12.


Lt. Cmdr. Marcela VergaraPacic Warghting CenterThis is my second RIMPAC. I am lucky enough I was here for 2016 also. What I expect from RIMPAC is now being the lead for the CFMCC JAG. It is really an important thing for me.Leading Seaman Jake BlowersHMAS SuccessWhat I hope to take away from RIMPAC is experiences, some new some new capabilities for the way other countries do their missions.Leading Diver William BowmanFleet Diving Unit 2Im enjoying working with the different nations. Thats something I didnt really do in the counterterrorism environment. We all bring something different and unique to the party. And its good to sort of share them ideas and bounce them off one another, so were all progressing.Lt. j.g. Najihah HisabPacic Warghting CenterWhat Im expecting to take away from RIMPAC is a lot of enhancement in professional knowledge also to make new Master Chief Petty KRI MakassarTo join international RIMPAC task groups makes me proud of myself. I have an opportunity to see other navies around and make friends with other sailors. I can share experiences with other sailors since we have the same life to live far away from home and my family.Cmdr. German CastroAlmirante PadillaThis is my third participation in the RIMPAC exercise, in this opportunity Im a member of the maritime component staff; meeting all these shipmates and colleagues will allow me to training objectives for Colombia as a country HOOKELEUS Navy rescues mariners off Hawaiian coastUSS Carl Vinson Public Affairs Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) rescued five mariners in distress July 27 near Hawaiis westernmostinhabited island. The mariners issued a distress call after their 35-foot vessel ran aground in shallow water near the island of Niihau. Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 airlifted the mariners from their vessel to shore at approximately 8:30 a.m. local time. Carl Vinson was operating 7 miles from the vessel when bridge watchstanders heard the distress call and offered assistance. HSC-4 transported four of the mariners to the Pa cic Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai. The fifth mariner was flown to a local medical facility for evaluation. We were ready, said Capt. Matt Paradise, Carl Vinsons commanding of cer. When nearby mari ners needed assistance, we stepped up immediately and helped. That is what we are trained to do, and Im proud of our team. A Coast Guard MH65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Kauai deployed to assess the scene. The Coast Guard is working to determine the best way to refloat the vessel. This case illustrates the partnerships we enjoy in Hawaii as the Navy was quick to respond and get this mariner to a higher level of medical care, said Ensign Seth Gross, command duty ofcer with Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. The Coast Guards role now is to assess the vessel and work with the owner as available to mitigate any impact to the environment from the fuel and batteries aboard. Carl Vinson was conducting training missions in the Pacific Ocean as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. The carrier supports more than 5,000 Sailors and 70 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 2. Carl Vinson also serves as the agship for Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1. Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Justin Greene, a search and rescue swimmer from the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, responds to a distress call on the island of Niihau, July 27. U.S. Navy photo by AW2 Sebastian MendietaMilitary Sealift Command ships support during RIMPACSarah Burford Military Sealift Command Pacic Since June 26, four Military Sealift Command (MSC) combat logistic fleet ships have been on station, by providing logistical support to the 25 nations and 45 surface ships participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018, the worlds largest, biennial international maritime exercise in Hawaii. USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), USNS Rap pahannock (T-AO 204), USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) have been delivering the fuel to power the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and foreign navies surface and aviation forces, as well as the groceries that sustained the ships crews during the exercises un derway periods. MSC is known for its logistics support to ships at sea, but what makes RIMPAC significant is the sheer volume of the support provided. Ac cording to the Military Sealift Command Pacific Logistics and Operations departments, over the course of the exercise, MSC delivered over 8 mil lion gallons of diesel ship fuel, 4 million gallons of JP5 aviation fuel and 1,130 pallets of food and supplies during 101 re supply evolutions at sea. By providing underway replenishment-at-sea we enable the combatant ship to stay on station at sea longer without having to pull into port for re-sup ply, explained Capt. Stephen Scott, one of two civil service masters who commanded Brashear during RIMPAC. During our rst evolu tion we provided replen ishment services to seven different ships at once. Five of the ships were U.S. Navy ships and two of the ships were interna tional partners. The part ner ships leap frogged into the formation, came along side USNS Carl Brasher, thus demonstrating their ability to maintain the po sition required to perform underway replenishments at sea. One of the unique as pects of RIMPAC is the number of countries par ticipating, and the inter action between them and the U.S. Navy. MSC ships provided logistics services to foreign navy ships 61 times during the exercise. Looking forward, Capt. Mike Grogan, Brashears second master participat ing in RIMAPC, can see the benefits of lessons learned in this training environment and how they will impact his fu ture missions. RIMPAC provides CLF assets like Carl Brashear the experience in interop erability with foreign navies. There are few op portunities for us to work with the Indians, French, Japanese, etc. in Com mander, U.S. 3rd Fleets area of operation. Oper ations with the foreign navies, like the ones at RIMPAC, allow us to bet ter understand how they operate, and how they will operate with us when we are in and an area like that of Commander 5th Fleet or other multina tional exercises. The MSC logistics piece of RIMPAC isnt limited to the ships at sea. On the ground, the MSCPAC Combat Logistic Office (CLO) coordinated the ac quisition and movement of all the cargo needs for the entire exercise. Working in concert with directly with C3F and Commander Task Force 173, the MSCPAC CLO coordinated not only the delivery of food and stores, but also the pier side time at the correct pier for the loadouts of cargo to the specic ships scheduled for later RAS. Six MSC ships, as well as MSC reservists from Military Sealift Command Pacifics Headquarters Unit, MSCPACs Hawaii Detachment, and Expedi tionary Port Unit 114, are supporting RIMPAC 2018. RIMPAC has contin ued to grow more par ticipants, more ships, more evolutions all re quiring logistics support in order to remain at sea and maximize opportuni ties to train and operate together, said Capt. Brett Hershman, commander, MSCPAC and CTF 173. Increased exercise tempo means a greater customer demand signal on MSC. Our CTF 173 op erations are more complex this year than ever, with over one hundred RAS events providing fuel, food, repair parts and ammunition to everyone out there. U.S. Navy photo by Bill MestaMission-critical equipment is delivered from the dry cargo ammunition ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) to the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) during an underway replenishment-at-sea, July 17. FACES F RIMPAC A campaign to highlight the diversity of participating nations.U.S. Navy photos by MC2 Kory Alsberry and MC1 Holly Herline Lt. Cmdr. Le Thanh BinhHADR Headquarters in RIMPAC and I have been playing the role as the battle watch captain in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief headquarters. Coming to RIMPAC, we would like to also to share our experience, our expertise in terms of disaster response. Lt. Cmdr. Ran ShtaygmanMaritime Operation Center Israel to join RIMPAC. I am in the maritime operation center in current operations. I want to bring to RIMPAC my operational experience in the maritime domain to the planning forces. I am taking from RIMPAC a lot of good friends and partners, and also the understanding of the importance of cooperation between navies all around the world.


HOOKELE NHCH holds change of command, celebrates retirementSusan Schultz Naval Health Clinic Hawaii Public Affairs Capt. Lynn Wheeler transferred command of Naval Health Clinic Ha waii (NHCH) to Capt. Kimberly Zuzelski during a change of command ceremony at the Historic Hickam Officers Club, July 20. Wheeler also retired after 29 years of military service during a retirement ceremony following the change of command. Rear Adm. Paul Pearigen, commander, Navy Medicine West/12th Chief of the Navy Medical Corps, served as the presiding ofcer for the ceremony and Capt. Kevin Prince, executive ofcer, NHCH, was the master of ceremonies. It takes a unique indi vidual to take charge of a command, whether it is a warship, a squadron, a bat talion, or a health clinic, Pearigen said. (It takes) someone with credibility, confidence, passion and courage with a touch of humility and a lot of concern for their people (to command). Capt. Lynn Wheeler clearly brought those traits to NHCH as commanding ofcer. Pearigen spoke of the breadth of accomplish ments and successes achieved over Wheel ers nearly three years in command. Wheeler, who has commanded since October 2015, led more than 650 Sailors and civilians in providing medical care from the heart of the Pacic. It has been my honor and privilege to command such and amazing team of Sailors and civilians, Wheeler said. You have truly set the bar for excellence. Wheelers leadership resulted in accomplish ments such as the NHCH Joint Commission Ac creditation in 2016 and a successful Medical Inspec tor General Inspection, Level III recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for Patient-Centered Home at the Kaneohe Bay and Makalapa Clinics. Zuzelski served most re cently as executive ofcer, Naval Hospital Bremerton before taking command of NHCH. Zuzelski thanked Wheeler for turning over a great command. Over the next year, we will continue to prioritize our commitment to ensure a ready medical force that delivers highly reliable, patient-centered care to our warghters and their ohana with excellence, Zuzelski said. The next couple of years will be a period of transformational change that will expand and strengthen our partner ships with our sister services, and provide nu merous opportunities to optimize our primary mis sion of readiness. Capt. Zuzelski will bring unmatched experience that will serve her well as she leads the NHCH team and collabo rates with the many part ners on the island and beyond, Pearigen said. She will also be help ing Sailors, Marines and their families, and other beneficiaries in the re gion while ensuring the readiness of the NHCH staff and the warfighters they support. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Armando VelezCapt. Lynn Wheeler (right) passes the command ashore device to Capt. Kimberly Zuzelski (left) signifying her transfer of command of Naval Health Clinic Hawaii as Rear Satellite Tracking Station recognizes Air Force civiliansStory and photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman 15th Wing Public Affairs Two members from De tachment 3, 21st Space Operations Squadron (SOPS), at the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station (KPSTS) received the Air Force Civilian Award for Valor, at Kaena Point, July 23. Nearly two years ago, Jason Fukumoto and Robin Albios risked their lives to save a member of the state of Hawaiis vol unteer eld crew. Mr. Fukumoto and Mr. Albios actions demon strate the strength of both their mind and their spir its, said Lt. Col. Wade McGrew, 21st SOPS com mander. Valor means going the extra step and eliminating the what if questions. Today, there are two amongst us who dont have to ask themselves what if. On Sept. 15, 2016, three members of a volun teer eld crew were clear ing an area near KPSTS to prepare for game bird season at Kuaokala Game Area. While spraying her bicide, the eld crew dis covered a small patch of grass burning underneath their vehicle. David Yingst, a member of the field crew, jumped out of the vehicle to ex tinguish the fire while the other two-crew mem bers moved the vehicle to a safe area. As Yingst attempted to control the fire, the fire suppression device stopped working. Fukumoto and Albios were driving along the perimeter of the station when they came across the eld crew. While they assisted the two state workers in the vehicle, Yingst col lapsed from the smoke before he could reach the designated rally point. After discovering Yingst was left behind in the re hazard, Fukumoto and Al bios ran into the re area to help Yingst. Our first instinct was to help someone out, Fu kumoto added. It was something I hope anyone would do. The re was contained and extinguished which resulted in no casualties or property damage. Two years ago they made a lifesaving deci sion. They didnt wear capes or an iron suit, but they did step up to help someone in need, Mc Grew said. Thanks to them, loved ones are out there who dont have to ask themselves what if. Jason Fukumoto, Detachment 3, 21st Space Operations Squadron electrician, and Robin Albios, Det. 3, 21st SOPS heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialist, pose for a photo at the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station, July 23.


HOOKELE Kapilina families chase the CRB Kailee Lefebvre Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response Chase the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) is the name of the CRB Response teams mascot, and is also the theme of the rst-ever community CRB hunt held Saturday, July 28, at Kapilina Beach Homes. Kapilina Beach Homes, a community in Iroquois Point, has been host to a sustained population of CRB since at least 2013. This event provided the opportunity for the Kapilina community to learn about the invasive beetle, how they can contribute to response efforts, and foster an appreciation for coconut trees and other palms. The CRB is a large beetle native to Southeast Asia that feeds mainly on palms. Since the first detection of the beetle at the Honolulu International Airport and later at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in December 2013, there has been a collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, University of Hawaii, Department of the Navy, and others to eradicate CRBs from Hawaii. Participants got to examine CRB specimens, dig for live larvae in containers of mulch, sample coconut products, make arts and crafts, practice palm weaving and learn from scientists and partner agencies about their contributions to the effort to eradicate CRB from Hawaii. Oriental ower beetles (OFB) are used for demos. said Keith Weiser, CRB deputy of operations. Usually we get calls for them mistaken as CRBs but where you nd OFBs is also a potential breeding ground for CRBs. At nightfall, eager families were armed with bug-hunting gear and led to an area in the community that has been a hot spot for beetle activity. Participants were encouraged to inspect all possible places beetles could be found in the grass, on the trees, and even in the air. Although no live CRBs were found that night, the community now has a better idea of where this elusive species lives and breeds. Efforts to trap beetles, survey for damage and prevent CRB from breeding in the area have been ongoing since then but eradication will take the communitys cooperation and input. The CRB Response hopes to increase community engagement through events and activities like the bug hunt in the future. Hawaii is at risk of economic harm from losses in the tourism sector. Additionally, many Hawaiian cultural practices and native endangered palm species could be lost. The majority of CRB populations are concentrated around Pearl Harbor. The species has never been detected on any islands besides Oahu. The CRB Response relies on the cooperation of the public to report beetle captures, damage and fallen or broken traps. Proper green waste management such as regular disposal and hot composting will prevent breeding sites. For reports and inquiries, contact CRB Response at 643-PEST (7378) or To learn more, visit: HOOKELE HOOKELE HOOKELE Above, volunteers go over CRB display items with children. At left is a fungus native to Oahu that researchers are studying to create natural biocontrol, a chemical free pesticide. The event featured a grub grab where children could dig in the dirt to practice At left, Chase the CRB poses for photos with children. Above, children participate in CRB educational activities At nightfall, families hunt for CRBs. The Military Health System is celebrating its inaugural Bug Week through today, to educate bene ciaries and stakeholders about bug-borne illnesses they may encounter at home both inside and outside, during leisure activities involving outdoor travel, and at forward-deployed military operational sites. Visit to stay informed and join the conversation. Bug Week 2018: Whats all the buzz about?Photos by Michelle Poppler, Hookele staff


HOOKELE NHCH comes back to win in three setsStory and photo by Randy Dela Cruz Sports Editor, Hookele In a battle of two evenly matched volleyball teams, Naval Health Clinic Hawaii (NHCH) took two out of three sets, 25-19, 19-25 and 16-14, to edge past the 324th Intelligence Squadron (324 IS) on July 25 in a Blue Division intramural volleyball matchup at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center. The win was the fourth of the season for NHCH against two defeats, while the 324 IS fell to 1-1 with its rst loss of the season. It was teamwork, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Adam Larson said. Weve been working a lot on playing better as a team. We have a lot of good individual players, but when we rst started, it was hard to get us to work together as a team, and thats what were focused now on. Up by only two points in the first set, Larson kick-started NHCHs attack, when he took over service and helped rally the team to ve straight points and take a 9-2 lead. It sounds mean, but usually you aim for someone you see as a weaker player, or a gap, Larson explained about how he was able to control the set from service. The lead grew to as much as eight points, when a kill by Larson made it 20-12, before the set was nally put to rest on a smashing kill by Hospitalman Ronnie Dela Cruz. While NHCH seemed to have its way with the 324 IS in the rst set, things changed immediately in the second set. The 324 IS came out on fire and after leading by a score of 8-5, Master Sgt. Erik Farley led a seven-point rally from service, which included a solid kill by Master Sgt. Michael Wiest. Later, an ace by Larson helped NHCH pick up three straight points to tie the game up at 18-18. However, after a side-out, the 324 IS got three straight aces from Staff Sgt. Devin Mascrro for a 22-18 lead and never looked back. Usually for us, it was overconfidence, said Larson about the team dropping the second set after looking so good in the rst. You get that high over a win and then you get overcon dent. In the third and final set, it appeared as though the 324 IS had all the momentum it needed and used it to take a 12-9 lead needing only three more points for the win. Instead, a kill by Larson for a side-out point led to back-toback aces by Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chris Zunker that tied the score at 12-12. A kill by Tech. Sgt. Edmond Gray gave the lead back to the 324 IS, but after a side-out tied the score at 13-13, Larson was back at service and delivered an ace to put NHCH back out on top at 14-13. A clutch kill by Farley retied the game at 14-14, but after another side-out, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alayon Augusta put the game away for good with a service ace. Larson, who along with Dela Cruz and Zunker gave NHCH the repower it needed to keep up and then surpass the 324 IS, said that while, overall, it was a very good win, the game wasnt the teams best to date. With the playoffs just around the corner, Larson said that in order to get to where the team needs to be, it must work on its basics. Basically, a lot of it is all fundamental stuff, he said. We like to point out our weaknesses and try to work on it throughout the week. Master Sgt. Michael Wiest of the 324 IS tries to block a kill by Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Adam Larson of NHCH. AAFES assists AER, AFAFArmy & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Exchange is making it easy for shoppers to help service members and military families in need during the second of three Give and Get Back donation periods. From Aug. 1-5, Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can donate to Army Emergency Relief (AER) and Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF). Both funds provide emergency assistance, sponsor educational programs and offer community programs that improve the quality of life for service members and their families. During the donation period, for every $5 donated at the register, shoppers will receive a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase at the exchange. This is the second year the Department of Defenses largest retailer has partnered with the military support funds. The first donation period in May brought in more than $136,000 for the funds, which provide emergency assistance, sponsor educational programs and offer community programs that improve the quality of life for service members and their families. In just this first donation period, Exchange shoppers donated more than half of last years total of $258,000. This year, the exchange is increasing the number of donation periods from two to three. In addition, shoppers can donate from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5. The (JBPHH) Exchange is honored once again to support these two vitally important organizations, said Exchange General Manager Chris Holi eld. We know how much Army Emergency Relief and the Air Force Assistance Fund means to our war ghters and their families during dif cult times. There is no limit to the number of coupons shoppers can earn, and the coupons can be redeemed in stores or online at


HOOKELE Teen Center member represents JBPHH at regional competitionStory and photo by Rosalyn Garcia Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Teen Center After her big win as Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) Mili tary State Youth of the Year this past March, Hannah Bethard, of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, pre pared for the next phase of the Youth of the Year competition the Pacic Regionals that took place July 24 in San Diego. Prior to the regional competition, Bethard was selected to attend BG CAs Advanced Leadership Confer ence in Atlanta, which took place July 19-22, just a few days before her big competition. During her time at the Advanced Leadership institute, Bethard joined more than 100 fellow BGCA mem bers and the 2017 National and Regional Youth of the Year winners and learned how they can better serve their community, speak up about is sues facing teens today, and develop their own unique style of leadership. While in Atlanta, participants got to know each other and talked about their clubs and personal growth during their time competing. They also brainstormed ideas on how to build teen interest in the Youth of the Year competition for next year. In San Diego, Bethard and six more competitors attended a lun cheon with the judges where they got to know each other and share their experiences and love of BGCA. The competitors each delivered a three-minute speech and under went a 15-minute interview with ve judges. A few hours later, they were ushered in to the formal dining hall for a three-course dinner, the deliv erance of their speech a second time and the announcement of the winner in front of hundreds of BGCA mem bers, supporters and sponsors. Katherine W. of Joint Base Lew is-McChord, was awarded the title of Pacific Region Military Youth of the Year. Over the past seven months, this Youth of the Year journey has helped me grow in ways I never thought possible, said Bethard, when asked about her Youth of the Year experi ence. This program helped me real ize I was doing something not only for myself, but every BGCA member that I represented. I was able to begin a campaign of mental health awareness that I am still building on today. This ex perience has been so rewarding and helped me be better than I ever could have imagined. Ive become a con dent public speaker, gained self-con fidence I didnt even know was possible, and gained friends who not only do great things for their club, but their community as well. Bethard spent hours each week working on essays, practicing mock interviews, and perfecting her stage presence. She credited much of her growth to Master Sgt. Brian Childers from the Hickam Air Force Base Toastmasters, who volunteered to work with Hannah on speech deliv ery, developing her stage presence, and connecting with the audience through vocal inection and emotion. Without everyones support, I never would have made it this far, she said. Thank you from the bot tom of my heart for your trust and condence in me. For more information on the Teen Center program, call 448-1068 or check them out at www.facebook. com/jbphhteencenter.Hannah Bethard, the Boys and Girls Club of America Military State Youth of the Year, delivers a speech to BGCA members, supporters and benefactors. Sailor answers the call, wins volunteer awardStory and photo by Erin Huggins Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs Tisa Marie Canlas found herself in a di lemma. She needed as sistance with everyday grooming, chores and caring for her service dog. Health issues and multi ple surgeries over the past few years, as well as her children growing up and moving out of the house, had made independent life challenging for Canlas. In the past, when peo ple were in need, they would reach out for assis tance at their church, in their neighborhood, or di rectly with their friends. In 2018, our lives, our church, our neighbors, and our friends are all on social media. Canlas de cided to put the call out for help with a mass email to her classmates. Her class mates answered back. A classmate and friend of Canlas saw the mes sage. As the story goes with the internet, friends talk with friends and the web of connections eventually led to Mas ter-at-Arms 3rd Class Ariel Thornberry. It was mostly her love of animals, particularly dogs, that caused Thorn berry to be interested in helping this stranger and her service dog. She reached out to Canlas im mediately and they agreed to meet the next day. After meeting with Can las and Rascal the service dog, Thornberry agreed to help. Canlass insurance company was supposed to help pay for Thornberrys services, but the insurance company denied the claim. Having volunteered her whole life, working for free wasnt anything new for Thornberry. Once she got to know Canlas, they quickly became friends. After completing her shift at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Base Security, Thornberry would travel to Canlass home to perform everything from service dog care to helping Canlas brush her hair. Despite the lack of pay, she couldnt leave a friend in need. I was raised to help when I saw people in need, Thornberry said. I did it and four to five months later, her insurance finally gave her the service she needed, and she chose to keep me as her personal care assistant. Canlas decided to nom inate her friend for the Above and Beyond Award. The award is given by partnering organizations to members of the commu nity that go above and be yond the call of duty. I nominated her mul tiple times, Canlas said. She helped me so much, that I cant begin to convey how grateful I am for her unconditional efforts. (She is) family now. Trying to keep the award a secret, Canlas and Thornberrys coworkers discretely set up a banner and a small awards cere mony at the JBPHH Base Security building. The radio station wanted to present the award before Thornberrys afternoon shift started. I am beyond honored to be able to accept this award and that Tisa nom inated me for it. With or without this award, I will still continue to help out and volunteer. Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Ariel Thornberry receives the Above and Beyond Award, July 17.Over the past seven months, this Youth of the Year journey has helped me grow in ways I never thought possible. Hannah Bethard Boys and Girls Club of America Military State Youth of the Year


UPCOMING EVENTS Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation Operation Homefront Operation Homefront distributed 600 backpacks and necessary school supplies to pre-registered military children Saturday, July 28, at Earhart Commnity Center aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam as a part of Op eration Homefronts annual Back-toSchool Brigade (BTSB). Since 2008, Operation Homefronts BTSB has distributed more than 300,000 backpacks each accompanied by school supplies to military children. This years event was beyond suc cessful, said Brandy Simon, program coordinator at Operation Homefront. We made sure families were served in a timely manner and that each one received plenty of school supplies to help them with the upcoming school year. We tried to include many of the basic items that are common items on school supply lists across the islands. Our event helps relieve some of the nancial pressure that comes with the new school year and we are happy to serve our families and make an impact in the military community. Simon said the organization was able to serve 1,000 military children in Hawaii this year, a 400-child increase from 2017. The backpack event was very well organized and really helped us get all the basics well need this year, said Erin Cude, an attendee at the event. My girls love their new backpacks. This event takes some of the pressure off. We have all three kids in school for the rst time this year, so being able to get at least part of the lists taken care of is a big help. Operation Homefront provides crit ical nancial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, longterm struggles. For more information, visit Opera military children receive backpacks, supplies U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Corwin ColbertA family chooses a backpack at Earhart Community Center, July 28. Sponsored by Operation Homefront, volunteers distributed more than 500 backpacks to military families. HOOKELE


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