In the Military
Hawaii Army Reserve to get new commander
For the first time since the Army Reserve commander in Hawaii was upgraded to an one-star general in 1976, it will be led by an officer who is not from the islands.
The Army has selected Col. Alexander I. Kozlov, who has commanded the U.S. Army Facility Engineer Group in Darien, Ill., 416th Engineer Command, since April 2005. Last week, Kozlov was nominated by the Army to become a brigadier general, subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Kozlov, 48, lives in Redwood City, Calif., and in civilian life is vice president of MacDonald-Bedford -- a construction management consulting firm. He received his bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic State University and is working on a master's degree from the same university. He served for five years on active duty as an engineer officer and is fluent in Russian.
An Army Reserve spokesman said Brig. Gen. John Ma will turn over the command of the 9th Regional Readiness Command and its 3,500 citizen soldiers at the end of this year and will retire.
The Hawaii Army Museum at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki on July 20 will dedicate a wing to Gen. Eric Shinseki, retired Army chief of staff, who was born and raised on Kauai. Two years ago, the museum opened an exhibit of items donated by Shinseki, which included his West Point cadet uniform and other personal items. Since then Shinseki has donated other personal mementos, including his personal hand gun, correspondence and more uniforms. Shinseki is expected to attend the dedication, which will begin at 1 p.m.
"In the Military" was compiled from wire reports and other sources by reporter Gregg K. Kakesako
, who covers military affairs for the Star-Bulletin. He can be reached by phone at 294-4075 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org