In the Military
Lunch launches Air Force celebration
More than 200 people are expected to attend the Air Force's 60th anniversary kickoff luncheon hosted by the Pacific Air Forces Air Force Civilian Advisory Council at the Oahu Country Club on Tuesday. The Air Force will celebrate its 60th birthday on Sept. 18. Air Force Gen. Paul V. Hester, Pacific Air Forces commander, will discuss the activities and events scheduled to commemorate the Air Force's 60th birthday during Air Force Week Sept. 7-15, which will feature performances by the Air Force's premier entertainment showcase, Tops in Blue, and the U.S. Air Force aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, over Waikiki.
Fort Shafter, the Army's oldest installation on Oahu, will celebrate its 100th birthday with an all-day celebration beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday. Food booths, displays, and other entertainment will be at Fort Shafter's historic Palm Circle.
Some of the day's highlights include the dedication of Palm Circle as a National Historic District site, a rock climbing wall, K-9 corps working dogs, and displays of vintage vehicles, a Chinook CH-47 helicopter and other Army displays.
Public parking will be at Shafter Flats below Fort Shafter (south side of Moanalua Road). A shuttle bus to Palm Circle will run throughout the day. Free admission. For more information, call 438-9761/6347 or visit USARPAC Web site, www.usarpac.army.mil
Gov. Linda Lingle has appointed former state Rep. Mark Moses, a former Marine Corps officer, to serve as director of the Office of Veterans Services. As director, Moses will oversee the development and coordination of statewide policies and programs related to veterans, their dependents and survivors.
» Brig. Gen. Ronald M. Bouchard, deputy commanding general and assistant commandant, U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, Ga., to director, J-6, U.S. Pacific Command,.
» Rear Adm. Donna L. Crisp, who is serving as director for manpower and personnel on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, will assume command of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.
» Capt. Gregory Thomas, will assume command of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, relieving Capt. Frank Camelio, who is retiring on Friday.
"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 email@example.com