In the Military
117 Army reservists returning on Aug. 3
After spending 12 months in Iraq, 117 soldiers of the Army Reserve's 657th Area Support Group will return home Aug. 3. The Army Reserve unit was located at Logistical Support Area Anaconda and its missions was to support the needs of the 150,000 people assigned there.
The unit managed the recreational facilities, processed more than 24,000 bags of laundry, supervised the preparation of 335,000 meals, coordinated the transportation of more than 62,000 personnel, managed the disposal of 600 tons of trash. A homecoming and awards ceremony will be held at Schofield Barracks on Aug. 5.
The 25th Infantry Division's 25th Combat Aviation Brigade's 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment -- now deployed to Iraq -- has been recognized as the Army's best aviation unit.
The award was presented July 10 by Brig. Gen. Frank Wiercinski, the division's deputy commander for support at Forward Operating Base Warrior in Kirkuk. Lt. Col. James Barker, squadron commander, said the unit prior to deployment transformed from the 1st Battalion (Attack), 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, to the "Fighting Sixth." Training included deployments to the Pohakuloa Training Area in January 2006 and the National Training Center in April 2006 where the unit practiced aerial gunnery, close combat attacks and other convoy training with the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
» Col. Jay Hatcher will assume command of the 45th Sustainment Brigade July 31, relieving Col. Michael McBride.
» Col. Susan Davidson will assume command of the 599th Transportation Group Aug. 2, relieving Col. Kathi Kreklow.
» Col. Jeffrey Jarkowsky has been assigned as chief of staff for U.S. Army Pacific, relieving Col. Richard Longo who was elected for promotion to brigadier general and will become the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Artillery Center and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
» Col. Bruce Crawford has assumed command of the 516th Signal Brigade, relieving Col. Eric Kirkman.
» Brig. Gen. Roger Matthews has assumed command of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, relieving Brig. Gen. John Seward.
» Rear Adm. Michael S. Rogers, who is on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, will be the next director of intelligence at Pacific Command.
Hickam Air Force Base
» Lt. Col. Kort Brueske has assumed command of the 17th Operational Weather Squadron, relieving Lt. Col. Stephen Romolo.
"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