In the Military
Big Island cemetery will add 306 burial plots
The state will spend $735,000 to improve the Big Island's West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, which will result in 306 additional burial plots, says Mark Moses, head of the state Office of Veteran Services.
Moses said future plans call for $3.5 million to design and build a memorial wall, columbarium and restroom facilities by 2009.
The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo last week reported that Japan launched the 13,500-ton vessel Hyuga, a helicopter-carrying destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, at the IHI Marine United shipyard in Yokohama.
The first Hyuga was a battleship that was modified near the end of World War II into an aircraft-carrying battleship that could load some 20 fighters. The new Hyuga-class vessel can carry several helicopters and is mainly tasked with chasing and destroying enemy submarines.
The new Hyuga, which is also known as 16DDH, is Japan's largest warship since World War II, and it is the Maritime Self-Defense Force's first warship greater than 10,000 tons. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art Aegis radar system.
The South Korean paper said Japan plans to operate four to six of the ships, each with a hangar and deck for up to 11 choppers. Four SH-60 anti-submarine helicopters can lift off from the Hyuga flight deck at the same time.
Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, former assistant 25th Infantry Division commander, is the new head at Fort Leavenworth, home of the Army's Command and General Staff College. The institution annually trains more than 8,000 officers, including some from other countries. Completion of the courses at the school is a prerequisite for officers hoping to be promoted beyond major.
Caldwell's previous assignment was as military spokesman in Iraq. A former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, Caldwell has served as senior military assistant to the deputy U.S. Secretary of Defense and deputy director for operations for the U.S. Pacific Command.
"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