In the Military
Promotion to general on tap for Caravalho
Col. Joseph Caravalho Jr., a 1975 St. Louis High School graduate, has been selected for promotion to brigadier general. Caravalho, son of Agnes and Joseph Caravalho Sr. of Kaneohe, is assistant chief of staff for health affairs at the XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters.
He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., in 1983.
He has served as chief of cardiology at Tripler Army Medical Center and commanded the 28th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Bragg.
A federal judge in Tacoma, Wash., on Friday said he needs more time to study material presented by attorneys for 1st Lt. Ehren Watada and Army lawyers on whether a court-martial should proceed while an appeals court decides whether Watada's constitutional rights are being violated by trying him twice for the same crime.
Watada's attorney made public the order by U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle extending the ban until Nov. 9.
Watada, a 1996 Kalani High School graduate, is charged with missing his unit's deployment to Iraq in June 2006 and with conduct unbecoming an officer for denouncing President Bush and the war. Watada's first court-martial ended in a mistrial Feb. 7 when Lt. Col. John Head, military presiding judge, rejected a pretrial agreement because he believed that Watada did not understand the terms of the agreement. That deal would have cut Watada's sentence to four years.
The Army Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that Watada can be court-martialed again, but Watada appealed that decision to the U.S. Circuit Court for the Armed Forces,.
A second court-martial was supposed to begin on Oct. 9 at Fort Lewis, but his attorneys want the issue of double jeopardy settled first.
Brig. Gen. Raymond Mason has assumed command of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, relieving Maj. Gen. William Brandenburg, who will continue to serve as the deputy commander of U.S. Army Pacific. Mason, 27-year Army veteran, was commanding general of the 19th Support Command (Expeditionary) in Daegau, South Korea. He is married and has two children.
The mission of his new command is to provide operational logistical support to Army troops in the Pacific. There are 4,200 soldiers in his 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