In the Military
Allen Hoe holds an American flag that has been in motion four decades, passed through the hands of service members around the globe. The flag was purchased in a makeshift souvenir/tailor shop in early 1968 by Hoe's platoon while serving in South Vietnam. Since that time the flag has been to Iwo Jima, Japan, Korea and Iraq.
Civilians alight on USS Lincoln
School principals join a visit to the carrier and watch Navy fliers
Two island educators were among a group of community and business leaders who briefly experienced life on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln while it was cruising off Oahu last month.
Queen Liliuokalani School Principal Kevin Yuen and Justin Mew, Niu Valley Middle School principal, participated in the Navy's distinguished visitor embarkation program in March. They spent a day on the Lincoln and were able to stand on the carrier's 4.5-acre fleet deck to observe the takeoffs and landings of its fighter jets.
In a newsletter sent to his staff and students, Yuen wrote, "You would not believe how technologically advanced this carrier is. Everything that I witnessed was heavily influenced with the newest electronics and technology," according to a Navy news release.
"Allowing us to be so close physically to aircraft and flight operations made us feel that extra special," said Mew.
The 25th Division has returned the American flag that Vietnam veteran Allen Hoe loaned its Stryker soldiers who are now patrolling the streets of Taji, Iraq. Hoe carried the flag while serving in Vietnam and then gave it to his son, 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe, who was killed in January 2005 while serving in Mosul. In November 2007 it was presented to the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team's 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment before it deployed to Iraq.
The public is invited to tours of Tripler Army Medical Center on May 2 as part of its 60th anniversary celebration. The tours of the medical facility will begin at 12:30 p.m. following a formal ceremony and a luncheon.
» Rear Adm. Townsend G. Alexander, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, is being assigned as commander of Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla.
"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