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Thursday, January 25, 2001



Col. Lee must
wait to be confirmed
brigadier general

By Gregg K. Kakesako

Col. Robert G.F. Lee, commander of the 3,000-member 9th Regional Support Command and Pacific Army Reserve since March, 1999, has been nominated as a one-star brigadier general.

But his nomination was not confirmed by the U.S. Senate before it adjourned last month, so will have to be resubmitted to the new Congress for confirmation later this month, said Lt. Col. Howard Sugai, spokesman for the Army Reserve.


Pentagon efforts to rely more heavily on the roughly 870,000 members of the National Guard and the Reserves may be demonstrated when the 25th Infantry Division deploys for six months to Bosnia in April 2002.

Pacific Army Reserve officials say its 30th Press Camp Headquarters -- a public affairs unit -- may spend the entire European rotation with the Tropic Lightning soldiers. The 2,500-member task force from Schofield Barracks will be commanded by Maj. Gen. James Dubik, current 25th Infantry Division commander.

With active-duty military having shrunk by a third since the Cold War, guard and reserve units have now become integral parts of virtually every operation overseas.


Army Warrant Officer Leacer A. Powell, an intelligence analyst with Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, became an instant television celebrity when she walked away with $10,000 in cash and a trip to Kona in a "Wheel of Fortune" episode that will be shown on KHON-TV Feb. 20.

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