At Your Service
For and about Hawaii's military

By Gregg K. Kakesako

Sunday, April 15, 2001


Art contest winners Monica Paik (left) with her father, Staff Sgt.
Kenneth Paik, and Heather Burke with her with her parents,
Staff Sgt. Robert Burke and Marietta Burke.

Daughters of Air Force,
Army sergeants take
honors in art contest

By Gregg K. Kakesako

Hickam Elementary third-grader Heather Burke may be only 8, but there seem to be no limits to her dreams.

She is an accomplished pianist and student of hula and karate. Now she has added art to her many skills.

The daughter of Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert and Marietta Burke was recently selected from more than 2,200 children - a record number of entries from kindergarten to sixth grade - in the sixth annual Armed Services YMCA art contest.

Her pencil drawing of her family's reunion after a deployment won her a $500 savings bond and featured place on a poster for National Military Family Week, Nov. 18-25.

Another of her many drawings won her a chance to represent the United States in the International Aviation Art contest. Heather says the only reason she keeps entering these contests is because "I wanted to see what my talents are."

Recognized as a second-place finisher representing the Army was Monica Paik, 12, daughter of Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth Paik, a Korean linguist with the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory.

Winners from all five services and the National Guard will be placed on the poster.

Colonel with isle ties wins Army
recognition for promoting aviation

A 1973 Leilehua High School graduate, Army Col. Kurt Andrews, a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, was recently recognized during a training exercise in South Korea for his promotion of Army aviation.

Andrews, who graduated from West Point in 1977, comes from a distinguished family of military officers.

His wife, Marcia, was promoted on March 1 to colonel in the Army Reserve's 322nd Civil Affairs Group in Hawaii.

His brother, David, is a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Air National Guard and a C-130 aircraft commander and flies with Aloha Airlines as a captain in civilian life. His wife, Coral, is a commander in the Navy Reserves.

Andrews, who commands the 23rd Air Support Group at Camp Humphries, was presented with a medallion and plaque inducting him into the Order of St. Michael.

The award is given to individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army aviation and who stand out "in the eyes of their seniors, subordinates and peers," said Bob Warner, spokesman for the U.S. Army Support Activity at Camp Humphries in South Korea.


Army plans tighter security for Schofield, Fort Shafter

The Army has delayed until June 4 new security measures that will require people trying to get into Fort Shafter or Schofield Barracks to have either a decal or a visitor's pass.

Similar requirements already have been in effect at local Navy and Marine Corps bases.

In June, Army military police will begin to enforce vehicle registration requirements to gain entrance to its housing areas in Helemano and Aliamanu as well as Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks.

Col. Louis Traverzo, commander of the Army's police brigade, said "the intent is not to make the installations impenetrable; the intent is to limit and control access."

Beginning June 4, vehicles without a DOD decal will have to be logged in before entering the installations. Individuals must present a DOD identification card, valid driver's license, vehicle registration, safety inspection and proof of insurance to obtain a DOD vehicle decal or temporary pass.

Civilians who do not qualify for a DOD decal will be allowed on post with a temporary pass if their vehicle meets state requirements and they produce the required documentation.


U.S. Navy (Pacific Fleet)

Western Pacific

USS Chicago (SSN 721)

USS Louisville (SSN 724)

USS Kamehameha (SSN 642)

USS Columbia (SSN 771)

USS Santa Fe (SSN 763)

USS Los Angeles (SSN 688)

USS Chosin (CG 65)

USS Frederick (LST 1184)

Hawaiian area

USS Houston (SSN 718)

USS Russell (DDG 59)

Eastern Pacific / West Coast U.S.

USS Lake Erie (CG 70)

USS Salvor (ARS 52)

U.S. Army

Sinai: 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment

Kosrae, E. Micronesia, Bangladesh, Pohnpei: 84th Engineers

East Timor: 25th Division, 9th Regional Support Command (U.S. Army Reserve)

Guam, Honduras, Japan, Mongolia, Palau, Bangladesh, Singapore, Kenya: Tripler Army Medical Center

Bosnia & Kosovo: 25th Division, 9th Regional Support Command

Laos: 706th Explosives Ordinance Detachment

Hawaii National Guard

Persian Gulf, Italy and Turkey: 292nd Combat Communications Squadron. Air National Guard

Germany and Italy: 201st Combat Communications Squadron. Air National Guard

The Philippines: 204th Airlift Squadron. Air National Guard

Honduras: Company C, 29th Support Battalion and Company D, 1-2-7th Aviation. Army National Guard

Coast Guard

Western coast, Central America: Cutter CGC Rush

Guam: HH-65 helicopter

Marine Corps

Okinawa: 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment; C Battery, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment


April 20:

Army Earth Day celebration: 7:30 a.m. Volunteers needed. Program begins with a tour of Schofield Barracks' greenhouse and a talk by Laurie Lucking. Volunteers will be led to Kahanahaiki Ridge above Makua Valley to help remove clidemia hirta, a weed that threatens indigenous plants. Bring a hat, lunch and water. Call Alvin Char, 656-7641.

April 21

Marine Forces Pacific Band Spring Concert: Theater-Marine Corps Base Hawaii, 6:30 p.m.

April 22

Marine Forces Pacific Band Concert: Hale Koa Hotel, 4 p.m.

Gregg K. Kakesako covers Hawaii's military
for the Star-Bulletin. Email him at

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