In the Military
For and about Hawaii's servicemen and women

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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German Shepherds help
at Vietnam crash site

Max and Panzer, two German Shepherd Rhode Island State Trooper police dogs, passed their "first test" in attempts last week to detect human remains at a Vietnam War crash site in Kien Giang province.

Spokesman for Joint Task Force-Full Accounting said the dogs were taken to a recovery site where they verified witnesses' claims that a F-5 jet fighter was lost at the recovery site at the southern tip of Vietnam. Military anthropologists have begun preliminary recovery operations and excavations at the site.

Panzer and Max, two police dogs who trained at Hickam, passed their first test to detect human remains in Vietnam.


The USS Missouri Memorial Association will host the premiere of a biographical film on the life of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, produced by Heather Giugni on April 5 on the battleship now moored at Ford Island.

The hourlong film will include Inouye's service in World War II with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which cost him his right arm but earned him the Medal of Honor. It includes his service as a senator and interviews with some of his colleagues, including Sens. Ted Stevens and Edward Kennedy and former Sens. Robert Dole and Howard Baker; and ABC journalist Cokie Roberts. Tickets are $150 a head and are available by calling 423-0012. The money raised will be used for the continued refurbishment of the battleship.

The film eventually will be incorporated into a DVD that is being designed as an educational tool, said Giugni who has been working on the Inouye film since 1998 and is co-owner of Juniroa Productions.

"This is an interactive, come-alive history," she said.

For more information on the DVD product, which will be available in April, call Juniroa Productions at 533-4788.


Army Reserve Brig. Gen. John Ma will assume command of the 9th Regional Support Command March 2 at the Kalani Army Reserve Center in Fort Shafter Flats. He will succeed Brig. Gen. Robert Lee, who has been appointed as head of the Hawaii National Guard and director of the state Department of Defense. Lee is expected to be promoted to a two-star general.


The Fisher Foundation hopes to open its second affordable temporary housing facility at Tripler Army Medical center later on this year for families who want to be near family members being treated at the hospital.

Tripler's Fisher House Manager John Ost said the new facility will have 11 family suites and be made up of about 7,700 square feet. It is being built across the street from the first Fisher House. Nineteen eligible families will be able to be accommodated between the two houses.

David Coker, executive director of the Fisher House Foundation, said the 31 Fisher Houses, operating in locations throughout the world, offer services to more than 7,000 families per year saving families an estimated cost of more than $7 million within a year's time. Families are charged a minimal fee based on their situation.

"Each house meets its community's needs and the houses have served an estimated 50,000 families since (1991)," Coker said. "When Zachary (Fisher) built the first one, he decided it needed to be kept to his standard so we have worked hard to continue that," he said.


Civil Air Patrol chaplains will conduct a special memorial service at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at the National Cemetery of the Pacific as part of their Chaplain Service Region Staff College educational program which will run from today to Mar. 2 at Hickam Air Force Base.

The mission of the CAP Chaplain Service Programs is to provide qualified chaplains who can assist commanders in providing for moral, religious and spiritual growth of the CAP membership.

A graduation luncheon will be held at Hickam's Officers Club on Feb. 26 at 11 a.m.

"In the Military" was compiled from wire reports and other
sources by reporter Gregg K. Kakesako, who covers military affairs for
the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He can be reached can be reached by phone
at 294-4075 or by e-mail at

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