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

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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Lee to receive 2nd star
pending confirmation

Brig. Gen. Robert Lee, state adjutant general, will be frocked and receive his second star as a major general in ceremonies at the governor's office tomorrow morning.

The practice of frocking allows Lee to wear the rank of a two-star Army general pending Pentagon approval and U.S. Senate confirmation of his promotion to major general, a Hawaii National Guard spokesman said.

Lee, former commander of the Army Reserve's 9th Regional Support Command, was named head of the state Department of Defense and commander of the Hawaii National Guard by Gov. Linda Lingle in December.


The 442nd Veterans Club, whose members fought in World War II as part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, will hold its 60th anniversary reunion April 3 to 6.

A memorial service will be held 9 a.m. April 5 at the National Cemetery of the Pacific, followed by a luncheon banquet April 6 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up mainly of Japanese Americans who volunteered to prove their loyalty after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, is considered one of the most decorated combat units.


Metcalf Construction, a Big Island company, has been awarded a $52 million contract to build 212 houses at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. The project is expected to be completed by April 2005.


The Pearl Harbor-based destroyer USS Paul Hamilton last month was part a multinational maritime interception force that took control of three tankers suspected of smuggling 5,000 to 6,000 tons of black-market Iraqi oil valued at more than $1 million.

The operation occurred Feb. 11 in the Arabian Sea, and the Navy said the three tankers accounted for about one-third of the estimated fleet of consolidation tankers that specialize in the illegal marketing of Iraqi oil.

"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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