In the Military
Gregg K. Kakesako

Lt. Col. Colbert Low, commander of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, rests on his Humvee before going out on patrol in Iraq.

‘Go For Broke’ on
daily combat missions

Maj. Mike Peteers, executive officer for the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, reports from Iraq that the "Go For Broke" battalion conducts daily combat missions in support of coalition forces and the Iraqi army.

Since taking command in April, the 100th Battalion has supported the 29 Brigade Combat Team in maintaining the safety and security of the key Logistical Support Area Anaconda, according to Lt. Col. Colbert Low, who commands the 100th.

"The soldiers conduct a patrol pre-brief to determine enemy activity and actions in case the patrol has contact," Low said. "Each member of the patrol goes through a detailed weapon, equipment, and personnel check to ensure all details are ready once they roll 'outside the wire.' The soldiers of Task Force 100-442 are key in helping maintain the main supply routes and alternate supply routes are free of IEDs (improvised explosive devices)."


Marine Maj. Donald Welch was awarded the Bronze Star Friday for his recent tour in Al Anbar province in Iraq from Oct. 5, 2003, to Sept. 22, 2004, while serving with the 3rd Radio Battalion. His citation said that during his nearly yearlong combat tour Welch visited each of his 10 teams and three headquarters elements spread throughout the region.


Sen. Daniel Inouye, who received the Medal of Honor for service with 442nd Regimental Combat Team in World War II in Italy, will chair the 60th anniversary ceremony marking the end of the Pacific war on Sept. 2 on the battleship Missouri. The ceremony will include the sealing of a time capsule to be opened in 2045 -- the 100th anniversary of the end of World War II.


USO-Hawaii, in cooperation with the city, the Honolulu Zoological Society and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, is inviting all military service-connected personnel to attend Military Appreciation Day at the Honolulu Zoo on Saturday. All military ID card holders -- active, Guard, reserve, retired or family members -- will be admitted free. The first 5,000 military ID card holders will receive a free picnic lunch.

Moving Up

Fort Ruger

>> Col. Gary M. Ishikawa, state deputy adjutant general, to brigadier general.

Schofield Barracks

>> Brig. Gen. Francis Wiercinski will succeed Brig. Gen. Bernard Champoux as assistant 25th Infantry Division commander in charge of support.

>> Col. Edric Kirkman will succeed Lt. Col. Brian Donahue as commander of the 516th Signal Brigade.

Pohakuloa Training Area

>> Lt. Col. Kimberly Rapacz will succeed Lt. Col. Fred Clarke as commander of PTA.

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

"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 gkakesako@starbulletin.com.

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