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RDML Chadwick visits PMRF

USS Michael Murphy seizes drugs

HIANG 154th change of command

PMRF change of command



U.S. service members assigned to Naval Special Warfare Command conduct waterborne operations from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 25. U.S. Navy SEALs engage in a continuous training cycle to improve and further specialize skills needed during deployments across the globe. SEALs are the maritime component of U.S. Special Forces and are trained to conduct missions from sea, air and land. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Ryan DeBooy)



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Your Navy Team in Hawaii Commander, Navy Region Hawaii oversees two installations: Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam on Oahu and Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, on Kauai. As Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific we provide oversight for the ten surface ships homeported at JBPHH. Navy aircraft squadrons are also co-located at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Oahu, and training is sometimes also conducted on other islands, but most Navy assets are located at JBPHH and PMRF. These two installations serve fleet, fighter and family under the direction of Commander, Navy Installations Command. A guided-missile cruiser and destroyers of Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific deploy independently or as part of a group for Commander, U.S. Third Fleet and in the Seventh Fleet and Fifth Fleet areas of responsibility. The Navy, including your Navy team in Hawaii, builds partnerships and strengthens interoperability in the Pacific. Each year, Navy ships, submarines and aircraft from Hawaii participate in various training exercises with allies and friends in the Pacific and Indian Oceans to strengthen interoperability. Navy service members and civilians conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions in the South Pacific and in Asia. Working with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy in Hawaii provides drug interdiction and fisheries enforcement operations for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. In even-numbered years Hawaii hosts the biennial summer Rim of the Pacific Exercise, the world’s largest military maritime exercise, featuring more than two dozen nations and 25,000 personnel. The Navy family in Hawaii comprises around 50,000 people, most of whom are active duty service members and their families, and includes nearly 15,000 civilians and contractors as part of our workforce. JBPHH includes the Pearl Harbor waterfront, Hickam flight line, Wahiawa annex and several other areas in West Oahu and provides a major logistics and other support hub for the military and military families. Supporting the nation’s ballistic missile defense initiative, the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the western coast of “The Garden Island,” is the world’s largest instrumented multidimensional testing and training missile range. We provide services to the U.S. Pacific Command, one of DOD’s six geographic combatant commands, with an area of responsibility covering half the globe. We directly support two component commands whose headquarters are on JBPHH: Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, U.S. Pacific Air Force. Close to our own Region/MIDPAC headquarters command is Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. With 18 forward-deployable combat-ready U.S. Navy submarines, Pearl Harbor is home to the largest submarine presence in the Pacific. The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, on JBPHH, is the largest ship repair facility between the West Coast and the Far East. Within our region we support more than 100 tenant commands.


PMRF CHanges Command


HIANG Raptors visit Maui





Camp Smith Rededication

RDML Chadwick visits PMRF

HIANG 154th Changes Command


USS Michael Murphy Interdicts Drug boat


USS Michael Muprhy assists Mariners


Military Working Dogs retire

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PLUS: Navy releases Hemp Policy No more ‘flight suits’ FEDFire fire extinguisher reduction PACFLT band performs in Koloa Improving the AF mission Happy 229th birthday Coast Guard Motorcycle Lvl 2 Training Changes MFSC Concert in the Park Community Calendar




PMRF changes command

Capt. Vinnie Johnson speaks to the crowd during his final speech as the commanding officer of PMRF. Capt. Timothy Young relieved Johnson during a ceremony attended by distinguished visitors, family and friends from the local community and the Sailors of PMRF.

Story and photos by MC2 Sara B. Sexton Pacific Missile Range Facility Public Affairs

Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sands, held a change of command ceremony, Aug. 9, at the hangar bay on base. Capt. Timothy Young relieved Capt. Vinnie Johnson during a ceremony attended by distinguished visitors, family and friends from the local community and the Sailors of PMRF. “I am truly humbled and grateful to speak to you one last time,” said Johnson. “I am privileged to serve in the world’s greatest Navy, honored to have commanded the Pacific Missile Range and most importantly, blessed to have called Kauai home for the last three years.” Johnson assumed command of PMRF in July 2016. He guided the command through numerous accomplishments supporting advanced technology development, national ballistic missile defense testing programs and numerous training operations. PMRF executed 27 ballistic missile defense flight test events and one multi-national livefire training in 2018 during Exercise Rim of the Pacific during his tenure. Johnson was awarded a Legion of Merit for his performance at PMRF. He was credited with his dedication to environmental stewardship, demonstration of exceptional vision and leadership. 4 / July 29, 2019 / Ho’okele

Johnson’s next assignment will be an interim position in Washington D.C. before becoming a Naval Attaché in Lisbon, Portugal. Young’s previous assignments include commanding officer of Provincial Reconstruction Team Paktika, Afghanistan; operations officer onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and assistant chief of staff for Force Readiness at Commander, Navy Air Pacific. “It is abundantly clear to me that it is the professionalism, positive attitude and talent of the entire workforce here that make PMRF stand out,” said Young. “Absolutely none of it would be possible without the phenomenal support from the local community. I can think of no better place to be assigned and we are truly blessed to be here.” Young was commissioned upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with a degree in Finance and Business Economics. He received his Wings of Gold in 1997. During his aviation career, Young has logged more than 2,800 flight hours and 450 carrier landings. PMRF is the world’s largest instrumented multi-environmental range capable of supported surface, subsurface, air, and space operations simultaneously. There are over 1,100 square miles of instrumented underwater range and over 42,000 square miles of controlled airspace.

Capt. Timothy Young salutes during his assumption of command of Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands. Young relieved Capt. Vinnie Johnson during a ceremony attended by distinguished visitors, family and friends from the local community and the Sailors of PMRF.

Diverse VIEWS What was your favorite subject in school and why?

Navy releases hemp policy

Submitted by Helen Zukeran and David D. Underwood, Jr.

and therefore have not been proven to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any illness. Some of these products do not list all ingredients, making it impossible to know definitively how much CBD, THC or other synthetic cannabinoids they may contain.

Capt. Bill Hearther Pacific Fleet “Physiology in the 10th grade. One of the final project was to explore the entire body system based on a single food item. I learned about energy, molecules and movement of our body.”

By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

Anna Lozano NEX Fleet Store “History, because I was the smartest one in the class.”

Maj. Ralph Soto 15th Comptroller Squadron “Math was always my favorite subject growing up. I enjoyed problem solving and critical thinking. I found it most rewarding when I was able to figure out the right answer and come to a solution.”

Rebecca Wisniewski 692nd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group “English was my favorite subject. The teacher made it interesting and writing always came natural to me.”

The Department of the Navy (DoN) continues to direct Sailors and Marines not to use hemp-derived products. ALNAV 057/19 references and reiterates current DoN policy (SECNAVINST 5300.28F) regarding substance abuse, and it establishes the prohibition of use, ingestion, consumption or application of cannabinoid formulations made or derived from hemp or marijuana. On Dec. 20, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the “2018 Farm Bill.” This includes legislation allowing hemp cultivation and the transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines. The legislation defines hemp as a cannabis plant that contains no more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical compound in cannabis associated with psychoactive effects. With the passage of this legislation, hemp-derived products, including cannabidiol (CBD), have become widely available.

Use, which is defined as oral ingestion, intravenous use, smoking/vaporization or any other method through which hemp-derived products may enter the body, could expose the user to THC. It is possible to test positive for THC on a urinalysis by using a CBD or hemp product. It can be impossible to determine where a CBD or hemp product was manufactured and what level of THC it may contain. Even trace amounts of THC can accumulate in the body and be detected in a urinalysis screening. Sailors who test positive for THC or other controlled substances for which they have no valid prescription are subject to mandatory administrative processing and could receive a discharge characterized as “Other Than Honorable,” which can affect future veteran’s benefits and employment opportunities. Additionally, the Navy reports unlawful drug users to the FBI for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which could impact the ability to purchase firearms or ammunition in the future. It is the responsibility of every Sailor to ensure that he or she is diligent in avoiding intentional or accidental exposure to THC and other prohibited substances. Information about Navy drug detection and deterrence as well as Navy policy on hemp and CBD products can be found at

Navy policy has not been affected by the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, and all products derived from hemp or marijuana are still prohibited. While currently deemed legal for civilians in some states, all hemp and CBD products are strictly prohibited for use by Sailors. Commercially-available hemp products, including CBD, have not been inspected by the Food and Drug Administration

Navy Operational Support Center North Island conducts a monthly urinalysis test of assigned Reserve Sailors on Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California July 13. The NOSC collected 62 samples from Sailors that day to comply with zero tolerance drug use standards within the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Shannon Chambers)

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Hawaii Air National Guard hosts F-22 Raptor exhibit Story and photos by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado 154th Wing Public Affairs

The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) hosted an F-22 Raptor exhibit for the public at the Kahalui Airport OGG on the island of Maui Aug. 2. More than 1,500 visitors including military personnel, family members and friends, braved the inclement weather to get a close-up view of four F-22 Raptors. The HIANG flew the aircraft to Maui Aug. 1-3, to conduct F-22 training to ensure the aircraft would be able to divert to alternate airfields within the Hawaiian Islands in the event of state emergencies. To support the training and exhibit on Maui, more than 40 HIANG personnel flew to Kahalui, Maui July 31, on a C-17 Globemaster flown by the HIANG’s 204th

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Airlift Squadron (AS). Supporting personnel included HIANG recruiters, military air crews, maintainers, logistics and avionics specialists, as well as security personnel. The F-22 training was conducted by a diverse contingent of supporting units including the HIANG’s 199th Fighter Squadron (FS), 154th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS), 204th AS, 154th Security Forces Squadron (SF), and more. The Raptors conducted a final day of training on Saturday, Aug. 3, before returning to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Hawaii Air National Guard members and visitors pose for a photo during an F-22 Raptor exhibit for the public at the Kahalui Airport OGG on Maui Aug. 2.

Hawaii Air National Guard recruiters talk to visitors during an F-22 Raptor exhibit for the public at the Kahalui Airport OGG on Maui Aug. 2.

The Hawaii Air National Guard hosted an F-22 Raptor exhibit for the public at the Kahalui Airport OGG on Maui Aug. 2.

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C a m p S m i t h r e d e d i c at i o n : Story and photos by Macy Hinds Naval Health Clinic Hawaii Public Affairs

Seventy-seven years have passed since the attack on Pearl Harbor and the start of the U.S. involvement in World War II. Service members and visitors to the island of Oahu have opportunities to visit numerous landmarks and reflect on the military history here over the decades. One little known historic site was a busy naval hospital in World War II and now houses a major military command. Camp H.M. Smith is currently home to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC), the largest field command in the Marine Corps. However, it wasn’t always so. In March 1941, Congress approved Aiea (now the town/location of Camp Smith) as the site for a naval hospital. The building that now houses the MARFORPAC headquarters was once used to treat the wounded Marines and Sailors of World War II. Construction on the Aiea Naval Hospital began in July 1939 because of the expectations of war. Before the attacks on Pearl Harbor, there was concern about what the Japanese were doing in the Pacific. The surprise attack prompted the United States to enter World War II. The fighting and increased need for a hospital led to a hurried completion of the Aiea Naval Hospital. When the war broke out in December 1941, construction pace quickened and finished in 1942.

This became the primary rear-area hospital for Navy and Marines. What is currently occupied with military work sections, desks and offices was then a series of wards, hospital beds and living quarters. As for the capabilities of the hospital, they correlated directly with the war and the needs of the patients. In 1943, the number of staff and facilities grew tremendously. New wards were constructed to better support the waves of casualties, numbering in the hundreds, arriving from the Solomon, Gilbert, and the Marshall Islands. Capt. Kevin Prince, executive officer for Naval Health Clinic Hawaii; Chief Petty Officer Randy Bojorquez; and Col. Anthony Bango, commanding officer of Headquarters and Service Battalion, MARFORPAC, stand ready to cut the ribbon at the Camp Smith rededication ceremony July 22.

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The hospital expanded again in 1944, adding staff and temporary wards to hold up to 5,000 patients. Aiea Naval Hospital had improved efficiency for admitting patients by the time casualties began arriving from

U n veilin g A ie a Nava l Hos p i ta l h i story Cronin, manager of the Boston Red Sox; Gaylord Carter, a famous radio organist, and others visited the hospital. Bowling alleys, tennis, and volleyball courts, and billiard tables were prescribed as therapy for some patients. Many of the areas around the camp were used as gardens tended to by the patients as a rehabilitation-type activity. The food from the gardens was then used to feed the patients. In 1945, some of the hospital’s staff were ordered back to the mainland for military separation. A year later, the patient capacity at the hospital was reduced from approximately 5,000 to 529 patients. In May 1949, the hospital stopped receiving patients altogether. On June 1, 1949, the hospital was deactivated when Army and Navy medical centers were consolidated at Tripler Army Medical Center. Today the halls no longer echo the sounds of nurses and corpsman rushing to treat hundreds of wounded Sailors and Marines. There are no more patient evacuations or hospitalized heroes of the island-hopping campaign. Major military events and operations with annual training exercises now keep the halls of MARFORPAC busy. However, in one section of the building, history is still preserved and reflected by the dedicated Sailors of Naval Health Clinic Hawaii who maintain a medically ready force that delivers highly reliable, patient –centered care to warfighters.

Saipan, Guam, and Tinian in the Mariana Islands. On Jan. 1, 1944, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz personally presented awards to the many combat-wounded service members at the hospital. Patients were assembled in front of the hospital where 632 men who fought during the Battle of Tarawa received awards. Of the 41,872 admissions in 1944, 39,006 patients were relocated to the mainland or returned to duty. In March 1945, the hospital peaked at 5,676 patients during the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima. But as high as the hospital’s patient number was, so was its morale.

Two Sailors cut the cake to celebrate the rededication of the Camp Smith clinic July 22.

The enlisted staff and patients were entertained by well-known celebrities of the time. Stars like Joe

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Rear Adm. Chadwick visits Pacific Missile Range Facility By MC2 Sara B. Sexton Pacific Missile Range Facility Public Affairs

Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, commander, Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH) and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (CNSG MIDPAC), visited the Sailors at Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sands, Kauai, for the first time July 26. Chadwick assumed command of CNRH and CNSG MIDPAC June 14. His visit to PMRF is part of his familiarization of the area and surrounding commands throughout the region of Hawaii. The visit began with a walking tour of the base’s operational center, the Daniel Inouye Range Operation Center (DIROC), with Capt. Vinnie Johnson, commanding officer of PMRF. An aerial tour of the base, nearby naval facilities at Makaha Ridge and Port Allen, and Waimea Canyon followed. Chadwick held an all-hands call in the hangar bay with the Sailors of PMRF. He shared some information about himself, his family and his outlook on the next few years.

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Capt. Vinnie Johnson, commanding officer of Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, right, briefs Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, commander, Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH), left, during an aerial tour of base facilities July 26. The tour was part of Chadwick’s first visit to PMRF as the new commander of CNRH. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Sara B. Sexton)

“I’m sure there are times many of you pinch yourselves that you get to live and work in paradise because that’s what it looks like. But I say that, knowing there are some unique challenges living and working here,” Chadwick said. The all-hands call provided an opportunity for the Sailors to ask questions and learn more about Chadwick during his introduction. “I think the high praise we received from Rear Adm. Chadwick brought pride and gratification to fruition realizing that the efforts of the Sailors ‘on the deck plates’ here at PMRF is and will continue to be recognized all the way in Washington D.C.,” said Hull Technician 1st Class Chris McReavy.

A luncheon with the department heads of the base provided an opportunity for Chadwick to speak with some of the leaders. Followed by the luncheon, Chadwick met with Hunt Housing representative, Kathy Schwartz, who provided a tour of base housing. The tours included privatized base housing and an updated living space used for unaccompanied Sailors. In addition to the housing tour, Chadwick also had an opportunity to visit the Child Development Center to interact with the staff and see newly installed equipment at the base gym. Chadwick’s visit concluded with a windshield tour of the base where he had the chance to see many of the facilities from north to south.

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HIANG 154th Wing bids aloha to new commander By Senior Airman Robert Cabuco 154th Wing Public Affairs Col. Dann S. Carlson assumed command of the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) 154th Wing from Brig. Gen. Gregory S. Woodrow during a change of command ceremony Aug. 4 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. A ‘standing-room-only’ crowd of family, friends and fellow 154th Wing Airmen packed into a C-17 Globemaster III hanger on the JBPHH flightline to say mahalo and aloha to its past and present leaders. Woodrow, who had been at the helm since 2016, retired after 33 years of military service and guiding the Air National Guard’s largest wing. Future endeavors include increasing his surfing time and pursuing a second career in commercial aviation. During the ceremony Woodrow said ‘mahalo’ (thank you) to the personnel, who contributed to the wing’s success, spoke fondly of his National Guard ‘ohana’ (family) and left some words of wisdom for Carlson as the incoming commander. “These folks here...give them a vector, a little vision,” said Woodrow, “because these guys are professionals, and they know how to succeed.” Carlson, an Air Force Academy graduate, served 25 years as an active duty Airman in various capacities. Prior to coming to the 154th Wing, he was an F-16 instructor/evaluator pilot, Harrier exchange pilot, Thunderbird pilot, Fighter Squadron commander and deputy Joint Base commander. Retiring from active duty in 2018, his service to community continued as the assistant superintendent for the Hawaii Department of Education, Office of School Facilities and Support Services. After a brief military retirement he joined the HIANG as the director of plans and programs. Carlson was handed the 154th Wing guidon, or colors, representing the ceremonial passing of authority from one commander to the next. “As men and women of the 154th Wing, we are in a great trajectory, and I want to see us keep it that way,” said Carlson. “The priorities that Gen. Woodrow set out will continue for now. I will be getting out to all the different units in the next 90 day. I look forward to meeting with you and learning how we can improve this highly effective team.” The 154th Wing is comprised of nearly 1,900 officers and enlisted Airmen making it the largest and one of the most complex wings in the Air National Guard. The wing executes several mission sets which includes federal response to national threats as well as state response to domestic civil emergencies.

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Col. Dann S. Carlson accepts the guidon flag from Brig. Gen. Ryan T. Okahara, commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard, to symbolize his assumption of command for the 154th Wing Aug. 4 at JBPHH. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

Members of the 154th Wing gather for a change of command ceremony Aug. 4 at JBPHH. During the event, Col. Dann S. Carlson assumed command of the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing from Brig. Gen. Gregory Woodrow. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

No Story and photos by Senior Airman John Linzmeier 154th Wing Public Affairs

‘flight suits’

Representatives from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, visited Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) July 8-12 to introduce fighter pilots and aircrew flight equipment professionals to some of the newest developments in flight-suit technology. Team Hickam’s Hawaiian Raptors, comprised of members from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons, have been selected to be the first aircraft operators to bring the gear, called the Integrated Aircrew Ensemble (IAE), into an operational capacity. The visiting project managers from the Human Systems Program Office provided demonstrations, fittings and on-the-job training to F-22 Raptor pilots and the Air Flight Equipment (AFE) Airmen who will maintain the state-of-the art ensemble. “Being selected as the first unit, and also as the Air National Guard, over any other [major command] is definitely something to be proud of,” said Senior Master Sgt. Michelle Davidson, 154th Operations Support Squadron AFE superintendent. “I think it says something about our work ethic and our integrity down here; that we’re willing to take on the challenge and be a part of this new process.” Hawaii Air National Guard and active-duty pilots were provided demonstrations and were individually measured for custom-fit equipment. Unlike the currently used ‘legacy’ equipment, which had been piecemealed with additional support

Aircrew Flight Equipment Airmen from the 154th and 15th Operations Support Squadrons examine the latest installments of equipment July 8 at JBPHH.

items over several decades, each component of the IAE has been designed to complement all other items. The IAE is built to support aircrew in all ejection-seat aircraft, to include fighters, trainers and bomb carriers. Its material has been influenced by recent advancements in sports technology to aid aviators who endure harsh flight conditions. “It’s all strategically placed so items are not on top of each other; it minimizes the occurrence of friction, hotspots or wear-down on the system,” said Carl Medeiros, IAE program manager. “The material is also moisture-wicking, so it pulls moisture away from the body, removing and reducing thermal burden, while increasing mobility and comfort levels. When it all comes together, there’s a direct correlation and improvement to the physiological effects on the pilot.” A combination of four layers can be used to support pilots in the face of natural elements and a wide range of mission sets. This includes a

Aircrew Flight Equipment Airmen from the 154th and 15th Operations Support Squadrons conduct a trial-fitting of the integrated aircrew ensemble July 8 at JBPHH.

thermal undergarment for cold weather protection, a water-resistant environmental protection layer, a chemical/biological/radiological resistant layer and the coverall, which provides heat and flame protection. While the new system will require additional familiarize training events for AFE Airmen, less man hours will be required to sustain and service the equipment. Developments such as the new floatation device, make this possible, as it does not require sensitive munitions to activate and can be transported and handled without risks of explosive reactions. According to Medeiros, the Hawaiian Raptors are projected to receive the IAE during the first half of 2020. “Initially I think the buildup process is going to be quite tedious,” said Davidson. “It’s a big task to take on, but I think once the supplies are delivered and we’re all set up it’s going to be an amazing product for us to use.” Ho’okele / August 12, 2019 / 13

D E Z I E S USS Michael Murphy supports maritime interdiction operations By U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

While conducting routine operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations, an MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, embarked aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), sighted a low profile vessel July 25. As the helicopter approached the craft, a hatch opened on the top of the vessel and three passengers were seen jettisoning objects from the boat. Assisted by vectoring from the helicopter, Michael Murphy’s interceptor boat collected the jettisoned items and approached alongside the low-profile vessel. Michael Murphy was able to communicate with the vessel informing them to remain in sight. Michael Murphy remained alongside the suspicious vessel until U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Midgett (WMSL 757) arrived on scene. The Coast Guard boarding team determined the jettisoned material tested positive for cocaine. Approximately 2,100 pounds of cocaine – some that was jettisoned and retrieved by Michael Murphy’s crew and some found aboard the vessel by the Coast Guard – was seized. Three suspected smugglers were taken into custody by the Coast Guard.

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Senior Chief Fire Controlman Ryan Patricio, part of the Arleigh Burkeclass guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy’s (DDG 112) interceptor team, boards the ship’s rigid-hull inflatable boat after a low profile vessel was sighted by an MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Justin R. Pacheco)

“From our air detachment and interceptor boat team to the men and women aboard the ship, everything came together to conduct the identification, interception and approach,” said Cmdr. Christopher Forch, commanding officer aboard Michael Murphy. “The handoff to USCGC Midgett was smooth and successful – a true team effort by two agencies.” Michael Murphy is currently deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations, following its participation in exercises UNITAS LX and Teamwork South 2019 in Valparaiso, Chile from June 24-July 3.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy’s (DDG 112) interceptor team provides security from the ship’s rigid-hull inflatable boat after a low profile vessel was sighted by an MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 July 25. (U.S. Navy photo by Command Master Chief Jose Ramiro)

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USS Michael Murphy provides aid to stranded mariners Story and photo by MC2 Justin Pacheco U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) rescued distressed mariners at sea in the Pacific Ocean July 24. While conducting routine operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations, Michael Murphy spotted a small vessel with individuals aboard, waving flags in distress. Five Peruvian mariners were aboard the fishing boat, which had suffered engine failure off the coast of Peru before drifting for more than eight days. The vessel was located 80 nautical miles off the Ecuadorian coast. While standing watch aboard the Michael Murphy, Ensign Adrienne Wang observed the boat as the junior officer of the deck, and Ensign Alex Misenheimer observed as the officer of the deck. Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Ryan Buck confirmed the vessel by using the ship’s optical sighting system while Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Devansh Mehta and Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Samuel Torres stood watch in the pilot house. Michael Murphy’s boarding team, which included Command Master Chief Jose Ramiro, Chief Masterat-Arms Glenn Rakowski, search-and-rescue swimmer Chief Operations Specialist Peter Lancieri, Boat Officer Ensign Bernardo Martinez and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Philip Trent, quickly dispatched to assess the situation. Having run short for several days without food and fresh water, the distressed fishermen were provided food, water and repairs to their engine. “Today’s events provided us an opportunity to render assistance to fellow mariners in need,” said Cmdr. Christopher Forch, commanding officer aboard Michael Murphy. “Our training and capabilities allowed us to quickly assess the situation, plan the rescue operation and care for these fishermen who found themselves adrift for a significant period of time. A chance encounter at sea resulted in the preservation of five lives.” Machinist’s Mates later dispatched to the boat to provide mechanical assistance but lacked the parts needed to make necessary repairs. The fishermen were transferred to Michael Murphy while their boat was rigged to be towed. Commander, 4th Fleet’s team assisted in making arrangements to have the fishing vessel towed to Ecuadorian waters for a successful turnover with the Ecuadorian Coast Guard. Assisting mariners in distress is the responsibility of all vessels at sea, even warships. Michael Murphy is currently deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations, following its participation in UNITAS LX and Teamwork South 2019 in Valparaiso, Chile June 24-July 3. 16 / August 12, 2019 / Ho’okele

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FEDFIRE reduction, removal of fire extinguishers

PACFLT Band performs at Koloa Plantation Day parade

By Fire Prevention Chief Jeffrey Fernaays Federal Fire Department

Photos by MC2 Sara B. Sexton PMRF Public Affairs

For many years, people have grown accustomed to having a portable fire extinguisher nearby, and some were fortunate to have received training on how to use them. A fire extinguisher’s very presence provided many with a sense of safety. However, statistically only 1% of portable fire extinguishers were used in the workplace. On July 11, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) issued a message outlining its portable fire extinguisher policy. The policy eliminates the redundancy of portable fire extinguishers in facilities already protected by installed fire protection systems (e.g. fire sprinklers, clean agent systems, etc.). This policy reflects guidance established by the National Fire Protection Association – Life Safety Code and the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) regarding portable fire extinguishers. Facilities that do not have an installed fire protection system or perform certain types of hazardous work are still required to maintain portable fire extinguishers in accordance with the Life Safety Code and UFC. However, portable fire extinguishers beyond the requirement may be removed as excess. The Federal Fire Department (FFD) is currently reviewing facility requirements and will begin removing excess portable fire extinguishers. Building managers will be informed if any fire extinguishers are removed. The removal of excess portable fire extinguishers does not endanger occupants of the facility. Rather, it enhances safety by reinforcing FFD public education efforts, which recommend occupants immediately evacuate a facility, rather than trying to put it out upon activation of a fire alarm system. For more information, contact FFD at 808-471-3303.

Members of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band march and perform in formation during the Koloa Plantation Days parade in Old Town Koloa on Kauai July 27. Koloa Plantation Days celebrates the many ethnic groups that came to Hawaii to work on sugar plantations, and the Hawaiians who welcomed them, are celebrated through music, dance, costumes and food throughout this 10-day festival. 18 / August 12, 2019 / Ho’okele

Canines retire from military service Story and photos by Erin Huggins Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

The Sharkey Theater recently hosted a retirement party that was anything but standard. First, the retirees did not wear clothes to the party. Second, the retirees were very hairy and did not make any kind of traditional retirement speeches. Third, one of the retirees kept rudely barking in the direction of Capt. Jeff Bernard, commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The odd behavior of the retirees is due in part because they are at the end of their service careers, but mostly because they are Military Working Dogs (MWD) - Oliver and Asta. These two heroes are hanging up their Kongs and calling it quits after almost a decade of military service. MWD Oliver – PAPA-522, began his service career in 2010 and is certified as a patrol and explosives detector dog. According to Tech. Sgt. Aaron Reason, kennel master for JBPHH “Oliver has executed more than 4,000 random anti-terrorism measures and over the course of nine years he has safeguarded in excess of one million service members and civilian personnel.”

Capt. Jeff Bernard, commander, JBPHH presents a retirement certificate to Masterat-Arms 2nd Class Adrianna Lajas’s partner, MWD Oliver.

Oliver’s dog-mom, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Adrianna Lajas, decided to do what almost 90% of MWD handlers do, which is adopt their retired partners. Lajas said that Oliver “may look intimidating but he is the biggest sweetheart. He loves to be petted and will give you tons of kisses.” MWD Asta – November-572 began her service career in 2009 and is certified as a patrol and explosives detector dog. According to Tech Sgt. Aaron Reason, “Asta expertly completed over 166,000 explosive vehicle searches, 1,600 distinguished visitor sweeps to include the protection of major heads of state” such as the President of the United States and Secretary of Defense, as well as countless calls to service. Asta’s former handler, Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Raven Alexander, her husband Aaron Alexander and their baby Cole, also took on the responsibility of adoption. Asta sat calmly through the entire ceremony with her paws crossed, unlike her very vocal retirement buddy Oliver who gleefully interrupted every speaker. Capt. Bernard sums it up best, “These MWDs are more than just a dog or equipment item. They are proud members of the United States Navy. Their service to our country exemplifies the same values we hold in high esteem: honor, courage, commitment.”

Capt. Jeff Bernard, commander, JBPHH, presents a retirement certificate to Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Raven Alexander’s partner, MWD Asta.

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Improving, executing the Air Force mission Story and photo by 2nd Lt. Amber Kelly-Herard 15th Wing Public Affairs

Executing the Air Force mission never stops, but there is always room for improvement. Two iterations of the U.S. Air Force Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) Senior Leaders Course (SLC) were held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 30 through Aug. 2 to find more efficient and effective ways to meet the mission. CPI is an integrated system of improvement focusing on products, services and processes. “The Air Force is in the midst of many challenges driven by a great deal of change in the world, not in the least of which is our resource-constrained environment,” said Dr. Phil Chansler, Air University Operations Management assistant professor, from Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. “The SLC is laser focused on improving processes by removing expensive waste in Air Force processes.”

Airmen from across U.S. Pacific Air Forces participate in the U.S. Air Force Continuous Process Improvement Senior Leader Course July 30 through August 2. Senior leaders can now return their units and seek ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness throughout the Air Force.

Senior leaders from across the IndoPacific region attended this course to receive tools to change Air Force culture.

units,” said Lt. Col. Chris Tooman, 715th Air Mobility Operations Group deputy commander from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. “Now I can take back different tidbits from different locations and adapt them throughout our group.”

“This course provided me the opportunity to see different things that were successful at different

The course also included a tour of the Hawaii Electric Company to witness how CPI is used in the civilian industry.

“HECO has the vision for the state of Hawaii to be energy independent by 2045,” said Chansler. “This requires a clear strategy and dedicated execution through the widespread use of CPI methods.” Although this course was geared toward senior leaders, all Airmen should seek methods of improving their processes.

“CPI is a team effort,” said Lt. Col. April Schroeder, 624th Regional Support Group process manager. “CPI is not ‘one and done,’ it requires a continuum of effort that every Airman should be involved in every day.”

Happy 229th Birthday U.S. Coast Guard The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation’s only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy department eight years later. Since then, the Coast Guard has protected the United States throughout its long history and served proudly in every one of the nation’s conflicts. Today, the Coast Guard is both a federal law enforcement agency and a military force, and therefore is a faithful protector of the United States in peacetime and war. In times of peace, the Coast Guard operates as part of the Department of Homeland Security, enforcing the nation’s laws at sea, protecting the marine environment, guarding the nation’s vast coastline and ports, and performing vital life saving missions. In times of war, or at the direction of the president, the Coast Guard serves under the Department of the Navy, defending the nation against terrorism and foreign threats. This year, the Coast Guard celebrated its 229th birthday on Aug. 4. To learn more about the Coast Guard’s history, visit https://www.gocoastguard. com/ and 20

Motorcycle level II training changes CNRH Safety Office

Motorcycle safety is an important component in keeping motorcyclists informed of the basic requirements needed before making a decision to ride. The Navy requires motorcyclists to attend a motorcycle rider-training course to obtain a motorcycle license to ride in Hawaii. Recently, policy changes have been made to the duration requirements for the Navy’s Level II training course which can be found in the current OPNAVINST 5100.23H dated May 23. “The big change is the Navy is now following the Departmen of Defense instructions on the Level II and Refresher training,” Taylor said. “Training on ESAMS [Enterprise Safety and Management System] has been updated to reflect the new periodicity retrain dates and all compliance reports will reflect these changes.” The Level II training is now required to be completed within 60 days to a year after taking the Basic Rider Course (BRC). For more information, contact the CNRH Safety office at 808-473-2497 or email cni_H_cnrh_n35@


MFSC celebration highlights ‘Concert in the Park’

By Reid Tokeshi JBPHH MWR Marketing

food and drinks to catch some sun and listen to live music.

entertainment by the Air Force Band of the Pacific’s rock band, “Small Kine.”

Every summer, Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosts a relaxing weekend to kick off free concerts at Hickam Harbor’s waterfront twice a month.

This year it was taken to another level on July 26, as it was also the spot for the Military and Family Support Center’s (MFSC) 40th anniversary celebration in partnership with MWR.

MFSC provides information, support and services to help you balance the demands of military life which include employment assistance, family life skills, (Photo by JBPHH MWR) financial management, relocation and transition assistance, and more.

Service members and family members The event included tents filled with fun gather on the lawn with blankets, chairs, activities, informational booths and live

and one last concert in the park is scheduled for Aug. 23 which will feature R&B music by “Hawaiian Soul” at 5 p.m. For more information on upcoming events, visit

The MFSC celebration was a success

UH-60 Blackhawk lands on JBPHH

Soldiers perform maintenance on a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk from Schofield Barracks Aug. 6. The helicopter landed on Joint base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for participation in a training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Corwin Colbert)


kaiaulu (community) August Upcoming Events

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17 JBPHH Half Marathon

Now Fall Craft Fair Registration

Registration is now open for the base half marathon happening August 17 at 5:30 a.m. The race begins and ends at Hickam Track. Cost is $45 a person. For more information, call 808-448-2214.

Paint your masterpiece while sipping on a beverage from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Tradewinds. Cost is $40 and includes all art supplies. Advance sign up is recommended. For more information, call 808-448-9907.



Enjoy a free advanced screening at 7 p.m. at Sharkey Theater. Tickets will be available for the first 400 authorized patrons. Limit four tickets for active duty and two tickets for all others. Ticket booth opens at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 808-473-0726. Rated R.

Enjoy the R&B sounds of Hawaiian Soul, while enjoying the lawn fronting Hickam Harbor from 5 p.m. Event is free and it’s BYOB (bring your own, blankets, bottles and bites). For more information, visit

Concert in the Park

“Angel Has Fallen” Advanced Screening

Registration is now open for the Fall Craft Fair happening Nov. 2 at the Arts & Craft Center. All work must be handmade. To register for a booth, call 808-448-9907.


Meet NFL's L.A. Rams Cheerleaders Meet the cheerleaders at a more social setting at Tradewinds at 5:30 p.m. Event is free and open to authorized patrons. For more information, visit


Play 60 Field Day & Football Clinic Enjoy football activities and learning about healthy eating habits. Event is free and open to all ages. This event is sponsored by Los Angeles Rams and MWR. For more information, visit



31 "Eleven" Premiere/Talk Story with Director A screening of the movie, "Eleven," which tells the story of a Carrier Air Group 11 will premiere at 1:30 p.m. at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Visit https:// for more information.

Family Trivia Night Parents and teens battle it out as they test their trivia knowledge from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Event is free and open to teens and their families. For more information, call 808448-1068.


Movie Showtimes Hickam Memorial Theater Sharkey Theater Open to active-duty military and their familiy members, retirees, DoD civilians and their sponsored guests. *Movie listings are subject to change. Visit for the complete movie listing.

Located at Moore Street Bldg. 628 on the Pearl Harbor side of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Located at 7393 Ohana Nui Circle on the Hickam side of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Aug.15 • 6:30 p.m. Crawl (R) Aug. 16 • 7 p.m. The Lion King (PG)

Aug. 15 • 7 p.m. Spider-Man: Far from Home (3D) (PG-13)

Aug. 17 • 3 p.m. The Lion King (PG), • 6 p.m. The Lion King (PG)

Aug. 16 • 7 p.m. The Lion King (PG)

Aug. 18 • 2 p.m. The Lion King (PG), • 5 p.m. The Lion King (PG)

Aug. 17 • 2:30 p.m. The Lion King (3D) (PG), 7 p.m Free Advanced Screening of "Angel Has Fallen" (R)

Aug. 22 • 6:30 p.m. Stuber (R)

Aug. 18 • 1:30 p.m. The Lion King (PG), 4 p.m. Spider-Man: Far from Home (PG-13), 6:30 p.m. Yesterday (PG-13)

Aug. 24 • 3 p.m. The Lion King (PG), • 6 p.m. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R)

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FREE Tue. Aug 13

Meet & Greet: Noon at Navy Exchange Cheerleading Clinic at Bloch Arena. For ages 7 to 18 yrs. 3:00-3:45pm for 13-18yrs | 4:00-4:45pm for 7-12yrs

Advance registration online required for clinic. Go to to sign up!

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All editorial content is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the staff of the Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Office: 85...