Tag Archives: Hawaii

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From a new U.S.-China military relations model to the first U.S.-hosted ASEAN Defense Forum and more U.S. naval assets in Japan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel covered a lot of ground during his 10-day trip.
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Sentry Aloha

Ten U.S. military air squadrons participated in the largest Sentry Aloha exercise to date.
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Koa Kai 14-1

Soldiers and sailors team up for Koa Kai 2014, an integrated maritime exercise designed to train troops for independent deployment scenarios.
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Photo: Navy Cmdr. George Borovina strokes through a 50m backstroke at Joint Base Pearl Harbor’s Scott Pool during a practice session in Pearl Harbor on Jan. 6, 2014 for the scheduled Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitation (WWPI) in Honolulu. WWPI is a competition among seriously wounded, ill and wounded service members from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Special Operations Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth R. Hendrix/Released)

Navy Cmdr. George Borovina strokes through a 50m backstroke at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Scott Pool during a practice session in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 6, 2014.
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Photo: Chief Master Sgt. Paul Koester freefalls from a C-17 Globemaster III during Exercise Kiwi Flag over the New Zealand Defence Force Raumai drop zone near Ohakea, New Zealand. Kiwi Flag is a multilateral Royal New Zealand air force sponsored tactical airlift exercise. Koester is the pararescue functional manager for the Battlefield Airmen Branch at Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Denise Johnson)

During basic training in 1974, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Paul Koester fell in love with the pararescue mission and he’s still committed to its cause 39 years later.
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