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Soldiers to fight fictitious enemy

For the next 11 days, the North Shore will be alive with more than 4,000 U.S. Army soldiers pretending to fight a fictitious enemy on a fictitious island.

The exercise, called "Lightning Thrust Warrior," will not involve live-ammunition training. Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and U.S. Army Hawaii will train at Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Air Field, Dillingham Military Reservation, Kahuku and the Puu Kapu Training areas through Feb. 16.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and the division’s aviation, field artillery, engineer, air defense artillery, military police and chemical units will participate.


Fuel recovery to be discussed

Methods for recycling fuel recovered from underground deposits will be among the topics discussed at the Hickam Air Force Restoration Advisory Board’s community meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Plumeria Room of the Plaza Hotel, 353 Nimitz Highway.

For information, call William Grannis, Hickam’s restoration program manager, at: 449-1584 ext. 105.


Three Navy ships coming home

Three Pearl Harbor-based Navy ships will head home next week after a six-month deployment to the western Pacific and Persian Gulf.

More than 800 sailors aboard the USS Crommelin, USS Fletcher and USS Paul Hamilton were part of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Battle Group. The ships are due to arrive Feb. 17.

"They’ll be ready to be home," said Lt. Cmdr. Jane Campbell, spokeswoman for Navy Region, Hawaii. "It’s a very big deal."

While deployed, crew members from the Fletcher, a Spruance-class destroyer, participated in a U.N. mission in Dili, East Timor.

In the gulf, the Paul Hamilton and the Crommelin enforced U.N. sanctions against Iraq, including boarding oil tankers suspected of carrying Iraqi petroleum products.

Pearl Harbor mall being built

Construction is under way on the Navy’s $49 million Mall at Pearl Harbor, a new two-story exchange and commissary.

With 340,000 square feet, it will be the biggest of its kind in the world, the Navy said. It is being built across the existing Pearl Harbor Plaza and should be finished by May 2002.

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