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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, August 20, 2001


Advertiser Staff and News Services


C-9 crew aids Chinese seaman

The crew of a U.S. Air Force C-9 Nightingale transported a Chinese national Aug. 8 from Christmas Atoll to Hickam Air Force Base for treatment at Queen's Medical Center.

The 28-year-old merchant seaman fell 19 feet onto the deck of the merchant vessel Pacific Arcadian, fracturing his skull, the Air Force reported. The vessel was near Christmas Atoll when the seaman fell.

The crew of the C-9 took off from Hickam with a Tripler Army Medical Center doctor and nurse aboard. After providing life-saving treatment, Army doctor Lt. Col. Paul Cordts and nurse Maj. Michael Filka accompanied the man to Queen's, where he was in stable condition and walking.

The same C-9 had been used a day earlier to transport two U.S. citizens to O'ahu: a 51-year-old man with heart problems on Kwajalein Island, and a 55-year-old woman who suffered seizures on Johnston Atoll.


Rules issued for wear of berets

The Army has issued more information about how and when to wear the new black berets that will be issued to all soldiers.

The green service cap will still be worn for some official duties, as prescribed by local commanding officers, said Master Sgt. Kittie Messman, Army uniform policy officer at the Pentagon. However, no soldier will be required to buy or maintain the green cap.

As for the Army's garrison caps, Messman said only soldiers who have not been issued the beret should wear them.

The Army urges soldiers to keep their garrison caps for at least the next year. When stationed at units that have not received berets, the garrison cap will be worn. Also, the battle dress uniform cap will be worn by soldiers who have not yet been issued the berets.


Legion to honor Hawai'i woman

Joan Huber of Honolulu has been named Hawai'i's American Legion Auxiliary member of the year.

A seven-year member of the Auxiliary's Honolulu Unit 1, Huber was selected based on her contributions to the local unit of the organization, including helping Legionnaires with tours of the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and contributing lap robes and afghans for veterans. Her husband, William, is a Korean War veteran.

Huber will be recognized at the 81st national American Legion convention in San Antonio, Aug. 27-30.