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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, December 31, 2001


Advertiser Staff and News Services


More reservists called up

The Army, Air Force and Navy last week announced increases of reservists on active duty in support of the nationwide partial mobilization. The net result was 1,562 more reservists called up.

The total numbers on active duty for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve last week were 18,515; Naval Reserve, 9,193; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 30,628; Marine Corps Reserve, 1,468, and the Coast Guard Reserve, 2,108.

Last week's change brought the total number for Reserve and National Guard on active duty to 61,912 from all 50 states, the Pentagon reported.

From the 154th Wing of the Hawai'i Air National Guard, 423 personnel have been called up.

The following is a list of Hawai'i Army National Guard and Reserve totals called up: 25th Infantry Division, Rear Operations Cell, 18; Headquarters Command, Detachment 2 (Forward), 1; 1101st Garrison Support Unit, Detachment 20, 17; 9th Regional Support Command, Detachment 20, 32; U.S. Army Reserve, Japan, Detachment 20, 9; USASOC HQ Support Element 9, 2; U.S. Pacific Command, Detachment 20, 18; 9th Regional Support Command, Detachment 21, 11; 368th Military Intelligence Company, 32; U.S. Pacific Command, Army Reserve Element, Detachment 21, 6.


Units receive safety awards

Several Hickam Air Force Base units received safety awards for fiscal 2001 from Pacific Air Forces safety officials.

The 15th Air Base Wing received the PACAF Weapons Safety award.

According to the citation, in addition to managing its own complex weapons safety program, the wing held munitions tasks for other military services.

Fiscal 2001 marked the ninth consecutive year with zero Class A, B, C or D mishaps, accomplished while handling and processing more than 100 tons of munitions, the nomination package said.

Senior Master Sgt. Mark Bullock, PACAF Weapons Safety Superintendent, received the PACAF Commander's Individual Weapons Safety Award.

Bullock, who develops command policy for four numbered Air Forces, nine wings and 10 operating locations for 110 units, determines the application of explosive safety standards for 260,000 tons of munitions worth $4 billion.

Rescue team saves gardener

A Hickam Air Force Base impromptu rescue team saved a man pinned by a riding lawn mower Dec. 17.

The man, a contract gardener, was found pinned against the rocks on the edge of the channel near the Officers Club. His head and shoulders were just inches above the water.

Lt. Col. Martin Granum, 15th CES Operations Flight commander, speculated the mower rolled over twice as it tumbled down an embankment with the contractor still aboard.

Chuck Munson from Pacific Air Forces Regional Supply Squadron; Staff Sgts. Gary Burton and Jason Regester, 15th Civil Engineer Squadron; and Tech Sgt. Robert Patt and Staff Sgt. Jon Vetter from the 56th Air Communications Squadron helped lift the mower off the contractor, who was treated for bruises and cuts.