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Check Six – 1965: Siefermann and Oka

February 25, 2016
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This photograph shows Lt Col Valentine Siefermann presenting Lt Stephen Oka his controller certification at the 150th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (150 ACWS) luau.  The photograph is dated 1965.

Siefermann became the first Commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard in 1953. In 1973, Governor John Burns appointed him the Adjutant General and the Director of State Civil Defense (now known as the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency).  He served until 1981 when he retired.  Maj. Gen. Siefermann passed away on December 30, 1998.

After serving with the 150th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Lt Oka returned to Oahu to serve with the 169th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. He served with the squadron for many years and later became the unit commander. His last assignment was with Headquarters, Hawaii Air National Guard where he served as the Executive Support Staff Officer (ESSO), now known as the Director of Staff.

In retirement, Colonel Oka remains an avid fisherman.  His son, Lt Col Scott Oka is a pilot with the 154th Wing flying KC-135R Stratotankers.

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