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Check Six: Old Friends – 40+ years ago

August 8, 2017

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In the photograph (L-R) are John “Saigon” Lee, Kenneth Young, Wallace Asato, and George Oshiro. The photograph was taken after Colonel Lee presented his front office staff with Air Force Commendation Medals. Presentation of decoration were not part of the Guard culture at that time and this was a significant event.

Saigon served as the commander to the then 154th Tactical Fighter Group, later re-designated the 154th Composite Group. During his command, the Group’s excellence was recognized several times with the awarding of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Saigon retired from the Guard in the late 1980s. He worked for the State of Hawaii in the personnel area before retiring again.

Kenny was the NCO who ran the Group’s print shop. This was the era of offset printing of documents like orders. The mass use of electronic printers came a little later in time. He retired in the 1990s.

Wally was one of the support staff who could get anything done. He was married to Katherine (Castillo) Asato. Wally retired early because of medical challenges.

The Chief was the one who kept everything in order and on track of the colonel in the front office. He retired in the 1980s. (a point of interest: in the photograph, he is wearing the old style chevrons with only two upper stripes.)

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