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Check Six – Early 1950s: Maintenance Crews

September 28, 2020
Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph shows a group of Hawai‘i Air National Guard members. We believe the photograph is from the early 1950s based on the aircraft in the background and the uniforms worn. We can only identify three Airmen in the back row.

Fourth from the left: Louis Kono, who served his entire career in the maintenance complex. Louie retired as a Senior Master Segreant.

Fifth from the left: Robert Choi, a charter member of the Hawai‘i Air National Guard when it received Federal Recognition on November 4, 1946. On April 21, 1063. Bobby Choi was the first HIANG Airman promoted to Chief Master Sergeant.

Sixth from the left: Harold Mattos, who rose to Chief Warrant Officer 3 before he received a direct commissioned to captain on April 13, 1961. He assumed command of the 154th Material Squadron on May 11, 1965. The squadron inactivated on November 30, 1965. 154th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 154th Supply Squadron activated on December 1, 1965. Lt Col Mattos became the commander of the new maintenance unit.

These three Airmen were part of a group of maintenance personnel who worked to raise the standards within the organization.

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