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Retiring Native Hawaiian Army General Was A Trailblazer

April 12, 2021

From the Civil Beat website

Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum’s 34 year military career has taken her around the globe, but the Wahiawa native retired Friday on her home island of Oahu.

The first Native Hawaiian woman to become an Army general, Vares-Lum was an intelligence officer whose assignments spanned the Cold War to the Iraq War.

For the last five years Vares-Lum has worked at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command at Camp Smith, most recently as Mobilization Assistant to the Commander where she juggled both local and international issues — often simultaneously.

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