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Check Six – 1973: HIANG Recruiting Van

July 1, 2021

From the HANG Twenty Five Plus Five Booklet

On July 1, 1973, a white Hawai‘i Air National Guard recruiting van (self-mobile, 34’ 6” long, 8’ wide. And 10’ 8” high) made its first appearance in public at the State Farm Fair held at the Honolulu International Center.

Since that day, this vehicle , with a nickname “Amy” (named after a young lady, Amy Soares, who had the honor of christening the van) has made its appearance at colleges, high schools, shopping centers, fairs, and many other events throughout O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and the island of Hawai‘i. 

This van, which is one of the best recruiting tools on O‘ahu, had been very successful in advertising. The Hawai‘i Air National Guard to the public. It’s fine display of pictures, posters, mannequins, mockups and models presents a better understanding of the history and opportunities that the Hawai‘i Air National Guard can offer. It has won a top award for its beautiful display and educational presentation.

The conversation of the inside of this former x-ray van was done by the 154th Civil Engineering Flight. The maintenance and continuing care of this van is done by the 154th Combat Support Squadron Motor Vehicle Section. Many people had a hand in putting this van together and manning it at the different events, showing the dedication of the Air National Guard personnel here in Hawai‘i. 

For the first time in many years, the 154th Fighter Interceptor Group had to make a serious attempt at recuring. With the “no draft environment,” our long waiting list dried up and we had to launch a hard-hitting recruiting effort. King of the recruiters was MSgt Richard Saunders and, due to his hard work and dedication, we began to meet quotas imposed by the Hawai‘i Air National Guard and the National Guard Bureau.

The HIANG recruiters used this van for several years before its retirement.

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