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Check Six: FY 1998 Annual Report

August 19, 2021

The State of Hawaii Department of Defense produces a report of department activities each fiscal year. In 1998, Benjamin Cayetano was Hawaii’s governor and Maj. Gen. Edward Richardson served as the Adjutant General.

In the FY1998 Annual Report cover page, Maj. Gen. Ricardson reported these highlights for the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard.

In May, the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 29th Separate Infantry Brigade marked the 30th anniversary of the 1968 Vietnam call up. Throughout 1998, preparations continued for the brigade’s deployment to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana. In June 199,, helicopters form the 103rd Troop Command were called into action several times during the year to assist civil authorities suppress raging brush fires on the Big Island, Molokai and Oahu.

The Hawaii Air National Guard’s 297th Air Traffic Control Suqadron deployed 30 members to Taszar, Hungary as part of Operation JOINT GUARD. The air traffic controllers, radar approach and maintenance personnel assisted the movement of U.S. forces in Bosnia-Hezegovina. the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron deployed KC-135 tankers to Aviano Air Base, Italy, where they refueling NATO aircraft patrolling the airspace over Bosnia-Hezagovina. The Hawaii Air National Guard also assisted with the relief operations on Guam, after the territory was struck by Typhoon Paka.

One section of the report lists the commanders of the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard units. The list has a lot of familiar names, most long retired. There are several units that were reorganized and others deactivated.

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