Pearl Harbor-Hickam Highlights

A 16th lava fissure expands during a volcano outbreak May 12 at Pahoa, Hawaii. A HIARNG aircrew surveyed the affected areas aboard an UH-60 Black Hawk to search for potential landing zones, improving Task Force Hawaii’s situational awareness in response to a volcano outbreak. Task force Hawaii is comprised of more than 100 Soldiers and Airmen from Hawaii’s National Guard, who are supporting government agencies in an effort to provide humanitarian relief to victims of the volcanic eruptions.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Pacheco, a standardization instructor from Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 207th Aviation of the Hawaii Army National Guard, monitors preflight procedures of an HH-60 Black Hawk May 11, at Lyman Airfi eld, Hilo, Hawaii. In the event of an emergency evacuation, 207th aircraft is staged and ready to recover stranded victims in hard-to-reach areas.

Capt. Cari Piha, Maj. Toni Merhar, and Maj. Jamilee Gunnels, 535th Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilots, perform an inflight refueling mission at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 25. The aircrew featured mothers to celebrate mothers who serve in the military and to highlight challenges Airmen face when balancing families and career.
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

Cmdr. Kevin Louis, commanding offi cer of the USS Michael Murphy, cuts a cake with a sword, at a ceremony on the mess decks May 7. The cake was prepared by Michael Murphy’s culinary specialists. In celebration of the 42nd birthday of the ship’s namesake, Lt. Michael P. Murphy, as well as the anniversary of the ship’s commissioning, the crew conducted the “Murph” workout (a 1-mile run followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and a second 1-mile run). After the workout the crew gathered in the mess decks, pausing to refl ect on their ship’s heritage. Murphy’s Medal of Honor citation was read aloud during the ceremony.
Photo by Ensign Emma Gray

Service members assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band perform at Ehambaran Sport Ground in support of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka May 6. PP18’s mission is to work collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships across the Indo-Pacific Region. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.
Photo by MCC Jackey Smith

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