PMRF America’s Most West Freedom Fest

Those in attendance at the festival watch the sunset.

Robert Purdy

Pacific Missile Range Facility Public Affairs

Thousands from all across Kauai joined Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in celebrating the nation’s independence at the PMRF America’s Most West Freedom Fest, July 3.

Capt. Vincent Johnson, commanding officer of Pacific Missile Range Facility, welcomed guests to the free open-base event, which began with the singing of the national anthem by PMRF’s own Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Joshua Pitt.

Senior Chief Machinist’s Mate Matthew Ballard, PMRF senior enlisted leader, reenlists in the Navy.

It was followed by a re-enlistment ceremony for PMRF’s senior enlisted leader, Senior Chief Machinist’s Mate Matthew Ballard, and a promotion ceremony to petty officer 1st class for Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Christopher Reynolds and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Edwin Lopez.

Children from a local charter school performed Hawaii Pono‘i. DJ Angel, Call It Joy and headliner Sammy Johnson provided more music.

Children from a local school perform Hawaii Pono‘i.

The event also included food booths, games, a craft fair, a play-land for the keiki and a fireworks show that lit up the Kauai night sky for 20 minutes nonstop.

Special guests included Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., State Rep. Dee Morikawa, Kauai County Council members Mel Rapozo, JoAnn Yukimura, Arthur Brun, and business, civic and community leaders from across Kauai.

Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. with Capt. Vincent Johnson, PMRF commanding officer.

Carvalho, Yukimura and Brun joined Johnson on stage and welcomed the crowd.

“I just wanted to say how proud I am to be standing before you here at this beautiful place on our island which we truly support in every single way. The importance of PMRF for our island, for our state and for the world, it’s very important,” Carvalho said.

Musicians entertain the thousands from Kauai’s community.

“We are so blessed to live in a free country and we all know that freedom isn’t free, so we are grateful to those who help defend and protect our country and freedom. Mahalo to PMRF and to all of you who are true citizens of a beautiful and blessed land,” Yukimura said.

Brun called out for a big round of applause for military personnel, past present and future.

Photos by Robert Purdy and MC2 Omar Powell

“Thank you to our military for keeping us safe so we can do what we do!,” Brun said.

For photos of the event and more information on PMRF, visit or on the web at installations/pacific_missile_range_facility_barking_sands.html

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