Monthly Archives: July 2012

Military “pivot” in the Pacific, “Shadow wars” in Africa, “Lily Pads” and Drones

Last year, U.S. Congress required that a study of the basing options be done before any further funding for the Guam military buildup would be authorized.  The Center for Strategic and International Studies [CSIS] was hired to produce the study.  They released their findings this week. The Pacific News Center reported “Unclassified Portions of CSIS Report… Read more »

Ann Wright: Green-Washing War, Sinking Ships, Drones from Submarines — Largest International War Games around Hawaii

Ann Wright wrote an excellent article in Op Ed News on the RIMPAC exercises in Hawaiʻi, the Pacific “pivot” and protests from Okinawa to Pohakuloa: Green-Washing War, Sinking Ships, Drones from Submarines — Largest International War Games around Hawaii By Ann Wright  Reflecting the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia and the Pacific, the United States… Read more »

Boy, a Navy dependent, admits starting fires in Navy housing

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “Police: Boy confesses to starting fires in Navy housing” (July 20, 2012): A 12-year-old boy confessed to setting a series of fires that damaged homes in a Navy housing complex on the Pearl City Peninsula over the weekend, police said. Two of the fires caused $94,000 in damage to two… Read more »

Opposition to MV-22 Ospreys grows

Photo: Walter Ritte From different sectors of the community there is growing opposition to the proposed stationing of MV-22 Osprey and Cobra attack helicopters at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay and their plans to train across the islands. Molokai residents are mobilizing against the Marine Corps proposal to station Ospreys tilt-rotor aircraft and Cobra… Read more »

Air Force Sergeant called a sexual predator

On top of the  spate of F-22 Raptor accidents and hypoxia incidents, the Air Force is also contending with a high profile sex predator trial.   The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “Air Force Sergeant in base sex-assault scandal is a predator, prosecutor says” (July 17, 2012): A sergeant charged with sexually assaulting female recruits at the… Read more »

Hickam F-22 pilot has “in-flight emergency” due to lack of oxygen

Last week Tuesday, July 10, 2012, a Hawaii Air National Guard pilot experienced oxygen deprivation while flying an F-22 Raptor, the most advanced fighter aircraft in the U.S. military arsenal. The AP reported “Stealth Fighter Jet Flaw: Pilot Suffers Oxygen Deprivation While Flying F-22 Raptor” (July 11, 2012): The Hawaii Air National Guard said Tuesday… Read more »

RIMPAC “Sinkex”: Using Hawaiʻi’s seas a garbage dump

PHOTO: U.S. NAVY A live-fire exercise, part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, sank the ex-USS Niagara Falls (T-AFS-3) in waters 15,480 feet deep, 63 miles southwest of Kauai about 11:31 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. The RIMPAC assault on Hawaiʻi continues.  This time, the Navy uses our seas a  dump for their old… Read more »

3 hovercraft close to sandbar churn up complaints

  PHOTO COURTESY CARROLL COX Navy hovercraft participating in RIMPAC were out near the sandbar in Kaneohe Bay on Monday. The Honolulu Star Advertiser published another article “3 hovercraft close to sandbar churn up complaints” (July 17, 2012) about the Marine Corps hovercraft – LCACs – that were churning up sand and coral in Kāneʻohe… Read more »

RIMPAC invasion in Kaneʻohe Bay

The RIMPAC exercises in Hawaiʻi continue with LCAC hovercraft invading the Ahu o Laka (the Kāneʻohe Bay sandbar).  As Hawaii News Now reports, “Residents concerned over military vessels near Kaneohe Sandbar “ (July 16, 2012) the unannounced appearance of these craft have stirred concern from residents and recreational users about impacts to the environment.  Their… Read more »

RIMPAC Protest and Invasive ‘Lily-Pads’

Today Malu Aina organized a demonstration at Pohakuloa against the RIMPAC military exercises. Jim Albertini reports: Our group of about thirty set up along Saddle Rd. opposite the main gate and represented all parts of the island.  We had people from Hilo, Kona, Waimea and and even Na’alehu, that included old time Kaho’olawe “Stop the… Read more »