Gov. Ige proclaims May 2016 as ‘Hawaii Military Appreciation Month’

| May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jerome D. Johnson Gov. David Ige (center), government officials, the Chamber of Commerce’s MAC and PACOM leaders and honorees take a group photo at the state capitol building, May 6, during the annual Hawaii Military Appreciation  Month ceremony.

Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jerome D. Johnson
Gov. David Ige (center), government officials, the Chamber of Commerce’s MAC and PACOM leaders and honorees take a group photo at the state capitol building, May 6, during the annual Hawaii Military Appreciation Month ceremony.

Military Affairs Council
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige, in partnership with the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, has declared May 2016 as “Hawaii Military Appreciation Month.”

“There are more than 50,000 active duty military personnel in our state, and they are an important part of our community,” Ige said. “Military Appreciation Month is an opportunity for us to say mahalo to the men and women that serve our nation and are a part of Hawaii’s ohana.”

As a part of the ceremony, seven service members were recognized for their outstanding community service contributions.

The MAC works with the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and the six service components in identifying their respective honorees. The seven honorees spent countless hours of their time to mentor youth through education or coaching, raising money for medical research, working with the disadvantaged and resorting critical habitats.

This year, the following individuals were honored:

  • Army – 1st Sgt. Felipe Pinero Jr.
  • Hawaii Army National Guard – Staff Sgt. Donovan Tuisano Sr.
  • Navy and Navy Headquarters – HM2 Renee Cook and CS1 Dong Ruan, respectively.
  • Marine Corps – Cpl. Dominique Craig.
  • Coast Guard – IS2 Steven Gelety.
  • Air Force – Senior Airman Khin Myat Thu Tun.

“The Military Affairs Council has partnered with the State of Hawaii for more than 30 years as a liaison in matters relating to the military and preserve, and (to) protect the military’s presence in Hawaii,” said David Carey, MAC chairman. “We are honored to recognize these outstanding men and women who have gone above and beyond their call of duty to their nation, (and) have also made great contributions to our community.”

Ige encouraged the people of Hawaii to join in recognizing the commitment, vigilance and sacrifices of all of the members of the armed forces in Hawaii to ensure the freedom, security and prosperity of the nation.

HMAM & MAC

In 1999, Congress designated May as national Military Appreciation Month as an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the sacrifices and achievements of the members of the nation’s armed forces.

The Hawaii Military Affairs Council, part of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, acts on behalf of the state of Hawaii to advocate and liaise with the military. As a major economic generator for the state, the MAC supports efforts that will preserve the military’s role as a strategic headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region.

Comprised of business leaders and retired U.S. military personnel, the organization also aims to bridge the military and the community, endorses the needs of Hawaii-based military commands, and attracts public-private ventures with the military.

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