Pacific briefs: Navy unit rescues stranded hikers on Guam

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 19, 2008

A Navy search and rescue helicopter Sunday rescued four deaf hikers stranded in the Manengon Hills of southeastern Guam.

The civilian hikers were rescued in the vicinity of the Leo Palace Resort by Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, according to a release. They were taken to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam for observation and were released.

Details of the rescue operations were sketchy Monday. A Pacific Daily News report stated that the hikers requested help by using their cell phones to text messages to the Guam Fire and Rescue Department.

According to a Navy spokesman, the four hikers sent a message that they had been lost for almost four hours in hills west of the resort. One Navy helicopter was dispatched to assist in the search, he said.

The Navy search and rescue unit has flown 210 missions this year in support of the U.S. Coast Guard and Guam Fire and Rescue, the release said. It is the Navy’s only forward-deployed vertical replenishment squadron.

Kinnick High to host College Night

The second annual Kinnick College Night will be held at the high school gymnasium on Yokosuka Naval Base from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The event is an opportunity for students in grades 9 through 12 to learn of the various four-year institutions, community colleges and military higher education options available to them, said Vicki Boehler, public affairs liaison for Nile C. Kinnick High School.

Teachers and members of the community will be representing their alma maters and will provide students with such information as schools’ academic standards, application deadlines and scholarship opportunities. Over 30 institutions are expected to be represented, Boehler said.

Memorial service at Yokota to honor airman

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A memorial service for a Yokota airman who died last week will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the base’s Main Chapel.

Senior Master Sgt. James Strong, 47, a first sergeant assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, collapsed shortly after completing the run portion of his PT test Friday and was later pronounced dead at Yokota’s Urgent Care Clinic, base officials said.

“All of Team Yokota is touched by the loss of such a trusted member of our community and Air Force family,” said Col. Jeff Newell, 374th Airlift Wing commander, said in a release Friday. “We are reaching out to the family to ensure they are well taken care of during this time of loss.”

The uniform for the memorial service is the duty uniform of the day.

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