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Wyatt Olson

Honolulu’s Foster National Garden stinks — literally

Nestled on the edge of downtown Honolulu, the Foster National Garden is home to scores of rare and unique flowering plants and trees from around the tropics. It’s also home to two of the world’s most malodorous botanical wonders.

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Lightning Forge kicks off in Hawaii with Indiana National Guard

Soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will use blank ammunition and explosive simulators during day and night training at Dillingham Army Airfield on the North Shore, Kahuku Training Area and Schofield Barracks East Range, the Army said.


Navy to promote petty officers who take 'hard jobs in hard locations'

The Navy has taken heavier-handed steps to fill high-priority positions at sea. In June, the service announced it would begin requiring enlisted sailors to transfer from shore duty to sea billets where the need is critical.


Storm damages Air Force planes on Guam

The Air Force is assessing damage to aircraft at Andersen Air Force Base caused by Tropical Storm Maria as it passed over Guam Thursday.


Osprey squadron arrives in Hawaii

Seven MV-22B Ospreys arrived in Hawaii Saturday, beginning a permanent relocation of a tiltrotor squadron from San Diego.


Mariners prep for sea drills as RIMPAC wraps up first week

As RIMPAC winds up its first week, many of the 25,000 personnel who have gathered in Hawaii and Southern California spent this initial “ashore” phase getting to know their international counterparts as much as they did sharing information or training for upcoming amphibious and at-sea drills.


Navy mandates early transfer to sea for sailors who can fill critical billets

Among the factors that will be considered to determine whether a sailor could be tagged for early return to sea are: length of time on shore, paygrade, fleet experience, enlisted classification, previous sea duty, and how much longer a sailor is obligated to serve.


Army holds long-overdue awards ceremony for Vietnam veterans in Hawaii

Nine veterans from the 196th Light Infantry Brigade took part in a long-overdue award ceremony at Fort Shafter’s Palm Circle parade grounds Friday, in which they received medals for their service in the Vietnam War.


RIMPAC begins without China but adds Army and Air Force firepower

The absence of China’s rising navy won’t have much impact on this year’s Rim of the Pacific drills, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet said during a dockside launch of the month-long exercise.


INDOPACOM: Military flights over East China Sea frequently targeted by lasers

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command confirmed the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Army all operate aircraft in the East China Sea, but declined to specify what types of aircraft were targeted in the incidents.


Air Force reports A-29 Super Tucano crash at White Sands

One aircrew member suffered minor injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital. Information on the second crew member is currently unknown.