22 Missions Carried 4,000 Soldiers to Middle East and Asia Bases
HONOLULU –- The Department of Defense today honored Hawaiian Airlines and 60 of its employees for their support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the transporting of U.S. soldiers to Middle East combat zones and military bases in Asia.
Hawaiian's transpacific jets were used for 22 missions in spring 2003 to transport approximately 4,000 U.S. soldiers for wartime assignments as part of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). The 60 employees voluntarily signed up and consisted of 14 cockpit crews, 37 flight attendants, five mechanics, and four loadmasters and catering coordinators (list below).
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Volcheff, director of operations for Air Mobility Command (AMC) at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., presented employees with “Certificates of Appreciation” on behalf of the Department of Defense.
“These certificates are AMC's way of paying tribute and recognition to our CRAF partners for their significant contributions to the Global War on Terrorism,” General Volcheff said. “We want to thank our CRAF partners for their outstanding support during our country's time of need.”
Hawaiian flew six missions to U.S. military outposts in Operation Iraqi Freedom's Area of Responsibility in the Middle East. Soldiers were picked up at bases in California, Colorado, and Texas. In preparation for entering the Middle East, Hawaiian's flight crews were required to land at U.S. bases in Germany or Italy to undergo special theater orientation training before continuing on to their final destination.
Hawaiian's other 16 missions transported soldiers from Alaska to bases in Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Hawaiian typically received only 24-48 hours advanced notice before each mission.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and chief operating officer, lauded the employees involved in the missions. “Such operations call on the full scope of our capabilities and fills all of us with pride when our employees do such an exemplary job,” Dunkerley said.
The Civil Reserve Air Fleet is a fleet of commercial and cargo aircraft contractually committed to supporting Department of Defense airlift requirements when the need for airlift exceeds the capability of military aircraft.
Hawaiian has a proud history of supporting U.S. troops in the Middle East. In 1990-1991, Hawaiian flew more than 200 missions for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In early 1991, Hawaiian flew home the first group of Hawaii-based U.S. Marines from the Middle East.
Cockpit Crews (14)
First Officer Brian Beres
First Officer Kent Davies
Captain Richard Emminger
First Officer Robert Friskel
Captain Paul Gill
First Officer Thomas Goodwin
First Officer S. Edward Jones
First Officer Daniel Keesey
Captain Warren Kitchell
Captain Everett Ray Moudy
Captain Dennis Nagamine
First Officer Joseph Noll
Captain Brian Parks
First Officer Jimmie Peckenpaugh
Flight Attendants (37)
Maile Ann Hernandez
Georgia Lynn Rosen
Healani Lynn Williams
Flight Mechanics (5)
Eliot De Rego
Loadmasters/Catering Coordinators (4)
Albert “Dutchie” Bright
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines, the nation's number one on-time carrier, is recognized as one of the best airlines in America. Readers of two prominent national travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, have both rated Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii in their most recent rankings, and the fifth best domestic airline overall.
Celebrating its 76th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaii's biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands, as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (AMEX and PCX: HA). Since the appointment of a bankruptcy trustee in May 2003, Hawaiian Holdings has had no responsibility for the management of Hawaiian Airlines and has had limited access to information concerning the airline. Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAir.com.