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Hawaii woman takes command of Navy in Pacific Northwest

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:06 p.m. HST, Jun 16, 2013

BREMERTON, Wash. >> For the first time, a woman is taking over as commander of Navy Region Northwest.

The Kitsap Sun reports that in her new position, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, of Honolulu, will oversee bases in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. She takes over for Rear Adm. Mark Rich, who is heading to the nation's capital to be commandant of Naval District Washington.

Bolivar last served as chief of staff at Navy Installations Command in Washington, D.C. She was selected for appointment to rear admiral on March 25.

Bolivar excelled as a leader in Navy diving after earning her qualification in 1989. She commanded the salvage ship USS Salvor and served as the director of ammunition offload from USS Cole after the 2000 terrorist attack in Yemen.

She also served as commanding officer of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One from 2003 to 2005. In 2006 she deployed to Afghanistan for a year, working to counter radio-controlled improvised explosive devices.

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itsok wrote:
Congratulations Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar! Go Honolulu wahine!
on June 16,2013 | 08:12AM
HD36 wrote:
It's so great the Generals and Admirals will make more in retirement than on active duty.
on June 16,2013 | 08:30AM
serious wrote:
So do firemen/persons and most government workers! Teachers and "others" via overtime pay in their last year!!!
on June 16,2013 | 10:01AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
serious, you mean like the firemen who died in 9/11, the ones who rescue people, save your house, respond to crashes or medical emergencies? Those firemen? And here you are a military retiree who don't recognize sacrifice? How odd.
on June 16,2013 | 02:17PM
HD36 wrote:
We should extend that gratitude to the janitors of the world. Without them, there would be not toilet paper. Germs would infest the restrooms, causing serious bodily harm or death.
on June 16,2013 | 05:09PM
Porkchop wrote:
Don't be a hater Serious.
on June 16,2013 | 02:47PM
kaleki wrote:
You go girl!
on June 16,2013 | 08:35AM
allie wrote:
on June 16,2013 | 10:06AM
jrboi96786 wrote:
Congratulation to Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar. I don't doubt that she will be a great leader. However, I just hope that she was picked because she was the best one out of those whom are qualified for that position, not the fact that she's a women. I've been in the service for a very long time now. I've seen a lot of female commanders and but only few have proven that they could lead.
on June 16,2013 | 11:15AM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Great. And she served with MSDU #1 at Pearl Harbor, an exlite group. Lots of luck, mame.
on June 16,2013 | 12:52PM
kimo54 wrote:
Changing times are here to stay, my congratulations to RADM Bette Bolivar for achieving this amazing position that comes with incredible responsibilities in her military career. Would like to have read more about her local ties in Hawaii, i.,e., local born, schools attended, family ties, etc. Otherwise, still a great accomplishment, good luck, smooth sailing and gentle seas.
on June 16,2013 | 01:50PM
HD36 wrote:
Let's see if she gets sexually harrassed.
on June 16,2013 | 07:27PM
slc3755 wrote:
Don't ask don't tell.
on June 17,2013 | 03:07AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Nice story but just exactly what are her ties to Hawai'i? The story only refers to her past Navy experience in Hawai'i. The headline is misleading.
on June 17,2013 | 05:46AM
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