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Services for Kailua soldier set for this weekend

By William Cole

LAST UPDATED: 3:18 p.m. HST, Feb 10, 2014

The ashes of a 25-year-old Hawaii National Guard soldier with a love of the ocean will be scattered in an Aloha Oe ceremony and paddle-out Sunday at Makapuu Beach Park, one of his favorite surf spots, officials said.

Sgt. Drew M. Scobie, of Kailua, a married father of a 4-year-old son, was killed along with a Wyoming soldier and a civilian in the crash of a twin-engine turboprop reconnaissance aircraft flying a night mission in Afghanistan on Jan. 10.

His wife, McKenna A.K. Panui-Scobie, is expecting their second child in June.

Memorial services for Scobie will be held Saturday at Hawaii Memorial Park Chapel, 45-425 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe.

Viewing will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a service to follow. A "celebration of life" lunch will take place at 2 p.m. at Senator Fong's Plantation & Gardens, 47-285 Palama Road, Kahaluu.

Aloha Oe scattering of ashes will be observed at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Makapuu Beach Park with a paddle out at 10 a.m.  Members of the community who wish to pay their respects are invited to attend.

Scobie was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery in Wahiawa, as a fire direction operator.

He volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan with Detachment 55, which is currently providing reconnaissance and surveillance for ground forces in Afghanistan. Detachment 55 was mobilized on Oct. 8, 2013, and deployed to Afghanistan later that month.

In Afghanistan, he was an aerial sensor observer technician on a Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System (MARSS) aircraft, which is based on a King Air 300.

"Drew said that he couldn't be happier serving with such fine men and women," the family said in a release developed with the Hawaii National Guard.  

Scobie also worked as a perioperative technician aide at Straub Clinic and Hospital.

"In each of his career paths -- both military and civilian -- Drew excelled, while managing to be an outstanding family man as well," the family said.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made in support of his children through the accounts, "In Memory of Drew Scobie" at Bank of Hawaii, and www.GoFundMe.com.   

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