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Kevin Knodell reports on military affairs, veterans, security and diplomacy in Hawaii and the greater Pacific for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He is an alum of Report For America, a nonprofit that places journalists in local newsrooms to cover underreported topics. As a freelance correspondent he has reported from the frontlines in the Syrian conflict, wildfires in the American west and covered Iraqi Kurdistan's nightlife.

 

His writing and photography have appeared in The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy Magazine, Playboy, The Nib, Coffee or Die Magazine, Vice and others. He is the co-author of the graphic novels Machete Squad and The 'Stan.'
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U.S. NAVY / JUNE 28
                                A family waves to the Chilean navy frigate CNS Almirante Lynch as it arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-­Hickam to participate in Rim of the Pacific 2022.
Latin America takes on growing RIMPAC role

At this year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise, Latin America’s interests in the Pacific have taken on new significance. For the first time in the history of the biennial exercise, every country on South America’s Pacific Coast has sent serv­ice members to participate. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Warships participating in RIMPAC are docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam on July 8.
Navy League-hosted security conference returning to in-person

As the Pacific Fleet begins to wrap up Exercise Rim of the Pacific, the U.S. Navy League’s Honolulu Council has scheduled its third iteration of the Indo- Pacific Maritime Exchange at the Hawai‘i Convention Center for Thursday and Friday. Read more

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JULY 9
                                Twenty-six nations with 38 ships, four submarines, 170 aircraft and about 25,000 troops are participating in this year’s RIMPAC. Military officials expect RIMPAC 2024 to be even larger.
Navy leaders hope to see RIMPAC expand

As Rim of the Pacific 2022 moves into its next stage, military leaders are looking to the future of the exercise along with how to continue the international relationships built during the world’s largest naval war game. Read more

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Military personnel from Tonga, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and the United States participated Monday in Rim of the Pacific joint training exercises in Waimanalo. Above, marines assaulted a building complex.
Land and amphibious training return to RIMPAC

On Monday afternoon at a mock village near Bellows Beach, a force of Tongan marines made its way down a narrow alleyway between two homes. As they emerged they began taking fire as blank rounds rang out. Read more

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Workers continued working Friday on the three-level columbarium at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. The cemetery is getting $14 million for improvements and added space for over 3,400 urns.
$14M project at Punchbowl cemetery creating more space

Among those buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are World War I veteran-­turned-war reporter Ernie Pyle; Hawaii astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who died when the space shuttle Challenger exploded Jan. 28, 1986; and Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Read more

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                                The Philippine navy frigate BRP Antonio Luna, top, is one of RIMPAC’s 38 participants. An open-ship day was held Saturday with tours and public visits of the foreign and United States ships with its crew members at Pearl Harbor.
Philippines’ participation in RIMPAC highlights Hawaii ties

The Philippine navy’s newest ship is participating in the biennial Exercise Rim of the Pacific off Hawaii. The guided-missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna, commissioned in March 2021, departed Pearl Harbor Tuesday as one of the 38 ships participating this year in the world’s largest recurring naval war game. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                RIMPAC, the biennial multinational exercise, began June 29 and runs through Aug. 4 with more than 25,000 personnel participating. The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was laden with jets.
Ships to set sail for RIMPAC maneuvers

RIMPAC 2022 is the largest iteration of what has become the largest recurring naval exercise in the world. Twenty-six countries are participating in this year’s exercise, which is hosted by the U.S. Navy’s Hawaii-based Pacific Fleet. Read more

U.S. ARMY / DEC. 2
                                Col. Phillip “Cain” Baker meets with Army families to address community concerns at Aliamanu Military Reservation.
Officer who led Army’s Red Hill response is promoted to general

The officer who organized the Army’s initial response to contamination of the Navy’s water system from a spill at the Red Hill fuel storage facility is now a general. Col. Phillip “Cain” Baker, the 25th Infantry Division’s deputy commander for support, was promoted to brigadier general Friday in a small ceremony at the Schofield Barracks attended by family and friends. Read more


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