Happy Veterans Day

We here at Keawe Adventures wish all veterans around the world a Happy Veterans Day.

When you serve in the military, you become a part of a tight-knit community. The same thing happens when you leave. You become a veteran, joining tens of millions around the country.  It is a bond of service and sacrifice that forever holds Veterans together.

Here at Keawe Adventures we are pleased to have our own Veterans as a part of the Ohana.   Yesterday we featured our owner, Makani Christensen, in honor of the United States Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day.  Today we would like to highlight two of our guide’s military careers below.  Both are outstanding men who have answered the call to duty and to this day continue to be well involved in their communities.   Mahalo Tony and Fernando!

 

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“I entered the US Navy on 12 February 1991 and retired 29 February 2012. I had the honor of being a US Navy Seabee, the Navy’s construction engineers. Throughout my career I deployed 9 times to locations around the globe. As a Seabee,  I completed 4 combat tours, 1 tour to Bosnia/Herzegovina, and 3 tours in Iraq, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq. To me my military service is unique, I never saw it as a job, it was my life, as well as my family’s life. My wife and two daughters had to endure 9 long deployments 12 field exercises and several humanitarian relief missions all equaling 11 years apart from each other. This is time I will never get back. You would think that these sacrifices would keep any one of my daughters out of the military. Bet yet my oldest daughter serves with distinction as a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force.”

-Tony Chance, RET MCPO, United States Navy

 

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Fernando Angueira enlisted in the United States Army as an Infantryman in November 2002. His first duty station was 2/22 Infantry Battalion, 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY. Fernando served as a scout and squad automatic weapon gunner. He deployed twice with 2/22; 10 months to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan and 12 months to Sadr City, Iraq. After his second combat tour he completed the Basic Airborne Course in Fort Benning, GA. In 2006, Fernando was reassigned to 1-503rd Battalion, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team-Airborne in Vicenza, Italy. He held various leadership positions over the course of eight years with the unit to include: section sergeant, squad leader, platoon sergeant, rear-detachment First Sergeant. Fernando completed three combat tours with 173rd; 15 months to Paktika Province, Afghanistan, 12 months to Wardak Province, Afghanistan, and 5 months to Logar, Province, Afghanistan. Fernando Angueira honorably completed his service in September 2014. He still remains committed and active to the Oahu veteran community through volunteer service and events.

-Fernando Angueira, SSG, United States Army

 

Mahalo and Aloha to all Veterans around the World!  We salute you!

 

 

Happy 242nd Birthday United States Marine Corps

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We here at Keawe Adventures would like to wish a Happy 242nd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps and ALL Marines around the world.  A message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps:

“This November 10th marks 242 years of warfighting excellence. At places like Trenton, Tripoli, Chapultepec, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Chosin, Khe Sanh, Fallujah, Sangin, and so many others, Marines have fought with an inner spirit – a spirit that bonds us, binds us together as a cohesive team. It’s that intangible spirit that has formed the foundation of our warfighting reputation for the past 242 years. Now it’s our responsibility to ensure we honor and carry on that legacy. The American people expect a Corps of men and women who are committed, selfless, willing to sacrifice, who epitomize honor, courage, commitment, virtue, and character. We owe our Nation and our predecessors no less.

Today, as we celebrate our 242nd birthday, we must remember who we are, where we came from, and why we’re here. We must remember the past, honor those who are no longer with us, focus on today’s battles, and get ready for tomorrow. We can and will prevail as we always have, in any clime and place. But we must prevail together, united by the unyielding spirit in each of us that makes our Corps unique – that willingness to put our Corps and fellow Marines ahead of ourselves. Victory in battle comes through the integrated efforts of many – teamwork. We value the sacrifices and contributions of every Marine and Sailor, as well as our family members without whose support we would not be able to accomplish our mission. And we remain committed to being our Nation’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness that sets the standard for honor, discipline, and courage. I am proud of each and every one of you. Happy Birthday, Marines!”

Robert B. Neller

General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps

We would especially like to say Happy Marine Corps Birthday and Happy Veterans Day to our owner Makani Christensen.

After studying at Kamehameha Secondary School, Makani graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He then entered the military as a Marine Officer, where he served his country for 5 years with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After receiving the Joint Service Commendation medal, Makani was honorably discharged in 2008.  Along with his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and his strong Hawaiian genealogy, Makani’s love for the land and sea is what inspired him to start his own business. It is here where Makani finds true joy; sharing with others about Hawaii’s history, culture, and ocean environment.

Mahalo Makani for your Service!

-From the entire Keawe Adventures Ohana