Working Dog Nero was recently retired from the U.S. Air Force in a formal
ceremony on Hickam Air Force Base. Nero, a German shepherd, was born in 1994,
began his military service in 1995 at Lackland AFB, and arrived on Hickam in
1996. Over his nine years of duty, Nero helped suppress the flow of illegal
drugs accumulating nearly 40 actual finds. The family of Hickam-based Chief
Master Sgt. Debra Garza, shown here with Nero (sitting in front) has adopted
him. Nero will spend the rest of his years on family entertainment and casual
The federal Department of Health & Human Services has
named Dayana Rocha of Pearl City, a disabilities specialist for the Early Head
Star/Head Start program at Parents And Children Together (PACT), as a National
Head Start Fellow. Rocha is the first Hawaii resident to be so honored and
begins her fellowship in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1.
Anthony “The Crush”
Torres, who trains in Kailua, is one of 18 elite mixed martial arts athletes
selected from thousands of applicants to appear in “The Ultimate Fighter”
Spike TV reality series. Torres, 27, is a federal corrections officer on Oahu
and a member of the prison SWAT Team. He was a state wrestling champion at
Roosevelt High School.
for the Pacific Century is accepting applications statewide for its 2005/6
Pacific Century Fellows Program. Established in 1996 by then councilman Mufi
Hannemann, the program is modeled after the White House Fellows Program and is
designed to recognize and encourage Hawaii’s future leaders. Twenty-five
promising individuals in their mid-20’s to early 40’s will be selected based
on their ability to set and achieve goals, leadership qua-lities, and volunteer
and civic activities. Call program coordinator Charlyn Dote at (808) 235-3733
for application forms or go to the program’s website at
Beaumont Foundation of America recently announced Blanche Pope Elementary School
in Waimanalo will receive state-of-the-art wireless technology equipment valued
at approximately $65,000.
of Hawaii stepped out for the 12th Annual Oahu Heart Walk withits team of more
than 1,300 walkers to benefit the American Heart Association. Donations from BOH
employees helped AHA raise more than $315,000 at the Heart Walk, up from last
Hahaione, Koko Head and Kamiloiki Elementary Schools received more than $5,500 worth of donations in the form of digital cameras and new equipment from the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®’ East Oahu Regional Group.