It's official: Wing commander named
|Newly promoted Brig. Gen. Joseph K. Kim looks on as Hawaii, Gov. Linda Lingle pins on the brig. gen. star. Brig. Gen. Kim's wife, Kim, finishes the job by pinning the star on his right shoulder during the promotion ceremony held at the state Capitol, Jan. 8. Brig. Gen. Kim was officially named the 154th Wing Commander during the promotion ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin) |
by Tech. Sgt. Michelle L. Thomas
154 WG Public Affairs
1/10/2010 - HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Newly promoted Brig. Gen. Joseph K. Kim was officially named the 154th Wing Commander during his promotion ceremony at the State Capitol Jan.8.
Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and Brig. Gen. Kim's wife, Kimberly, fastened his new 'star' onto his uniform shortly after he was officially named Wing commander.
Brig. Gen. Kim has been the Wing's 'interim' commander since June 2009, when Maj. Gen. Peter S. Pawling left the Wing to assume duties as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, United States Pacific Command.
During the ceremony, the Hawaii Air National Guard's newest general officer thanked the men and women in uniform who have served with him and inspired through the years.
"I thank all of you who have taught me, my mentors, my colleagues..." he said
He also expressed what motivates him to wear the uniform.
"Some people use the family as a reason not to serve, but my family is why I serve," said Brig. Gen. Kim.
The Wing is one of the largest, most complex and diverse units in the Air National Guard consisting of an F-15 squadron, a KC-135R squadron, an associate C-17A squadron, two radar squadrons and the full compliment of Wing supporting squadrons.
We look to succeed in executing future missions, and continued success in inspections and evaluations, said Brig. Gen. Kim.
Units perform the 24-hour Air Sovereignty mission within the Hawaiian Islands as well as provide support to more than 450 personnel in geographically separated units within the HIANG.
Although manned by only 2,500 citizen airmen, the Hawaii Air National Guard has consistently deployed volunteers throughout the Pacific and Southwest Asia since 2001.
"We are full participants in the war worldwide. The deployments are more frequent and longer, but we are holding up really well," said Brig. Gen. Kim.
하와이 이민3세인 한인 공군 장교 JOSEPH K KIM 씨가 지난 8일 준장 진급과 함께
하와이 항공방위군 154 WING 사령관 [154 전술비행단 단장] 에 임명됐습니다
조셉 K 김 사령관은 지난 8일 하와이주 의사당에서 열린 준장 진급식에서 린다 링글 하와이 주지사로 부터
하와이 항공방위군 사령관이 임명됨과 동시에 대령에서 준장으로 진급했습니다
조셉 킴 사령관은 지난해 6월부터 전임사령관의 전출로 사령관 직무대행으로 근무하다 올해부터
정식 사령관에 임명된 것입니다
조셉 킴 사령관은 1904년 하와이에 이민온 한인 이민자의 3세로서
이민 백6년만에 하와이에서 장군이 되는 쾌거를 이룩했습니다