In the Service

James Kaho‘okele

Pvt. James Kuwewe Kaho’okele, 19, of Nahiku graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on Sept. 9.

Kaho’okele successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training as one of 489 recruits in Training Platoon 2127. While in recruit training, Kaho’okele achieved an Expert in Marksmanship commendation.

Following 20 days home on leave, he reported to Camp Pendleton in Southern California for two months of training at Infantry Training Battalion, after which his station assignment will be determined.

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Maui resident Melyssa Agbannaoag, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has graduated from the Cadet Leaders Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The course is a 30-day summer training event focused on training cadets to solve complex leadership issues and problems at the company level.

Cadets arrive at CLC with a baseline of military skill sets, in addition to the critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities they developed during their academic years. CLC builds upon the work accomplished on campus and develops the cadets’ abilities to lead small units in tactical environments.

The leadership experience supports continued cadet development during the senior year of the program.

Cadets usually attend CLC between their junior and senior years of college, and they must complete the course to qualify for commissioning.

Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve.

Agbannaoag is the daughter of Merlita Agbannnaoag of Wailuku.

She is a 2014 graduate of Baldwin High School.