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Two Hickam Members Recognized among 30 Heroes by Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor

Posed by group of heroes (bottom left) Dona McLaughlin, President of Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor, Admiral Keating, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command,  Capt Parrish, 15th Airlift Wing Chapel Center (right above from Adm Keating), and SSgt Torres, 15th Maintenance Operations Center Controller (left).

Posed by group of heroes (bottom left) Dona McLaughlin, President of Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor, Admiral Keating, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Capt Parrish, 15th Airlift Wing Chapel Center (right above from Adm Keating), and SSgt Torres, 15th Maintenance Operations Center Controller (left).

Recognized heroes of the local Home Land Security civilian and military heroes for their service to our city, state and country.

Recognized heroes of the local Home Land Security civilian and military heroes for their service to our city, state and country.

Posed with Hickam Heroes, Capt Parrish, 15th Airlift Wing Chapel Center (right), SSgt Torres, 15th Maintenance Operations Center Controller, Mrs. Dona McLaughlin, President of Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor, Colonel Torres, 15th Airlift Wing Commander and his wife Irene Torres.

Posed with Hickam Heroes, Capt Parrish, 15th Airlift Wing Chapel Center (right), SSgt Torres, 15th Maintenance Operations Center Controller, Mrs. Dona McLaughlin, President of Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor, Colonel Torres, 15th Airlift Wing Commander and his wife Irene Torres.

Hana Hou, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific performed during the Heroes luncheon.

Hana Hou, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific performed during the Heroes luncheon.

Col Torres (right) presented a Dec 7th Commemorative Poster to Dona McLaughlin, President of Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor, at Heroes  luncheon; (left) Admiral Keating, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.

Col Torres (right) presented a Dec 7th Commemorative Poster to Dona McLaughlin, President of Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor, at Heroes luncheon; (left) Admiral Keating, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.

Hickam Air Force Base -- Since 2001, the Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor's Heroes has honored members of the local Department of Homeland Security and military for their service to our state and country during an annual luncheon.

This year, two of the 30 selected for recognition were two Hickam Airmen; Capt (Chaplain) James Parrish, 15th Airlift Wing Chapel Center, and Staff Sgt. Axel Torres, 15th Maintenance Operations Center controller.  Col Torres, 15th Airlift Wing Commander, and his wife Irene, were invited guests and shared in this honorable event.

"The honored guests are exemplary in their service to our community and our nation," said Donna McLaughlin, President of the Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor. "It is truly a wonderful experience to meet these remarkable individuals and to honor them for their accomplishments. The Heroes Lunch was a wonderful success! It was a fitting tribute to the men and women in uniform who selflessly serve their state and nation, and definitely put everyone in attendance in the "Spirit of the Holidays!"

The festivities included an introduction of all who received recognition, plus an inspirational "talk story" speech from Adm. Timothy J. Keating, U.S. Pacific Command commander. The ceremony concluded with a holiday musical performance by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, Hana Hou.

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