Sign of Importance

Lt. Col. Harvey "Banger" Newton, pilot 19th Fighter Squadron, along with his wife and Staff Sgt. Joel Herman, an active duty F-22 Raptor crew chief assigned to the 154th Wing Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, drape maile lei across the nose of the F-22 Raptor during the F-22 Arrival Ceremony July 9, on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Maile lei is part of a Hawaiian tradition used to mark important occasions. The arrival of the F-22 Raptor marks the beginning of a new associate unit between the Hawaii Air National Guard and the 15th Wing, active duty Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Betty J. Squatrito-Martin)

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