In a remarkable twist, four members of the Legislature of the State of Hawai'i are finally challenging the U.S. military in Hawai'i. No doubt using the U.S. Navy's massive jet fuel leak at Red Hill that contaminated the drinking water for over 100,000 residents of O'ahu as an inflection point of deteriorating military and Hawai'i citizen relationships, on March 23, 2022, four legislators held a hearing titled "Declaring Over Militarization to Be a Threat to the Security of Hawai'i and the International Community."
Having served 29 years in the US Army and Army Reserves and retiring as a Colonel, also being a U.S. diplomat in the Asia-Pacific, for two years at the US Embassy in the Federated States of Micronesia and at the US Embassy in Mongolia and as a U.S. diplomat with an assignment for two years in the International Affairs office of the Office of the Governor of the State of Hawai'i in 2000-2002, I strongly agree with the characterization of Hawai'i being "over militarized."
The State of Hawai'i is "over-militarized" to its detriment.
Over militarization is a threat to Hawaii's own security with seven major military facilities on O'ahu alone:
--Headquarters of the Indo-Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Aiea,
--Pearl Harbor Naval Base and Headquarters of U.S. Pacific Fleet
--Hickam Air Force Base and Headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Pacific
-- Fort Shafter, Headquarters of the U.S. Army Pacific
-- Marine Base Hawaii at Kaneohe, Headquarters of the 3rd Marine Regiment
--Schofield Barracks 25th Infantry Division Army Installation
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