Today, I was invited to attend U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s arrival at Hickam Air Force Base by Pacific Command, as well as her press conference with Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, which was held in Kahala. Mrs. Clinton was personally greeted by Admiral Robert Willard, the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, his wife, and Colonel Robert J. Dague (Vice Commander, 15th Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii).
After her arrival, Mrs. Clinton’s motorcade escorted her to Kahala, where she exchanged gifts with the Mr. Maehara (he, an apparent train enthusiast, was presented with a model train, while he gave her a set of crystal wine glasses) and then met with him for two hours before both diplomats entered the press conference.
I admit that written journalism is not yet my strong point, but the Honolulu Star-Advertiser has an article detailing the topics covered during the press conference.
And now, onto the photographs!
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First of all, I’d like to apologize for the tardiness of this posting – between shooting three weddings this month, getting sick, setting up my house while my husband is deployed, life has gotten a little crazy and I have a huge backlog of work to get done. However, I have now stayed up till 2:30am just to get this posted!
On October 17th, I had the honor of being invited by PACOM to photograph UH Manoa’s Wounded Warrior Tribute ceremony during the halftime of their football game against Nevada. Along with a few of my photographer peers/friends, I was granted sideline access for the entire game, which was a fantastic experience. As a University of Hawaii alumni, as well as an Army wife, I was proud to witness and document these two organizations honoring some of America’s heroes. Here are some of my photos from the night:
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Randomly, I went with my friend, soldier/photographer Phil Velez, to shoot the flag detail ceremony at Ft. Shafter as they took down the gigantic flag that had been flown for Columbus Day. It was nice to shoot something a little more relaxing and artsy after the crazy 10/10/10 wedding weekend! As you can see, I had fun with just some random processing. A lot of this was quick edits, so I might come back and polish them later, but for now it was just for fun. This was not an official PACOM event like the others that I’ve been photographing this year. (…speaking of, I’ve just realized I still need to edit my F22 Activation Ceremony pics…such a backlog of work to do!)
I’d also like to mention that even though I’m an Army wife, this is my first Army event that I’ve shot! So far it’s all been Navy, Air Force, Marines, Air National Guard…now I just got to get the Coast Guard!
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