New look and new use in the works for Aloha Sta­dium

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means shoul­der to shoul­der.

“Ba­likatan helps us to build our re­la­tion­ship with hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance from en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ters like tsunamis, earth­quakes and other dis­as­ters. We also build our ARG ( Am­phibi­ous Readi­ness Group) for fu­ture op­er­a­tions.”

He also trav­eled to Thai­land to take part in the 29th an­nual Co­bra Gold 2010, a three-week ex­er­cise spon­sored by the Royal Thai Supreme Com­mand and United States Pa­cific Com­mand that is con­ducted through­out the en­tire King­dom of Thai­land.

This year’s par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries in­cluded Singapore, In­done­sia, Ja­pan and, for the first time, the Re­pub­lic of Korea.

As part of his train­ing, Flores iden­ti­fied whether any­thing near the ship was friendly or hos­tile, in addi- tion to com­mu­ni­cat­ing with planes and other ve­hi­cles. He also served as an es­cort in a NEO ( non-com­bat­ant evac­u­a­tion op­er­a­tions) ex­er­cise on the ship.

While he’s en­joy­ing the abil­ity to help oth­ers and travel the world, he still misses Hawaii, es­pe­cially his fam­ily, his girl­friend and the food.

“They’ve al­ways been sup­port­ive and are al­ways there for me,” he said, adding that he es­pe­cially misses lo­cal fa­vorites like ahi poke, L & L and Lil­iha Bak­ery.

“And the spirit of the Is­lands,” Flores con­tin­ued, “be­cause liv­ing in Hawaii for all my life has truly been my Bour­bon Place, just to re­lax, so­cial­ize with friends un­der the sun, and just live the is­land life to its great­est po­ten­tial and my po­ten­tial.”

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