HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. Linda Lingle and Maj. Gen. Robert Lee bid aloha to the Hawaii National Guard in ceremonies Saturday at Hickam Air Force Base. More than 800 soldiers stood at attention to bid farewell to the pair, who will no longer lead the guard a month from now.
Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle joined the sea of camouflage to honor Lingle and Lee, but the two returned the honor to the soldiers.
"This Hawaii National Guard, I believe, in an objective analysis, is the best in the United States of America without comparison, because they're family," Gov. Lingle said. "They are part of our ohana and we are part of theirs."
"The greatest accolade is for you, the airmen and soldiers of the Hawaii National Guard. I can leave knowing you are confident, competent and combat tested," said Lee.
Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, also praised the two. "What a fitting ceremony and salute for two of Hawaii's most deserving figures," he said.
Gov. Lingle appointed General Lee to command the guard. He will be officially let go when the administration of Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie takes over in December.