Former fighter pilot to lead Punchbowl cemetery

HONOLULU (AP) - The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is getting a new director.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a former Air Force fighter pilot will become the new director of Punchbowl cemetery on March 9.

James Horton will be responsible for all administrative, burial and maintenance operations at the Honolulu cemetery.

The 1983 Air Force Academy graduate formerly served in Hawaii as Pacific Air Forces inspector general and as the command's assistant director for operations, plans, requirements and programs.

Horton has more than 4,200 flying hours in T-38, RF-4 and F-16 aircraft.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel in 2011. He is currently the deputy inspector general at Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas.

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