HICKAM AFB (KHNL) - President Bush arrived at Hickam Air Force Base at around 5:30 PM, Monday afternoon. Mr. Bush along with first lady Laura Bush, greeted everyone with a wave after getting off Air Force One.
Once on ground, the Commander-In-Chief and the First Lady were welcomed with lei's from Hawaii's Governor and Pacific Commander, Admiral William Fallon.
Mr. Bush briefly talked with Hawaii's top elected officials before honoring 84-year-old Eloise Monserrat, with the President's Volunteer Service Award. Monserrat is being recognized for all her time spent helping hospital patients recover, using a pet therapy program. The honoree volunteers with the Human Animal Bond program at Tripler Army Medical Center.
Monserrat says she was excited about meeting the President, but was more excited that national recognition could help the pet therapy program.
After she was awarded on the tarmac Monserrat said, "I was hoping selfishly that this will help get more people to join the program when they hear about it. It's a wonderful thing."
Later on, President Bush and his staff raced off in a convoy of limos and security cars. He is attending a dinner with Governor Linda Lingle tonight. Early tomorrow morning, Mr. Bush will have breakfast with the troops before holding a brief meeting with military leaders. He will then get back on Air Force One and return back home to our nations capital.