Fargo & Superferry on Kauai

SUBHEAD: Kauai Chamber of Commerce welcomes the HSF return to our island.

By Dick Mayer on 16 March 2009 for Island Breath -

Image above: Fargo (center in orange jumpsuit) salutes deck drew on the nuclear carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74). From http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Coloured_flight_deck_jerseys.jpg

[IB Publisher's Note: We hope that the Kauai community makes itself known to Mr. Fargo when he comes to "sell" the return of the Superferry to the Kauai business community (as if they needed convincing). There is also an anti-GMO demo at Kukui Grove just before Fargo is scheduled at the Sheraton. Hope many can make both events. Fargo has continued to maintain that the HSF won't to return to Kauai without talking with the community. Talking to the mayor's office and the Chamber of Commerce is not talking to the community. There has been no outreach to the people of Kauai. I'm talking about the people who put their lives on the line to turn back the Superferry. Maybe Fargo figured we'd just forget about it. We must hope that the operations of the HSF will be stopped by the Hawaii Supreme Court, but if not we'll just have to go back in the water to greet the "mean machine" head on.]

President and CEO of Hawaii Superferry to speak at first quarter meeting of Kauai Chamber of Commerce  

Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 5:30pm

at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort Poipu. Kauai
As seen on 15 March 2009 in The Garden Island News http://www.kauaiworld.com/articles/2009/03/15/business/kauai_business/doc49bca76175f5a497208930.txt

Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN (Ret.), former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and now president and CEO of Hawaii Superferry will be the keynote speaker for the Kauai Chamber of Commerce 1st Quarter Membership Meeting on March 19th at the Sheraton Kauai Resort.

Admiral Fargo will be discussing the Superferry’s plans for its return to Kauai; its commitment to protect Hawaii’s invasive species; cultural and natural resources; traffic; and the status of the EIS.

Fargo joined the private sector after a distinguished career serving the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense. He was the 20th officer to hold the position of commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.

As the senior U.S. military commander in East Asia, the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas, he led the largest unified command while directing the joint operations of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force across 100 million miles. He was responsible to the President and the Secretary of Defense, and was the U.S. military representative for collective defense arrangements in the Pacific.

 Fargo also served as the 29th Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet from October 1999 to May 2002. His service as a leader in the Pacific was preceded by his command of the U.S. Fifth Fleet and Naval Forces of the Central Command during two years of Iraqi contingency operations from July 1996 to July 1998.

His 35 years of service included six tours in Washington D.C. in addition to five commands in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East. Born in San Diego, Calif., he attended high school in Coronado, Calif., and Sasebo, Japan.

Fargo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1970. He is a 1989 recipient of the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.

 Fargo serves on the Boards of Directors for Hawaiian Electric Industries, United States Automobile Association and Northrop Grumman Corporation.

He is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, the Iolani School Board of Governors, and the Hawaii Pacific University Board of Trustees. He is the National Vice Chairman of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund.

 Registration and no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and meeting to follow. The Sheraton will be offering kama‘aina room rates at $110 (inclusive of resort charge). Please call the Sheraton at 742-1661 and ask for the “function rate.”

For more information or to register, call the chamber at 245-7363.

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