Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews Returns

The military is a job, a profession. And at a job, you have to show up for work. It is not hard, but some folks struggle with it. Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews was either AWOL or had some sort of odd health issue:

Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews
Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews

A Coast Guardsman has reappeared after vanishing and being declared a missing person more than three months ago, Honolulu police and the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews returned home Sunday night, police said. Police say he was incoherent and taken to a hospital for observation.

Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Gene Maestas said the service doesn’t know where Matthews, a Hawaii-based rescue swimmer, has been and what he’s been doing since his wife reported him missing on Oct. 9.

Coast Guard investigators dispatched to see him confirmed his identity after he called his command from Castle Medical Center in the Honolulu suburb of Kailua, Maestas said. He’s now being evaluated at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

Coast Guard investigators looking into his disappearance won’t question him until he’s released by doctors, Maestas said. But the service will probe the incident.

Strange story. . .

K-Bay Marines to Meet Nancy Pelosi!

One of my bosses used to be the Commanding Officer at a Navy command in Hawaii. And one afternoon, he talked me through the whole structure of Oahu naval bases. He also included Air Force, Marine, and Army commands. Every naval officer should know what bases we have in Norfolk, San Diego, and Oahu. I think I have San Diego and Oahu down. Naw-falk is another story.

My boss pointed out a city that he especially loved, called Kailua. It is right next to K-Bay, Kaneohe Bay, a Marine base:

MCB Hawaii

Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), formerly Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay and originally Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, is a U.S. Marine Corps base facility and air station located on the Mokapu Peninsula of windward O’ahu in the City & County of Honolulu.

As of the 2000 Census, the base had a total population of 11,827. Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay is home to Marines, Sailors, their family members, and civilian employees. The United States Marine Corps operates a 7,800-foot (2,400 m) runway at the base.

MCBH is home for Combat Logistics Battalion 3, the 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 24 and 3rd Radio Battalion.

I did not think much more on Kailua until I saw the old Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is vacationing in Hawaii. At the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kona, on the island of Hawaii:

Nancy Pelosi and Neil Abercrombie

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, who served as Speaker of the House and is now head of the House minority, is once again spending her Christmas at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii.

Pelosi reportedly plans to spend her Christmas Eve at midnight mass in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona.

Pelosi spent the last two Christmas holidays in Kona at the same hotel in an elaborate suite that rents for $10,000 a night.

Ah, but you say that Ms. Pelosi is on the large island? Guess who is vacationing in Kailua? Try the President:

K-Bay, Hawaii

News that President Barack Obama arrived in Hawaii this weekend to join his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha in time for a Christmas holiday has been covered by news media worldwide.

The first family and their friends have been enjoying a reclusive 17-day holiday vacation in beach front homes in Kailua, Oahu.

How much do you want to bet that Nancy is heading over to see the Commander-in-Chief in Kailua? You think she’ll drop in and chat with the Marines? She is on Christmas break, after all. My guess is that she’ll spread a little holiday cheer. A couple of her special smiles sure go a long way. Or perhaps, she’ll beam out the window at the guys? Lucky fellas, those K-Bay warriors. . .