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Governor Lingle Proclamation: Cwislyn K. Walter (Flags at Half Staff Today)


The people of Hawai‘i mourn the loss of Specialist Cwislyn K. Walter of Honolulu, a solider assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Hawai‘i Army National Guard, who died a hero, sacrificing her life to protect her soldiers, our freedom and the principles of democracy in Kuwait. She made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation on February 19, 2009, in Kuwait.
A 2007 Farrington High School graduate, Specialist Walter will be remembered for her initiative, quality work and positive attitude.
Our great nation exists because of brave people like Specialist Walter. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and fellow soldiers serving in harm’s way. Out of deep respect and gratitude, we mourn the passing and honor the memory of



THEREFORE, I, LINDA LINGLE, Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, do hereby order the lowering of both the United States Flag, in accordance with H.R. 692, and the Hawai‘i State Flag to half-staff on all federal, state and county buildings from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, and encourage our residents and visitors to offer their condolences to the Walter family.

DONE at the State Capitol, in the Executive Chambers, Honolulu, State of Hawai‘i, this twenty-sixth day of February 2009.

Linda Lingle
Governor, State of Hawai‘i


HIARNG SPC Cwislyn (pronounced swiss-lynn) K Walter, 19, of Honolulu, HI died in Kuwait City, Kuwait of injuries from a non-combat related vehicle accident. She was assigned to the 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the Hawaii National Guard. Cwislyn was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle on a trip from Camp Virginia to Camp Arifjan when the accident occurred. The incident is under investigation at this time as three other National Guard soldiers were seriously injured at the same time. The 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion left Fort Hood, TX on Oct. 22 for Kuwait with 1,200 soldiers from Hawaii. Cwislyn graduated from Farrington High School in 2007 where she excelled on the varsity softball team as an outfielder where she was the shortest player on the team at about 5 feet, but she was fast and could hit. She was also a member of Island Harmony, a Polynesian dance group at Farrington and liked reggae music. Born in Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia, raised on Guam, Cwislyn had been living in Kalihi, HI for two years. She enlisted in the Hawaii National Guard in April 2007 and went to Fort Gordon, GA for her basic and advanced individual training as a signal support systems specialist. Then she obtained follow on training at Fort Jackson, SC as a human resources specialist. On her MySpace page she referred to herself as “Soljah girl.” Besides her parents Cwislyn leaves behind two sisters and three brothers.

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