Hello from Honolulu

We’ve finally made it!! After traveling over 2000 nautical miles we have docked in Honolulu for the day! Due to the inability to get off the ship, (this is only a refueling port) I am fortunate enough to have had a field class for International Security.

For my class we were able to travel to PACOM HQ, (Pacific Command) and have a meeting with two officers about what they do and how to approach security. From there we went to the aviation museum for lunch and got a tour of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

This was a very interesting trip because I finally got to understand why the US feels like they have a role to play in most international affairs. I also got to see how they portray the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War 2 with little to no mention of the affects it had on the Japanese as well as Japanese-Americans (mainly in the sense of the atomic bombs and internment camps).

As this is the final day of being in the USA for a few months, it is starting to hit me that I will be traveling the world.

It has been a long day of calling loved ones and having class, I will write more soon but first, time for a Walmart trip at 1845! (I’m used to military time now)

Lauren


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