Worth the wait

Curtis Broyles, a campus security officer at the Kauai Community College, waited a long time to meet Sen. Mazie Hirono.

“When I found out she was coming to visit the Veterans Support Center, I was excited,” Broyles said. “I got these pieces together and a thank you letter with Caralyn’s picture so I could thank her personally for her recommendation.”

His daughter Caralyn, a 2009 Waimea High School graduate, earned a recommendation from Hirono to the United States Naval Academy.

“She graduated from the USNA in 2013,” Curtis wrote in his letter to Hirono. “Following graduation, Caralyn attended the Marine Corps school for officers where she graduated with the rank of Second Lieutenant.”

With a field of study in Logistics, Caralyn is currently the training officer of a regiment of about 2,000 solders at Camp Pendleton, California. She is expected to be promoted to First Lieutenant at the end of May, Curtis said.

“I just want to thank you for the recommendation you gave for my daughter Caralyn,” Curtis said. “We are so proud of her and will never forget when she received your recommendation.

Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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