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Each graduating class participates in the class picture taking.

Class picture 2004

Each graduating class participates in the class picture taking.

Gordon Cooper

Ex-Astronaut

Gordon Cooper, one of America's original Mercury Seven astronauts, flew the last and longest Project Mercury orbital mission and spent eight days in space aboard Gemini 5. He was born in Shawnee, Okla., on March 6, 1927. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1956 and an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Oklahoma City University in 1967. Cooper received an Army commission after completing three years of the University of Hawaii. He transferred his commission to the Air Force and was placed on active duty by that service in 1949 and given flight training. Following training he was assigned to the 86th Fighter Bomb Group in Munich, Germany, where he flew F-84 and F-86 jets for four years. He returned to the United States and after two years of study at the Air Force Institute of Technology received his degree. He attended the Air Force Experimental Flight Test School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and upon graduating in 1957, was assigned as an aeronautical engineer and test pilot in the Performance Engineering Branch of the Flight Test Division at Edwards. Cooper was selected by NASA in 1959 as one of the original seven Mercury astronauts.

Major General G.F. Lee

The Adjutant General, State of Hawaii

Major General Robert G. F. Lee was appointed as the Adjutant General, State of Hawaii, on January 1, 2003. As the Adjutant General, he serves as director of a diverse organization which encompasses both the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard; the State Civil Defense; the State’s Office of Veterans Services; and the Youth Challenge Academy, a residential mentorship program for at-risk youths. In addition, he acts as the Governor’s advisor on Homeland Security issues. Major General Lee’s military career began on May 23, 1971, when he was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant thru the Army’s ROTC program. Prior to his appointment as the Adjutant General, Major General Lee served in a variety of command and staff officer positions; culminating, most recently, in his assignment as the Commanding General, 9th Regional Support Command, United States Army Reserve.

COL(R) Ed Gayagas

President of UH Army ROTC Alumni Association

Commissioned Aug '62; served with the 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Armored Division, various positions within hospitals; last assignment was Tripler Army Medical Center; Former general contractor and health care facilities consultant; Married to Norma Souza; three children, two of whom are graduates of the US Military Academy. Currently serves as the President, UH ROTC Alumni Association. UH Army ROTC was instrumental in providing me with the very basic fundamentals of leadership, management and combat skills necessary in effectively functioning as a leader in demanding situations. The skills learned while in MS III and IV were especially helpful in easing my transitioning from a cadet to a second lieutenant.