16:38 PM

Pacific Region Leaders Honored for Nuclear Attack False Alarm Response

Cols. Tim Hahn and Jeff Wong were presented with Civil Air Patrol’s Exceptional Service Medal for their actions in January 2018 when false warnings of an imminent nuclear attack on Hawaii were broadcast to the area.

The warnings were broadcast to cell phones, television and radio as CAP’s Pacific Region leaders were convening for their annual Commander’s Call the morning of Jan. 13 at the Coconut Beach Marriott in Kapaa. Hahn and Wong took charge of the situation and began organizing a shelter-in-place plan for not only CAP members but also civilian guests of the hotel.

Without their actions, panic could have ensued at the hotel.

Hahn is interim commander of the Alaska Wing as well as Pacific Region vice commander. He previously commanded the Nevada Wing.

Wong is Pacific Region government relations adviser and served as Hawaii Wing commander from March 2013-April 2015.