Stanford Student Interned with Military in Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands are perhaps best known for their lush landscape, tropical climate and rich culture. But, as coterm Rachel Hirshman learned this summer, the islands also play an important role in the United States’ military operations.

For nine weeks, Hirshman interned at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, a combatant command center near Honolulu that oversees the U.S. military’s operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Hirshman assisted with the planning and execution of joint military exercises and operations and saw firsthand what it takes to coordinate four branches of the military in one of the most socially, economically and geopolitically diverse parts of the world.

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