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Cwislyn K. Walter Obituary

Lt. Col. Moses Kaoiwi said Cwislyn K. Walter had a positive impact and brought out the best in everyone. "In my 26 years of service, Specialist Walter ranks among the best that I have had the honor to have known and worked with," Kaoiwi said. "She was young and motivated. She had initiative and produced quality work." Walter, 19, of Honolulu, died Feb. 19 in Kuwait City of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. She was a 2007 high school graduate and was assigned to Honolulu. On her MySpace page, Walter said she was born in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, raised on Guam, and has two sisters, three brothers and "two very luvin'' parents." Walter joined the Hawaii National Guard in April 2007 and completed her basic training at Fort Gordon. She was also trained at Fort Jackson as a human resources specialist. Spc. Lindsey Lafitaga, a close friend, said, "We had this look we''d give to each other, a wink of an eye, then bam! We''d start dancing and going crazy." She was an outfielder on her high school varsity softball team. "She was very full of life," said former teammate Mara Vasai.
Published online on 2/22/2009.