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Clockwise from top left: L-R (sitting) Cohort 4 participants Albert Niko (15C4, Samoa), Thomas Zackious (15C4, Kiribati), Maciu Saukuru (15C4, Fiji) and Togi Fauena (15C4, Samoa) (standing) with Pacific Desk and NOAA/NWS staff H. Gingerlei Porter, David Hitzl, Edward Young, Tom Evans, Jennifer Strahl and Thomas Okamura. Image 2: 15C4 participants outside the WFO Honolulu at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Image 3: 15C4 participants working on satellite communications module.  Image 4: 15C4 participants working on satellite communications module.

Four complete C4 and six welcomed for C5 training at Pacific Desk

Togi Fauena (Samoa), Albert Niko (Samoa), Maciu Saukuru (Fiji) and Thomas Zackious (Kiribati) completed Cohort 4: 4 September to 9 October 2015 of the Pacific Desk Onsite Training in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Since 2001, the Pacific International Training Desk has trained 87 participants from 17 countries (See Table 1).

Immediately after Cohort 4, the Pacific Desk welcomed participants for Cohort 5: 19 October to 13 November.  Cohort 5 participants are from Fiji, Kiribati Samoa and Tonga.  Tomasi Cati (Fiji), Annie Maua (Samoa), Manu Solomona (Samoa), Katanute Tuevi (Kiribati), Sione Tuungafasi (Tonga) and Samiu Vaitaki (Tonga) will receive training on available tools and resources to assist with weather forecasting and information dissemination/communications. 

Table 1: Pacific Desk participant count 2001-2015.
Top Image: Samiu Vaitaki (15C5, Tonga), Tomasi Cati (15C5, Fiji), Jennifer Strahl (Pacific Desk), H. Gingerlei Porter (Pacific Desk), Sione Tuungafasi (15C5, Tonga) and David Hitzl (Pacific Desk).  Bottom left: H. Gingerlei Porter, Tomasi Cati (15C5, Fiji), Samiu Vaitaki (15C5, Tonga), Thomas Okamura, Sean Okamoto, David Hitzl, Sione Tuungafasi (15C5, Tonga) and Jennifer Strahl.  Bottom right: 15C5 participants and instructors with Edward Young, Deputy Director NWS PR, Tom Evans, Acting MIC WFO Honolulu and Acting Director of Operations NWS Honolulu Jay Breidenbach.
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