Aloha dear friends,
We hope you and your family enjoyed the holiday season, and made your New Year resolutions for 2014.
Irene recently returned from a special trip to Israel where she participated in the naming of the Arrow 3 Simulation laboratory for our beloved Senator. She and the Defense Minister planted an olive tree at the entrance of the defense compound to memorialize the day. It is the first time that a military facility will be named to honor a non-Israeli. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also shared his affection for Senator, commenting that “he was a hero in America and hero in Israel.”
In the Asia-Pacific, the government of Japan has established the Tomodachi Inouye Scholars as a part of its Kakehashi student exchange program. This program will support 100 American undergraduate students to visit Japan for a short-term exchange, and 100 Japanese undergraduate students to visit the United States in 2014. The goal is to embed the Senator's story, legacy and values into the scholar's program as a means of engaging a "Tomodachi generation" of young Japanese and American leaders committed to learning about each other's cultures and countries with the hope that it contribute to a more cooperative and prosperous world. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S.-Japan Council will assist the Japanese government to ensure a successful launch of the Tomodachi Inouye Scholars.
Senator would often say that when you take the time to focus on similarities and common ground – when you can disagree without being disagreeable – so much more can be accomplished. He applied this simple lesson to all of his work, whether at home or abroad. The recognition of his leadership internationally is indeed most heartwarming.
We also received wonderful news about the USS Daniel Inouye. All of the major ship component systems are now under contract, and efforts are underway to begin construction in the summer at the Bath Iron Works in Maine. This DDG#51 class destroyer will be equipped with the world’s most integrated naval weapon system to provide the Navy with a 21st century fighting edge. Senator believed that the best way to prevent war was to be prepared for war. As much as he would not have wanted things named for him, we really do think he would have liked this accolade – it is a very big ship!
Family, former staff and close friends remembered Dan on the anniversary of his passing on December 17th. It was warm, simple, and still emotional. We miss him dearly, and recommitted ourselves to continue our collective efforts to tell his story and inspire future leaders with his courage, humility and unwavering hope for the future.
Thank you for your continuing support, friendship, and kindness.
Irene, Kenny & Jennifer
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