Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Air Force Association would like to express our sincere condolences on the recent passing of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
We had the honor of knowing him and the greatest respect for his life’s work. Sen. Inouye was a 2005 recipient of AFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes not a single achievement, but a lifetime of work in the advancement of aerospace.
Sen. Inouye was a World War II combat veteran. He returned home highly decorated with a Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star, Purple Heart with cluster and 12 additional medals and citations. His Distinguished Service Cross was later upgraded to Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest award for military valor.
First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962, Sen. Inouye was serving his ninth consecutive term at the time of his passing. He dedicated his career to strengthening national security and enhancing the quality of life for military personnel and their families. He also addressed important issues including aviation and maritime transportation as the Co-Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.
He was well known and highly respected for his bipartisan approach and consensus building on the Hill. He truly was a valued member in the community and his own profession. Our deepest sympathy is with his family and friends.
His service to our country should be an example for all of us.