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President Geri Lynne Egeler and I combined our January columns because we discovered that we addressed the same sentiment: gratitude!

In 2022, Japanese Ambassador Tomita, Embassy of Japan; Chief Diaz, Seattle Police Department; Lieutenant General Brunson, Commanding General, First Corps; Colonel Kawachi, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Army Military Attaché, Embassy of Japan; and Rear Admiral Collins, Commander Navy Region (Northwest) visited us.  Mr. Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of the Japan-America Societies (NAJAS), also attended one of our events.  We wish him well as he approaches the end of his tenure as president of the NAJAS.  Actor George Takei learned about our respective missions because we facilitated his participation as the keynote speaker at the US Air Force Academy’s Character and Leadership Symposium.

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President Geri Lynne Egeler and I combined our January columns because we discovered that we addressed the same sentiment: gratitude!

In 2022, Japanese Ambassador Tomita, Embassy of Japan; Chief Diaz, Seattle Police Department; Lieutenant General Brunson, Commanding General, First Corps; Colonel Kawachi, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Army Military Attaché, Embassy of Japan; and Rear Admiral Collins, Commander Navy Region (Northwest) visited us.  Mr. Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of the Japan-America Societies (NAJAS), also attended one of our events.  We wish him well as he approaches the end of his tenure as president of the NAJAS.  Actor George Takei learned about our respective missions because we facilitated his participation as the keynote speaker at the US Air Force Academy’s Character and Leadership Symposium.

We are pleased with our efforts to partner with local and national organizations to tell the story of the WWII Nisei Soldier experience.  Their loyalty, patriotism, and belief that our nation’s system of justice would ultimately prevail will continue to inspire and inform future generations.

Finally, our gratitude extends to you, too.  We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you even more this coming year.

Michael Yaguchi, NVC Commander
Geri Lynne Nakao-Egeler, NVC Foundation President