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We recently bid farewell to Consul General Inagaki and Mrs. Inagaki at NVC Memorial Hall, sponsored by the Nikkei Community Network, on September 15th. The CG and Mrs. Inagaki are returning to Japan and will assume new duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I’m grateful for their outstanding support and involvement with NVC.  We wish them well!

On October 11th, the Association of the US Army will present the George Catlett Marshall Medal to General Eric Shinseki, USA-ret, at its annual meeting and exposition in Washington, DC. GEN Shinseki served as the 34th Army Chief of Staff and is currently the Chairman of the Army Historical Foundation. General Shinseki helped ensure various exhibits at the National Museum of the US Army incorporated the WWII Nisei soldier story. The Medal is awarded annually for selfless service to the United States of America.

Also, I thank Rick Takeuchi for his leadership in planning and coordinating NVC’s Annual Golf Tourney. Well done!

NVC elections are just around the corner, so if you’re interested in participating in the governance side of NVC, please email me at: commander.nvc.seattle@gmail.com

Finally, please keep our military members and members of the diplomatic corps in your thoughts and prayers.