Sen. Daniel K. Inouye dies at age 88
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a decorated war hero, senator and fervent National Guard supporter, died Monday at the age of 88. Inouye was well-known in the halls of the Capitol as a quiet but effective senator. He was first elected to Congress as a House member in 1959, the same year Hawaii became a state. He tirelessly worked on behalf of the National Guard, helping to secure billions for better equipment and high priority items.
He was also a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all Japanese-American unit that fought in Europe. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in Italy in 1945.
Recently, as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Inouye worked to ensure that the Guard had sufficient funding and resources to respond to their increased call-ups domestically and overseas, including increased National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA) funding to procure high priority items. In the last 10 years, the Guard has received over $7 billion in NGREA funding, which has helped resource the Guard with much needed modernized equipment.
Inouye was one of the loudest champions of National Guard empowerment and supported last year's push to secure a seat at the Joint Chiefs of Staff table for the National Guard.