Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., took a guided tour around the National Guard Memorial Museum and the association’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, NGAUS president, welcomed Takano to the memorial and accompanied him on the tour. Anne Armstrong, the deputy director of the National Guard Educational Foundation and museum curator, guided Takano through the museum.
Takano learned about the history of the Guard, from its formation as a militia in colonial times to the current domestic and overseas missions of the post-9/11 world.
“As Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, it's my job to advocate for veterans in every branch,” the congressman said. “I'm grateful I could tour the National Guard Memorial Museum and learn more about the National Guard's history so I can continue to serve its members in Congress.”
At the Medal of Honor exhibit, Takano noticed there was an entry for the 34th Infantry Division, 442nd Infantry Regiment, for valorous service in Italy during World War II. A Nisei regiment, these soldiers were primarily composed of second-generation American citizens with Japanese parents. Takano has an uncle who served in the regiment.
“NGAUS was honored to have Rep. Takano visit the National Guard Memorial building,” said Mike Hadley, the NGAUS legislative director. “Rep. Takano has been a tremendous advocate for National Guard and veterans issues during his time in Congress. We appreciate his constant support and look forward to working with him in the future.”
Takano is also co-chair of the Congressional Work for Warriors Caucus.