NVC Newsletter

Commander's Column

by Walter Tanimoto
November 2018, Volume 68, Issue 10

Season’s Greetings!

By the time you get this newsletter we should be well into the holiday season and gearing up for some holiday cheer with friends and family.  To quote Andy Williams, “. . . this is the most wonderful time of the year . . .” and we have many things to be thankful for.

First, I want to congratulate Nisei Veterans Committee life member Stan Seo on his promotion to Colonel in the United States Army!  Colonel Seo’s military record speaks for itself; he is an Army War College graduate.  Colonel Seo serves his community as a Captain in the King County Sheriff’s Department, and he is a leader in his son’s Boy Scout troop.  Colonel Seo is highly respected by all who have worked with him.

Please attend the NVC Community Christmas Party scheduled for 9 December at the NVC Memorial Hall.  This year we have Roberto the Magnificent performing a comedy, juggling, and unicycle act.

In December 2004, I spent one Christmas deployed in Iraq, and it was the most memorable Christmas in my life, in a good way.  One would think Christmas away from your family and deployed to a country where they are shooting at you would suck, and I have to tell you I thought that as well until the day my Executive Officer (XO) walked into the operations center with a package from home.  In the package was not only food but Christmas decorations.  The package included some holiday home treats, a Christmas book, a little Christmas tree, Christmas decorations, and antlers.  We spent the rest of the day getting ready for a patrol, writing orders, and preparing updates eating treats and decorating our little area of the operations center with some holiday cheer.  This one package from home brightened the entire section’s Christmas holiday and provided some relief from the stresses of being deployed.  It also made me realize why I was in Iraq, and reinforced in me my soldiers are my family.

Every holiday season since 2004, I am thankful for having such great friends and family around me; I am thankful we live in a free democratic country with running water, electricity, laws, food, and more.  Yes, we have areas to work on, but if you have ever lived in a country where there are no human or civil rights, unreliable water, electricity, food or healthcare, you will appreciate living in the United States, and understand why so many people risk their lives to get here.  We live in the greatest nation in the world, where we can provide for our families and give them a foothold for their future.

Lastly, during this holiday season, please remember to thank our service members around the world defending our freedom.

Happy Holidays!

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Xmas photo 1: This is a photo by the Brigade Christmas tree just before going
on patrol.
Xmas photo 2: This is a photo of me with one of the Antlers. We all took turns
during the holidays wearing the two sets of antlers.
Xmas photo 3: This is the little Christmas tree in our section we received in the
package and some of the Christmas decorations.