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by Walter Tanimoto
March 2020, Volume 70, Issue 3


First a few acknowledgements: 

We thank Shane Sato for visiting the NVC Memorial Hall in March and honoring our WWII veterans.  Shane’s second book The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Legacy showcases many of our veterans at the NVC. 

We also thank Lane Nishikawa for making the trip to Seattle and showing us his latest film Our Lost Years.  The film provides a concise history of the Japanese American experience from before the war through redress. 

Thank you to Bev Kashino and Derek Ueyji for providing AV support for both the Shane Sato and Lane Nishikawa events.

Thanks also go to Ats Kiuchi for representing the NVC at the Starbuck event and sitting in the veterans panel discussion. 

Congratulations to the new officers at the Nisei Veterans Committee and NVC Foundation for 2020-2021!  Meet President David Fukuhara.  David is no stranger to both organizations and brings his strong organizational skills and knowledge of the NVC as a Sansei growing up with the Nisei Vets.  I look forward to working with David this upcoming year as I will be returning as commander of the NVC. 

By now everyone should be aware of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Coronavirus.  COVID-19 continues to have effects across King County as is spreads throughout Washington State.  As a precaution, we have cancelled all public events in March and April: the installation banquet, the open house, and the speaker events.  We will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and decide on May events at a later date.  Take care of yourself and don’t underestimate the virus.  Keep an eye out for our Nisei seniors and keep them safe. 

Lastly, I would like to share some exciting news.  The legacy of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team continues in Honolulu, HI with the 100th Battalion, United States Army Reserves.  We had three soldiers from the 100th visit the NVC and NVC Foundation last year at Installation, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day, but in the future, we can expect the 100th to be a little closer to Seattle. 

A company from the 100th will be relocating to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).  The Company is Charlie Company.  We can expect the reflagging process to JBLM to take a couple of years.  JBLM is a premier location offering the facilities, support network, Air-Sea-Rail embarkation area, and training areas from the desert dust at Yakima Training Center to the woodland forest on JBLM itself.  Most importantly, JBLM is a base of soldiers to recruit from two Stryker units.  We hope the Company embeds with the NVC and we are dreaming of the day we can link the soldiers from WWII with the soldiers presently serving in this legacy unit.  Stayed tuned for more information.

In closing I am looking forward to my third term as the NVC Commander and working with you all in 2020-2021!

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