Sec Army, USARPAC CG pay respects to late HI senator

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HONOLULU — Gen. Vincent Brooks (left), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific; Secretary of the Army John McHugh (center); and Gene Castagnetti, director, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific,  honor fallen U.S. service members during a wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery, here, July 23. McHugh laid the traditional wreath during the ceremony, after which he also visited the burial site of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

HONOLULU — Gen. Vincent Brooks (left), commander, U.S. Army-Pacific; Secretary of the Army John McHugh (center); and Gene Castagnetti, director, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, honor fallen U.S. service members during a wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery, here, July 23. McHugh laid the traditional wreath during the ceremony, after which he also visited the burial site of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

U.S. Army-Pacific News Release

HONOLULU — Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, honored the late Senator Daniel Inouye, July 23, at a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

At the time of his death in December, Inouye was the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history.

HONOLULU — Secretary of the Army John McHugh pays his respects to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, here, July 23. Prior to the gravesite visit, McHugh, along with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, and Gene Castagnetti, cemetery director, honored fallen U.S. service members with a wreath-laying ceremony. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

HONOLULU — Secretary of the Army John McHugh pays his respects to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, here, July 23. Prior to the gravesite visit, McHugh, along with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, and Gene Castagnetti, cemetery director, honored fallen U.S. service members with a wreath-laying ceremony. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Inouye enlisted in the Army and served with the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The unit was comprised of Japanese-Americans who fought the enemy overseas and prejudices at home.

Given a battlefield commission, Inouye displayed gallantry in combat leading his men, despite being wounded several times, including the loss of his right arm.

Inouye was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, but the award was upgraded decades later to the Medal of Honor.

Inouye’s relationship with the Army continued through his entire life, and he championed the cause to elevate USARPAC to a four-star command.

McHugh said that the appointment of Brooks to be that four-star commander “speaks very clearly as to our role in the international defense posture, our intent to be very forward-leaning in making the Army part of the future in this region.”

“Really for us, it is a return to our roots,” McHugh said. “It may not be evident to everyone, but the fact of the matter is the Army has for decades upon decades been a major presence in the Pacific.

HONOLULU — Soldiers with U.S. Army-Pacific render honors during a wreath-laying ceremony in which Secretary of the Army John McHugh honored fallen U.S. service members at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, here, July 23. McHugh was joined by Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC, at the ceremony. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

HONOLULU — Soldiers with U.S. Army-Pacific render honors during a wreath-laying ceremony in which Secretary of the Army John McHugh honored fallen U.S. service members at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, here, July 23. McHugh was joined by Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander, USARPAC, at the ceremony. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

“The last 12 years have caused us to focus in two theaters of conflict,” McHugh continued, “but as those have begun to wind down in the last year, it allows us to get back to the things we’ve been doing very, very well for a very long time.”

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