Discusses strategic importance of RIMPAC
HONOLULU (August 1, 2014) — This afternoon Rep. Mark Takai attended the closing ceremonies of RIMPAC onboard the USS Ronald Reagan.
“As Hawaii establishes itself as a strategically important location in the military’s rebalance to the Pacific, RIMPAC serves as an illustration not only of the geographical importance of Hawaii, but also how critical it is for us to have working relationships with other nations’ militaries,” Takai said. “The military is very important to our state’s economy, and as a veteran and legislator I understand the importance of making sure the military and Hawaii continue to work closely together to provide for our state’s future.”
Takai went on to add, “The RIMPAC exercises were important so that we can continue to make sure the relationship between Hawaii and the military remains a symbiotic one. I was proud that I was able to bring $40 million dollars in impact aid back to Hawaii’s families from the military, and I think we need to continue to look for similar programs to invest money back in our local economy.”
Mark Takai is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or Department of the Army.