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September 16, 2009
The Aerospace Industries Association presents Senator Daniel K. Inouye with the prestigious Wings of Liberty Award today, in recognition of his longtime support of the aerospace and defense industry.
Inouye, the second most-senior member of the U.S. Senate, has been a member and former chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee for 40 years and a member of the Appropriations Committee, which he now chairs, for 38 years. In that capacity, Senator Inouye has enabled our military to be the best equipped in the world.
“Senator Inouye is a true patriot and has spent a lifetime in service to our nation,” said Robert J. Stevens, chairman of the AIA Board of Governors. “He understands the strategic importance of the aerospace and defense industry to our national security and economy.” Stevens is also chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation.
“It is an honor to present Sen. Inouye with the aerospace industry’s highest award,” added AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “His untiring Senate leadership serves as a bulwark for our position as a global leader in aerospace.”
The eight-term senator served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was wounded in combat in Italy. He later received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, for his wartime service.
The award is presented periodically to members of Congress who have made significant contributions to help bolster aerospace and national defense. The award, which embodies the spirit of America and the drive to achieve any dream, was made at a reception on Capitol Hill, one of several events celebrating National Aerospace Day. Past honorees include former Transportation Secretary and U.S. Rep. Norman Mineta, Rep. Donald Manzullo, Sen. John Warner, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Rep. Norm Dicks.