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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month:

“This May, we celebrate the seventh annual Jewish American History Month and honor the vast contributions Jewish Americans have made to our country. Overcoming prejudice in search of the freedom to practice their faith, Jewish Americans have a history that encourages and inspires us all to work towards making the world a more just and equitable place.

"For more than 350 years, Jewish Americans have led innovation in academia, science, business, and public service that have advanced our society to new heights. This month, I hope we will all honor their achievements and pay tribute to their extraordinary legacy.”

 

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus announced today that in honor of the contributions and support Washington state has given the military, one of the next five Virginia-class attack submarines will be named the USS Washington (SSN 787). The submarine will be the third ship to bear the state’s name.

The other four Virginia-class attack submarines will be named the USS Illinois (SSN 786), USS Colorado (SSN 788), USS Indiana (SSN 786) and USS South Dakota (SSN 790). The five states have not had a ship named for them in 49 years or longer.

“This is an exceptional way to recognize the men and women in Washington state who serve our country and to acknowledge the communities surrounding the base that support them in various ways,” said Congressman Smith. “I appreciate that the Navy is honoring us in this way.”

“Each of these five states serve as home to military bases that support our national defense and provide men and women that volunteer to serve their country,” said Secretary Mabus.  “I look forward to these submarines joining the fleet and representing these great states around the world.”  

These next-generation attack submarines will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation's undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They will have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.

For more information about the Virginia-class attack submarine, visit http://www.navy.mil/.

On Tuesday, April 10, Rep. Adam Smith will host U.S. Service Academy Night at Columbia Junior High School in Fife.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about obtaining a Congressional Nomination to one of the United States Service Academies, and meet field representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

This informational event is recommended for all high school and middle school students who reside in Washington State’s 9th Congressional District.

Who:  Representatives of U.S. Service Academies, interested students, and parents.

What: Informational meeting on U.S. Service Academies

Where: Columbia Junior High School
              2901 54th Ave East
              Fife, WA 98424

When:  Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m

Learn more about the U.S. Service Academy Nominations

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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement following today’s meeting with Army leaders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement following today’s meeting with Army leaders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord:

“I would like to thank the members of the Army’s senior leadership who arranged today’s meeting to discuss incidents that have occurred involving soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Their willingness to address urgent concerns that are affecting the well-being of our troops, their safety abroad and ability to successfully carry out their missions is an important step forward in supporting our men and women who serve. It is also critical to preventing future episodes that place the lives of our soldiers and civilians in jeopardy.

“I and other members of the delegation pressed General Austin to understand what policies are currently in place or need to be put in place to make sure every soldier who is living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries gets the treatment he or she needs.  These are difficult jobs with high stress levels, and the issues we see here are ones we see at every large base in our country. Our focus is on making sure there is a comprehensive plan to detect these injuries and disorders and do more to ensure that every soldier who needs treatment gets it. I will continue to closely monitor this issue to make sure all our military personnel receive the care they deserve.  

“I also want to reiterate that the killing of 17 innocent civilians in Afghanistan resulted from the actions of one individual and is not a reflection of the character of our Armed Forces nor does it reflect upon the leadership at JBLM. I have full confidence that the leadership of this base and our Armed Forces will continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of our troops while continuing to meet our national security objectives. 

“I look forward to discussing next steps and to working with the Army to implement the changes and policies discussed today in the most timely and effective manner.”

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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement in response to the Department of Interior’s announcement that it would move forward in awarding 17 grants totaling $2.9 million to preserve and interpret confinement sites around the country where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were detained during World War II
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Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement in response to the Department of Interior’s announcement that it would move forward in awarding 17 grants totaling $2.9 million to preserve and interpret confinement sites around the country where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were detained during World War II:

“I’m pleased the Department of Interior is dedicated to preserving the historic confinement sites where thousands of Japanese Americans were unjustly held during World War II. These sites will safeguard an important part of our country’s history and will ensure the stories of Japanese Americans will never be forgotten.

“In the face of fear and uncertainty, these sites remind us how important it is to protect the civil liberties of every individual in our country, at all times. I commend the Department on their decision to move forward.”

Congressman Smith is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), comprised of Members of Congress who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

The following projects from applicants in Washington State will receive awards:

*Project: “Honoring a Legacy, Forging a Future: Preserving the Stories and Collections of World War II Veterans and Internees”
Applicant: Wing Luke Memorial Foundation. (Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience), Seattle, WA Award: $170,833
Site: Minidoka National Historic Site, Jerome County, ID

*Project: “Enhancing Access to Heart Mountain Collections at Washington State University”
Applicant: Washington State University, Pullman, WA Award: $77,769
Site: Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Park County, WY

*Project: “Japanese American Confinement Sites Encyclopedia-Phase II”
Applicant: Densho, Seattle, WA Award: $362,450
Sites: Multiple

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