WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors:
“The outstanding men and women who comprise the Cadet Wing at the U.S. Air Force Academy represent some of our nation’s best and brightest. I am honored to accept this appointment to the Academy’s Board of Visitors and stand ready to work with my Board colleagues and Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the first woman ever to lead a U.S. military academy, to ensure the Air Force Academy provides the best possible education and training for our next generation of leaders. I also want to thank Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Senators Harry Reid and Jack Reed, for entrusting me with this unique responsibility which includes the opportunity to help guide the development of our nation’s future military leaders.”
Through this appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, Senator Hirono, who in addition to serving as Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Seapower Subcommittee also serves on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, will play an important role in the development of our future military leaders.
The U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors provides the Secretary of Defense and Congress independent advice and recommendations on issues including the morale, discipline, curriculum and social climate at the Academy. Fifteen members make up the board—six appointed by the President, four designated by the Speaker of the House, three designated by the Vice President, and the Chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees.