The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye led his men through an intense attack and endured the loss of his right arm, but fought on. He was a war hero before he was a senator, and now a fighter squadron operations aircraft maintenance facility bears his name.
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“What Senator Inouye was able to bring to the Air National Guard was incredible,” said USAF Lt. Col. Brad Spears. “This building is a perfect example of it. The F-22(s) sitting behind us are a perfect example of it. He understood what air power in the Pacific meant.”
The facility cost $43 million. It is the only one of its kind in the country, and is designed specifically for Hawaii.
A C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft was also named the "Spirit of Daniel Inouye."
Before his passing, Inouye earned two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star Medal and the Naval Heritage Award.