Honolulu –Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui and former U.S. Senator Dan Akaka administered the oath of office to Hawaii State Representative Mark Takai during his Lieutenant Colonel Promotion Ceremony. It was held in Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui’s Ceremonial Room.
“I was honored to join Sen. Akaka on this monumental day for Mark as he is officially promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Mark has found a seamless way to bridge both his careers as a member of the State House of Representatives and as an officer in the Hawaii Army National Guard and that is commendable,” said Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.
Governor Abercrombie was among several dignitaries who attended the ceremony.
Mark Takai is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard and was first elected to serve in the State House of Representatives in 1994.
“It is truly an honor to serve the Hawaii National Guard and to serve the best nation in the world and the best state in the nation,” said Representative Mark Takai.
Mark Takai is a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. Takai was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) on July 19, 1999 and worked as the Preventive Medical Officer. Currently, he is the Division Chief for Soldiers Services and a School Liaison for the HIARNG. Additionally, Takai serves as the President of the Hawaii National Guard Association and the President of the National Guard Association-Hawaii Insurance, Inc.
Takai served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Base Operations Officer (Camp Mayor) at Camp Patriot, Kuwait from February 2009 to September 2009. He served as the Company Commander of Charlie Company (Medical), 29th Brigade Support Battalion from November 2006 to May 2008. Mark was also called to active duty for six months (May to November 2005) and served as the Hawaii Army National Guard Deputy State Surgeon.
Among his numerous awards and decorations, Takai received the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Army in 2009, the Distinguished Service Medal from the National Guard Association of the United States in 2011, and the Hawaii Distinguished Service Order in 2012.
Takai’s official date of rank as Lieutenant Colonel was May 14, 2013.