We're so proud of Tulsi for being selected as one of the 2010 finalists for a White House Fellowship. Tulsi applied to the program along with about 700 other people across the nation. After a rigorous interview process, she has been asked to go to Washington D.C. in June for another round of interviews. She is the only finalist from Hawai'i. Read more about it
Tulsi Gabbard came home after her 2nd tour of duty in the Middle East with the Hawai'i Army National Guard on August 18th. As a First Lieutenant, Tulsi served as a military police officer and led a platoon of 33 soldiers and conducted a variety of security missions, as well as training with the Kuwait National Guard. Tulsi is now getting some well-deserved rest & relaxation and she is planning her next step. We're very proud of her, and all the 1,700 returning warriors of the 29th Brigade Combat Team and thank them for their service to our state and country.
ceremony was held on April 1, 2007 to commission Tulsi Gabbard into the Hawaii Army National Guard, and pin her with her
new rank of Second Lieutenant.
Tulsi was elected to the Hawaii State House of Representatives
in 2002, at 21 years old, becoming the youngest legislator ever
elected in Hawaii. She enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard
in 2003, and shipped off to boot camp shortly after the legislative
session was complete. As she campaigned for re-election in 2004,
the 29th Brigade Combat Team was activated for a combat tour in
Iraq. Even though not personally called up for duty, Tulsi knew
that she could not stay behind. She volunteered to deploy with
the 29th BCT and withdrew from her re-election campaign.
recently, she completed 60 days of rigorous training at the Alabama
Military Academy's Officer Candidate School. The training was
physically and mentally tough, with virtually no contact with
the outside world. Out of 155 graduates from 42 states, Tulsi
received awards as the Distinguished Honor Graduate, due to her
being at the overall top of her class in leadership evaluations,
academics, physical fitness, and peer evaluations. Tulsi also
made history by becoming the first female Distinguished Honor
Graduate in the Alabama Military Academy's 50 year history.
very proud and yet humbled by the experience, and by the show
of support for her commissioning. She said, "I learned so
much from being trained by the best the Army has, and look forward
to what lies ahead as a leader in the Hawaii Army National Guard."
She continued, "Being a leader of soldiers carries a great
amount of responsibility. You are responsible for soldiers' lives.
This is a responsibility that I take very seriously."
K. Akaka and his wife, Millie, were present to assist Mike and
Carol Gabbard with the pinning of the Second Lieutenant rank.
General Robert Lee swore Tulsi in, reciting the Oath of Office,
and spoke to the audience about the modern mission of the Hawaii
Army National Guard, and what it means to serve as a young leader
in today's Army.
WELCOME HOME TULSI!
The end of January 2006 brought Tulsi and all our brave Hawaii
soldiers back home to us. Her homecoming brought to close a long
year of mixed emotions in our family. Every day we thought about
Tulsi, what she was doing, where she was, how many mortars came
into the camp that day, etc. Every time she told us she was flying
to Baghdad on a Blackhawk, our hearts froze until we knew she
had completed her mission and was back at her camp. We did our
best to hide our worries from Tulsi, to ensure that her head was
clear and so she wouldn't worry about us too much.
Seeing Tulsi and the 250+ other
soldiers standing tall in the hangar at Kalaeloa Air Field, their
eyes wandering through the crowd looking for their respective
families, the sun gently rising in the background, and the National
Anthem playing, I was so proud to be the father of a brave American
It was a long year for us, but
we are so proud of Tulsi and our other soldiers for what they
accomplished in the Middle East. They played a part in making
history in Iraq . They represented our state very well. They completed
the mission, and came home. Our deepest condolences go out to
the families of the 29th BCT soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice
for our country and freedom, and in our hearts, we share their