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Oversight Hearing on "Is the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Being Properly Managed?"
Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C. 20515

Oversight Hearing on:

  • "Is the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Being Properly Managed?"

Member Statements:

The Honorable John Fleming

Witnesses and Testimony:

Panel I:

Mr. Kevin Foerster
Regional Chief for the National Wildlife Refuge System in the Pacific Region
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Mr. Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan Photographic Arts
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Mr. Mike Daak
Hilo, Hawaii

Dr. James M. D'Angelo, USAF Retired
International Midway Memorial Foundation
(Truth in Testimony Form)


The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge was established by Executive Order in 1988 and in 1999 it was designated by the Congress as a National Memorial to honor and remember the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway in June of 1942 was one of the most important battles of World War II and one of the most decisive naval battles in world history. 

Since Congress designated the Memorial in 1999, the public has frequently been denied access. Witnesses at this hearing will offer testimony on the importance of allowing public access to this Memorial and give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the opportunity to explain why it has repeatedly been denying the public the opportunity to honor those who valiantly fought in the Battle of Midway.  

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