United States Air Force Colonel (ret.) Douglas Charles DeLaMater received a prestigious decoration, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, from the Government of Japan in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Japan-U.S. relations. The decoration was conferred by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan on April 29, 2017.
Colonel DeLaMater made numerous contributions to the strong partnership between the U.S. Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force at Yokata Air Base in Tokyo. Under his leadership, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force participated, for the first time, in a joint operation to deliver humanitarian and disaster relief assistance with the 374th Airlift Wing.
Sasakawa USA recently released the fifth episode of Asia on Air, its new podcast committed to delivering the latest analysis of U.S.-Asia relations. The fifth episode, entitled “What’s a War Game Without a War?” includes an interview with JUMP Executive Director, James Kendall, who explains what a tabletop exercise (or “TTX”) is, and goes on to describe the exercise conducted by Sasakawa USA involving crisis scenarios that could potentially occur in the East China Sea.
On July 27, 2017, Japan’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, hosted the 4th Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum Reception at the Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., and mentioned JUMP as an initiative that brings together service members who have served in Japan.
General Ralph E. “Ed” Eberhart supports JUMP because of JUMP’s events and activities that continue to keep those who served in Japan involved in the Japanese culture and affairs.
“The US–Japan relationship is unique, and with careful nurturing will become even stronger over time.”
Lt Gen (ret) Francis Wiercinski emphasizes the importance the teamwork between U.S. forces and JSDF, and the importance of maintaining friendships and relationships in his endorsement of JUMP.
“JUMP is a gathering place where we share our story and do our part in maintaining the U.S.-Japan alliance and the people-to-people relationships between our defense forces and families in the years ahead. It is also an important people-to-people program that continues to help us hold onto our relationships … and to live together as one team!”
Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO of Sasakawa USA, former U.S. ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, and native of San Diego, was highlighted in a recent San Diego Union Tribune article while participating in JUMP’s Marine Corps Recruit Depot Breakfast Reception event in San Diego. The article also highlighted JUMP’s activities in San Diego and throughout the U.S. At the June 15 event, Ambassador Zumwalt greeted 200 Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force recruits, on a ship visit to San Diego, with a talk on the U.S.-Japan alliance.
In May, JUMP Executive Director, James Kendall, had a meeting in Tokyo with Admiral Kawano, Chairman of the Joint Staff Office of the Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF). Kendall explained the latest activities of JUMP and thanked the Admiral for …
Adults and children alike flocked to the JUMP booth at this year’s Sakura Matsuri Street Festival, where JUMP offered free merchandise and kingyo sukui (goldfish scooping) for the second year in a row. All ages took a stab at the …