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 …
Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr., USMC (ret.), endorses JUMP as a way to stay connected, relive great connections, and help to shape the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance.
“Throughout my 41-year career, my most memorable and rewarding years were spent in Japan,” he recounts. “The historical and cultural opportunities that my family and I were able to experience were only second to the true friendships we developed with our Japanese hosts.”
This blog post was written by Brian Graf, Program Officer for Sasakawa USA and the Japan-US Military Program. Prior to joining Sasakawa USA, Brian worked in the Kansai region for five years as a Language Instructor and Assistant Trainer for ECC …
The importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance as a critical partnership during a period of increasingly fast-paced maritime competition was stressed at the Second Annual JUMP Dinner in Washington, D.C. on March 16.
Exploring the theme of the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance, the dinner brought together over 100 JUMP members at the prestigious Army and Navy Club to enjoy the company of others who have served in Japan and hear about the state of the alliance from keynote speaker, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Michael Richardson.
More than 100 Air Force service members who have been stationed in Japan had the opportunity to reunite at the United States Air Force Japan Reunion event, hosted at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. on March 10. Distinguished guests shared memories from their time serving in Japan, reunited with their fellow service members in Misawa, Yokota and Kadena, and heard about how the Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) provides opportunities for veterans to continue to stay engaged with the U.S.-Japan alliance.