The fifth annual Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) Dinner took place on Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in Washington, D.C. The speaker for this year’s dinner was Admiral Patrick Walsh, (USN, Ret.), Commander of Joint Support Force, Operation TOMODACHI. Operation TOMODACHI responded to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
Opening and introductory remarks were made by the JUMP Director CAPT Chris Rodeman (USN, Ret.) and Dr. Satohiro Akimoto, President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. The toast for the evening was made by Charge’ d’Affaires Kazutoshi Aikawa, from the Embassy of Japan. Admiral Dennis Blair, (USN, Ret.), led the salon-style discussion about Operation TOMODACHI and the future of U.S.-Japan collaboration. The speakers allowed two guests, Admiral William Fallon (USN, Ret.) and General Gary North (USAF, Ret.) to offer brief remarks as well.
Thank you to all 115 guests who came out to enjoy the dinner. Please enjoy some photos from the evening.
JUMP seeks to bring together those American service members, government employees, and their families who have served in Japan and would like to remain in contact with Japanese culture, language, and people, as well as stay informed about the U.S.-Japan Alliance. The program is a collaboration between Sasakawa USA, the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS), and the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.
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