JUMP will be hosting our inaugural event in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Falcon Club on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy. This event is co-sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado. The event will feature keynote remarks by senior officials, a catered reception, and traditional Japanese musical performances.
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 Peace Foundation USA, the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS), the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado (JASSC) and the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.
Event Registration: Please send an email to email@example.com. JASSC will confirm your registration with a reply email.
The event will begin at 1:00 with a welcome from Mr. Robin Lawrentz, JASSC President, followed by brief remarks from Mr. Peter Kelley, NAJAS President. After this our special guest the Hon. Ms. Midori Takeuchi, Consul General of Japan in Denver, will give her remarks. At 1:20 pm Col Houston Cantwell, USAF, Vice Superintendent of USAFA will introduce the keynote speaker, Lt Gen John Dolan, USAF (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Forces Japan. Afterwards Lt Gen John Dolan will give his address. At 2:00 pm there will be a Q&A period with keynote speaker moderated by CAPT Christopher Rodeman, USN (Ret.), the JUMP Director. Finally, at 2:20 pm the session will adjourn to a social reception with light refreshments, entertainment, and a taiko drumming performance. The event should end by 4:00 pm.
Hon. Ms. Midori Takeuchi is currently the Consul-General of Japan in Denver, and arrived in November, 2018. The Denver Consulate is responsible for servicing the four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Consul General Takeuchi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982. Her overseas posts include the Embassy of Japan in Singapore, the Consulate General of Japan in New York, and the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit. Prior to her assignment to Denver, she served as Senior Director of Operations in the Ministry’s Foreign Service Training Institute, and as Director of the International Affairs Division at the Board of Audit in Japan. Her wide-ranging experience within the head offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs covers US politics and foreign policy, international organizations, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Forum, Asia-Europe Cooperation, international energy and trade policy, and domestic public relations.
Lt Gen John Dolan, USAF (Ret.) is vice president of Raytheon Company, United States Air Force Business Development. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2018 after 32 years of service. His last major command was Commander, United States Forces Japan. As the senior U.S. military representative in Japan, General Dolan was responsible for managing bilateral security issues, overseeing joint/bilateral exercises, administering the Status of Forces Agreement, improving combat readiness and enhancing the quality of life of 62,000 military and Department of Defense civilian personnel and 42,000 dependents. A command fighter pilot, General Dolan flew more than 4,000 flying hours, including over 200 combat missions during Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Northern Watch. General Dolan holds a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College, a master’s degree in operational art and science from the Air Command and Staff College, a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado.
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