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Date: March 18, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Timezone: America/New York

CANCELLED: JUMP Social Hour – Naval Station Norfolk

March 18, 2020 , 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (America/New York)

UPDATE: Due to ongoing public health concerns, we will no longer be holding this event. Our thanks to all who were planning to attend, and we hope to see you at more JUMP events in the future.

JUMP will be hosting our inaugural event in Norfolk, Virginia on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Vista Point Center located on base at Naval Station Norfolk. This social hour will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM and will feature a catered buffet dinner and open bar. JUMP Director CAPT Chris Rodeman (USN, Ret.) will deliver introductory remarks and the keynote speaker will be Rear Admiral Charles “Chip” Rock, Commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.

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), and the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.

Event Registration: Please register for the event here.

If you have questions, please email our JUMP Director at

Keynote Speaker:

Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock is a native of upstate New York. He was commissioned in 1987 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Texas A&M University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. Rock holds a Master of Arts in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

His assignments at sea include Combat Information Center Officer aboard USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG 27); Electrical Officer aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); Operations Officer on USS Cole (DDG 67) and USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55); Executive Officer aboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and Commanding Officer on High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2).

Ashore, he has served as Command, Control and Communications Plans Officer, U.S. European Command; Military Assistant to the Political Advisor, U.S. Joint Forces Command; Deputy Executive Assistant and Flag Secretary to the Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command and the Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation; Division Chief, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Chief of Staff, Navy Installations Command; Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan and Commandant, Naval District Washington.

Rock assumed command of the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region on July 20, 2018.

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