SAVE THE DATE: JUMP Annual Dinner is February 20

Connecting those who have served in Japan.

SAVE THE DATE: JUMP Annual Dinner is February 20

February 20, 2019 , 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Admiral Dennis Blair and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson were guest speakers at the 2018 JUMP Annual Dinner. Photo by Joy Asico.

EVENT POSTPONED: Due to inclement weather, the JUMP Annual Dinner planned for February 20th has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled for a date in the near future.


The fourth Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) Annual Dinner will be held on February 20, at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in Washington, D.C. The JUMP program 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 the 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.

Dr. James Anderson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities. (U.S. Army photo by Monica King)

This year’s keynote speaker will be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities Dr. James H. Anderson. Prior to this appointment, Dr.  Anderson served three years as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Marine Corps University. From 2012 to 2015, he was Dean of Academics and Deputy Director at the Marine Corps War College. From 2009 to 2012, he worked as Professor of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies, where he directed the Program in Advanced Security Studies. Dr. Anderson served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2009, where he was Director of Middle East Policy in International Security Affairs, among other positions.

Previously announced keynote speaker Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Mr. Randall Schriver is unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

 The 2018 JUMP Annual Dinner featured Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson who discussed the demanding and changing role of the U.S. Air Force in the Indo-Pacific. The 2017 dinner featured a keynote address by the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, who discussed the state of the U.S.-Japan alliance and the challenges of growing maritime competition in the Asia Pacific, and a speech by Admiral (ret.) Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Commander of U.S. Pacific Command. For the 2016 Annual Dinner discussion, General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, remarked on the importance of maintaining strong allies to approach growing challenges and potential friction points in the Pacific.

The suggested uniform is Service “A” for service-members and business attire for civilians and retirees.

This invitation-only event is for JUMP members. If you aren’t already a member of JUMP, sign up now: Join JUMP.


What: JUMP Annual Dinner

When: Wednesday, February 20.  Cocktails at 5:30 p.m./Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Army and Navy Club, Farragut Square

Who: Admiral Dennis Blair and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Mr. Randall Schriver.  


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