More than 200 Marines and their families had the opportunity to share their stories and experiences of living and serving in Japan last Friday when JUMP, in coordination with the Embassy of Japan’s Defense Attache Office, hosted an event at the MCB Quantico officer’s club.
The event included addresses from leaders such as RADM Yuki Sekiguchi, Defense and Naval Attaché, Embassy of Japan; LtGen Robert S. Walsh, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration; LtGen (Ret.) Wallace “Chip” Gregson Jr., former Commanding General of the Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Forces Central Command; and LtGen Mark A. Brilakis, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. The event also included a presentation on the JUMP Program by LtCol (Ret) James Kendall, the director of JUMP.
The final address of the evening was a moving toast from LtGen (Ret.) Kenneth J. Glueck Jr., the former Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration, and the former Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. The toast reinforced the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance, with Glueck reminding those in attendance how precious that bond is, and how important it is to hold on tightly to those friendships formed overseas.
The highlight of the evening was a traditional Okinawan Dance performance, called Eisaa, by Okinawa-kai, a non-profit organization from Washington, D.C. dedicated to preserving the beautiful traditions of Okinawan culture. The performance included some of the organization’s younger members, to the delight of all those in attendance.
This event at MCB Quantico confirmed the sense of community and friendship that develops, not only between our two militaries, but also those that we serve with during deployment. This was exemplified by the excitement evident on the faces of the families in attendance reconnecting for the first time since being deployed together years previously in Okinawa and around Japan.
The JUMP team would like to say thank you to the Marines at Quantico, the Emabassy of Japan, and all the families in attendance that made this evening such a wonderful occasion. We look forward to more successful events in the near future!
View more photos from this event at Quantico in the gallery below or view NHK news clips from the event here.
The U.S.-Japan military alliance and efforts to bring together those who have served in Japan were highlighted Saturday on NHK news after new crews attended an event hosted by the Defense Attaché office of the Embassy of Japan in the United States in collaboration with JUMP.
The reunion event at Marine Corps Base Quantico brought together more than 200 active and retired service members and their families who have served in Japan. The event included a reception, remarks from the host and distinguished guests, a briefing on JUMP, a toast, a performance of traditional Okinawan Eisaa dance, and comments from Marines reflecting on their memories in Japan.
“We continue to thank our friendship and close ties with the United States Marine Corps — Ooh-Rah!” said RADM Yuki Sekiguchi, Defense Attaché with the Embassy of Japan who spoke at the event.
The NHK broadcast also includes remarks from LtGen Robert S. Walsh, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration, who spoke at the event.
“The relationship between the two countries, I think, are central to addressing the regional and global challenges that we’ve got now and into the future,” he said in the broadcast.
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