The US Forces Japan (USFJ) is the main defense and security presence representing the United States within the Asia-Pacific region, and includes the US Army Japan and I Corps, the III Marine Expeditionary Force (part of U.S. Pacific Command), the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, and the 5th Air Force. Each of these forces are charged with contributing toward maintaining peace and security in one of the most strategically important regions of the world.
According to the official USFJ homepage, US Forces Japan consists of approximately 54,000 military personnel, 42,000 dependents, 8,000 Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employees, and 25,000 Japanese workers.
That adds up to hundreds of thousands of American service members and civilian employees, plus many more family members, who have experienced Japan as a member of U.S. Forces Japan. The Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) is a unique program that connects each of these groups with others who would like to contribute to furthering the US-Japan alliance.
Through social networks and events, JUMP builds relationships and provides opportunities for past and present US Forces Japan service members to engage with each other. JUMP provides a powerful foundation for sustaining the solid alliance and relationship that exists between the US and Japan.
Since JUMP’s launch in April 2015, the program already has connected hundreds of present and former US Forces Japan service members with each other, as well as with their Japanese counterparts, so they can continue to engage with the relationships they built while serving.
Joining is simple! Simply sign up to be a member, which ensures you will receive invitations to attend all JUMP events and also receive our monthly newsletter.
By Zachary Shaykin and Christa Desrets
The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) connects past and present US Forces Japan service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan.
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