Connecting those who served in Japan
Dual events coming up on Thursday to bring together service members!
Washington, DC: This Thursday, the JUMP team will host a networking social at Sine' Irish Pub on Pentagon Row in Arlington, Virginia ( map). Join us for an informal night of fun networking and socializing with others who have served in Japan! Click here for the details.

Los Angeles: On the same night, the Hon. Harry H. Horinouchi, Consul General of Japan in LA, requests the pleasure of your company at a reception honoring U.S. Service Members who have been stationed in Japan - active, reserve, and veteran. Click here for the details.

We hope many of you can make it to these exciting events!

Future of US-Japan alliance celebrated at first annual JUMP dinner

The future of the US-Japan alliance will continue to strengthen with the help of both military leaders and service members who support each other as friends and allies.

That was the message earlier this month at the First Annual JUMP dinner, which drew a large crowd to the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. The event celebrated the Japan-US Military Program's first year of bringing together those with the common bond of having served in Japan.

"[The relationship with Japan] needs to be strong," General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, said during keynote remarks at the event. "We have these challenges, these potential friction points in the Pacific. We can't take care of it ourselves. We have to do it with our allies."

Experts look back on Operation Tomodachi, five years later
March 11, 2011, is a day the world will never forget. Five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the Tohoku region that day, JUMP Program Director James Kendall hosted a panel on Operation Tomodachi as part of a full-day conference reflecting on the disaster. Watch the panel here.

Photo Gallery: Celebrating a year of JUMP at first annual dinner
The first annual JUMP dinner brought together about 100 people who have served in Japan for a night of celebrating the U.S.-Japan alliance and the role of service members in strengthening the bond shared by our two countries. Click the link above to view the image gallery!

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