On September 4, retired Naval Officer Christopher Rodeman began his new role as JUMP's Director. Rodeman served in the Navy for 30 years, including eight years in Japan, finishing his career at the Pentagon as Director of the Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel. During his Navy career, Rodeman served in a wide range of assignments at sea and ashore, with an emphasis on aviation and the Asia-Pacific region. Before coming to Washington, DC, he was the Commanding Officer of U.S. Naval Air Facility Misawa. In that role, he was the Navy's senior representative in the northern third of Japan and coordinated recovery efforts following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.