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Earlier this month, NVC and the Japan America Society of the State of Washington (JASSW) co-hosted our annual Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) titled, “Celebrate Japan-U.S. Alliance & Honor Nisei Veterans of the Military Intelligence Service.”  We were honored to have Colonel Yusuke Kawachi, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Army Military Attaché, Embassy of Japan, Washington DC; and Mr. Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of the Japan-America Societies, in attendance this year.  We were able to broadcast this event live over YouTube.

We were extremely fortunate to have Lieutenant General Xavier Brunson, US Army and Commanding General, I Corps, Fort Lewis; and Rear Admiral Brad Collins, Commander Navy Region (Northwest), participate.

Also, Consul General Hisao Inagaki provided welcome remarks.  My hearty congrats to the planning team:  Mr. Dale Watanabe, Executive Director, JASSW and the JASSW staff, Ms. Akiko Sato, Ms. Michiko Yoshino, and Ms. Katie Collins; Rear Admiral Jamie Kelly, USN (ret); and Lieutenant Colonel Gregg Takamura, USAR-ret and member of the NVC executive council.  Planning started over six months ago, and the feedback has been positive and complimentary.  Well done by all – Thank you!

I thank Mr. David Fukuhara for his steadfast leadership as Foundation president for over two years.  David is stepping down as NVC President after his current term expires.   I consider David to be a good friend, confidant, and someone who is all about embracing, honoring, and educating others about the legacy of the WWII Nisei soldier and why their story matters today.  I will miss working closely with him, but he told me he would remain active at the committee level – Yay!  Good luck, David, and much success in your future endeavors.

Please keep our troops and diplomats serving overseas, especially in the NATO area of operation, foremost in your thoughts and prayers.