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50th Anniversary of U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"I'm extremely grateful to have such an outstanding group joining the ranks of our citizenry. You came to our country seeking freedom. And before you even enjoyed the rights of full citizenship, you held up your right hand and swore to support and defend that freedom, both at home and abroad. You volunteered to go into harm's way in defense of your new nation."

- Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commanding general, United States Forces-Iraq, during a July 4 naturalization ceremony at Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace, where one hundred fifty-six foreign-born U.S. servicemembers from 56 countries serving with United States Forces-Iraq, take the oath of citizenship

Servicemembers become citizens during Fourth of July ceremony in Iraq

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Flying seemed like a fun way to spend my time in the Army… Flying in Afghanistan was awesome. I was there mostly in wintertime, and it was ranges upon ranges of mountains covered in snow. We could fly through passes and do two-wheel landings on top of ridgelines. It was both fun and beautiful."

- Capt. Catherine Omodt, a Blackhawk pilot is on her third deployment as a brigade aviation planner

Deskbound helo pilot provides critical skills during drawdown

CALENDAR

July 2010

Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Birthday

July 1- 3: Anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg

July 4: Independence Day

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TODAY'S FOCUS

50th Anniversary of U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security

What is it?

Representatives from Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Army Japan, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the U.S. Defense Attaché Office - Tokyo met with their counterparts from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) staff in Tokyo April 14-16, 2010 for the 2010 Japan U.S.-Army StaffTalks. This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.

What has the Army done?

At the recent StaffTalks, JGSDF briefings included an overview of JGSDF activities, transformation, future direction, and JGSDF and U.S. Army cooperation. U.S. briefings included an overview of the U.S. Army, the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) process and results, and recent U.S. Army operations in Afghanistan and Haiti. The talks included working groups to address bilateral training, interoperability, and strategic assessment. Major General Koichiro Bansho, director, Policy and Programs Department, Ground Staff Office, and Brigadier General Edward Donnelly, deputy director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy, HQDA G-35, led the delegations.

Why is this important to the Army?

Japan is a strategic partner that is increasing its commitment to regional and global efforts. The JGSDF is in the beginning stages of a QDR-like assessment of roles and missions within the greater Japanese defense structure. These StaffTalks help synchronize activities between the JGSDF staff and the U.S. Army, while reaffirming our institutional relationship with a key Asian partner. To commemorate the anniversary of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, celebratory events have been held both here and in Japan. This historic treaty has provided an effective deterrence and promoted peace and stability in Japan and the entire region.

What is planned for the future?

The next StaffTalks with the JGSDF will occur in the United States in early 2011. Until then, the two armies will complete a list of agreed-to-actions from the StaffTalks that will further improve their ability to cooperate in the future.

Resources:

JGSDF website

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