(March 31, 2014) -- D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms may not have quite bloomed yet due to winter over staying its welcome, however, the Cherry Blossom brooch that the U.S. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho gifted to the Honorable Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, is in full bloom.

Horoho and Kennedy met recently during the Surgeon General's visit to Japan. In kind, Kennedy gifted Horoho a copy of her book, "The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis."

Horoho, the U.S. Army's first female Surgeon General and the first whose a nurse, met with Kennedy during one of many stops on a tour of the Asia Pacific region; including Guam, Thailand, and Hawaii, where she toured facilities and met with medical and military leaders.

The trip afforded Horoho the opportunity to better understand the health care requirements for this critical region of the world, and to discuss how Army Medicine capabilities can be used to strengthen alliances, enhance diplomacy, and improve the health and security of the Asia-Pacific area of responsibility.

For more information on Horoho, who is dual hatted as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command, or Army Medicine/U.S. Army Medical Command, please visit www.armymedicine.mil.

Pacific Region Tour article: http://www.army.mil/article/121127/Army_Surgeon_General_completes_Asia_Pacific_tour/