June 10, 2011 was a special day for Directors and members of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and other community leaders. At the invitation of Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Patrick Walsh, JASH and other community leaders from Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation, and East West Center attended a military briefing by Admiral Walsh on his role as Joint Support Commander during Operation Tomodachi, the U.S. military’s disaster relief operation in support of the Japan Self Defense Forces and the Japanese Government following the tragic earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11. Admiral Walsh also covered the strategic situation in the Asia-Pacific region, putting the U.S. military response to the Japan disaster in perspective. Admiral Walsh then took questions from the attendees, and pointed to the importance of this great alliance between United States and Japan as underscored during Operation Tomodachi. Japanese Consulate staff as well as Japanese Self Defense Force Liaison Officers also attended.