What is the meaning of U.S. “Rebalance” toward Asia, and how does the military respond to disaster and crises in the region? These were questions addressed head-on by top leadership of U.S. Pacific Command at a round-table discussion at U.S. Pacific Command Headquarters in Camp H.M. Smith on December 11th.
Directors of Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Trustees of Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation, and their guests were invited to the office of the top military commander in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss these issues as well as ask any other questions. The Intelligence Directorate Deputy provided a military briefing on the geo-political situation in the region after which our members engaged in a spirited discussion on issues such as “why isn’t a hospital ship based centrally in the region when there are so many natural disasters to respond to?” Host Chief of Staff Major General Anthony Crutchfield assisted by the Deputy Plans Officer (Australian Brigadier General) and other staff members gave frank, well-reasoned responses to these questions over lunch in the conference center.
General Crutchfield thanked JASH and CPASF for the important work they do to promote the important U.S.-Japan relationship, adding that the relationship between the U.S. military and our organizations is extremely important. He ended his comments by promising to reach out more to community organizations. JASH would like to thank U.S. Pacific Command, General Crutchfield, and the community affairs office for planning and hosting this wonderful opportunity to learn about the activities of our military forces and what their presence means to Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.