U.S., Japan militaries conclude senior level seminars
By Lance Cpl. Bernadette L. Ainsworth
| | November 27, 2007
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay --
Senior leaders from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces staff office arrived at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, July 19, for three days of talks with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific personnel.
MarForPac hosted the sixth series of the Senior Level Seminar with the intent to provide continuing expansion of a positive and strong partnership with the JGSDF and USARPAC.
The Senior Level Seminar was established in December 2001 to promote mutual understanding between the Japanese Ground Staff Office, JGSDF, MarForPac and USARPAC, and to improve the effectiveness of the U.S.-Japan security alliance.
The seminars are designed to deepen the strategic dialogue between the three services to help build a more capable and competent global partnership.
The SLS began midday with an office call with the deputy commander of Pacific Command, commanding general, USARPAC and the commanding general, MarForPac, and ended with a welcome reception at the Kaneohe Bay Officer's Club.
The second day of the seminar began with opening remarks and talks on transformation and modernization and Operation Iraqi Freedom updates from each service.
Later in the afternoon, the guests were treated with a brief tour of MCBH.
On the tour, they visited the base child development center, new enlisted housing and new bachelor enlisted quarters.
The third day consisted of a full day of seminars, culminating with a GSO hosted dinner at the Kaneohe Bay Officer's Club to end the SLS.
Traditionally, the three services are represented at the SLS by up to nine general officers and senior colonels.