Tag: Japan
  • March

    Engineering Science in Okinawa

    It’s not uncommon to find members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) interacting with students in a school setting. This is part of the USACE science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiative, worldwide. Overseas in Japan, one would think you could find America’s Engineers working together with children at any number of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools as well, and they are. Engineers from the USACE’s Japan Engineer District work directly with DoDEA students and classes, promoting STEM and engineering in general.
  • February

    A friendly guide to visiting a Japanese doctor

    The thought of seeing a foreign doctor in a foreign country while navigating a foreign healthcare system can understandably leave Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and their families living and working in Japan in a state of worry. The intimidation of venturing off-installation to see Japanese healthcare providers is an experience many opt to avoid to the detriment of their own health and peace of mind.
  • Defense Health Agency to Japan: "We Hear You!"

    It’s no secret that Department of Defense civilians working in Japan are having a difficult time navigating healthcare options in Japan. This is due to restrictions placed on the usage of military-operated hospitals and clinics whose administration and management has recently fallen to the Defense Health Agency (DHA). The agency received a mandate from Congress in 2017 instructing them to prioritize treatment for active-duty service members, their families, and others covered by the military health plan TRICARE Prime, a service only available to Servicemembers on active duty, their immediate family, or as a benefit for someone who is retired from the military.
  • January

    From South of the Border to the Far East

    ‘Hecho con mucho amor’ – Made with immense love. Written in vibrantly red cursive, the Spanish phrase adorns the entranceway to a kitchen, sectioned off with saloon-style swinging doors. The rhythmic beat of salsa music and scent of simmering meats and unique tang of cilantro embraces you. As you look around, your eyes are drawn to the red and yellow walls decorated with imagery of a sombrero-clad boy and his donkey, and the golden glow of still-warm empanadas resting, bringing you back to your local Tex-Mex joint back home.
  • November

    Building structures and forging bonds – a visit to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Engineer School

    Japan Engineer District’s commander, Col. Gary Bonham, made a visit to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force’s (JGSDF) engineer school in Ibaraki, Japan, recently.
  • Brothers in Arms

    Gilbert and Kohara were brought together by the Co-Op program, a bilateral exchange opportunity created by U.S. Army Japan and JGSDF, that pairs junior officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) with their foreign counterpart to enhance English and Japanese language comprehension skills, learn about each other’s cultures, familiarize themselves with their respective branches’ doctrines and techniques, all with the goal of strengthening the strategic alliance between America and Japan.
  • March


    After 9 years of construction, the ribbon is finally cut officially opening the U.S. Army’s Kyogamisaki Communication Site for operation.
  • November


    Tucked in the upper left corner of the third floor of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron building a little way into Misawa Air Base, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hiding a gem - the Misawa Resident Office; a satellite branch of Japan Engineer District, perched atop Japan’s main island of Honshu’s northernmost tip in a prefecture called Aomori.
  • October


    On any given day if you were to enter Japan Engineer District, you would hear him before you see him. A voice full of mirth, wrapped in the warmth of friendliness, with just a hint of a Hawaiian accent. Combined with a gaze that not even the tiniest safety infraction can escape, there’s no wonder why he stands as the chief of safety for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Japan. This is Daniel Fujimoto – half-Hawaiian, half-Japanese, and an all-American asset to the Corps.
  • July


    As the Japan Engineer District’s colors passed from Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas W. Galick to Col. Thomas J. Verell, Jr., to Brig. Gen. Kirk Gibbs, and then to Col. Gary S. Bonham in the time honored Army tradition, Col. Bonham took command of Japan Engineer District becoming their 21st Command Engineer July 20, at Camp Zama, Japan.
  • May


    Maj. Tanaka Hiroaki of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force's elite Central Readiness Regiment has invited a team of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—JED officers to observe, remark, and take part in a United Nations exercise taking place at Kita Fuji, a JGSDF training facility located on the slopes of one of the world’s most famous mountain.
  • March


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—Japan District is proud to announce that three JED team members have been selected to take part in the USACE Leadership Development Level 3 Program as part of the class of 2022.
  • September

    Finding Balance

    Lt. Col. Tanya E. Simmons assumed command as Battalion Commander of U.S. Army Pacific Support Unit, Japan Detachment, on August 18. What made this event unique, is not only that Simmons is a commander, but she is also a Program Analyst for the Japan Engineer District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Okinawa and a military spouse.
  • May

    Potter Comes Full Circle

    Dennis Potter, a civil engineer with Japan Engineer District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is wrapping up a distinguished career of service much like it started, serving the United States from the great country of Japan.
  • April

    Enhancing and Revolutionizing USMC Capability and Readiness in the Pacific

    Japan Engineer District (JED) recently completed a $36 million Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) MILCON project at USMC Ie Shima training area, providing a capability for the first time outside the continental United States.
  • The Miracle Project: delivering a world‐class project and meeting stakeholders' expectations

    On 5 March 2019 the Transmitter Project was completed at Yokota Air Base, Japan and turned over to the end‐users. It's a part of the growing Military Construction (MILCON) Program under Yokota Resident Office's (YRO) area of responsibility in support of the missions in the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) / United States Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC).
  • March

    Engineers Designing the Future

    Japan Engineer District celebrated Engineer Week differently this year. This year, along with United States Forces Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Defense, hosted the Bilateral Senior Engineer Conference February 20-22 at the New Sanno Hotel, Tokyo, Japan.
  • October

    Japan Engineer District marks new facility handover

    Japan Engineer District Commander Thomas J. Verell, Jr. received keys to the new Japan District facility from Bobby N. Rakes, director at Directorate of Public Works, Oct. 12 in Sagami Depot.
  • March

    Corps’ Iwakuni Japan Resident Office prepping for busy March

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Japan District’s Iwakuni Resident Office is hustling to prepare 10 projects to be turned over to the U.S. government this month. A challenge that will take intricate planning for an office that normally hands over about two jobs a month.
  • Corps’ Iwakuni Japan Resident Office prepping for busy March

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Japan District’s Iwakuni Resident Office is hustling to prepare 10 projects to be turned over to the U.S. government this month. A challenge that will take intricate planning for an office that normally hands over about two jobs a month.