VADM Scott Van Buskirk, Retired, USN; Former Commander, U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, Former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations/Chief of Naval Personnel
VADM Scott Van Buskirk commanded U.S. 7th Fleet during Operation Tomodachi while deployed in Yokosuka in 2010-2011. He previously served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander of Carrier Strike Group Nine. He retired U.S. Navy in August 2013 after having served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations/Chief of Naval Personnel.
VADM Hiromi Takashima, Retired, JMSDF; Former Commander, JMSDF Yokosuka Regional District, Former Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
VADM Hiromi Takashima oversaw the JMSDF participation in Operation Tomodachi as Commander of JMSDF Yokosuka Regional District. In his career, he was also Vice Chief of Joint Staff (2008-2010), Commander of the JMSDF Self-Defense Fleet (2007-2008), and Defense Attache at the Japanese Embassy in Norway (1993-1996). He is the author of several books on leadership and Operation Tomodachi.
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