MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan (Oct. 22, 2015) --
Station and city officials recognized Japanese civilians during a ceremony at the Club Iwakuni ballroom for their years of dedicated service working at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 22, 2015.
The Length of Service Award Ceremony acknowledges the devotion and passion of Japanese civilians that have worked on the air station for at least 10 years.
“The success of any organization depends largely on its people and the air station has enjoyed many successes over the years,” said Col. Robert V. Boucher, commanding officer of MCAS Iwakuni. “Regardless of where you work, you are a part of this team and none of this would be possible without your professionalism, dedication and loyalty.”
Japanese civilians continuously contribute to building and maintaining trust between the U.S. and Japan by giving extra effort in their duties that help the air station operate smoothly.
“Working on base gave us a good opportunity to work as a team,” said Taeko Yokoyama, an administrative specialist for Armed Forces Network Iwakuni. “We feel the respect, dignity and honor through these ceremonies.”
Officials expressed their appreciation toward the attendees for their efforts and contributions to the air station.
“It is important for us all to dedicate ourselves to enhance the capability of our roles,” said Sakae Hamada, an interpreter and translator for Criminal Investigation at the Provost Marshal’s Office.
Showing appreciation helps motivate the Japanese locals to keep giving their best effort and maintain a good relationship.
“I appreciate all Americans stationed here in Iwakuni protecting our country,” said Hamada. “This award ceremony is very meaningful for us. It will encourage and help us continue to use our knowledge and experiences cultivated over the years of performing our duties.”