JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.62
SPECIAL FEATURE

SDF Personnel Active on the Global Stage
- Interview with AFRICOM Liaison Officials -

MAJ Fujii (rightmost) and Maj Yamauchi (leftmost) with their predecessors, AFRICOM staffs, and liaison officials from other countries
MAJ Fujii (rightmost) and Maj Yamauchi (leftmost) with their predecessors, AFRICOM staffs, and liaison officials from other countries
AFRICOM

In an effort to deal with the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, the MOD/SDF has dispatched two liaison officials to be engaged in information gathering at the headquarters of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany. Following is an interview carried out on MAJ Fujii and Maj Yamauchi, who have been working at AFRICOM since January 7th, 2015.

Q1 Tell us about your current duties at AFRICOM.

MAJ Fujii / Maj Yamauchi:
Our duties are to gather and process various information at the headquarters of the AFRICOM and to send them to the MOD/SDF in Japan for the use of the Japanese government to consider ways to tackle the EVD.

Q What do you think is the significance
of your work?

MAJ Fujii
MAJ Fujii

MAJ Fujii:
The latest and accurate on-site information concentrate at AFRICOM since it is the very headquarters in charge of the U.S.’s fight against the EVD. Besides, AFRICOM has liaison officials from eight other countries. Therefore, we have access to a wide range of information about activities of other countries as well. Such quick, accurate, and broad information are only available here.

Maj Yamauchi
Maj Yamauchi

Maj Yamauchi:
We can collect accurate information in a timely manner by actually working here at AFRICOM. We also share information with liaison officials from other countries. I feel a great deal of responsibility since the course of action to be taken by the MOD/SDF will be decided based on the information we send back to Japan. Also, I find it very fulfilling to work here, representing Japan, at the forefront where the MOD/SDF is considering ways to make contributions to Africa.

Q Tell us about your goals and aspirations.

MAJ Fujii:
I would like to continuously make every possible effort to live up to our grave responsibilities.

Maj Yamauchi:
We are currently serving as liaison officials for the purpose of dealing with the EVD, but I would like to go beyond that and take this opportunity to establish contacts with and learn the operations of the U.S. forces, thereby making most of my experience at AFRICOM for my future duties at the SDF and contributing more to the MOD/SDF.

SDF Personnel Active on the Global Stage - Interview with AFRICOM Liaison Officials -
SDF Personnel Active on the Global Stage - Interview with AFRICOM Liaison Officials -
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