New Year’s Message from the Commanding General
I’d like to express great pleasure with a happy new year to fellow members on CRF and fellow families of them and relevant organizations and groups that have always given great supports and understanding to CRF.
Last year, CRF dispatched LNOs and the 1st Helicopter Brigade to Kumamoto Earthquake in April and Typhoon Disaster in Iwate in August. The 1st Helicopter Brigade conducted transportation supports including supports for the Emperor and Empress who observed the damaged local situation. I feel deep sympathy with people who suffered from the disasters and hope the restoration would be accomplished as soon as possible.
In addition, for the G7 Iseshima Summit 2016, we successfully achieved the VIPs air transportation mission with the 1st Helicopter Brigade, and prepared for the unexpected emergency by deploying the Central NBC Counter Unit, NBC Counter Measure-Medical Unit.
To contribute to the peace and stability in the international society, we have continued UN Mission in South Sudan(UNMISS), and multinational counter piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden(DGPE: Deployment support Group for counter Piracy Enforcement). Especially, the 11th Unit for UNMISS, which was replaced with the former dispatched unit on 12th December, 2016, was ordered to engage in the new missions,” Kaketsuke-Keigo” means coming to protection of individuals related to operations in response to urgent request and “ Joint Protection of camps”. It was well trained for new missions in Japan and now it commenced its activities.
As for the educations and trainings, in the CRF Excercise for domestic affairs, we tried to enhance our capability to deal with various kind of situations such as armed attack situations and disasters, and in the CRF Exercise for international affairs, we focused on the new missions based on the military legislation, and in various kinds of joint exercises and Japan-US joint exercise, we enhanced joint operability and Japan US bilateral interoperability. The year of 2016 was very fruitful for CRF and its subordinate units by achieving missions and extending our specialties.
Now, the world security situation has been difficult to be foreseen.
The security status surrounding Japan cannot be expected to be improved, because of China, which has attempted to change the current situation with military powers, North Korea, which has continued to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and provoke neighboring countries, and Russia, which holds its sphere of influence in Europe region. The chaos in the Middle East and Africa region, the spreading of threat of international terrorism, and fleeing refugees made various situations of world worse
Looking to domestic situation, various kinds of disasters have been increasing, and do greater damages to regions. With this circumstance, the expectation of Japanese people to the SDF is increasing and the new missions related to the revised International Peace Cooperation Act are receiving public attention.
In such situation surrounding JSDF, to enhance our capabilities to confront various contingencies, The Ground Self Defense Force (GSDF) is conducting the largest transformation. CRF will be dissolved in March, 2018. Then the Ground Central Command will be formed based on the CRF elements. In the year of 2017, the CRF has to promote the preparations for the transformation with training subordinate units to confront severe missions and conducting current overseas missions tidily.
This year, under the commanding policy “Readiness and Accomplishment”, means we never hesitate to act in any situations, and perfectly accomplish our missions, we always maintain the readiness for any incidents, and tackle our missions with prides of irreplaceable existence.
This year, under the commanding direction, “ Readiness and Accomplishment”, that means we never hesitate to act in the event of anything, and perfectly accomplish our missions, we always keep the readiness for any incidents, and tackle our missions with prides of irreplaceable existence. This year, under the commanding policy “Readiness and Accomplishment”, means we never hesitate to act in any situations, and perfectly accomplish our missions, we always maintain the readiness for any incidents, and tackle our missions with prides of irreplaceable existence.