Japan Employment and Services Office (JESO) opens Okinawa Branch on Torii Station
TORII STATION, Okinawa – A ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the Japan Employment and Services Office (JESO) Okinawa Branch was held at Torii Station on Tuesday, April 17. Maj. Gen. James F. Pasquarette, Commanding General U.S Army Japan and U.S. Army leaders on Okinawa joined distinguished guests from the Okinawa Defense Bureau, Labor Management Office, JESO staff and invitees in celebrating the special day.
Col. Grant S. Sullivan, United States Army Japan, Assistant Chief of Staff G-1, welcomed the guests and expressed his thanks to all who made the grand opening possible. Maj. Gen. Pasquarette joined Okinawa Defense Bureau, Labor Management Officer, Mr. Yamashiro Masanori in cutting the bright red ribbon placed at the JESO entrance. The two then pulled the ceremonial string attached to a “Kusu-Dama,” (Japanese ceremonial confetti ball) which released bright red balloons, confetti and a banner that read “congratulations’ in Japanese, officially opening JESO Okinawa.
“We are truly happy to open our doors to provide service to Army Japanese employees here on Okinawa. We look forward to adding that special Army touch to outstanding customer service to support and meet their needs,” said Kiyomi “Pat” Nishimoto, Chief, JESO Okinawa.
The JESO Okinawa on Torii Station is staffed with seven HR specialists who are responsible for servicing approximately 950 Master Labor Contractor (MLC), Independent Hire Agreement (IHA) and Marine Contract Employees who are assigned to U.S. Army 10th Support Group Regional, U.S. Army Garrison Okinawa, Defense Logistics Agency Energy, and Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR). Services range from recruitment, classification, management of employee relations and training and support of the employees and their supervisors.
Guests enjoyed a cake cutting ceremony and light refreshments at a reception held at Havana’s Community Club following the official ceremony.
Located on Torii Station, in Yomitan, Okinawa, 10th Support Group (Regional) is the Senior U.S. Army Command providing administrative control, and base/contingency support for all Army organizations and deployed/employed joint forces on the island and in the region.
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