U.S Marine Corps Sgt.Maj. Michael S. Payne, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Director takes a group photo of Master Gunnery Sgt. Jose C. Rios, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Deputy Director with the Japanese Ground Self- Defense Force command sergeants major course on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan 30, 2019. The annual visit is held to educate JGSDF CSMC about Marine Corps military education and discuss common challenges senior leaders encounter. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Krysten I. Gomez)
U.S Marine Corps Sgt.Maj. Michael S. Payne, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Director takes a group photo of Master Gunnery Sgt. Jose C. Rios, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Deputy Director with the Japanese Ground Self- Defense Force command sergeants major course on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Jan 30, 2019. The annual visit is held to educate JGSDF CSMC about Marine Corps military education and discuss common challenges senior leaders encounter. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Krysten I. Gomez)

Japanese Ground Self- Defense Force Command Sergeants Major course visits Okinawa Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy

by Lance Cpl. Krysten Gomez
Marine Corps Installations Pacific

Service members with the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, command sergeants major course visit the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Jan. 30, on Camp Hansen.

The annual event was held to educate the JGSDF Command Sergeants Major Course staff about Marine Corps military education and to share common challenges senior leaders face.

“During the SNCOA visit, we were able to improve ourselves as JGSDF Senior Enlisted Leaders while exchanging ideas with the Director and the Deputy Director” said Warrant Officer Toshio Sanuki, 4th CSMC student leader, with JGSDF. “One teaching method, to make an environment in a classroom where you can speak in a relaxed way in discussion or group work was very helpful when we consider problem solving.”

Marine Corps senior enlisted and JGSDF members discussed ethics, educating leaders, and rank structure. For the first time in four years JGSDF members taught Marine Corps senior enlisted about their own military education.

This visit was the JGSDF leadership's fourth visit to the SNCOA in Okinawa.

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