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Col. Kieichi Fujita, commander, Western Army Military Police Division, JGSDF, talks with to Maj. Henson Deltang and Capt. Christopher Yankey, commander, 247th Military Police Company, after the presentation. Deltang is the former commander of the 247th and received the award for his leadership coordinating bi-lateral events between American and Japanese soldiers. The 247th MP partners the 136th Military Police Company, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, Okinawa, Japan, for several bi-lateral engagements throughout the year.

TORII STATION, Okinawa, Japan – Maj. Henson Deltang, director of emergency services, United States Army Garrison Torii Station, received a letter of appreciation and plaque from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, Nov. 16, at the Havana club on Torii Station.

Col. Kieichi Fujita, commander, Western Army Military Police Division, JGSDF, presented the award, explaining that the trip from mainland Japan to Okinawa was important because of Deltang’s efforts as the former commander of the 247th Military Police Company.

Deltang coordinated and executed bi-lateral training events with a local JGDSF military police unit strengthening the relationship with his Japanese counterparts.

“I extend my sincere appreciation for your professionalism, leadership and cooperation. You have shown a deep understanding and support towards the JGSDF military police and you have aided to strengthen mutual cooperation between the United States and the JGSDF,” said Fujita.

Deltang remained humbled accepting the award and gave credit to the soldiers with the 247th MP for giving him their enthusiasm, dedication and motivation to train alongside their neighbors.

“We do a lot of bi-lateral events and co-host unit functions. These activities and events serve to enhance and foster stronger professional relationships with the JGSDF. I know several of our soldiers remain friends with their Japanese counterparts even after they leave island, ” said Deltang.

A few months ago, Deltang relinquished command of the 247th MP Company to Capt. Christopher Yankey. He explained during the presentation that he left Yankey with some words of wisdom about one aspect of the unit’s strength.

“It’s a part of our mission essential tasks to partner with the Japanese. These ongoing professional relationships are important not only to soldiers but to the United States Army Japan and the pacific command as a whole.”


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Date Taken:11.16.2012

Date Posted:11.25.2012 21:27

Location:OKINAWA, JP

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