FLEACT Yokosuka Sailors and Japanese Locals Come Together to Celebrate Holidays

By MC2(SW) Amanda S. Kitchner, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Japan

YOKOSUKA, Japan – Sailors from Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) joined disabled Japanese nationals for a Christmas disco party at Yokosuka Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall, Dec. 4.

“Events like this one give our Sailors the opportunity to make a positive impact while forward deployed here in Japan,” said Lt. j.g Karl Coulson, officer in charge, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB 3) Three, Detail Yokosuka. “Because of them, we are able to demonstrate our good will to the Japanese people.”

This was the 15th iteration of the annual Christmas party. The Yokosuka area Lions Club sponsored the event. Lions Club is an international civic organization that focuses on community service.

Builder 2nd Class Frank Guerrero, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three, Detail Yokosuka, dances with a Japanese woman during a Christmas disco party held at Yokosuka Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall. The celebration is an annually held event, sponsored by the Yokosuka Lions Club, for disabled Japanese nationals from around the Yokosuka area. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda S. Kitchner

Builder 2nd Class Frank Guerrero, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three, Detail Yokosuka, dances with a Japanese woman during a Christmas disco party held at Yokosuka Sogo Fukushi Kaikan Hall. The celebration is an annually held event, sponsored by the Yokosuka Lions Club, for disabled Japanese nationals from around the Yokosuka area.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda S. Kitchner

“Our mindset is to help people in any way we can,” said Shinji Kamei, Yokosuka Lions Club president. “This celebration in particular helps solidify the friendship between the U.S. and Japan and improve the quality of life for these individuals.”

During the event, Sailors and family members were invited to socialize and dance together with the Japanese citizens to both Japanese and American music.

“I loved watching everyone mingle and have a good time,” said Builder Constructionman Joseph Webb, assigned to NMCB 3. “It’s good to get outside of your comfort zone and it’s a great way to celebrate the diversity of our cultures.”

Participants were then treated to a magic show presented by local volunteers before returning to the dance floor for the remainder of the celebration.

“Our job is to make a difference,” said Construction Electrician 2nd Class Jean Pierre-Lys, assigned to NMCB 3. “I really think we accomplished that today and knowing that feels really good.”

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