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May 18, 2013 at 7:32am

University of Washington Tacoma to host symposium on the strategic rebalance toward Asia-Pacific

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, deputy commanding general, I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord / Photo credit: Christie Vanover, III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs

As the Defense Department shifts its military power and presence from a shrinking Middle East war zone to the vast Asia-Pacific region, it also is rebalancing its focus within the increasingly important region. Wednesday, May 22, the University of Washington Tacoma will host a symposium focusing on the United States' strategic rebalance toward Asia-Pacific.

While it will be a moderated discussion with scheduled speakers, there will be time for open questions from the audience as well. Attendees will get to here commentary from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, deputy commanding general, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and Daniel Malarkey, deputy director, Washington State Department of Commerce, as well as high-ranking faculty from the UW.

"Why should Soldiers and Airmen and, really, anyone attend? Because it has to do with the state of Washington, primarily in that it is tied into the current administration's policies regarding the Asian-Pacific region, which is connected to operations at JBLM," explained Col. David Johnson, I Corps spokesperson, who helped to organize the event.

"This symposium will bring this all into context from not only a military perspective but a regional one," he continued. "It is an opportunity to hear from the military, commerce, nonprofits, academia and more - all in one setting."

The symposium will run from 4-6 p.m. at William W. Philip Hall on the UW Tacoma campus. The event is free, but registration is required; click here to sign up.

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