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2024 Keynote Speaker

Retired Major General James H. Mukoyama, Jr.

Major General James H. Mukoyama, Jr. was born in Chicago in 1944, the second son to Japanese immigrants. He rose from humble, blue-collar roots to graduate from the University of Illinois and become the first Asian-American to command a US Army division. With more than thirty years of active and reserve service and combat tours in Korea and Vietnan, he earned the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and more. 


Beyond his military service, General Mukoyama has continued to be a trailblazer for Asian-Americans and minorities everywhere, serving as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans, Vice-Chairman of the National Japanese-American Memorial to Patriotism, and as a devoted member of the ministry of Military Outreach USA which seeks to serve veterans with visible and invisible wounds of war and to help them exit homelessness.

2023 Keynote

2023 Keynote

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