JAVA Goes Hollywood: Vets’ Group Names New Executive Director

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MCCLEAN, Va. — Col. Bruce Hollywood, USAF (retired), vice president of the Japanese American Veterans Association, has been named as the new executive director of JAVA, effective July 1.

The announcement was made by JAVA President Gerald Yamada on June 2. Hollywood will succeed Terry Shima, who, at 89, is retiring from the position in which he has served for the last eight years.

Bruce Hollywood

Known as a skilled organizer and a team player, Hollywood has served as vice president for the past three years and, concurrently, as a member of the Executive Council for the past four years. As vice president, he was also chairman of the Membership Committee and has been involved in the decision-making process of JAVA.

Currently serving as a deputy chief of the Operational War Plans Division for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he retired from U.S. Air Force in September 2007 while serving on the Joint Staff. He entered the Air Force in 1986 following graduation from Southern Nazarene University and began his career as an intercontinental ballistic missile launch officer at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and subsequently was the executive officer to the 57th Air Division commander.

Other assignments included Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Pentagon where, in 1999, he served as deputy chief of the Space Launch Division. In 2001, Hollywood assumed command of the 320th Missile Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming.

He has attended the US Army’s Command and General Staff College, Air War College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program. He has two children, Joseph, 24, and Emily, 20.

On June 2, JAVA’s Executive Council also approved the following appointments: Wade Ishimoto to serve as vice president, replacing Hollywood; Lt. Janelle Kuroda, USN, as secretary to succeed Alan Ueoka due to Army reassignment; and Miyako Tanabe to serve as a member of the Executive Council.

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