CREDO Japan Holds Opening Ceremony

Story Number: NNS131120-11Release Date: 11/20/2013 3:22:00 PM
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From Commander, Navy Region Japan Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Navy Region Japan established a new Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) Nov. 20 to improve readiness and enhancing the quality of life for forward-deployed Sailors and their families.

Commander, Navy Region Japan Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft provided remarks for the opening ceremony at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka's community readiness center and extolled CREDO's value as another avenue for Sailors and their families.

"With the standing up of the Navy Region Japan CREDO, we now have, in place, the programs to assist our service members and their families in improving their personal, work and family lives," said Kraft.

Kraft acknowledged that for Sailors serving the forward-deployed naval force in Japan, the tempo and commitment of operating forward can be tough.

CREDO Japan's Director Cmdr. Myung "Dan" Kim says this program will help people deal with important issues and decisions in life; provide the opportunity to become a better leader; learn to handle anger and stress constructively; develop personal and spiritual growth, establish priorities in life; improve relationships in marriage and at work; help each person to enjoy life better and more, and resolve any personal issues.

CREDO Japan is the Navy's thirteenth operation to provide services, programs, workshops and retreats aimed at promoting individual, relational and professional readiness. Prior to the official opening CREDO hosted popular retreat programs such as Marriage Enrichment and Personal Growth Retreats at hotels in the Kanto region. Though CREDO has been in existence for more than 40 years; the unit in Yokosuka was established this year and will establish retreats at naval installations in Japan and throughout the region to include Diego Garcia, Guam, Singapore, and Korea.

CREDO program information is available by contacting Cmdr. Kim at 243-8865; by email to ''; or online at

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