RC Alumni in Foreign Service

RC Alumni in Foreign Service

Contact: Dr. Andreea S. Mihalache-O'Keef, mihalache@roanoke.edu

The View from Japan

Major James P. Guthrie ’98 and Mr. Aaron Rader ’00 will talk about their service paths in the Air Force and the Federal government, respectively. Their careers took them all around the world and led them to their current positions in Tokyo, Japan. Major Guthrie is currently participating in the exchange program at the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) Command and Staff College at Meguro Base in Tokyo. Mr. Rader is serving as the Chief of the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. They look forward to engaging with current RC students and recent RC graduates to offer their perspective and advice on international careers, while also sharing their own experiences with living and working around the world.

The event will take place in Pickle Lounge, Colket Center. It will open with a reception and an informal face-to-face networking exercise led by The PLACE, followed by the presentation and conversation with Major Guthrie and Mr. Rader, who will be joining us from Tokyo, via Zoom.

About the Alumni

Aaron Rader ‘00 is a consular-coned Foreign Service Officer with approximately 15 years of Federal government experience. Most recently, in July 2020, he assumed his duties as American Citizen Services Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Prior to serving in Japan, Mr. Rader worked in the Office of Fraud Prevention Programs at the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ headquarters in Washington, DC. His overseas assignments include working in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (2014-2016) – where he served as the Deputy Nonimmigrant Visa Chief, as Immigrant Visa Chief and Fraud Prevention Manager in Kabul, Afghanistan (2012-2013), and in Kingston, Jamaica (2010-2011), where he had the opportunity to work in both the visa unit and the American Citizen Services unit. Mr. Rader also served in temporary assignments in Merida, Mexico, Kampala, Uganda, Kabul, Afghanistan, and Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Before joining the Department of State, Aaron worked at the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Rader earned his B.A. in International Relations and Spanish at Roanoke College and his M.B.A. from Mt. St. Mary’s University.

Major James P. Guthrie ‘98 is an exchange student at the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) Command and Staff College at Meguro Base in Tokyo, Japan. In this role he is responsible for completing a one-year graduate level course covering diverse areas such as advanced technologies, military history and national strategy, conducted entirely in Japanese.

Major Guthrie was commissioned in 2009 through the Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama and is a graduate of the Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Operations School’s Combat Support Course. His prior assignments include serving as the Executive Officer to the 461st Air Control Wing Commander, the 461st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s Director of Operations and the 4th Maintenance Group’s Operations Officer. Major Guthrie is a four-time graduated Aircraft Maintenance Unit Officer in Charge with experience on the HH-60, F-15E, Mi-17, C-208, C-182, MD-530 and JSTARS aircraft. Additionally, he deployed twice to Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as an air advisor to the Afghan Air Force and as a deployed Aircraft Maintenance Unit Officer in Charge. He most recently deployed to Operation Inherent Resolve, serving as Director of Staff in the 321 Air Expeditionary Group in Iraq. Major Guthrie is a member of the Air Force’s Language Enabled Airman Program, is proficient in Japanese, and previously served as a Senior Instructor at the Japanese Air Self Defense Force’s 1st Technical School.

Major Guthrie holds a BA in History from Roanoke College as well as an MA in Asian Studies from Cornell University and an M.Ed. in Leadership Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.