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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Ventura, left, a 35th Fighter Wing inspector general vertical inspections planner, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Warrant Officers Junji Miura, center, the 3rd Air Wing command chief, and Tsuyoshi Endo, right, the former 6th Air Defense Missile Group chief and Senior Noncommissioned Officer Association president, discuss plans to celebrate Endo's retirement next month with a small family gathering during a "tea time" meeting in the 3rd AW's headquarters at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 14, 2018. Ventura's deep understanding of his host nation's language and culture cemented him relationships with two life-long friends who now consider him, "like family." (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) More than allies: Immigrant Airman forges intercultural friendships
An intelligence analyst by day and cultural envoy by night, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Ventura grew up one of four siblings of a Hispanic immigrant family in Los Angeles, California. He now serves as a vertical inspections planner with the 35th Fighter Wing’s Inspector General’s office. In this capacity, he organizes, trains and oversees the Wing Inspector General’s Inspection Team. It’s not this job, though, that earned him respect among his Japanese counterparts.
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Aviation Subject Matter Exchange Unites U.S., Philippine Airmen Aviation Subject Matter Exchange Unites U.S., Philippine Airmen
On August 16, 2017 airmen from Pacific Air Forces reunited with their counterparts from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines as part of an ongoing series of air contingent exchanges between military professionals.This marks the fifth iteration of the exchange, which empowers Filipino and American Airmen to share
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Local community member’s form a line outside of a Pacific Angel 2017 health services site in Northern Cebu Province, Bogo City, Philippines, June 26, 2017. PACANGEL is a multilateral humanitarian assistance civil military engagement, which improves military-to-military partnerships in the Pacific while also providing medical health outreach, civic engineering projects and subject matter exchanges among partner forces.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik) Pacific Angel: U.S., Philippines partnership continues to thrive
This week the Pacific Angel 2017 team arrived in Northern Cebu Province, Philippines, where they will live and work in the community over the next 2 weeks.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kelly Coats, a 35th Operations Support Squadron airfield manager, poses for a photo on the flight line at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2017. In her capacity, Coats cares for the maintenance of runways, lighting and other airfield components and systems, and helps ensure all takeoffs and landings can proceed without incident. When she’s not working, she’s drawing the base’s comic strip, “Airmanitis.” Coats’ art is her escape from reality lending to her resiliency as a warfighter in the Pacific theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) Airman finds resiliency through art
The dust whips across the street as she makes her way home from the library. Sweat drips from her brow as the hot, California sun shoos her inside.
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A Wild Weasel F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the tarmac shortly after arriving at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 24, 2017. The Pacific Air Forces demonstration team showcases a positive, professional image of the United States Air Force to the people of the Western Pacific, making personal contact with host nation people on and off the flightline while showing support for the host government through the United States' presence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarrod Vickers) PACAF Demo Team forges friendships at New Zealand air show
The Pacific Air Forces' Demonstration Team performed at the 2017 Air Tattoo at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, New Zealand, Feb. 25 through 26.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Airmen during an all-call at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 7, 2017. During the all-call, O’Shaughnessy spoke to Airmen about several topics including leadership philosophies, command priorities, and what Airmen can expect from him as well as what he expects from them. COMPACAF visits JBER, talks of changing Pacific Theater
Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Feb. 5 to 7, to thank Airmen for their dedication to the command’s mission, and learn about operations and readiness at the base.
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A U.S. Air Force combat controller assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron, establishes a line of communication while members from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron and Republic of Korea (ROK) 255th Special Operations Squadron, pull security at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 22, 2016. Members from the 320th STS and 1st SOS worked with the ROK 255th SOS to enhance U.S. and ROK Air Force Special Operations Forces' capabilities. They conducted infiltration methods, jump clearing team operations, airfield establishment, aircraft control and close air support familiarization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released) U.S., ROK enhance special operations capabilities
The 353rd Special Operations Group conducted a joint, combined exchange at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea from Oct. 13-26, 2016.
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A layer of asphalt on the flightline is exposed at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jul. 26, 2016. Due to the high volume of aircraft using the runway, the west section’s pavement surface was highly degraded, resulting in a need for a repairs. The 3,840 cubic meters of asphalt laid on the flightline spans a surface length of approximately 1,200 feet by 150 feet wide, with 50 feet of shoulder width. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany A. Chase) Runway construction paves way for flight
After nearly three weeks of construction, the Misawa Air Base runway became fully operational Aug. 5.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Nary Kong-Choup, a team member with the 35th Maintenance Squadron avionics intermediate section electronic warfare section, assembles a breakout box at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 1, 2016. Kong-Choup was one of seven Airmen who took the initiative on building this device, saving time and requiring less manpower to operate. The apparatus connects to parts on F-16 Fighting Falcons, called line replacement units, and inspects the integrity of electrical pathways. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter) Avionics Airmen create money saving, innovative device
F-16 Fighting Falcon avionics specialists maintain and repair a wide range of electronics systems in the aircraft, ranging from communications to flight controls. To keep up with a demanding operations tempo, Misawa’s avionics Airmen developed a device to make their performance even more efficient, completing the project in July.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Beau Blackburn, a dedicated crew chief with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, poses for a photograph next to an F-16 Fighting Falcon canopy at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 16, 2016. When a crew chief is assigned to an aircraft, their name is symbolically posted to the side of the bubble canopy. This tradition signifies the responsibility each crew chief has to keep their aircraft in perfect working order, ensuring its reliability. Blackburn hails from Iona, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Maintenance Airman powers Misawa SEAD mission
During an early afternoon, a soft warm breeze skirted across a flightline empty of the roar of F-16 Fighting Falcons preparing for another flight. In its place, tools clanking against metal echoed in the depths of a hangar. A crew chief worked diligently solving the most recent maintenance challenge placed in his path.
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