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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Sergeant Kenta Takahashi, a 1st Training Unit indirect fire infantryman, from Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, carries a 180-pound mannequin during a JGSDF shadow program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 5, 2018,. The JGSDF uses programs like their basic English course to invest time in their members to learn the basics of English in order to enhance mission execution during future bilateral engagements. Not only did the JGSDF members practice their English, but they embedded with their U.S. Air Force counterparts, who taught them how to perform their day-to-day duties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert) Japan Soldiers break language barriers, shadow U.S. Airmen
Approximately 20 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers from Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, visited with the 35th FW Airmen as part of their basic English course, March 5.
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2018
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.
0 2/20
2018
Team Misawa strengthens alliances at 2018 Singapore International Airshow Team Misawa strengthens alliances at 2018 Singapore International Airshow
More than 100,000 attendees witnessed pure airpower at the 2018 Singapore International Airshow, geared toward building stronger relations between Singapore and 50 other countries through static displays and aerial performances, Feb. 6-11.  The Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Demonstration Team out of Misawa Air Base, Japan, conducted 10 performances
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2018
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gerard Tilley, the 35th Maintenance Group education and training manager, runs during a marathon at the Nakuidake Trail Festival in Shichinohe, Japan, May 21, 2017. Tilley began his running career in 2008 when he decided to make a healthy change to his life during his time at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. After arriving at Misawa, he joined the Misawa Flyers Running group, who meet weekly. (Courtesy photo) Team Misawa runners improve fitness one step at a time
Fitness is an essential aspect for Airmen to maintain a “fight tonight” posture, ensuring they can complete any tasks at hand, whether physical or mental.
0 7/27
2017
Japanese nationals lineup to sign-in for the 30th Annual Special Olympics at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 15, 2016. A total of 88 athletes across six schools surrounding the Aomori Prefecture participated in 10 games and activities, including basketball, 100-meter race and dunk tank, during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) Misawa Special Olympics fosters friendship, partnerships during Special Olympics
The crowd went wild as an athlete sent a basketball flying through the hoop during the 30th Annual Special Olympics here Oct. 15. More than 400 people attended the event, including 88 participants from six schools located in the Aomori Prefecture. “Our whole intent for the event was for the entire community to get involved,” said 2nd Lt. Ian Myles,
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2016
Senior Airman Steven Hendricks, 36th Security Forces Squadron member, salutes a fallen warrior memorial May 20, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The symbolic battle cross is composed of a replica M4 carbine with a helmet at the top and boots in front. Additionally, 10 dog tags hang from the rifle detailing fallen Airmen and the name of the operation they supported. The vigil was held in honor of fallen security forces members on the occasion of Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Smoot) To serve and protect: Andersen defenders honor fallen wingmen during Police Week
Security forces Airmen from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam participated in events throughout the week of May 14-21 to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
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2016
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