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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thor Shaefer, a 35th Surgical Squadron surgical service technician, prepares a room for surgery at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 13, 2017. Prior to surgeries, technicians sterilize themselves and stock the room with the specific equipment required for the operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) Mentorship program refines medical techniques, fosters Misawa community relationships
The Indo-Asia-Pacific region is infamous for earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis; military medical facilities and personnel must stay ready for anything.
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U.S. Air Forec Airman 1st Class Glenn Koontz, left, and Senior Airman Corey Robinson, center right, both 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit electrical and environmental technicians, work on an F-16 Fighting Falcon as Japan Air Self-Defense Force Staff Sgts. Narihito Tanaka, center left, and Kenta Okazaki, right, sepctate aircraft procedures at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 7, 2016. Eight enlisted and two officers from multiple JASDF bases across Northern Japan participated in a bilateral exchange to learn maintenance procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) US, Japan break barriers, reinforce partnership during exchange
U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force service members engaged in a bilateral exchange program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 9, to increase interoperability and break down language barriers.Conducted by Fifth Air Force since 1995, this year’s BEP featured eight enlisted and two officers from JASDF bases across northern
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2016
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein, addresses Airmen during an all-call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 9, 2016. During his immersion tour, Goldfein took time to address many opportunities Airmen and their civilian counterparts have at Misawa, while discussing his focus areas as CSAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert) Misawa welcomes CSAF during immersion tour
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein visited Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 8 and 9, during his Pacific Air Forces immersion tour.
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2016
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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2016
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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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. George Covington, the commander’s support staff NCO in charge with the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, dribbles a basketball at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2016. The Japan Railway East Akita Peckers played the Misawa Jets as part of a basketball camp meant to foster bilateral relations and prepare players for the upcoming season. Covington is from Panama City, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter) Basketball bolsters bilateral bonds
Sports provide a forum for people of different backgrounds and cultures to come together and take part in a shared interest.   The Misawa Jets basketball team fostered such a connection when they held a summer basketball camp with the Japan Railway East Akita Peckers team to strengthen bilateral bonds and improve skills, June 17.   The day's
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Manuel Carvajal, an explosive ordnance disposal journeyman with the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, smiles as he poses for a photo in his bomb suit with Japanese residents from across the Aomori Prefecture during the 28th Annual American Day in Misawa City, Japan, June 5, 2016. In a showcase of the region’s bilateral partnership among U.S. military and Japanese citizens, more than 80,000 attendees enjoyed live performances, including Sublime with Rome, indulging in American and Japanese cuisine and strengthening international bonds. Carvajal is a Lorraine, Texas, native. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton) American Day fosters friendship between Japan, U.S. communities
In a showcase of the region’s bilateral partnership among U.S. military and Japanese citizens, more than 80,000 attendees enjoyed live performances, including Sublime with Rome, indulging in American and Japanese cuisine and strengthening international bonds during the 28th Annual American Day in Misawa City, Japan, June 5, 2016. Events like these are important as they afford Misawa neighbors, American and Japanese alike, opportunities to interact in a relaxed environment specifically planned for building friendships.
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