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U.S., Japan increase interoperability during PACAF visit

Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) and Pacific Air Forces Airmen pose for a photo in the Courtyard of Heroes during an exchange conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 5, 2018. The conference is part of the ‘Japanese and Americans in America’ visit, which allows attendees to share analytical assessments on issues of common concern and prepare for future opportunities to work together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) and Pacific Air Forces Airmen pose for a photo in the Courtyard of Heroes during an exchange conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 5, 2018. The conference is part of the ‘Japanese and Americans in America’ visit, which allows attendees to share analytical assessments on issues of common concern and prepare for future opportunities to work together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) Maj. Gen. Kiyoaki Kawanami, director general, operations and intelligence department, Air Staff Office (ASO) (left), speaks with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russ Mack, Pacific Air Forces vice commander, during an exchange conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 4, 2018. The conference is part of the ‘Japanese and Americans in America’ visit which gives Airmen of both services a chance to discuss current and future interoperability and integration. By combining efforts, the two air forces can fulfill mission requirements that are mutually beneficial for both countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Donner)

Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) Maj. Gen. Kiyoaki Kawanami, director general, operations and intelligence department, Air Staff Office (ASO) (left), speaks with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russ Mack, Pacific Air Forces vice commander, during an exchange conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 4, 2018. The conference is part of the ‘Japanese and Americans in America’ visit which gives Airmen of both services a chance to discuss current and future interoperability and integration. By combining efforts, the two air forces can fulfill mission requirements that are mutually beneficial for both countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Donner)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --