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The grandmother of a high school student takes her granddaughter’s photo as Col. Paul Kirmis, the 35th Fighter Wing vice commander, explains what it’s like flying in an F-16 Fighting Falcon in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region during the Wenatchee Valley delegation visit at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 24, 2017. Kirmis explained the wing’s significance in the Pacific Air Forces area of responsibility and how his wing plays a vital deterrence role throughout the theater. For many of the delegates, this was their first time visiting Misawa City and the base. One student said seeing what the installation does and the dedication of the service members working and living here means so much to her and her family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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