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Japan Air Self-Defense Force Warrant Officer Tsuyoshi Endo, the former 6th Air Defense Missile Group chief and Senior Noncommissioned Officer Association president, looks down at his coffee cup during "tea time" discussions with U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar Ventura, a 35th Fighter Wing inspector general vertical inspections planner, and JASDF Warrant Officer Junji Miura, the 3rd Air Wing command chief, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 14, 2018. Endo joined Ventura and Miura to discuss his retirement plans and ensure Ventura remained included in a special family gathering later this month. The three men enjoy meetings of this nature as it affords them an opportunity to connect not only professionally, but personally as well. Endo and Miura, echoing each other, said, "He's like family to me." (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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