COMPACAF reaffirms alliance, readiness in Japan

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, Aug. 30, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. O’Shaughnessy’s visit was to reaffirm the strength of the partnership between the U.S. Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin West)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks with Japan Air Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama at the Japan Ministry of Defense, Aug. 30. Personal meetings are a valuable part of the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, Aug. 30, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. O’Shaughnessy’s visit was to reaffirm the strength of the partnership between the U.S. Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin West)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, arrives in Tokyo, Japan to meet with Japan Air Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama at the Japan Ministry of Defense, Aug. 30. Meetings like this one reinforce the bilateral alliance between United States and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, Aug. 30, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. O’Shaughnessy’s visit was to reaffirm the strength of the partnership between the U.S. Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin West)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, Aug. 30, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. O’Shaughnessy’s visit was to reaffirm the strength of the partnership between the U.S. Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin West)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- In response to recent North Korean provocations, Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, made an unscheduled stop to meet with his Japanese counterparts Aug. 30 to reaffirm the strength of the U.S. military partnership and validate the readiness of the alliance.

O'Shaughnessy traveled to the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo to meet with Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, Japanese Air Self Defense Force chief of staff, as well as U.S. And Japanese leadership at U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, headquartered at Yokota Air Base.

"Now more than ever, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Japanese allies," O'Shaughnessy said. "The threats we face from North Korea are significant but so is our capability and resolve to tackle them together."

On Aug. 29, North Korea launched an intermediate range ballistic missile which flew directly over northern Japan amid rising tensions regarding North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development program.

While at Yokota, O'Shaughnessy met with Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, USFJ and 5th AF commander, and Lt. Gen. Hiroaki Maehara, JASDF Air Defense Command commander.

He received a current intelligence assessment as well as spoke with U.S. and Japanese Airmen regarding the seamless transfer of information and intelligence required for interoperability and integration between the two nations.

"I could not be more confident in our ability and our preparedness to defend ourselves and our allies against the growing threat of North Korea," O'Shaughnessy said. "This visit validated the fact that our alliance rests on an unshakable foundation of shared interests and values, backed by unquestionable integration and lethal capability."