U.S. Embassy representatives tour Misawa AB

Peeking at Misawa’s SEAD capabilities

U.S. Embassy representatives speak with U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2017. The representatives examined an F-16 Fighting Falcon and a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 Mitsubishi, while learning the capabilities and various munitions each aircraft carries during sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. embassy rep talks with JASDF pilot

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Naoki Aizawa, left, speaks with Heather Wallach, right, the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan, political military affairs political officer, during a tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2017. The F-2 Mitsubishi is a multirole fighter derived from the U.S. Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcon, which highlights the two nations' bilateral partnership and the mission focus at Misawa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Talking with the representatives

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Naoki Aizawa, a 3rd Air Wing F-2 Mitsubishi pilot, speaks with U.S. embassy representatives at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2017. The visit provided the U.S. representatives with a chance to see the 35th Fighter Wing’s mission up close as well as survey the strong U.S., Japan partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

Sun rays make happy consulate days

Rachel Brunette-Chen, left, the Consulate General of the United States of America Sapporo, Japan, and Heather Wallach, right, the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan, political military affairs political officer, tour the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2017. During the tour, both Brunette-Chen and Wallach spoke with U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th FW commander, about the base’s relationship with the local Japanese community and what plans Jobe envisions for the wing in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

U.S. Embassy representatives toured Misawa Air Base, Oct. 13, 2017, in order to survey the 35th Fighter Wing’s mission readiness and role within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region

“I was impressed by their capabilities,” said Rachel Brunette-Chen, the principal officer of the U.S. Consulate in Sapporo, Japan. “The aircraft viewing itself was a good opportunity for me to understand a little bit more about what the wing is capable of.”

During the tour, Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th FW commander, and Misawa Airmen, to include Japanese Air Self-Defense representatives, briefed the base's mission and assets to Brunette-Chen and Heather Wallach, a political-military affairs officer for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Both representatives noted the strong relationship Misawa AB has with the local community.

“I pay attention to the relationship military installations have with the local communities all across Japan,” said Wallach. “Misawa has a great representation for its community relationship and maybe one of the best in Japan.”

Wallach expressed she and Brunette-Chen accomplished a lot during their visit to Misawa AB and plans to iterate various community engagement aspects showcased by the 35th FW to other bases across Japan.

“I think it’s a wonderful place,” Brunette-Chen said. “I really appreciated the chance to come here and be able to see everything up-front and in person.”