COMPACAF: “There’s no place like Misawa”

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, left, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, shakes hands with Misawa City Mayor Kazumasa Taneichi, right, during a visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, at the city office in Misawa City, Japan, May 10, 2018. The general reassured Taneichi of PACAF’s commitment to Misawa, recalling his time as commander and the ‘two cultures--one community’ approach to life in Misawa, which remains in existence today. O’Shaughnessy said strengthening the command’s alliances and partnerships is a strategic priority. He added that PACAF’s goal is to facilitate enhanced security cooperation and interoperability among allied nations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, left, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, shakes hands with Misawa City Mayor Kazumasa Taneichi, right, during a visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, at the city office in Misawa City, Japan, May 10, 2018. The general reassured Taneichi of PACAF’s commitment to Misawa, recalling his time as commander and the ‘two cultures--one community’ approach to life in Misawa, which remains in existence today. O’Shaughnessy said strengthening the command’s alliances and partnerships is a strategic priority. He added that PACAF’s goal is to facilitate enhanced security cooperation and interoperability among allied nations across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

A U.S. Air Force Airman with the 35th Fighter Wing asks Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, a question during the general’s commander’s call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2018. This one-on-one dialogue offered Airmen an opportunity to get answers to questions about the command from PACAF’s top leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

A U.S. Air Force Airman with the 35th Fighter Wing asks Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, a question during the general’s commander’s call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2018. This one-on-one dialogue offered Airmen an opportunity to get answers to questions about the command from PACAF’s top leader. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Service members listen as U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, shares insight into his command’s vision, mission and goals for the future at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2018. O’Shaughnessy thanked them for their efforts, which are vital role to regional security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Service members listen as U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, shares insight into his command’s vision, mission and goals for the future at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2018. O’Shaughnessy thanked them for their efforts, which are vital role to regional security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, addresses Team Misawa service members, emphasizing that the nation’s greatest enduring strength is the creativity and talent of the American warfighter, during a commander’s call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2018. The general highlighted the strategic importance of the Indo-Pacific region, the great strides PACAF has made and specifically highlighted contributions of Misawa Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, addresses Team Misawa service members, emphasizing that the nation’s greatest enduring strength is the creativity and talent of the American warfighter, during a commander’s call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2018. The general highlighted the strategic importance of the Indo-Pacific region, the great strides PACAF has made and specifically highlighted contributions of Misawa Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, addresses Team Misawa service members, emphasizing that the nation’s greatest enduring strength is the creativity and talent of the American warfighter, during a commander’s call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2018. The general highlighted the strategic importance of the Indo-Pacific region, the great strides PACAF has made and specifically highlighted contributions of Misawa Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, addresses Team Misawa service members, emphasizing that the nation’s greatest enduring strength is the creativity and talent of the American warfighter, during a commander’s call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2018. The general highlighted the strategic importance of the Indo-Pacific region, the great strides PACAF has made and specifically highlighted contributions of Misawa Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Mutsumi Kudo, center, City of Misawa Military Base Relations Division translator, hands U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, left, Pacific Air Forces commander, a gift as Misawa City Mayor Kazumasa Taneichi, right, watches during the general’s visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, at the city office in Misawa City, Japan, May 10, 2018. The general reassured Taneichi of PACAF’s commitment to Misawa, recalling his time as commander and the ‘two cultures--one community’ approach to life in Misawa, which remains in existence today. O’Shaughnessy said strengthening the command’s alliances and partnerships is a strategic priority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Mutsumi Kudo, center, City of Misawa Military Base Relations Division translator, hands U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, left, Pacific Air Forces commander, a gift as Misawa City Mayor Kazumasa Taneichi, right, watches during the general’s visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, at the city office in Misawa City, Japan, May 10, 2018. The general reassured Taneichi of PACAF’s commitment to Misawa, recalling his time as commander and the ‘two cultures--one community’ approach to life in Misawa, which remains in existence today. O’Shaughnessy said strengthening the command’s alliances and partnerships is a strategic priority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, 35th Fighter Wing commander, and his staff greet U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, as he arrives at Misawa Air Base, Japan, for a base visit and commander’s call May 10, 2018. O’Shaughnessy visited with Airmen to highlight the strategic importance of the region and longstanding regional partnerships, the great strides PACAF has made, and the contributions of PACAF Airmen. He also emphasized the importance of its Airmen’s vital role in ensuring regional security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, 35th Fighter Wing commander, and his staff greet U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, as he arrives at Misawa Air Base, Japan, for a base visit and commander’s call May 10, 2018. O’Shaughnessy visited with Airmen to highlight the strategic importance of the region and longstanding regional partnerships, the great strides PACAF has made, and the contributions of PACAF Airmen. He also emphasized the importance of its Airmen’s vital role in ensuring regional security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, visited Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 10 and 11, to highlight the strategic importance of the region and longstanding regional partnerships, the great strides PACAF has made, and the contributions of Misawa Airmen and their vital role to regional security and stability.

“The mission you’re doing here is so important,” he said during a commander’s call for Misawa’s Airmen. “Our diplomats are successful because of the work you do. They can negotiate from a position of strength; that is something you have been a part of and should be proud of.”

O’Shaughnessy added that PACAF’s strength comes from its Airmen, “our asymmetric advantage.”

“We ask a lot of you, and you always deliver. You are the experts, and I’m asking for your help,” O’Shaughnessy said, emphasizing the need, “to continue pursuing readiness and innovation.”

While here, O’Shaughnessy also met with Misawa City Mayor, and close friend, Kazumasa Taneichi. O’Shaughnessy reassured him of PACAF’s commitment to Misawa, recalling his time as Misawa’s commander in 2007 and 2008 and the ‘two cultures—one community’ approach to life in Misawa, which continues today.

Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th FW’s current commander, added during the meeting that while the wing’s primary mission is flying jets and taking care of its Airmen, they also have a unique opportunity here to build close partnerships with their host nation partners.

“This is also a critical mission to our ongoing community engagement efforts and it takes each and every one of us to make a difference,” Jobe said. “Sharing cultures and customs gives us an opportunity to learn more about each other and build partnerships with our Japanese allies and friends.”

Echoing Jobe, O’Shaughnessy said strengthening the command’s alliances and partnerships is a strategic priority in the most consequential region to the United States. PACAF’s goal is to facilitate enhanced security cooperation and interoperability.

Americans and Japanese serve side-by-side on base and in the community and continue to develop innovative ways to bridge the communications gap, embracing the city and base’s approach to community engagement, “Co-existence and Co-prosperity.”

“There is no place like Misawa,” O’Shaughnessy said as he addressed the Airmen at Misawa. “There’s no other place in this command so supportive of the base—take full advantage of that and enjoy your time here.”

In closing, O’Shaughnessy said our nation’s greatest enduring strength is the creativity and talent of the American warfighter.

“Thank you for what you’re doing and for what you’ve yet to do,” O’Shaughnessy said. “Be bold, be innovative; this is a historical moment in time, and you are a part of that.”