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The Department of the Air Force was created when President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947. It became effective Sept. 18, 1947, when Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson administered the oath of office to the first secretary of the Air Force, W. Stuart Symington, a position filled by presidential appointment.
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Pacific Air Forces, with headquarters at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, is one of nine major commands of the U.S. Air Force and is air component of the U.S. Pacific Command.
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  • Department of Defense Dependents Schools

    Misawa Air Base has two Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) facilities: Sollars Elementary School (DSN 315 226-3933)E Mail: US Postal Address: Sollars Elem School, Unit 5041, APO AP 96319-5041Grade Level: Prekindergarten through SixthAreas serviced:

  • F-22

    Mission The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and

  • Festivals and holidays

    Misawa Area Festivals  Misawa Snow Festival February Misawa Port Festival August Spring Commerce Festival  May Misawa Festival August A Cherry Flowers

  • Finances and Banking

    U.S. banking and credit union facilities are available at military installations throughout Japan. Use of the Direct Deposit Program at a stateside financial institution helps avoid interruptions or delays in receiving your monthly pay during your move. Checks from stateside and local financial

  • Frequently Asked Questions

        - Family Housing -DISCLAIMER: Both questions and answers are subject to change based on mission priorities, legal constraints, budgetary limitations, and changing circumstances. This FAQ will be adjusted as needed to reflect new information as it surfaces.- Family Housing -Air

  • Fun in the Sun Can Be Painful

    The weather is getting warmer, schools are letting out and people are spending more time outdoors enjoying the warmer weather. Always be aware of heat conditions. Extreme heat conditions allow for potential heat-related illnesses and injuries, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  • Great Japan Earthquake Observance Notification

    Be aware that Misawa City will be sounding the alarm at 2:46 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, to signal a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost during the Great East Japan earthquake which struck the area March 11, 2011. ***The siren is not a notification of a real-world disaster. Please pass

  • Household goods

    All personnel relocating should contact the traffic management flight office in Misawa to determine what their weight entitlements are. Unaccompanied personnel have similar weight entitlements as accompanied; however, if residing in the dorms there will be no place for personal furniture or large

  • Ice Coolers and Food Safety

    Cookouts and picnics are frequent and honored traditions of summer, a time for family and friends to gather, socialize and have fun. But summer outings can be ruined if safe food handling and preparation techniques aren't observed. Hot summer temperatures can help food-borne bacteria multiply at a