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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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  • Lightning and Tornados - Summer Weather Safety

    LightningAt any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress somewhere on earth. According to the National Weather Service, this amounts to 16 million storms a year. In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. While lightning can be fascinating to watch, it is also extremely
  • Location and geography

    Location Latitude 40° 40' N, Longitude 141° 23' E This is approximately the same latitude as Central Park in New York City; Newark, New Jersey; Kearney, Nebraska; Peoria, Illinois; Lima, Ohio; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Geographical Features Misawa City is located in the southeastern portion of Aomori Prefecture on the northern end of Honshu Island.
  • Lodging

    For accompanied members or unaccompanied members E-4 and above with more than three years of service Misawa has Temporary Lodging Facilities for incoming families. Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Enlist the help of your sponsor or call DSN 315-222-0284/0282 to make reservations in advance. Be sure to have your credit
  • Military Equal Opportunity

    Military Equal Opportunity The 35 FW Military Equal Opportunity Office is here to improve the mission effectiveness of the 35th Fighter Wing by fostering a positive human relations climate based on the concept that everyone must be treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion or gender.
  • Misawa Physical Therapy Home Exercises

    Introduction to Back, Hip and Knee Pain Back Pain Exercises   BridgesClamshellsHip Flexor StretchHip Pain ExercisesBridgesClamshellsSide SteppingSteamboatsKnee Pain ExercisesBridgesClamshellsSide SteppingSteamboatsSingle Leg SquatsAnkle Pain ExercisesClamshellsBelt Rocking AnkleSingle Leg BalancingShoulder Pain ExercisesSide External & Internal
  • Misawa Security Operations Center

    An integral part of the U.S. military's intelligence community, the Misawa Security Operations Center at Misawa Air Base, Japan, is tasked with ensuring U.S. and allied forces have the needed secure communications and command, control and communication countermeasure support to thwart enemy counterintelligence agencies. Composition The MSOC is
  • Motorcycle Safety – Ride Smart

    Whether you are just starting to think about purchasing your first bike or a seasoned motorcycle veteran, motorcycle safety should always be your prime concern and a riding course is always a good idea.The Motorcycle Safety Foundation states the following about motorcycle safety: A motorcyclist should attend a motorcycle rider-training course to
  • Mow Smart

    Mowing the yard is a peaceful task for some and a necessary evil for others. Although infrequent, lawn mowing injuries are normally severe when they do occur. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, yearly injuries (treated at emergency rooms) from lawn mowers total more than 70,000 annually.Herb Willcutt, the Extension Professor
  • Non-Government Housing

    Rental Options Off-base housing provides a unique opportunity to see and enjoy the Japanese lifestyle. If you choose to live off base, there are many new American-style homes that provide all the comforts you would expect. The housing office maintains a listing of off-base rental properties, maps of the local Misawa area and a list of
  • Off-Limits Order - Garo's Bar

    Off-Limits Order The 35th Fighter Wing Commander has placed the following establishments at Misawa off-limits to Air Force military and civilian personnel, DoD civilians, DoD-invited contractors and dependents of the same. "Garo's," located at M's Plaza, 2-5-11 Chuo-cho, Misawa-shi, Aomori-ken Recently, this local nightclub establishment has