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Japanese locals visit Misawa EOD

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Waller, an explosive ordnance disposal apprentice with the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, shows a Japanese man how to oper-ate the unit’s bomb disposal robot during a community relations tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 20, 2017. The robot helps EOD Airmen at home and downrange dis-pose of bombs without putting human life at risk. The robots, considered unmanned ground vehicles, enter areas inaccessible or too dangerous for people, while providing state-of-the-art technology in reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ben-jamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Waller, an explosive ordnance disposal apprentice with the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, shows a Japanese man how to operate the unit’s bomb disposal robot during a community relations tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 20, 2017. The robot helps EOD Airmen at home and downrange dispose of bombs without putting human life at risk. The robots, considered unmanned ground vehicles, enter areas inaccessible or too dangerous for people, while providing state-of-the-art technology in reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ben-jamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Waller, an explosive ordnance disposal apprentice with the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, talks about the benefits associated with the unit’s bomb suit and robot with a group of Japanese nationals participating in a community relations tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 20, 2017. EOD Airmen are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. They are assigned some of the most dangerous missions and perform technically de-manding tasks in diverse environments worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Waller, an explosive ordnance disposal apprentice with the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, talks about the benefits associated with the unit’s bomb suit and robot with a group of Japanese nationals participating in a community relations tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 20, 2017. EOD Airmen are trained to detect, disarm, detonate and dispose of explosive threats all over the world. They are assigned some of the most dangerous missions and perform technically demanding tasks in diverse environments worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Beasley, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, explains how EOD makes use of the M1167 Humvee at home and downrange during a community engagement tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 20, 2017. The M1167 comes equipped with a 6.5-liter turbocharged diesel V-8 engine that nets 190 horsepower and 380 foot-pounds of torque and are protected by armor on all sides of the vehicle. The trucks include special night vision head lights only visible when used with night vision goggles worn on the operator’s helmet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Beasley, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, explains how EOD makes use of the M1167 Humvee at home and downrange during a community engagement tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 20, 2017. The M1167 comes equipped with a 6.5-liter turbocharged diesel V-8 engine that nets 190 horsepower and 380 foot-pounds of torque and are protected by armor on all sides of the vehicle. The trucks include special night vision head lights only visible when used with night vision goggles worn on the operator’s helmet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Various examples of improvised and conventional explosive devices litter a table be-hind a group of Japanese nationals who toured the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron’s ex-plosive ordnance disposal flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 20, 2017. The group were part of a monthly community engagement tour that builds trust and support with Misawa AB’s host partners by highlighting various units around the base and includes a windshield tour along the installation’s perimeter road. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Various examples of improvised and conventional explosive devices litter a table behind a group of Japanese nationals who toured the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Jan. 20, 2017. The group were part of a monthly community engagement tour that builds trust and support with Misawa AB’s host partners by highlighting various units around the base and includes a windshield tour along the installation’s perimeter road. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- More than 30 Japanese nationals visited the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal flight, Jan. 20, during a community engagement base tour.

Tours like these build trust and support with Misawa AB’s host partners by highlighting various units around the base and include a windshield tour along the installation’s perimeter road.

“It looked like they had a great time and we enjoyed all the questions,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Beasley, a 35th CES EOD technician. “It’s great having the opportunity to showcase our mission to the public and focus on building that trust integral to ongoing operations here and downrange.”

The monthly tours support the Pacific Air Forces’ command strategy that includes expanding engagement outreach here while strengthening relationships with allies and partners.

“Misawa maintains close relations with its host nation partners through bilateral missions and ongoing community engagement activities including these tours and our annual air show,” said 1st Lt. Samantha Morrison, the 35th Fighter Wing chief of public affairs. “We are their guests and it’s our privilege to share our various mission sets with our Japanese neighbors.”

The next tour is slated on Feb. 17 with the post office. If your unit would like to host an upcoming tour, please contact public affairs by phone at DSN 226-3075 or email at 35fw.pa@us.af.mil.