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Stronger together: 35th FW, Misawa City leaders cultivate safer community

Visiting local establishments in Misawa City

U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, hands a prevention flag to a local business owner during the End-of-Year Traffic Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign in Misawa City, Dec. 14, 2017. The campaign gathered volunteers dedicated to combating crimes and eliminating alcohol-related incidents, fraud and traffic accidents throughout the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Deana Heitzman)

Meeting with Misawa City Police Station leaders

(From left) Nobuhiro Izumida, the Misawa City Police Station Chief, Kenichi Miyako, the United Crime Prevention Association deputy chief, U.S. Air Force Col. R. Scott Jobe, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Paul Kirmis, the 35th FW vice commander, exchange holiday gifts before the End-of-Year Traffic Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign in Misawa City, Dec. 14, 2017. Throughout the night, these leaders visited local eating and drinking establishments to help spread information on what to do should an Airman, Misawa citizen or anyone else find themselves in an unsafe situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Deana Heitzman)

Front and center

Misawa City police officers stand in formation during the End-of-Year Traffic Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign in Misawa City, Dec. 14, 2017. During the campaign, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa City and police leadership visited three eating and drinking establishments and distributed flags with information on what to do if anyone in the community finds themselves in an unsafe environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Deana Heitzman)

Speaking during End-of-Year Traffic Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign

Nobuhiro Izumida, the Misawa City Police Station Chief, speaks during the End-of-Year Traffic Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign in Misawa City, Dec. 14, 2017. Events like this strengthen the 35th Fighter Wing’s alliance with Indo-Asia-Pacific partners, and assist in fostering a positive environment in local communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Deana Heitzman)

MISAWA CITY, Japan -- In an effort to promote a safer community, 35th Fighter Wing leadership partnered with the Misawa City Police Station during the End-of-Year Traffic Safety and Crime Prevention Campaign, Dec. 14.

The annual event, in which 18 police stations across the Aomori Prefecture also took part, gathered volunteers dedicated to combating crime and eliminating alcohol-related incidents, fraud and traffic accidents.

"This is a great opportunity to show Misawa City we stand side-by-side with them in efforts to create an even safer community," said Col R. Scott Jobe, the 35th FW commander. "We all play a role in creating an environment for our families and neighbors to thrive in, and I am honored to be a part of Misawa's annual campaign."

As the night progressed, campaign participants listened to testimonies from Misawa Police Station Chief Nobuhiro Izumida and vowed to foster a positive community within Misawa City. Afterwards, base, city and police department leaders took to the streets, visiting local eating and drinking establishments while distributing flags with information on what to do if anyone finds themselves in an unsafe environment.

"Misawa Air Base enjoys an incredibly close relationship with Japanese law enforcement," said Maj. Patrick Gordon, the 35th Security Forces Squadron commander. "It is one of the best I've seen in the world. This event highlights a relationship that goes beyond the gates and would not be possible without the phenomenal community support we as defenders, security professionals, and Japanese law enforcement enjoy."