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Misawa Friendship Festival honors Hokkaido victims

Pose for the cam

Pilots with the 13th Fighter Squadron pause for photographs with Japanese nationals during the Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The festival featured more than 15 aircraft displays, 60 vendors and multiple ground demonstrations throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

Air show festivities

Spectators gather during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The festival aids in reinforcing the everlasting bond between Team Misawa members and Japanese locals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Blue Impulse for the win

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force Blue Impulse mannequin displays the crowd in the helmet’s visor during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. This aerobatic demonstration team was founded in 1960 as a team of six F-86 Sabres and performs during such events to enhance morale and community engagement. Out of respect for victims of the Hokkaido earthquake, the 35th Fighter Wing, together with JASDF 3rd Air Wing, cancelled aerial demonstrations slated to perform at the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Overjoyed and Osprey

An attendee poses for a photo during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The festival gave Misawa City members an opportunity to interact with Team Misawa personnel, aircraft and mission-related equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

But first, lets take a selfie

An attendee, left, and Senior Airman Christopher Welch, right, a 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialist, take a photo during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The festival gave Misawa City members an opportunity to interact with Team Misawa personnel and mission-related equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Strike a pose ladies!

Four attendees pause for a photo while wearing Japan Air Self-Defense Force protective equipment during the Misawa Friendship Festival at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The festival gave spectators an opportunity to interact with various aircraft and military personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Yakisoba anyone?

A food vendor reaches for a box of yakisoba noodles during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The wheat flour-based noodles first appeared in Japanese food stalls during the early 20th century, and they have remained a popular food item at local festivals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Load them up

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Farhan Howard, left, and Tech. Sgt. Nathan Hafama, right, both 35th Maintenance Group staff loading standardization crew members, demonstrate loading a joint direct attack munition GBU-31v1 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Misawa Friendship Festival at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The festival featured more than 15 aircraft displays, 60 vendors and multiple ground demonstrations throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

This line is worth it

Attendees wait in line to walk through a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The air show featured more than 15 aircraft displays, 60 vendors and multiple ground demonstrations throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

Lunch with the bunch
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Attendees eat lunch under the wing of an aircraft on display during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The festival featured more than 15 aircraft displays, 60 vendors and multiple ground demonstrations throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

Loading demo
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Farhan Howard, left, and Tech. Sgt. Nathan Hafama, right, both 35th Maintenance Group staff loading standardization crew members, demonstrate loading a joint direct attack munition GBU-31v1 on an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The festival featured more than 15 aircraft on display, 60 vendors and multiple ground demonstrations throughout the day.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

This is cool
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Japanese nationals pause inside a U.S. Air Force UH-1N Iroquois during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. People from all over attended the event and experienced static displays and demonstrations from both the JASDF and U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

Peeking out a KC-135
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A child looks out a door while touring a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The festival featured more than 15 aircraft displays, 60 vendors and multiple ground demonstrations throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

what a beauty
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Japanese citizens look at aircraft on the flight line during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. People from across the region attended the event and experienced static displays and ground demonstrations from both the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

Global pose
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Chris Ingram, left, and Capt. Michael MacDonald, right, both RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots assigned to the 69th Reconnaissance Group, Detachment 1, at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, pause for a photo during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The RQ-4s operate out of Misawa AB as part of a temporary routine intra-theater deployment. The deployment enables the Global Hawks to maintain operations during months of inclement weather, such as typhoons and other scenarios endured at Andersen AFB, which have the potential to hinder mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

Deuces
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U.S. Navy Lt. Ben Putbrese, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Five One MH-60R Seahawk helicopter pilot, pauses for a photo with a Japanese citizen during the Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. The MH-60R squadron forward deployed to Atsugi, Japan, providing combat-ready, armed anti-surface and anti-submarine helicopter support to ships deploying in the Western-Pacific and Arabian Gulf regions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

the F-2 that flew
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Two Japan Air Self-Defense Force 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron Mitsubishi F-2s taxi down the flightline during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. Out of respect for the victims of the Hokkaido earthquakes, the 35th Fighter Wing, together with the JASDF’s 3rd Air Wing, canceled all aerial demonstrations during the festival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

Walk across
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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force member and a child walk across the top of a JASDF Mitsubishi F-2 during Misawa Friendship Festival 2018 at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 9, 2018. Introducing Japanese youth to JASDF airframes increases public support of the 3rd Air Wing and flying operations at Misawa AB. Events like the Friendship Festival afford U.S. and Japan units alike an opportunity to showcase their airframes to the general public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephany Johnson)

In synchronization with drill
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The Japan Air Self-Defense Force National Defense Academy Honor Guard drill team performs during Misawa Friendship Festival Family Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2018. The drill team performed alongside the stationary displays. The statics included a JASDF F-35A, Mitsubishi F-2, Kawasaki T-4 and a MH-53 helicopter statics alongside U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawks, C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker and F-16 Fighting Falcons plus U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Round of applause
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An attendee claps after watching the Japan Air Self-Defense Force National Defense Academy Honor Guard drill team performance during the Misawa Friendship Festival Family Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2018. The family day allowed JASDF and USAF members and their families to be able to watch ground demonstrations and access the Friendship Festival static displays the day before the event opened to the public. Many Airmen and their families help to run booths or volunteer as escorts the day of the Friendship Festival, and the family day allows these families to experience the event as guests rather than workers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

What is in there?
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Eiji Amano, an attendee, looks inside of a Japan Air Self-Defense Force MH-53 helicopter during the Misawa Friendship Festival Family Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2018. Stationary displays included a JASDF F-35A, Mitsubishi F-2, Kawasaki T-4 and a MH-53 helicopter alongside U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawks, C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker and F-16 Fighting Falcons plus a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Smile for me
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A spectator takes a photo of his two children in front of a Japan Air Self-Defense Force Mitsubishi F-2 static display, during the Misawa Friendship Festival Family Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2018. Stationary displays included the JASDF F-35A, Mitsubishi F-2, Kawasaki T-4 and a MH-53 helicopter statics alongside U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawks, C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker and F-16 Fighting Falcons plus U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Displays for days
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Families view static displays of a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, left, Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A, center, and a JASDF Mitsubishi F-2, during the Misawa Friendship Festival Family Day at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 8, 2018. The family day allowed JASDF and USAF members and their families to be able to watch ground demonstrations and access the Friendship Festival static displays the day before the event opened to the public. Many Airmen and their families help to run booths or volunteer as escorts the day of the Friendship Festival, and the family day allows these families to experience the event as guests rather than workers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Out of respect for the victims of the Hokkaido earthquakes, the 35th Fighter Wing, together with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force 3rd Air Wing, cancelled aerial demonstrations, focusing on ground demonstrations and renaming the event the Misawa Friendship Festival Sept. 9.

“We stand beside our JASDF and Japanese friends and partners during this difficult time,” said Col. Kristopher Struve, the 35th FW commander. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost to the natural disasters across the region. Although this is a difficult time, we at Misawa Air Base still want to open our home to our neighbors; we welcome everyone to come out and stand together as one community.”

Approximately 75,000 attendees filled the flight line for the event, which provided community members an opportunity to see various aircraft, meet military personnel and observe ground demonstrations, encompassing the power of the joint and bilateral forces.

Stationary displays included the JASDF F-35A, Mitsubishi F-2, Kawasaki T-4 and a MH-53 helicopter alongside U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawks, C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker and F-16 Fighting Falcons plus a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon.

“It’s important to show our host nation the purpose of Team Misawa’s joint force missions and how our capabilities play a role in our daily operations,” said Airman 1st Class Justice Jacoby, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration journeyman. “Giving the Japanese a look at what we’re working with builds relations with our host nation while giving insight to our mission.”

Asumi Yamamoto, a Misawa Friendship Fest spectator, said she enjoyed visiting the base and getting to see all the U.S. aircraft.

“Seeing the F-16 static display and interacting with service members throughout the day was my favorite part,” said Yamamoto.

Although heavy rain overtook the day's forecast culminating in many last minute changes, Maj. Matthew Sabraw, the 13th Fighter Squadron assistant director of operations, said Team Misawa delivered a great day for the community.

“This year’s Air Fest went as well as it possibly could have," Sabraw continued. “We represented the U.S. with a humble strength and competence together, while honoring our Japanese friends.”