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Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Tamotsu Kidono, the Northern Air Defense Force commander, and U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, shake hands at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 24, 2018. Brown visited with Japanese counterparts across the installation and in the community, thanking them for the continued support of U.S. service members in northern Japan. He explained how relationships with regional partners and allies remains vital to long-term strategic competitions with China and Russia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, conducts an all-call with Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Brown made clear that the most important assets in the command are its Airmen. He expressed that their development is the enduring strength and future of PACAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, conducts an all-call with Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Brown made clear that the most important assets in the command are its Airmen. He expressed that their development is the enduring strength and future of PACAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, listen as the 35th Maintenance Squadron jet engine intermediate maintenance section chief explains the important role the centralized engine repair facility plays in the 35th Maintenance Group’s mission during their tour of the installation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Brown visited with Airmen across the installation in his first visit to Misawa since taking command this past summer. He encouraged Airmen to step up and share their innovative ideas as the command works together to be ready, resilient and postured for the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, listen as the 35th Maintenance Squadron jet engine intermediate maintenance section chief explains the important role the centralized engine repair facility plays in the 35th Maintenance Group’s mission during their tour of the installation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Brown visited with Airmen across the installation in his first visit to Misawa since taking command this past summer. He encouraged Airmen to step up and share their innovative ideas as the command works together to be ready, resilient and postured for the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Master Sgt. Ryan Ross, center left, 35th Maintenance Squadron jet engine intermediate maintenance section chief, talks with Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., center right, Pacific Air Forces commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, right, PACAF command chief, during their tour of the installation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Ross explained the important role the centralized engine repair facility plays in the 35th Maintenance Group’s mission and the innovative Airmen experimenting with new ways of getting the job done. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Master Sgt. Ryan Ross, center left, 35th Maintenance Squadron jet engine intermediate maintenance section chief, talks with Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., center right, Pacific Air Forces commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, right, PACAF command chief, during their tour of the installation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Ross explained the important role the centralized engine repair facility plays in the 35th Maintenance Group’s mission and the innovative Airmen experimenting with new ways of getting the job done. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Col. Kristopher Struve, 35th Fighter Wing commander, discusses options for upgrading the Potter Fitness Center with Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, during his visit of the installation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Struve discussed several long-term infrastructure improvement projects and force support budgetary needs with Brown and showed how the wing is continuing to improve in small ways every day through the hard work of Airmen across the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Col. Kristopher Struve, 35th Fighter Wing commander, discusses options for upgrading the Potter Fitness Center with Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, during his visit of the installation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Struve discussed several long-term infrastructure improvement projects and force support budgetary needs with Brown and showed how the wing is continuing to improve in small ways every day through the hard work of Airmen across the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing listen as Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, explains his priorities during an all-call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Brown encouraged Misawa Airmen to read the National Defense Strategy specifically highlighting the wing’s “Rapid Weasel” mission and strategic alliance with the Japanese people. He said PACAF needs to be ready, resilient and postured for the future of this area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing listen as Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, explains his priorities during an all-call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 25, 2018. Brown encouraged Misawa Airmen to read the National Defense Strategy specifically highlighting the wing’s “Rapid Weasel” mission and strategic alliance with the Japanese people. He said PACAF needs to be ready, resilient and postured for the future of this area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Gift exchange with an ally

U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, exchanges gifts with Misawa City Mayor, Kazumasa Taneichi, in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 24, 2018. Brown said bilateral relationships with the Japanese remain vital to long-term strategic competitions with China and Russia. He reassured Taneichi of PACAF’s commitment to the Japanese people and citizens of Misawa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Smile for the cam

Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, U.S. Army Capt. Lee Schroeder, center, Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactic Army Ground Station commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, pause for a photo at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 24, 2018. Schroeder explained the JTAGS mission and its importance to the defense of Misawa and northern Japan during a display of the defense assets located at Misawa Air Base, which also included a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A and a 35th Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, visited Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 24-25, 2018, to familiarize himself with the installation’s mission and bilateral partners, present expectations from PACAF and emphasize the importance of Airmen’s vital role in ensuring regional security and stability.