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Japan Air Self-Defense Force members with the 37th Surveillance Squadron and a U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Tatum, a 35th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions systems technician, pause for a photo during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 17, 2018. During the exchange, personnel worked together and fellowshipped with one another to deepen bonds and better enhance mission execution through getting to know each other in and out of a work environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force members with the 37th Surveillance Squadron and a U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Tatum, a 35th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmissions systems technician, pause for a photo during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 17, 2018. During the exchange, personnel worked together and fellowshipped with one another to deepen bonds and enhance mission execution through getting to know each other both inside and outside of a work environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force 1st Lt. Kimamura, left, a 37th Surveillance Squadron weapons director, gives U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Alsvig, right, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, a gift during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 18, 2018. Alsvig stayed for the first two days of the exchange to learn about the 37th Surveillance Squadron’s mission and how they work alongside their allies to maintain peace and balance in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force 1st Lt. Kimamura, left, a 37th Surveillance Squadron weapons director, gives U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Alsvig, right, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, a gift during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 18, 2018. Alsvig attended the first two days of the exchange to learn about the 37th Surveillance Squadron’s mission and how they work alongside their allies to maintain peace and balance in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Alsvig, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, speaks with a Japan Air Self-Defense Force 37th Surveillance Squadron member during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 17, 2018. Alsvig fellowshipped and familiarized himself with the 37th SS’s leadership, strengthening U.S. and Japan bonds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Alsvig, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, speaks with a Japan Air Self-Defense Force 37th Surveillance Squadron member during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 17, 2018. Alsvig fellowshipped with the 37th SS’s leadership and familiarized himself with their mission, strengthening U.S. and Japanese bonds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Layne, the 35th Fighter Wing bilateral exchange program lead coordinator, waves goodbye to Chief Master Sgt. John Alsvig, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, during their visit to Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 18, 2018. The 35th FW works together with several Japan Self-Defense Force bases to provide cultural and bilateral exchanges throughout the year, cultivating enhanced teamwork between the U.S. and Japan forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Layne, the 35th Fighter Wing bilateral exchange program lead coordinator, waves goodbye to Chief Master Sgt. John Alsvig, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, during their visit to Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 18, 2018. The 35th FW works together with several Japan Self-Defense Force bases to provide cultural and bilateral exchanges throughout the year, cultivating enhanced teamwork between the U.S. and Japanese forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Senior Airman Shimizu, left, a 37th Surveillance Squadron radar maintenance technician, looks at a Japanese phrase book with U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Tatum’s, a 35th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician, during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 17, 2018. U.S. Air Force members from various career fields stayed with their JASDF counterparts to better integrate with each other. Participants obtained a deeper understanding of cultural differences among themselves and learned to perform tasks together, ensuring fluid mission execution in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Senior Airman Shimizu, left, a 37th Surveillance Squadron radar maintenance technician, looks at a Japanese phrase book with U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Tatum’s, a 35th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician, during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 17, 2018. U.S. Air Force members from various career fields stayed with their JASDF counterparts to better integrate with each other. Participants obtained a deeper understanding of cultural differences and learned to perform tasks together, ensuring fluid mission execution in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Tatum, a 35th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician, grabs rice during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 18, 2018. During the event, U.S. Air Force service members stayed with Japan Air Self-Defense Force counterparts, learning to better integrate with each other and reinforce U.S. and Japan relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Tatum, a 35th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician, grabs rice during a bilateral exchange program at Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 18, 2018. During the event, U.S. Air Force service members stayed with their Japan Air Self-Defense Force counterparts, learning to better integrate with each other and reinforce U.S. and Japanese relations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Yamada Town, Japan, sits in a valley of various Japanese mountains, Oct. 18, 2018. The town houses Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Yamada Sub Base. The installation’s mission contributes to maintaining balance in the Indo-Pacific region through detecting and notifying ally forces who respond to unknown and enemy aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

Yamada Town, Japan, sits in a valley of various Japanese mountains, Oct. 18, 2018. The town hosts Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Yamada Sub Base. The installation’s mission contributes to maintaining balance in the Indo-Pacific region through detecting and notifying ally forces who respond to unknown and enemy aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

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Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing visited with their Japanese counterparts from the 37th Surveillance Squadron during a bilateral exchange program, at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Yamada Sub Base, Yamada Town, Japan, Oct. 17 to 26. 

 

“Events like the BEP keeps the U.S. and Japan bonds tight and unbreakable,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Scott Layne, the 35th Fighter Wing BEP lead coordinator. “Promoting a mutual understanding of JASDF and U.S. capabilities among service members is crucial to our relationship. We accomplish this through closely integrating with Japanese personnel, spending quality time on and off-duty, ensuring all members rely on each other to better function as one cohesive unit.”

 

The event brought Airmen together from various career fields to learn about the JASDF squadron’s mission, which is to detect and notify ally forces to respond to unknown or enemy aircraft.

 

“Their mission is very effective because their detection and notification, along with the response process, can be executed in minutes,” explained U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Tatum, a 35th Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician. “I learned how combining our mission with theirs contributes to the big picture of keeping peace and balance in the Indo-Pacific region.”

 

Not only did U.S. members practice their Japanese to overcome language barriers, but JASDF personnel put in extra effort to ensure they gave all briefings in English. A skill members like JASDF Senior Airman Saki, a 37th SS radar maintenance technician, value.

 

“Both JASDF and U.S. Air Force members agree, taking down communication barriers and understanding cultural differences strengthens everyone’s mission effectiveness,” said Saki. “We continue to move forward with strengthening each other to ensure regional security in the Pacific.”