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American and Japanese security forces members run for a ball in a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019.  This sporting event provided a way for both squadrons to connect and team build, which is crucial for the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

American and Japanese security forces members run for a ball in a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019. This sporting event provided a way for both squadrons to connect and team build, which is crucial for the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force security guard makes a quick pass to a teammate at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019. American and Japanese security forces members held a bilateral soccer game to build camaraderie and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force security guard makes a quick pass to a teammate at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019. American and Japanese security forces members held a bilateral soccer game to build camaraderie and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bruce Rick, right, the 35th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, and Staff Sgt. Shouta Hasegawa, left, a 3rd Air Wing security guard, high five during a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019.  The soccer game is one of many events hosted by Misawa AB to increase camaraderie and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bruce Rick, right, the 35th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, and Staff Sgt. Shouta Hasegawa, left, a 3rd Air Wing security guard, high five during a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019. The soccer game is one of many events hosted by Misawa AB to increase camaraderie and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force security forces members pose for a group photo after a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019.  Both teams played roughly six short games over the span of an hour.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force security forces members pose for a group photo after a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019. Both teams played roughly six short games over the span of an hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force security forces members play in a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019.  This soccer game helped bolster teamwork and relations between Japanese and American forces, allowing them to communicate in spite of the language barrier(U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force security forces members play in a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15, 2019. This soccer game helped bolster teamwork and relations between Japanese and American forces, allowing them to communicate in spite of the language barrier. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

The 35th Security Forces Squadron and Japan Air Self-Defense Force security personnel united for a bilateral soccer game at Misawa Air Base, Japan, March 15.

Relations between the U.S. Air Force and JASDF date back to 1954 when the JASDF first formed. Understanding the importance of the alliance, Misawa AB continues conducting bilateral activities bolstering understanding and unity.

“This event builds camaraderie by working together as a team and growing as a family,” said Master Sgt. Corral Galvan, the 35th SFS Section 3 flight chief.

A common sport, like soccer, gives both teams an avenue to break past language barriers and help strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance.

“There are some things we can’t communicate through words, so I’m glad we can connect through activities like this,” commented Staff Sgt. Shouta Hasegawa, a 3rd Air Wing security guard.

U.S. and JASDF split up among the two teams, giving both nations the opportunity to connect and grow through teamwork. Afterward, players congratulated each other for a game well played.

“It’s not just Americans and Japanese,” stated Galvan. “We are one force working toward the same goal, and it’s important for us to work together as a team."