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Misawa commander, mayor harvest rice with Oozora Elementary School

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, harvests rice during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Friedel joined Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama and students from Oozora Elementary School for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, harvests rice during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Friedel joined Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama and students from Oozora Elementary School for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama, far left, and U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, pose for a photo with Friedel's family and Oozora Elementary School students during a rice harvesting event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Rice is the primary staple food of the Japanese diet and of such fundamental importance to the Japanese culture that it was once used as currency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama, far left, and U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, pose for a photo with Friedel's family and Oozora Elementary School students during a rice harvesting event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Rice is the primary staple food of the Japanese diet and of such fundamental importance to the Japanese culture that it was once used as currency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with his daughter about the rice harvesting process during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. While rice can now be harvested using a machine, Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama, Friedel and his family, and Oozora Elementary School students harvested rice by hand. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with his daughter about the rice harvesting process during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. While rice can now be harvested using a machine, Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama, Friedel and his family, and Oozora Elementary School students harvested rice by hand. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, holds up stalks of rice while standing next to a scarecrow during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Friedel and his family joined Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama and Oozora Elementary School students to harvest rice, the primary staple of the Japanese diet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, holds up stalks of rice while standing next to a scarecrow during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Friedel and his family joined Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama and Oozora Elementary School students to harvest rice, the primary staple of the Japanese diet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama poses for a photo during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Kohiyama and U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, joined students from Oozora Elementary School to harvest rice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama poses for a photo during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Kohiyama and U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, joined students from Oozora Elementary School to harvest rice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, and his family harvest rice during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. This was the first time Friedel and his family had harvested rice, which is the primary staple food of the Japanese diet and of such fundamental importance to the Japanese culture that it was once used as currency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, and his family harvest rice during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. This was the first time Friedel and his family had harvested rice, which is the primary staple food of the Japanese diet and of such fundamental importance to the Japanese culture that it was once used as currency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama, left, and U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, pose for a photo during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Kohiyama and Friedel joined students from Oozora Elementary School to harvest rice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama, left, and U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, pose for a photo during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Kohiyama and Friedel joined students from Oozora Elementary School to harvest rice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Students from Oozora Elementary School greet U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, and his family during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Friedel and Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama joined the students on their trip to harvest rice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Students from Oozora Elementary School greet U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, and his family during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Friedel and Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama joined the students on their trip to harvest rice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, harvests rice during a community relations event in Misawa City, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Friedel joined Misawa Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama and students from Oozora Elementary School for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)