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5th AF vice commander visits Misawa AB

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool, 5th AF command chief, prepare to walk into the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 23, 2020. During their two-day visit, Kosinski and McCool received mission briefs from various 35th Fighter Wing units and agencies, had the opportunity to meet and interact with Airmen, and learn about the various roles Team Misawa members play to keep their community safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool, 5th AF command chief, prepare to walk into the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 23, 2020. During their two-day visit, Kosinski and McCool received mission briefs from various 35th Fighter Wing units and agencies, had the opportunity to meet and interact with Airmen, and learn about the various roles Team Misawa members play to keep their community safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, receives a briefing on aircrew flight equipment, or AFE, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 23, 2020. In order to carry out the mission, every plane and pilot must be equipped and ready for any situation. AFE is one of the many units that ensure the safety and success of flying missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, receives a briefing on aircrew flight equipment, or AFE, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 23, 2020. In order to carry out the mission, every plane and pilot must be equipped and ready for any situation. AFE is one of the many units that ensure the safety and success of flying missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, enters a snow plow during the "Snow Rodeo" at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2020. The Snow Rodeo allows Airmen to participate in a friendly competition in snow clearing operations. Misawa has a strong lead on keeping the title of the snowiest air force base in the world. This keeps civil engineers busy with 24-hour operations during the snow season, ensuring the airfield is open regardless of weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, enters a snow plow during the "Snow Rodeo" at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2020. The Snow Rodeo allows Airmen to participate in a friendly competition in snow clearing operations. Misawa has a strong lead on keeping the title of the snowiest air force base in the world. This keeps civil engineers busy with 24-hour operations during the snow season, ensuring the airfield is open regardless of weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander of, operates a snow plow during the "Snow Rodeo" at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Nov. 24, 2020. Misawa is about 40 miles from Aomori, one of the snowiest cities in the world. The highest recorded snowfall was 240 inches in 1984. In order for the mission to go on civil engineers stay busy during the snow season to ensure the airfield is open regardless of weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander of, operates a snow plow during the "Snow Rodeo" at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Nov. 24, 2020. Misawa is about 40 miles from Aomori, one of the snowiest cities in the world. The highest recorded snowfall was 240 inches in 1984. In order for the mission to go on civil engineers stay busy during the snow season to ensure the airfield is open regardless of weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool, the 5th Air Force command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Joey R. Meininger, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, operate a lift during the "Snow Rodeo" at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2020. The Snow Rodeo allows Airmen to participate in a friendly competition in snow clearing operations. With an average snowfall of 150 inches per year over the last several years, civil engineers stay busy with 24-hour operations during the snow season, ensuring the airfield is open regardless of weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool, the 5th Air Force command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Joey R. Meininger, the 35th Fighter Wing command chief, operate a lift during the "Snow Rodeo" at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2020. The Snow Rodeo allows Airmen to participate in a friendly competition in snow clearing operations. With an average snowfall of 150 inches per year over the last several years, civil engineers stay busy with 24-hour operations during the snow season, ensuring the airfield is open regardless of weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Brig. Gen. Leonard J. Kosinski, the 5th Air Force vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool, the 5th AF command chief, wrapped up their visit to Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 24, 2020.

During their two-day visit, Kosinski and McCool received mission briefs from various 35th Fighter Wing units and agencies, had the opportunity to meet and interact with Airmen, and learn about the various roles Team Misawa members play to keep their community safe.

“It was amazing to see the teamwork and excellence of the Wild Weasels at Misawa Air Base first hand,” said Kosinski. “The Airmen of the 35th Fighter Wing do an outstanding job at supporting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific theater, and it is an honor to serve alongside them as the vice commander of 5th Air Force. Misawa Air Base members have a key role in continuing commitment to the U.S.-Japan alliance, and I have great confidence in that bilateral partnership.”

As part of learning about the daily operations at Misawa Air Base, Kosinski and McCool visited the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron to view a snow removal demonstration.

“It’s important for us to be immersed in the missions of our wings,” McCool said. "To support the Airmen’s success and to understand these challenges, we like to get hands on with what their day-to-day mission is like. Things like the “snow rodeo” really provide us that opportunity. We can then take these experiences and observations to further innovation throughout the command.”

The 5th AF team also visited the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadrons, where they received briefs about the various mission sets including the suppression of enemy air defenses, or SEAD.

SEAD missions allow other aircraft the ability to put bombs on target. As the only SEAD wing in the Pacific Air Forces' area of responsibility, the 35th FW owns this unique mission set which ensures all other aircraft are protected from surface-to-air missiles.

“Misawa Air Base serves as a crucial part of PACAF’s strategic and combat capabilities,” said Kosinski. “I believe without a doubt that this wing can meet the needs of any contingency operations that may arise.”