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Japan Minister of Defense Visits Misawa Air Base

Capt. Austin Bangerter, 13th Fighter Squadron pilot, briefs Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit senior leaders emphasized the importance of U.S. and Japanese bilateral interoperability through realistic, high quality training and operations. They also discussed the strategic importance of Misawa Air Base as the premier location for aircraft to conduct training in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Capt. Austin Bangerter, 13th Fighter Squadron pilot, briefs Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit senior leaders emphasized the importance of U.S. and Japanese bilateral interoperability through realistic, high quality training and operations. They also discussed the strategic importance of Misawa Air Base as the premier location for aircraft to conduct training in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Capt. Austin Bangerter, 13th Fighter Squadron pilot, briefs Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit senior leaders emphasized the importance of U.S. and Japanese bilateral interoperability through realistic, high quality training and operations. They also discussed the strategic importance of Misawa Air Base as the premier location for aircraft to conduct training in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Capt. Austin Bangerter, 13th Fighter Squadron pilot, briefs Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit senior leaders emphasized the importance of U.S. and Japanese bilateral interoperability through realistic, high quality training and operations. They also discussed the strategic importance of Misawa Air Base as the premier location for aircraft to conduct training in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, is greeted by Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, and saluted by Col. Jesse Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit, Minister of Defense Kishi received briefings about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan with advanced Suppression of Enemy Air Defense and Destruction of Enemy Air Defense capabilities. SEAD and DEAD capabilities are critical to maintaining credible deterrence and defense in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, is greeted by Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, and saluted by Col. Jesse Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit, Minister of Defense Kishi received briefings about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan with advanced Suppression of Enemy Air Defense and Destruction of Enemy Air Defense capabilities. SEAD and DEAD capabilities are critical to maintaining credible deterrence and defense in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, receives the 35th Fighter Wing mission briefing from by Col. Jesse Friedel, 35th FW commander, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit, Minister of Defense Kishi received briefings about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan with advanced Suppression of Enemy Air Defense and Destruction of Enemy Air Defense capabilities. SEAD and DEAD capabilities are critical to maintaining credible deterrence and defense in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, receives the 35th Fighter Wing mission briefing from by Col. Jesse Friedel, 35th FW commander, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit, Minister of Defense Kishi received briefings about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan with advanced Suppression of Enemy Air Defense and Destruction of Enemy Air Defense capabilities. SEAD and DEAD capabilities are critical to maintaining credible deterrence and defense in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Capt. Austin Bangerter, 13th Fighter Squadron pilot, briefs Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit senior leaders emphasized the importance of U.S. and Japanese bilateral interoperability through realistic, high quality training and operations. They also discussed the strategic importance of Misawa Air Base as the premier location for aircraft to conduct training in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Capt. Austin Bangerter, 13th Fighter Squadron pilot, briefs Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th FW’s mission to defend Japan, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021. During the visit senior leaders emphasized the importance of U.S. and Japanese bilateral interoperability through realistic, high quality training and operations. They also discussed the strategic importance of Misawa Air Base as the premier location for aircraft to conduct training in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Japan Minister of Defense, Nobuo Kishi, met with Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, and Col. Jesse Friedel, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, during a visit at Misawa Air Base on April 3, 2021.  Minister Kishi, Lt. Gen. Schneider and Col. Friedel also had the opportunity to speak with joint U.S. service members and Japan Air Self-Defense Force personnel while at Misawa.

During the visit, Minister of Defense Kishi received briefings about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the 35th Fighter Wing’s mission to defend Japan with advanced Suppression of Enemy Air Defense and Destruction of Enemy Air Defense capabilities. Both sides discussed Agile Combat Employment (ACE) training, a new combat employment method based upon unpredictability. These capabilities are critical to maintaining credible deterrence in the region.

The leaders emphasized the importance of U.S. and Japanese bilateral interoperability through realistic, high quality training and operations. They discussed the strategic importance of Misawa Air Base as the premier location for 5th generation aircraft to conduct training in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) for both U.S. and Japanese pilots. They also discussed the necessity of community relations and fitness routines to ensure the Alliance is mentally and physically prepared to uphold its commitment to maintaining peace and security in the region.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Minister of Defense Kishi and Lt. Gen. Schneider discussed how critical joint U.S. and Japan Air Self-Defense Forces at Misawa AB were during Japan’s response to the Great East Japan Earthquake ten years ago. They reaffirmed their commitment to the U.S-Japan Alliance, to ensuring the security of Japan, and to the maintenance of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

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米軍三沢基地-令和3年4月3日、岸信夫防衛大臣は三沢基地を訪れ、在日米軍兼第5空軍司令官ケビン・シュナイダー中将及び第35戦闘航空団司令官ジェシー・フリーデル大佐と会談しました。訪問中、大臣はシュナイダー中将及びフリーデル大佐とともに、米軍兵士や航空自衛隊関係者と面談しました。

米軍視察において、岸防衛大臣はF-16ファイティングファルコンや高度な敵防空網制圧、破壊能力により第35戦闘航空団が担う日本国防衛任務について説明を受けました。不測の事態を想定した新たな戦力展開方策である迅速機敏な戦力展開(ACE)訓練について意見交換しました。これらの能力向上はこの地域における抑止力の維持に重要であります。

 

会談では、現実的で質の高い訓練と作戦による日米間の相互運用の重要性が強調されました。第5世代戦闘機を運用する日米のパイロットが、作戦区域内(AOR)で訓練を実施する最適な場所としての三沢基地の戦略的重要性について意見が交わされました。さらに地域交流や健康維持の必要性について触れ、地域の平和と安全維持の公約を継続するため、心身を鍛え、同盟における準備態勢を図ることを確認しました。

 

会談を終えるにあたり、岸防衛大臣とシュナイダー中将は、三沢基地の日米関係者が10年前に発生した東日本大震災での日本側の活動を支え、いかに重要な役割を果たしたかという事について意見を交わしました。両者は日米同盟、日本の安全保障並びにインド太平洋地域の平和と安全の維持について責任を持つことを再確認しました。