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PACAF leaders visit Misawa Air Base

A military member in a heavy operating vehicle is being instructed by another military member.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, engages with Airmen from 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, pavements and equipment section, to learn more about operating snow removal machinery used during Misawa’s recent record snowfall during a tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 19, 2021. The tour showcased the spirit of Misawa; from munitions to snow removal, the PACAF team experienced multiple aspects of Misawa’s mission that enables the installation to stay ready to fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman China Shock)

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command chief, poses with Mr. Brian Woo, foreign policy advisor to the PACAF commander, during a tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 19, 2021. The visit gave PACAF leaders the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the 35th Fighter Wing’s mission of protecting U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific region and defend Japan by deterring adversaries. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman China Shock)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, addresses Team Misawa during an all call at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, Aug. 20, 2021. The visit showcased how Team Misawa supports PACAF's primary mission of providing ready air and space power to promote U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Service members listen to another service member address audience.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) command chief, addresses Team Misawa during an all call at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 20, 2021. The visit showcased how Team Misawa supports PACAF's primary mission of providing ready air and space power to promote U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

Two ladies listen to a military member in front of a board with renovation plans.

Cindy Wilsbach, First Lady of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Dr. Doniel Wolfe, spouse of PACAF command chief, learn about upcoming base renovations during a tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 20, 2021. Wilsbach and Wolfe have toured many bases in the Indo-Pacific region to hear directly from Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

A group of ladies talk around a big table.

Cindy Wilsbach, First Lady of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), learns about challenges spouses face during a tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 20, 2021. Wilsbach has toured many bases in the Indo-Pacific region to hear directly from Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

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Cindy Wilsbach, First Lady of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Dr. Doniel Wolfe, spouse of PACAF command chief, and Misawa key spouses learn about Misawa Air Base’s food pantry during a tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 19, 2021. To better understand what daily life is like for Team Misawa, Wilsbach and Wolfe spoke with local key spouses, met with base health care providers, and toured support facilities like the Child Development Center and base housing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

Two ladies listen to a military member in the Base's dining facility.

Cindy Wilsbach, First Lady of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Dr. Doniel Wolfe, spouse of PACAF command chief, meet with Airmen at the Grissom Dining Facility during a tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 19, 2021. To better understand what daily life is like for Team Misawa, Wilsbach and Wolfe spoke with local key spouses, met with base health care providers, and toured support facilities like the Child Development Center and base housing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joao Marcus Costa)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, PACAF command chief, present the 2020 Clements McMullen Memorial Daedalian Weapon System Maintenance award to 35th Maintenance Group leadership during an all call while visiting Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 20, 2021. The visit showcased how Team Misawa encapsulates PACAF's primary mission of providing ready air and space power to promote U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, PACAF command chief, present the 2020 Clements McMullen Memorial Daedalian Weapon System Maintenance trophy to 35th Maintenance Group leadership during an all call while visiting Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 20, 2021. The visit showcased how Team Misawa encapsulates PACAF's primary mission of providing ready air and space power to promote U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, PACAF command chief, pose for a photo with members of Team Misawa during a tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 19, 2021. During the visit, the leaders recognized Team Misawa’s contribution to PACAF’s strategic vision and their constant efforts to further PACAF’s goals in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman China Shock)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, PACAF command chief, and their spouses visited Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 19-20, 2021.

The visit gave PACAF leaders the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the 35th Fighter Wing’s mission to protect U.S. interests in the Indo-Pacific, and defend Japan by deterring adversaries through presence, readiness and the ability to project airpower.

During the visit, the leaders recognized Team Misawa’s contribution to PACAF’s strategic vision and the constant efforts to further PACAF’s goals in the Indo-Pacific region.

The tour showcased the spirit of Misawa; from munitions to snow removal, the PACAF team experienced multiple aspects of Misawa’s mission that enables the installation to stay ready to fight.

“We have to be ready to fight tonight in the event we face conflict,” Gen. Wilsbach said. “Our responsibility is to deter, defeat and, if called upon, win against near-peer adversaries.”

Additionally, Cindy Wilsbach, First Lady of PACAF, and Dr. Doniel Wolfe, spouse of the PACAF command chief, focused on improving the quality-of-life for Airmen and their families. To better understand what daily life is like for Team Misawa, Mrs. Wilsbach and Dr. Wolfe spoke with key spouses, met with base health care providers and toured support facilities like the Child Development Center and base housing.

“It’s been an honor to visit Misawa Air Base, have the opportunity to tour the facilities, and learn about the programs, opportunities and challenges,” said Mrs. Wilsbach. “These women and men provide immeasurable contributions to the families serving here, and their service and many sacrifices make us incredibly proud and thankful.”

During the all call, Gen. Wilsbach and Chief Master Sgt. Wolfe answered Team Misawa’s questions and concerns, and emphasized prioritizing personal well-being in order to maintain relationships and readiness.

“Taking care of you and your relationships is important,” Chief Master Sgt. Wolfe said. “You don’t know when that call is going to come...all the more important to have the things in your life squared away so you are ready when our country calls.”