Stretching for the big dance-off

U.S. and Japanese Airmen stretch prior to learning a traditional Japanese dance during a 10-day U.S.-Japan Bilateral Career Training, at Chitose Air Base, Japan, April 12, 2017. Over the next hour and a half, the Koku-Jieitai and U.S. Airmen from Misawa Air Base, Japan, danced while learning more about each other’s cultural background helping to increase the two-nation’s interoperability. Cultural exchanges like this dance strengthen the U.S.-Japan security alliance by humanizing each nation’s service members bringing them closer as allies and friends. Koku-Jieitai is the traditional term for Japan Air Self Defense Force used by the Japanese. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

PHOTO BY: Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton
VIRIN: 170412-F-JF989-238.JPG
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