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  • Misawa operates through record breaking December snowfall, demonstrates joint and allied force readiness

    Joint and allied personnel at Misawa Air Base executed mission-essential training and defense operations directly supporting the Indo-Pacific Command mission while simultaneously receiving a record breaking 72.4 inches of snowfall during the month of December in 2020.The previous snowfall record recorded by the 14th Weather Squadron occurred when
  • Fighting my way back

    Growing up in New York, I never made the gym a top priority because distractions and fun quickly stole my attention. As a city boy from Brooklyn, I took advantage of everything my home had to offer, including local restaurants, speak-easies and rooftop lounges.I spent 25 years enjoying eating and living life in the fast lane. I hardly slept and
  • SERE team displays wingmanship, saves snowboarding Airman

    Team Misawa’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape team saved a lone snowboarding Airman, after he took a wrong turn and found himself waist-deep in snow after sundown, Dec. 30, in the backcountry of the Hakkoda Mountains located in Northern Japan.   Although Staff Sgt. Matthew Stedge, a 35th Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew team chief,
  • Engineers, airfield managers fight snowy weather, keep Misawa runway open

    Misawa averaged more than 147 inches of snow over the past six years and experiences freezing and drifting precipitation from the Pacific Ocean. It takes a lot of coordination to keep the flight line clear and remains a top priority for the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron and 35th Operations Support Squadron.
  • F-86F Sabre: Longstanding symbol of U.S.-Japan alliance

    Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, displays the F-86F as a static aircraft today. After the first Combined Air Festival in 1980, the Japanese and American base commanders dedicated an F-86F as a symbol of the U.S.-Japan friendship. The F-86F Sabre began production in 1952, and gained popularity during the Korean War. It displayed a superior
  • Misawa F-4C Phantom II: A Vietnam vet still serving

    During the Vietnam War, the F-4C Phantom II, 64-0679, downed the second MiG aircraft on July 10, 1965. The first MiG-killer was later shot down over the demilitarized zone on July 30, 1967, making this aircraft the sole survivor of the July 10, 1965, conflict. The F-4C made it to Misawa Air Base, Japan, in August 1988, and was restored and
  • Misawa maintainer withstands winter weather

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Avery Fortenberry conducts post-flight aircraft-safe maintenance procedures during a dark and snowy Misawa afternoon, Dec. 12.
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