Misawa Public Affairs


Public Affairs operations support the warfighter and the public with capabilities that provide trusted counsel and guidance to leaders about public information, enhance Airman morale and readiness to accomplish our mission, and maintain public support for military operations. We also communicate the mission of the U.S. Air Force to provide global influence and deterrence.


Public Affairs Purpose

The U.S. Air Force engages in Public Affairs to provide trusted counsel to leaders; build, maintain, and strengthen Airman morale and readiness; enhance public trust and support; and achieve global influence and deterrence. The triad of Public Affairs practitioners, bandsmen, and broadcasters is dedicated to executing the Public Affairs mission for the Air Force. The triad uses its resources to research, plan, execute, and evaluate communication strategies and tactics.

It is the responsibility of all Airmen to tell the Air Force story. Whether they're representing their base at a community function or representing the U.S. in a wartime or contingency operation, all Airmen are front-line ambassadors for the Air Force. It is imperative for the Public Affairs triad to prepare all Airmen to be credible, intelligent, and articulate spokespersons for the Air Force.

The Public Affairs office contributes to the:

Misawa AB Webpage
Misawa AB Facebook
Misawa AB Twitter
Misawa AB Instagram

Provides effective and efficient communication tools to link Airmen with their leaders. CI helps Airmen and their families understand their purpose, role, and value to the Air Force.

A free flow of information to Airmen and their families creates awareness of and support for the mission, increases their effectiveness as Air Force ambassadors, reduces the spread of rumors and misinformation, and provides avenues for feedback.

Misawa Air Base's community engagement programs are designed to enhance morale, public trust, support and demonstrate that the Air Force is a community partner and a responsible steward of natural resources. We hope to increase public awareness and understanding of the Air Force's mission. Our goal is to foster positive relations and maintain a reputation as a good neighbor as well as a respected, professional organization charged with responsibility for national security.

Media Operations facilitates engagement and two-way communication with the service members and the media, which is often one of the most rapid and credible means of delivering the commander’s message. Remaining open, honest, and accessible to the maximum extent possible normally results in greater accuracy, context, and timeliness in communicating with internal and external audiences. Personnel assigned to Misawa whether permanent or deployed will coordinate all official media requests and queries through the 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office.

PA Support Requests

Commander's Access Channel
Multimedia Work Order (AF Form 833)

To request photo or video support, please complete the highlighted sections of the Multimedia Work Order, AF Form 833. Digitally sign and date section 24, then E-mail the form. When making Commander's Access Channel requests, please send information in a Powerpoint file along with the Work Order. Only digitally signed forms are accepted.

Public Affairs can also loan out photo equipment to your unit if we are unable to support your request. To request self-help equipment, call DSN: (315) 226-3075 or E-mail us.

Studio Appointments

Studio Appointments

The photo is to be taken for an official purpose. You will be required to fill out an Multimedia Work Order, AF Form 833 prior to arriving at your appointment.

We are required to provide our customers with high quality, properly exposed and composed digital images. The photographer may assist you with minor adjustments for best subject representation. The photographer is NOT responsible for proper wear of the uniform. Military photographers are NOT authorized (AFI 35-101 and DODI 5040.02) to digitally alter images in any way.

You are required to show up on time for your official studio appointment. You are responsible for proper wear and serviceability of your uniform. You are required to ensure all medals, badges, rank, and U.S. insignia are up to date in accordance with your service record. We have a changing facility for customers. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will not be seen, and will be required to reschedule your appointment. Customers are responsible for choosing an image before they leave their appointment. Re-shoots will not be granted for customers receiving an image that they are unhappy with on the basis of facial expression, hair style/cut, etc.

**The official portrait/Full Length image will go through a Quality Control process and delivered electronically to the requestor within three duty days. Upon review/QC of the image, if any uniform discrepancies are identified, the image will NOT be delivered, the subject will receive an email and then given an opportunity to reschedule another official studio appointment.**

DSN: 315-226-3075 | E-Mail

Social Media Guidance

To help keep us all in line with Air Force expectations and standards of conduct, here is some guidance for you to consider when using social media.

In general, the Air Force views personal social media sites positively and respects your rights as Americans to use them to express yourself. However, by the nature of your profession, you are always on the record and must represent our core values. When you engage via social media, don't do anything that will discredit yourself or the Air Force.

When using Social Media:
- Think before you post. Use your best judgment because your writing can have serious consequences.
- Remember that you are always on duty and your social media interactions are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
- Don't forget your operations security (OPSEC) considerations. Consider how a post can be interpreted by the public.
- Be cautious about crossing the line between funny and distasteful. If you have doubts about whether you should post something, err on the side of caution.
- If the post in question concerns the Air Force, discuss the proposed post with your supervisor or your local PA office.

Here's the Air Force's latest guide to using social media; it should answer most of the questions you may have about creating and using social media.

The guide also has some good information applicable to all Airmen who have their own personal social media presence. Ultimately, you alone are responsible for what you post.

Social media guidance for your unit:

To request permission to set up a social media site, i.e: Facebook, Twitter, etc., please E-mail us. Justification for requests should include, at a minimum, the requesting unit and name of page administrators, what the page will be used for and why your needs cannot be met by using the official Misawa Air Base Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter pages. 

For information regarding how to lock down your personal social media accounts, click on your respective network below:

Facebook Security Twitter Security
Google+ Security LinkedIn Security




What must be submitted:

The 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office only has the security and policy review authority to clear unclassified information of local or regional interest.  This includes photography taken on the flight line or controlled areas, speeches, presentations, papers, multimedia and visual information material, and information proposed for release to a publicly accessible web site with the exception of Air Force publications. Products requested for release may require review from other base agencies. Our goal is to ensure maximum disclosure, minimum delay.

Products not able to be cleared by the 35th Figther Wing Public Affairs office and or that require higher headquarters review will be submitted to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center for review. IAW AFI 35-102, SECURITY AND POLICY REVIEW PROCESS.

Allow at least 10 workdays for Air Force-level review and clearance and at least 20 workdays for DOD and other Federal agency review and clearance.

Originators must ensure disclaimers accompany all  documents that are not submitted in an  "official Air Force capacity."  

An appropriate disclaimer is: "The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government."

Who must submit: 

All Air Force military and civilian personnel, including Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel on active duty, who release material related to their active-duty assignment, retired military members, and former Air Force civilian employees will use this review service to ensure DOD-related information released to the public is consistent with their requirement to safeguard classified material.

Contractors must submit material proposed for public release for review according to valid contract requirements as specified in Defense Department (DD) Form 254, Department of Defense Contract Security Classification Specification, DOD 5220.22-R, Industrial Security Regulation, and DOD 5220.22-M, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual

How to submit:

Products requiring review can either be emailed to the 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 35fw.pa@us.af.mil or dropped off at the 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office Bldg. 507. Security and Policy Review Worksheet.

Contact Us

35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
DSN: (315) 226-3075
Commercial: 011 81 176 77 3075

Bldg. 507 Risner Circle
Misawa Air Base, Japan

Mailing Address:
Misawa AB, 35 FW/PA
Unit 5009, APO AP 96319-5009
E-mail: 35fw.pa@us.af.mil

Base Operator:
DSN: (315) 226-1110
Commercial: 011 81 176 77 1110

Customer Service Hours:
Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Story Ideas

Story Ideas

To recommend a story idea or submit an article or photograph for publication consideration, E-mail us. All requests will be handled in the order they are received.