Active community engagement programs enable commanders to enhance morale, public trust, and support.  Air Force professionals involved in the communities where they live become front-line ambassadors for the Air Force. Through active programs, the Air Force demonstrates it is a community partner and a responsible steward of resources. For all community engagement questions or requests please contact 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs at (315) 226-3075, or by email at 35fw.pa@us.af.mil.

     

 

 

Community Stories

Norio Uyematsu visits Misawa Air Base after 72 years.
Norio Uyematsu visits Misawa Air Base after 72 years.
Norio Uyematsu visits Misawa Air Base after 72 years.
Norio Uyematsu visits Misawa Air Base after 72 years.
Norio Uyematsu visits Misawa Air Base after 72 years.
Sister city delegates pose with 35th Fighter Wing leadership in front of an F-16
Sister city delegates receive a brief about the role of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Sister city delegates pose together with 35th Fighter Wing leadership at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Richard, 35th Fighter Wing commander, greets delegates from Wenatchee Valley, Washington.
A child participant of a Misawa Friendship Tour gives a thumbs up outside of Lakeview Grille at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2023.
Participants of a Misawa Friendship Tour look out from the Lakeview Grille balcony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2023.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt Tyler Parker, 35th Security Forces military working dog handler, poses with participants of a Misawa Friendship Tour at Misawa Air Base, July 14, 2023.
Participants of a Misawa Friendship Tour look on from the fence-line during a military working dog (MWD) demonstration at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2023. MWDs are vital to many military operations and help with a variety of missions.
A mother and child participating in a Misawa Friendship Tour look at the different static displays located around Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2023.
Participants of a Misawa Friendship Tour board a bus at Misawa City, Japan, July 14, 2023.
Group of people look out on the flightline at fighter jets.
A man steps onto a ladder as he exits from the cockpit of the jet.
Two men give a thumbs up as they look inside the cockpit of a fighter jet in a hangar at Misawa Air Base.
A group of people talking inside a hangar at Misawa Air Base.
A group of people kneel as they look under a fighter jet in a hangar at Misawa Air Base.
A group of people pose for a photo with a fighter jet in the background at Misawa Air Base.
Two people pose for a photo with a certificate in a photo frame.
Misawa Air Base commander puts a nametape onto the Aomori Governor during a ceremony
U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Richard, 35th Fighter Wing commander, and his spouse Jessica Richard purchase food from a local vendor during American Day in Misawa City, Japan, June 25, 2023. American Day is one of the largest cross-cultural festivals in the area and it made a return after being on hiatus due to COVID-19. The event, drawing over 50,000 visitors, took on the theme “two cultures, but one community.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Heller)
U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Richard, 35th Fighter Wing commander, poses for a photo with American Day volunteers in Misawa City, Japan, June 25, 2023. American Day is one of the largest cross-cultural festivals in the area and it made a return after being on hiatus due to COVID-19. The event, drawing over 50,000 visitors, took on the theme “two cultures, but one community.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Heller)
Members of the PACAF F-16 Demonstration Team pose for a photo with a Japanese attendee of American Day in Misawa City, Japan, June 25, 2023. American Day is one of the largest cross-cultural festivals in the area and it made a return after being on hiatus due to COVID-19. The event, drawing over 50,000 visitors, took on the theme “two cultures, but one community.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Heller)
Japanese attendees dressed in yukatas pose for a photo in front of the Misawa Air Base signs in Misawa City, Japan, June 25, 2023. American Day is one of the largest cross-cultural festivals in the area and it made a return after being on hiatus due to COVID-19. The event, drawing over 50,000 visitors, took on the theme “two cultures, but one community.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Heller)
Japanese and Americans line the street, shoulder-to-shoulder, during American Day showcasing the strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance in Misawa City, Japan, June 25, 2023. More than 50,000 attendees from across Japan traveled to Misawa City to enjoy and appreciate American and Japanese culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Heller)
Japanese attendees of American Day purchase American style food in Misawa City, Japan, June 25, 2023. More than 50,000 attendees from across Japan traveled to Misawa City to enjoy and appreciate American and Japanese culture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Heller)
A Japanese mother and her daughter enjoy playing high striker during American Day in Misawa City, Japan, June 25, 2023. Events like these are important as they afford Misawa’s local community, American and Japanese alike, opportunities to interact in a relaxed environment meant to build friendships and strengthen partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristen Heller)

Tours 

Base tours tell a portion of the Air Force story to visitors and highlights the Air Force mission, traditions and heritage. They are tailored to coincide with the interests of different age groups.

Requests for tours from off-base organizations should be via Misawa Industry and Tourism Division, 0176-53-5111 extension 537 or 514.

Environmental & Cultural Protection

In accordance with Japan Environmental Governing Standards, Misawa Air Base is committed to ensuring that the possible adverse effects of DoD actions on historic and cultural resources are avoided or mitigated.

Information on the Japanese Serow and sighting procedures can be found here

Volunteering 

Opportunities coming soon: Misawa CARES Team (on- and off-base)

Noise Concerns 

Misawa Air Base is committed to being a good neighbor in the Aomori Prefecture.  Although we implement noise abatement procedures, we understand our aircraft and operations can cause a disturbance. We will remain steadfast in our pursuits to accommodate the needs of the community while conducting defense operations in alliance with the Government of Japan.

Please coordinate noise concerns with your local officials.