Gens' aerial exchange: Demonstrating alliance, friendship

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Dolan, U.S. Forces Japan commander, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, Air Defense Command commander, thank each other for the opportunity to demonstrate a great show of friendship by making this bilateral exchange flight possible at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 14, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo)
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Dolan, U.S. Forces Japan commander, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, Air Defense Command commander, thank each other for the opportunity to demonstrate a great show of friendship by making this bilateral exchange flight possible at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 14, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo)

Gens' aerial exchange: Demonstrating alliance, friendship

by: Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domiilo, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | .
Misawa Air Base | .
published: October 21, 2015

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- As a testament to the strong friendship and alliance between the U.S. and Japan, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Dolan, U.S. Forces Japan commander, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, Air Defense Command commander, came together for a bilateral exchange flight here, Oct. 14.

The exchange involved Dolan flying onboard a JASDF Mitsubushi F-2, while Sugiyama flew onboard one of Misawa's F-16 Fighting Falcons.

During his visit, Dolan recognized the recent move by the Japanese legislature in setting a new path for the Japanese military, but reassured a strong continued alliance between the U.S. and Japan. He also spoke of the strong symbol of peace and alliance Misawa AB stands for.

"One thing we can enjoy here is the outstanding hospitality and support of the local citizens," said Dolan. "You can't find a better partner and a better neighbor than Misawa."

Both generals also saw this flight as an opportunity to demonstrate the air superiority and the interoperability of their forces, which serve to ensure peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

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