JASDF Airmen compete in English skills contest at Misawa AB

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Japan Air Self-Defense Force contestants strike a pose before going on stage during the JASDF English Competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 30, 2018. Approximately 35 members participated, and each group prepared a slideshow presentation in English for the judges. The enlisted personnel’s piece involved the rank structure and JASDF heritage. The officers talked about threats Japan faces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)
Japan Air Self-Defense Force contestants strike a pose before going on stage during the JASDF English Competition at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 30, 2018. Approximately 35 members participated, and each group prepared a slideshow presentation in English for the judges. The enlisted personnel’s piece involved the rank structure and JASDF heritage. The officers talked about threats Japan faces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

JASDF Airmen compete in English skills contest at Misawa AB

by: Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez , 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | .
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published: September 13, 2018

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Thirty-five Japan Air Self-Defense Force members competed in the fourth annual JASDF English contest, which was judged by JASDF personnel and two U.S. Air Force members Aug. 29 and 30.

On the first day, six different teams, comprised of both enlisted and officers, presented a 15-minute brief to the judges. On the second day, the judges oversaw an interpretation contest, which included only five people out of 35.

Throughout the competition, the enlisted Airmen's subject matter involved the rank structure and JASDF heritage. The officers discussed threats Japan faces. All contestants, however, received a score on grammar, tone of voice, pronunciation and other criterion.

“This event promotes JASDF members in their English-speaking abilities,” said Manami Miki, the JASDF Northern Air Defense Force liaison.

While some attendees appeared to increase their communications skills, the U.S. military judges felt the experience also provided a unique perspective.

“I volunteered because I’ve never been to an event like this and thought it would be neat to attend,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Grissel Cid, a 610th Air Control Flight weapons director technician.

The English competitions take place nationwide with the Northern sector occurring at Misawa Air Base. The winner progresses to the final for the entire country.

“Events like this aid JASDF in building their confidence by practicing their English,” Cid explained. “We get to see the hard work they put into their presentations. It also helps build our relationship in a positive way.”

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