Misawa hosts Bilateral Exchange Program

by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Wallace, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Misawa Air Base

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members of the 35th Maintenance Squadron hosted Japan Air Self-Defense Force personnel during the Bilateral Exchange Program Feb. 2-13. The program began in 1996 to allow American and Japanese Forces the opportunity to work together and learn from each other's daily operations. Twenty years later, the program still brings the Forces together three times a year.

The first exchange occurred between the 35th Fighter Wing and the 2nd Air Wing in Chitose, Japan, in February 1996. The exchanges typically last at least one week and are focused on work centers, facility tours and cultural exchanges.

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