35th Fighter Wing commander completes fini-flight at Misawa AB

U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, gets sprayed with champagne by his daughter after his fini-flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 22, 2022. Family and service members across the 35th FW and from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force attended Friedel’s fini-flight to celebrate and show support before his departure from Misawa. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)
U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, gets sprayed with champagne by his daughter after his fini-flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 22, 2022. Family and service members across the 35th FW and from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force attended Friedel’s fini-flight to celebrate and show support before his departure from Misawa. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

35th Fighter Wing commander completes fini-flight at Misawa AB

by 1st Class Leon Redfern
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --  Family, friends, and service members across the 35th Fighter Wing and from the Japan Air-Self Defense Force attended the fini-flight for U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, to celebrate his time here before his departure from Misawa.

A final flight, or fini-flight, is a USAF tradition, to celebrate one's last flight with their unit, by spraying champagne, making a toast and dowsing water from a fire truck onto the aircraft and aircrew.

Congratulate Col. Friedel, his wife Jennifer and their children as they head off to Fifth Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan, where he will hold the position of Deputy Commander.


U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, celebrates as he is sprayed with water by family and friends after his fini-flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 22, 2022. Prior to his current position, Friedel was the 51st FW vice commander at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.


U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, gets sprayed with water by family and friends after his fini-flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 22, 2022. Friedel served in multiple operational squadrons as an F-16 Fighting Falcon mission commander, instructor pilot, weapons instructor pilot and flight evaluator. He has also flown in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Northern Watch, Noble Eagle and Republic of Korea defense obligations.


U.S. Air Force Col. Jesse J. Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, holds up the 13th ‘Panther Paw’ and 14th ‘Samurai wood’ Fighter Squadrons’ hand signals during his fini-flight at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 22, 2022. As Friedel nears his departure from Misawa AB, 35th FW personnel took advantage of the opportunity to celebrate his final flight while assigned to the 35th FW.

 

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