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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III addresses the audience during an Airman’s call Aug. 28, 2013, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. As part of a two-week tour to the Pacific, Welsh visited Misawa to talk about the current state of the Air Force and thank Airmen and their families for their service and dedicated support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III addresses the audience during an Airman’s call Aug. 28, 2013, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. As part of a two-week tour to the Pacific, Welsh visited Misawa to talk about the current state of the Air Force and thank Airmen and their families for their service and dedicated support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III addresses the audience during an Airman’s call Aug. 28, 2013, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. With a year under his belt as chief of staff, Welsh shared what he considers vial focus areas to ensure Air Force success moving forward -- common sense, communication and caring. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III addresses the audience during an Airman’s call Aug. 28, 2013, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. With a year under his belt as chief of staff, Welsh shared what he considers vial focus areas to ensure Air Force success moving forward -- common sense, communication and caring. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks to Pacific Air Forces Airmen as Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody looks on during an Airman’s call at the Officer’s Club at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 19, 2013. During this trip, Welsh and Cody met with Airmen to take a closer look at how to best prepare and care for America's Airmen and their families across the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks to Pacific Air Forces Airmen as Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody looks on during an Airman’s call at the Officer’s Club at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 19, 2013. During this trip, Welsh and Cody met with Airmen to take a closer look at how to best prepare and care for America's Airmen and their families across the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Republic of Korea Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Sung Il-Hwan exchange gifts following a meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Aug. 23, 2013. As part of a two-week tour of the Pacific, Welsh met with military partners in Korea and Japan, as well as Airmen and their families, to discuss opportunities and challenges in the region. (Courtesy photo/Republic of Korea Air Force)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Republic of Korea Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Sung Il-Hwan exchange gifts following a meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Aug. 23, 2013. As part of a two-week tour of the Pacific, Welsh met with military partners in Korea and Japan, as well as Airmen and their families, to discuss opportunities and challenges in the region. (Courtesy photo/Republic of Korea Air Force)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Col. David Pastore, 15th Maintenance Group commander, talk to Airmen from the 15th MXG at Hangar 35 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during a visit Aug. 19, 2013. Welsh and Cody arrived at JBPH-H on their first leg of a tour to various locations within the Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Col. David Pastore, 15th Maintenance Group commander, talk to Airmen from the 15th MXG at Hangar 35 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during a visit Aug. 19, 2013. Welsh and Cody arrived at JBPH-H on their first leg of a tour to various locations within the Pacific area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

Athena Cody, right, wife of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, and Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Marlo Nikkila, Wet Hens treasurer, and Gillian Carlisle, wife of Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Pacific Air Forces, practice tying knots with the spouse's sailing club, 'Wet Hens', at the Outdoor Recreation Center on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 19, 2013. The visit to Hawaii is part of Gen. Welsh and Chief Cody’s first visit to the Pacific theater and includes stops in Alaska, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody met with family members and spouses to discuss opportunities and challenges regarding family care in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Matthew McGovern)

Athena Cody, right, wife of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, and Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Marlo Nikkila, Wet Hens treasurer, and Gillian Carlisle, wife of Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Pacific Air Forces, practice tying knots with the spouse's sailing club, 'Wet Hens', at the Outdoor Recreation Center on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 19, 2013. The visit to Hawaii is part of Gen. Welsh and Chief Cody’s first visit to the Pacific theater and includes stops in Alaska, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Cody met with family members and spouses to discuss opportunities and challenges regarding family care in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Matthew McGovern)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III meets with Gen. Harukazu Saitoh, Japan Air Self Defense Force chief of staff, at the Ministry of Defense building in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 26, 2013. As part of a two-week tour of the Pacific, Welsh met with military partners in Korea and Japan, as well as Airmen and their families, to discuss opportunities and challenges in the region.  (Courtesy photo/Japan Self Defense Forces)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III meets with Gen. Harukazu Saitoh, Japan Air Self Defense Force chief of staff, at the Ministry of Defense building in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 26, 2013. As part of a two-week tour of the Pacific, Welsh met with military partners in Korea and Japan, as well as Airmen and their families, to discuss opportunities and challenges in the region. (Courtesy photo/Japan Self Defense Forces)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III shares lunch with Pacific Air Forces Airmen at the Hale Aina Dining Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 19, 2013. As part of a three-day visit to Hawaii, Welsh thanked Airmen for their continued service and dedication and addressed issues concerning Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III shares lunch with Pacific Air Forces Airmen at the Hale Aina Dining Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 19, 2013. As part of a three-day visit to Hawaii, Welsh thanked Airmen for their continued service and dedication and addressed issues concerning Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III is welcome by Gen. Harukazu Saitoh, Japan Air Self Defense Force chief of staff, and an honor cordon at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 26, 2013. (Courtesy photo/Japan Self Defense Forces)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III is welcome by Gen. Harukazu Saitoh, Japan Air Self Defense Force chief of staff, and an honor cordon at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 26, 2013. (Courtesy photo/Japan Self Defense Forces)

Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III greets base leadership prior to a mission briefing Aug. 29, 2013, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Welsh visited JBER to meet Airmen and get a first-hand look at the mission here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Omari Bernard)
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Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III greets base leadership prior to a mission briefing Aug. 29, 2013, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Welsh visited JBER to meet Airmen and get a first-hand look at the mission here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Omari Bernard)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III recognizes Master Sgt. Scott E. Fitzpatrick as an outstanding performer Aug. 29, 2013, during a visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Fitzpatrick is the chief of mission support flight for the 611th Air Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Omari Bernard)
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III recognizes Master Sgt. Scott E. Fitzpatrick as an outstanding performer Aug. 29, 2013, during a visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Fitzpatrick is the chief of mission support flight for the 611th Air Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First Class Omari Bernard)

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody toured various locations within the Pacific area of responsibility, Aug. 18 to 31.

In addition to meeting with Airmen and Department of Defense leaders throughout the region, Welsh and Cody met with counterpart and government officials in Japan and South Korea, as well as elected and civic leaders in Alaska.

Welsh's first visit to the region as Air Force chief of staff provided the opportunity to visit Airmen and see firsthand the Air Force's unique challenges and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific theater.

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