Generals’ aerial exchange demonstrates alliance, friendship

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  • By Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domiilo
  • 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
As a testament to the strong friendship and alliance between the U.S. and Japan, two top military leaders from both nations came together for a bilateral exchange flight here Oct. 14.

The exchange involved Lt. Gen. John Dolan, the U.S. Forces Japan commander, flying onboard a Japanese Mitsubishi F-2, while Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, the Air Defense Command commander, flew onboard one of Misawa's F-16 Fighting Falcons.

During his visit, Dolan recognized the recent move by the Japanese government in setting a new path for the Japanese military, but reassured a strong continued alliance between the two countries. 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," Dolan said. "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.