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Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander greets Shigeo Sobue, vice president of Fussa-Yokota Goodwill exchange club, during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019.

Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander greets Shigeo Sobue, vice president of Fussa-Yokota Goodwill exchange club, during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. The New Year’s party was hosted by the 374th Airlift Wing and the seven friendship clubs from, Fussa city, Akiruno city, Mizuho Town, Hamura city, Musashimurayama city, Ome city and Akishima city, to strengthen the friendships between Yokota Air Base and each of the local communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, gives a new year greeting to the audience of the friendship clubs during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019.

Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, gives a new year greeting to the audience of the friendship clubs during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. Jones concluded his speech by saying team Yokota cannot be successful without the support of our local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Audience members applause after a new years greeting given by Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019.

Audience members applause after a new years greeting given by Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. The New Year’s party was hosted by the 374th Airlift Wing and the seven friendship clubs from, Fussa city, Akiruno city, Mizuho Town, Hamura city, Musashimurayama city, Ome city and Akishima city, to strengthen the friendships between Yokota Air Base and each of the local communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, breaks open a sake keg along with the seven friendship club presidents during the Kagami-biraki ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019.

Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, breaks open a sake keg along with the seven friendship club presidents during the Kagami-biraki ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. Kagami-biraki is started when the lid of a large sake barrel is broken by wooden mallets and the sake is served to everyone present. It signifies opening the door for good fortune. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Chief Master Sgt. Elvin Young, 374th Airlift Wing command chief, speaks with members of Fussa-Yokota Goodwill Exchange Club during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019.

Chief Master Sgt. Elvin Young, 374th Airlift Wing command chief, speaks with members of Fussa-Yokota Goodwill Exchange Club during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. The event reaffirmed U.S.-Japanese relations and was an opportunity to thank representatives from communities surrounding Yokota for their continued support and friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Carrie Waller, wife of Lt. Col. Brian Waller, 515th Air Mobility Operations Group deputy commander, talks to a member of Hamura-Yokota Friendship Club during the U.S.- Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019.

Carrie Waller, wife of Lt. Col. Brian Waller, 515th Air Mobility Operations Group deputy commander, talks to a member of Hamura-Yokota Friendship Club during the U.S.- Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. The event reaffirmed U.S.-Japanese relations and was an opportunity to thank representatives from communities surrounding Yokota for their continued support and friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Nataki Jones, wife of Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, poses for a photo with members of Ome-Yokota Friendship Club during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019.

Nataki Jones, wife of Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, poses for a photo with members of Ome-Yokota Friendship Club during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2019. The New Year’s party was hosted by the 374th Airlift Wing and the seven friendship clubs from, Fussa city, Akiruno city, Mizuho Town, Hamura city, Musashimurayama city, Ome city and Akishima city, to strengthen the friendships between Yokota Air Base and each of the local communities.(U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

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