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SECDEF Departs Yokota to Continue Pacific Tour

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper shakes hands with the Airmen of the 353rd Special Operations Group prior to departing Yokota Air Base, Japan to continue his Pacific Tour, Aug. 7, 2019.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper shakes hands with the Airmen of the 353rd Special Operations Group prior to departing Yokota Air Base, Japan to continue his Pacific Tour, Aug. 7, 2019. While in Japan, Esper met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya to discuss the ironclad partnership between the U.S. and Japan, further ensuring continued stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Air Force Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, salutes the U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk transporting United States Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper upon his arrival to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, salutes the U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk transporting United States Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper upon his arrival to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. While in Japan, Esper met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya to discuss the ironclad partnership between the U.S. and Japan, further ensuring continued stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Laura Jones, 21st Special Operations Squadron flight commander, escorts Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper and his wife Leah to meet and greet the crew of a CV-22 Osprey at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Laura Jones, 21st Special Operations Squadron flight commander, escorts Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper and his wife Leah to meet and greet the crew of a CV-22 Osprey at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. While the purpose of the visit was to meet with Japanese officials to further enhance the partnership between the U.S. and Japan, the Espers also took the time to meet with Yokota’s Airmen prior to departing on to their next destination as they continue their tour through Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Laura Jones, 21st Special Operations Squadron flight commander, leads Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper on a CV-22 Osprey tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019

U.S. Air Force Capt. Laura Jones, 21st Special Operations Squadron flight commander, leads Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper on a CV-22 Osprey tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. While the purpose of the visit was to meet with Japanese officials to further enhance the partnership between the U.S. and Japan, the Espers also took the time to meet with Yokota’s Airmen prior to departing on to their next destination as they continue their tour through Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, left, looks over the cockpit of a CV-22 Osprey after a troop meet and greet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, left, looks over the cockpit of a CV-22 Osprey after a troop meet and greet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. While the purpose of the visit was to meet with Japanese officials to further enhance the partnership between the U.S. and Japan, the Espers also took the time to meet with Yokota’s Airmen prior to departing on to their next destination as they continue their tour through Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, left, looks up at the tiltrotor of a CV-22 Osprey after a troop meet and greet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, left, looks up at the tiltrotor of a CV-22 Osprey after a troop meet and greet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. While in Japan, Esper met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya to discuss the ironclad partnership between the U.S. and Japan, further ensuring continued stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, center, walks with U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, United States Forces Japan deputy commander, left, and U.S. Air Force Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, right, prior to departing Yokota Air Base, Japan to continue his Pacific Tour, Aug. 7, 2019.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, center, walks with U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, United States Forces Japan deputy commander, left, and U.S. Air Force Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, right, prior to departing Yokota Air Base, Japan to continue his Pacific Tour, Aug. 7, 2019. Having been recently confirmed as SECDEF on July 23, 2019, this was Esper’s first trip to the region to reaffirm U.S. commitment with its partner nation of Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)

SECDEF Departs Yokota to Conntinue Pacific Tour

Mrs. Leah Esper, wife of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, receives a mission brief from 374th Medical Group personnel during her visit to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. During the mission brief, Esper learned about 374th MDG capabilities and challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Juan Torres)

SECDEF Departs Yokota to Conntinue Pacific Tour

Mrs. Leah Esper, wife of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, meets with Child Development Center personnel during her visit to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. Esper visited facilities around the installation to gain a better understanding of what is available to Airmen assigned to Yokota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Juan Torres)

SECDEF Departs Yokota to Conntinue Pacific Tour
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Mrs. Leah Esper, wife of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, meets with Airman Dorm Leaders during her visit to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. Esper visited facilities around the installation to gain a better understanding of what is available to Airmen assigned to Yokota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Juan Torres)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper shakes hands with the Airmen of the 353rd Special Operations Group prior to departing Yokota Air Base, Japan to continue his Pacific Tour, Aug. 7, 2019. While in Japan, Esper met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya to discuss the ironclad partnership between the U.S. and Japan, further ensuring continued stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)