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Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, gives  remarks during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, gives remarks during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Jones thanked all the Friendship Clubs for the many contributions to the quality of life of our Airmen and being our strongest advocates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Keiichi Hamanaka, mayor of Ome City, gives remarks representing all the guests during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Keiichi Hamanaka, mayor of Ome City, gives remarks representing all the guests during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. 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 surrounding communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, breaks open a sake keg with the seven friendship club presidents during the Kagami-biraki ceremony, Jan.25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Col. Otis C. Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, breaks open a sake keg with the seven friendship club presidents during the Kagami-biraki ceremony, Jan.25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Kagami-biraki is a ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet and the sake is served to everyone present. It signifies opening the door to good fortune. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Lt. Col. Donavan Laskey, 374th Operations Support Squadron commander, speaks with attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Lt. Col. Donavan Laskey, 374th Operations Support Squadron commander, speaks with attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party has been held for over 10 years annually to enhance our friendship with our community partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Lt. Col. Scott Metzler, 374th Communications Squadron commander, and his wife Jennie talk to attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Lt. Col. Scott Metzler, 374th Communications Squadron commander, and his wife Jennie talk to attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Approximately 300 people from Yokota community and the local communities attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Col. Kevin Martin, 374th Operations Group commander, and his wife Britta pose for a photo with attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Col. Kevin Martin, 374th Operations Group commander, and his wife Britta pose for a photo with attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Approximately 300 people from Yokota community and the local communities attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Chief Master Sgt. Lester Farley, 36th Airlift Squadron superintendent, and his wife Yukiko talk to attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Chief Master Sgt. Lester Farley, 36th Airlift Squadron superintendent, and his wife Yukiko talk to attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. 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 surrounding communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, talks to attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, talks to attendees during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. 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 surrounding communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A member of Ome-Honcho Hayashiren performs a Japanese traditional dance to the music of Ohayashi, a group of performers who provide musical accompaniment for traditional Japanese performing arts, during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

A member of Ome-Honcho Hayashiren performs a Japanese traditional dance to the music of Ohayashi, a group of performers who provide musical accompaniment for traditional Japanese performing arts, during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Members of Ome-honcho Hayashiren dance and perform on the festival floats during the Ome Grand Festival which has a 500 year history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A member of Ome-Honcho Hayashiren performs a Japanese traditional dance to the music of Ohayashi, a group of performers who provide musical accompaniment for traditional Japanese performing arts, during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
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A member of Ome-Honcho Hayashiren performs a Japanese traditional dance to the music of Ohayashi, a group of performers who provide musical accompaniment for traditional Japanese performing arts, during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Members of Ome-honcho Hayashiren dance and perform on the festival floats during the Ome Grand Festival which has a 500 year history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, his wife Nataki, Col. Jason Mills, 374th Airlift Wing vice commander, and his wife Kim pose for a photo along with members of the Ome-Yokota Friendship Club and its counterpart the 374th Wing Staff Agency during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
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Col. Otis C.Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, his wife Nataki, Col. Jason Mills, 374th Airlift Wing vice commander, and his wife Kim pose for a photo along with members of the Ome-Yokota Friendship Club and its counterpart the 374th Wing Staff Agency during the U.S.-Japan Joint New Year’s Party, Jan. 25, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The Ome Friendship Club, founded more than 10 years ago, invites the 374th Wing Staff Agency to several events throughout the year, such as the Ome Grand Festival, the Ome fireworks show, firewalking, and Setsubun festival (bean-throwing festival). (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

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