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Lt. Gen. Rupp takes command of U.S. military in Japan

The official party stands at attention during the U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. During the ceremony, Lt Gen. Ricky N. Rupp assumed command of USFJ and 5th AF from Lt. Gen. Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

The official party stands at attention during the U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. During the ceremony, Lt Gen. Ricky N. Rupp assumed command of USFJ and 5th AF from Lt. Gen. Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Joint U.S. Forces Japan color guard members present the colors during the USFJ and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.

Joint U.S. Forces Japan color guard members present the colors during the USFJ and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. During the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp assumed command of USFJ and 5th AF from Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Joint U.S. Forces Japan color guard members present the colors during the USFJ and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.

Joint U.S. Forces Japan color guard members present the colors during the USFJ and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. During the ceremony, Lt Gen. Ricky N. Rupp assumed command of USFJ and 5th AF from Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken S. Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks during the U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken S. Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks during the U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. During the ceremony, Wilsbach spoke on the importance of USFJ and 5th AF in the PACAF area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Admiral John C. Aquilino, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, speaks during the U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.

Admiral John C. Aquilino, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, speaks during the U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. Aquilino spoke on the importance of USFJ and 5th AF in the Pacific Air Forces area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken S. Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks during the U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken S. Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, speaks during the U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. During the ceremony, Wilsbach spoke on the importance of USFJ and 5th AF in the PACAF area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Admiral John C. Aquilino, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, pins the Defense Distinguished Service medal to Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force outgoing commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.

Admiral John C. Aquilino, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, pins the Defense Distinguished Service medal to Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force outgoing commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. The award was presented to Schneider for his distinguished service and contribution to Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Admiral John C. Aquilino, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, presents the Defense Distinguished Service award to Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force outgoing commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.

Admiral John C. Aquilino, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, presents the Defense Distinguished Service award to Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force outgoing commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. The award was presented to Schneider for his distinguished service and contribution to Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Admiral John C. Aquilino, left, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, thanks Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, center, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force outgoing commander, for his service during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.

Admiral John C. Aquilino, left, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, thanks Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, center, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force outgoing commander, for his service during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. Schneider has served as the USFJ and 5th AF commander for more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

U.S. Admiral John C. Aquilino, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, passes the U.S. Forces Japan guidon to Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, USFJ and 5th Air Force incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.
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U.S. Admiral John C. Aquilino, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command commander, passes the U.S. Forces Japan guidon to Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, USFJ and 5th Air Force incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. The passing of the guidon marks the beginning of Rupp's tour as the commander of USFJ. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken S. Wilsbach, left, Pacific Air Forces commander, receives the 5th Air Force guidon from Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, right, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force outgoing commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken S. Wilsbach, left, Pacific Air Forces commander, receives the 5th Air Force guidon from Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, right, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force outgoing commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. Schneider has served as the USFJ and 5th AF commander for more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken S. Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, hands over the 5th Air Force command to Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th AF incoming commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. The passing of the guidon marks the beginning of Rupp’s tour as the commander of 5th AF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken S. Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, hands over the 5th Air Force command to Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th AF incoming commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. The passing of the guidon marks the beginning of Rupp’s tour as the commander of 5th AF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, speaks during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.
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Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, speaks during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. Rupp spoke about his plans and expressed his excitement to serve as the USFJ and 5th AF commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, speaks during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021.
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Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, speaks during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. Rupp spoke about his plans and expressed his excitement to serve as the USFJ and 5th AF commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, former U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, congratulates Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, USFJ and 5th AF commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. During the ceremony, Rupp assumed command of USFJ and 5th AF from Schneider. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)
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Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, former U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, congratulates Lt. Gen. Ricky N. Rupp, USFJ and 5th AF commander, during the USFJ and 5th AF change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 27, 2021. During the ceremony, Rupp assumed command of USFJ and 5th AF from Schneider. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brieana E. Bolfing)

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