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Yokota Base Honor Guard posts the colors during the United Nations Command (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. The UNC-R is composed of eight nations accredited to the United Nations Command; Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Yokota Base Honor Guard posts the colors during the United Nations Command (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. The UNC-R is composed of eight nations accredited to the United Nations Command; Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Slife, deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea, gives a speech during the United Nations Command (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC-R maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Slife, deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea, gives a speech during the United Nations Command (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC-R maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Barbara Courtney, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, gives her final speech as commander during the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC-R maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Barbara Courtney, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, gives her final speech as commander during the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC-R maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Barbara Courtney, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, renders her final salute as commander during the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. The UNC (Rear) has historically been commanded by a U.S. Army Colonel however since 2010 the command has been filled by an Australian Air Force officer with this change of command assigning the fourth successive Australian commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Barbara Courtney, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, renders her final salute as commander during the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. The UNC (Rear) has historically been commanded by a U.S. Army Colonel however since 2010 the command has been filled by an Australian Air Force officer with this change of command assigning the fourth successive Australian commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

(Right to left) Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, incoming United Nations Command (Rear) commander, receives the guidon from U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Slife, deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea, during a change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. The UNC (Rear) has historically been commanded by a U.S. Army Colonel however since 2010 the command has been filled by an Australian Air Force officer with this change of command assigning the fourth successive Australian commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

(Right to left) Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, incoming United Nations Command (Rear) commander, receives the guidon from U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Slife, deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea, during a change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. The UNC (Rear) has historically been commanded by a U.S. Army Colonel however since 2010 the command has been filled by an Australian Air Force officer with this change of command assigning the fourth successive Australian commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, incoming United Nations Command (Rear) commander, receives the guidon during a change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. The UNC (Rear) has historically been commanded by a U.S. Army Colonel however since 2010 the command has been filled by an Australian Air Force officer with this change of command assigning the fourth successive Australian commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, incoming United Nations Command (Rear) commander, receives the guidon during a change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. The UNC (Rear) has historically been commanded by a U.S. Army Colonel however since 2010 the command has been filled by an Australian Air Force officer with this change of command assigning the fourth successive Australian commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, gives a speech during the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC (Rear) maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, gives a speech during the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC (Rear) maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, renders his first salute as commander during the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. Jansen assumed command from Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Barbara Courtney. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, renders his first salute as commander during the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. Jansen assumed command from Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Barbara Courtney. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

(Right to left) U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Dolan, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force, greets Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, after the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC (Rear) maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

(Right to left) U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Dolan, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force, greets Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen, United Nations Command (Rear) commander, after the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC (Rear) maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

(Left to right) Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Hiroaki Fukue, JASDF Air Defense Command commander, greets U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Slife, deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea, after the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC (Rear) maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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(Left to right) Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Hiroaki Fukue, JASDF Air Defense Command commander, greets U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Slife, deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea, after the UNC (Rear) change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26, 2016. As the United Nations Command’s principal representative in Japan, the UNC (Rear) maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Michael Jansen assumed command of United Nations Command Rear, from Royal Australian Air Force Group Captain Barbara Courtney during a change of command ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 26.

The reviewing officer of the event was U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Slife, deputy chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea.

"For over 60 years the unwavering commitment of the UNC has brought stability, security, and economic prosperity to Northeast Asia. Nevertheless, recent events remind us of the need for a ready and capable force to maintain the Armistice and deter aggression on the Korean peninsula. Part of the UNC's mission requires maintaining the longstanding UNC (Rear) Headquarters here in Japan to ensure the capability for sending states to provide follow-on forces in the case of hostilities.

"Through her relationships with the Government of Japan and Korea, the many UNC sending Sates, the U.S. Forces Japan team, and the staff of UNC, Group Capt. Courtney has built a framework which will withstand the stress of war, should it come to that."  Slife said during the ceremony.

As the United Nations Command's principal representative in Japan, the UNC (Rear) maintains the status of forces agreement regarding United Nations Forces in Japan during armistice conditions. During hostilities, the unit supports UNC operations within Japan and Facilities the movement of UNC Sending States' Forces through the country of Korea.

The UNC (Rear) is composed of eight nations accredited to the United Nations Command: Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, The Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom.