Commander's Corner: Sept. 27, 2013
By Col. Mark August, 374th Airlift Wing
/ Published September 27, 2013
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan --
As Airmen serving in Japan, we have the unique privilege and responsibility of maintaining America's alliance with one of its closest friends. Through combined operations and exercises with our Jieitai (Japanese Self Defense Force) counterparts, we develop teamwork and demonstrate mutual resolve, but we have an equally important relationship off-duty.
Our conduct is vital to keeping the spirit of friendship alive between the U.S. and Japan. For many Japanese citizens, we are the only Americans they interact with, which means we represent not only ourselves, but also our Nation. Here at Yokota, we are really good, but we have to be exceptional in order to further build upon the trust and support of our allies.
Whether on or off-duty, we are Airmen, providing 24/7 airlift and contingency support throughout the Western Pacific. Our calling demands the highest level of professionalism, both on the flight line and in the company of our hosts. Let our actions, as allies and neighbors, prove that we are indeed the Best Wing in the Pacific.