JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.97

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Japan-U.S. Joint Reunion of Honor Ceremony on Island of Iwo-To

Japan-U.S. Joint Reunion of Honor Ceremony on Island of Iwo-To
Japan-U.S. Joint Reunion of Honor Ceremony on Island of Iwo-To

On March 24th, the annual reunion of the honor ceremony was co-hosted by the Iwo-To Association of Japan (ITAJ) and the Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA). In 1945, Iwo-To became a WWII’s grueling battlefield between Japan and the U.S. From Japan, government officials including Minister of Defense Onodera as well as members of the ITAJ attended the service.

Currently, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) air station and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) air base are located on the island. Major duties of the JMSDF air station include air traffic control, meteorological observation, standing by for rescue operations in surrounding waters, and disaster relief dispatch. The JASDF air base on the island is mainly engaged in support activities of flight training, logistical support, as well as assistance in trainings of the other Air Wings at Iwo-to, U.S. field carrier landing practice, and other Japan-U.S. joint exercises.

Courtesy Call by Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command and Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, Commanding General of U.S. Army, Pacific, and Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

On March 9th, Minister Onodera received a call from General John W. Raymond, Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command and Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command at the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and exchanged opinions on measures to strengthen Japan-U.S. cooperation in space-related areas.

On March 19th, Minister Onodera received a courtesy call from General Robert B. Brown, Commanding General of U.S. Army, Pacific, and Lieutenant General David H. Berger, Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific at the MOD.

Courtesy Call by Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command and Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, Commanding General of U.S. Army, Pacific, and Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
Courtesy Call by Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command and Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, Commanding General of U.S. Army, Pacific, and Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
Courtesy Call by Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command and Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, Commanding General of U.S. Army, Pacific, and Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
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