USFJ Commander Visits Navy in Misawa

Story Number: NNS160426-08Release Date: 4/26/2016 11:10:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Weldin, Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan Public Affairs

MISAWA, Japan (NNS) -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John L. Dolan, commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, held an all-hands call for Sailors stationed or deployed at Misawa Air Base April 26.

Dolan spent the morning touring a P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft assigned to the 'Mad Foxes' of Patrol Squadron 5, sat down for lunch with Misawa chief petty officers, and held an all-hands call with the Sailors here.

The all-hands call included topics such as: general tensions in the Pacific area of responsibility (AOR), manning requirements, and of course, the curfew and liberty restrictions placed upon U.S. service members in this AOR.

"We are here in Japan because we are under a treaty obligation to protect Japan if it comes under attack," said Dolan. "Don't ever underestimate the importance of what you are doing here each and every day."

Dolan focused on the stability U.S. Forces provide in the northern Pacific and Pacific region as a whole. He also spoke about the liberty policy for U.S. service members in Japan.

"The curfew and liberty is a living document, and by that I mean it's a readiness issue, you are the biggest and most valuable asset that we have," said Dolan. "I have to balance between having people in places for success and limiting the unsuccessful situations so that we can stay ready and be deployed at a moment's notice if need be."

He also wants Sailors to focus on the unique experiences that come with being forward deployed in this area of responsibility.

"You have an incredible opportunity being stationed here in Japan," said Dolan. "If you're not taking advantage of the opportunities you have here to get out and see this incredible country, then you're really letting a great opportunity pass by."

Dolan and Chief Master Sgt. Terrence Greene wrapped things up with a question and answer session with the Sailors.

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