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Japan Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff visits Vandenberg Air Force Base

Japan Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff visits Vandenberg Air Force Base

General Shunji Izutsu (middle), Chief of Staff, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, stands with Brig. Gen. Michael Conley (left), Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) deputy commander, and Brig. Gen. Jody Merritt (right), mobilization assistant to the CFSCC commander, in front of the CFSCC and 30th Space Wing headquarters building on April 23, 2021, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During this visit Gen. Izutsu received briefings on the CFSCC and Combined Space Operations Center missions, as well as toured the range operations and launch control centers on base. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lt. Col. Mae-Li Allison)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff visits Vandenberg Air Force Base

General Shunji Izutsu (left), Chief of Staff, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, is greeted by Brig. Gen. Michael Conley (middle), Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) deputy commander, and Brig. Gen. Jody Merritt (right), mobilization assistant to the CFSCC commander, in front of the CFSCC and 30th Space Wing headquarters building on April 23, 2021, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. In addition to learning more about the space mission sets at the base, Gen. Izutsu and his delegation discussed with CFSCC leadership the benefits of having close partnerships in the space domain, which includes a newly-appointed Japan liaison officer assigned to the U.S. Space Command Multinational Space Collaboration office here. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lt. Col. Mae-Li Allison)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff visits Vandenberg Air Force Base

General Shunji Izutsu (middle), Chief of Staff, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, stands with Maj. Gen. Hiroyuki Sugai, Japan’s Defense Attaché (left), Brig. Gen. Michael Conley (second from left), Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) deputy commander, Brig. Gen. Jody Merritt (second from right), mobilization assistant to the CFSCC commander, and Brig. Gen. Leonard Kosinski (right), 5th Air Force vice commander and director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element-Japan, in front of the CFSCC and 30th Space Wing headquarters building on April 23, 2021, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Vandenberg is the last stop of a week-long visit to Washington, D.C., and Colorado Springs, Colo., where Gen. Izutsu and his delegation learned more about U.S. Space Command and discussed further partnering with the United States to keep space a safe, secure and stable domain for all. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lt. Col. Mae-Li Allison)

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