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Vandenberg hosts Japan’s highest ranking military officer

General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, tours the Western Range Operations Control Center April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, tours the Western Range Operations Control Center April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

(Left to right) General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, Mollie Raymond, wife of Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, JFCC Space and 14th AF commander, Toshiko Iwasaki, wife of General Iwasaki, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, pose for a group photo April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

(Left to right) General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, Mollie Raymond, wife of Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, JFCC Space and 14th AF commander, Toshiko Iwasaki, wife of General Iwasaki, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, pose for a group photo April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

(Left to right) Mollie Raymond, wife of Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, JFCC Space and 14th AF commander, Toshiko Iwasaki, wife of General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, and Christine Balts, wife of Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, pose in front of the boat house, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

(Left to right) Mollie Raymond, wife of Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, JFCC Space and 14th AF commander, Toshiko Iwasaki, wife of General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, and Christine Balts, wife of Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, pose in front of the boat house, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

Toshiko Iwasaki, wife of General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, visits the Child Development Center, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

Toshiko Iwasaki, wife of General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, visits the Child Development Center, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, pose for a photo inside the 14th AF Headquarters Building, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, pose for a photo inside the 14th AF Headquarters Building, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

(Left to Right) General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, Col. John Wagner, 614 Air and Space Operations Center commander and Joint Space Operations Center Director, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, pose for a photo inside the JSpOC, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

(Left to Right) General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, Col. John Wagner, 614 Air and Space Operations Center commander and Joint Space Operations Center Director, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, pose for a photo inside the JSpOC, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, and members of his staff, pose with Col. John Wagner, 614 Air and Space Operations Center commander and Joint Space Operations Center Director, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, inside the JSpOC, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, and members of his staff, pose with Col. John Wagner, 614 Air and Space Operations Center commander and Joint Space Operations Center Director, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, inside the JSpOC, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, continue on their base tour after a lunch at Raymond’s house, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, and Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and 14th Air Force commander, continue on their base tour after a lunch at Raymond’s house, April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

Senior leaders from 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing stand with their spouses to salute General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, as his plane departs April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

Senior leaders from 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing stand with their spouses to salute General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japanese Self Defense Forces, as his plane departs April 1, 2014, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Iwasaki, his wife and members of his senior staff visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japanese Self Defense Forces, visited Vandenberg Air Force Base April 1, 2014.

General Iwasaki was accompanied by his wife, Toshiko Iwasaki, and several members of his senior staff. The group visited Vandenberg to learn more about the mission of the 14th Air Force and 30th Space Wing.