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NEWS | June 13, 2024

613 Air Operations Center strengthens ties with Japan’s Air Defense Command in landmark agreement

By Senior Master Sgt. Rob Webb, 613 Air Operations Center

In a move aimed at bolstering bilateral cooperation, the U.S. Air Force 613th Air Operations Center has signed an agreement with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Air Defense Command at Pacific Air Forces Headquarters, Jun. 12.

This agreement seeks to strengthen ties between the two air forces at tactical and operational levels, fostering regional security and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

"This agreement represents a significant milestone in our partnership with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Chris McFarland, Commander of the 613 Air Operations Center. “By working together more closely, we can effectively address shared challenges and uphold our mutual commitment to regional security."The agreement includes joint exercises, information sharing, and subject matter expert information exchanges to enhance interoperability and facilitate rapid, coordinated responses to potential contingencies. This collaboration underscores the deep-rooted partnership between the United States and Japan in safeguarding shared interests and promoting peace and stability in the region.

​“Through collaborative efforts such as these, we reinforce not only our alliance but also the principles of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said McFarland. “Together, we stand for regional stability, ensuring a prosperous future for generations to come.”

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