Navy’s ‘Air Boss’ Visits Misawa

Navy’s ‘Air Boss’ Visits Misawa


NAVY LEADERSHIP OFTEN MAKES APPEARANCES AT BASES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TO ENSURE SAILORS ARE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR MISSION. PETTY OFFICER BEN LARSCHEID HAS MORE ON A RECENT VISIT FROM THE HIGHEST RANKING OFFICER IN NAVAL AVIATION REPORTER: COMMANDER, NAVALAIR FORCES, VICE ADMIRAL MIKE SHOEMAKER, STOPPED BY MISAWA AIR BASE DURING HIS ANNUAL FLEET ENGAGEMENT WITH FORWARD-DEPLOYED NAVAL FORCES IN THE 7TH FLEET. CAPT KEITH HENRY: BY VISITING HERE, HE GETS TO TALK WITH THE OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS AND SEE THE OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT THAT THE SQUADRONS DEPLOY TO, AND IT HELPS HIM FROM HIS POSITION BACK IN CONUS BETTER EQUIP THE SQUADRONS TO DEPLOY HERE AND SUPPORT THE OPERATIONAL COMMANDERS. REPORTER: THE NAVY’S AIR BOSS’ HELD AN ALL-HANDS CALL WITH MISAWA’S DEPLOYED AND PERMANENT SAILORS WHERE HE GAVE OUT A FEW AWARDS, THEN SPOKE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NAVY’S MISSION IN THE PACIFIC. VADM MIKE SHOEMAKER: THIS IS REALLY THE ONLY PART OF THE WORLD WHERE WE KEEP FORWARD-DEPLOYED FORCES. THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE TALK ABOUT THE SHIFT TO THE PACIFIC OR THE PIVOT TO THE PACIFIC. BECAUSE OF THIS AOR AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS AOR, WE NEED TO REASSURE OUR ALLIES AND PARTNERS IN THIS REGION, AND ALSO TO PROVIDE THAT VISIBLE DETERRENCE TO THE FOLKS ON THE PENINSULA AND ALSO TO THE FOLKS WHO LIVE BEHIND THEM IN CHINA. REPORTER: DURING A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION, VICE ADMIRAL SHOEMAKER THEN TALKED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE NAVAL PRESENCE ON MISAWA AIR BASE. VADM SHOEMAKER: WITH THE FACILITIES THAT WE HAVE HERE TO SUPPORT THE CTF 72 MISSION, AND THE ROTATIONAL FORCES AND THE STRATEGIC LOCATION OF THIS BASE, I THINK WE’VE GOT TO KEEP THE FOOTPRINT HERE AND MAYBE EVEN LOOK TO GROW IT. IT’S A STRATEGIC BASE, NOT ONE WE WANT TO ABANDON ANY TIME SOON. CAPT HENRY: OUR VISION IN THE NAVY IS TO PIVOT TO THE PACIFIC, AND WHAT HE’S DOING AS COMMANDER, NAVAL AIR FORCES IS SUPPLYING THE 7TH FLEET THE NEWEST AIRPLANES WE HAVE IN THE NAVY INVENTORY. REALLY EVIDENCE TO THE IMPORTANCE THE U.S. PLACES UPON THIS REGION AND OUR ENGAGEMENT IN THIS REGION. REPORTER: PETTY OFFICER BEN LARSCHEID, MISAWA AIR BASE, JAPAN.

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