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Top JASDF general visits CAFB

Lieutenant Gen. Osamu Arano, Commander of the Air Training Command for the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Japan, enjoys conversation with Colonel Mark Baker, 14th Flying Training Wing Vice Commander, over dinner Wednesday at the Columbus Club. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Justin Jarrell)

Lieutenant Gen. Osamu Arano, Commander of the Air Training Command for the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Japan, enjoys conversation with Colonel Mark Baker, 14th Flying Training Wing Vice Commander, over dinner Wednesday at the Columbus Club. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Justin Jarrell)

Lieutenant Gen. Osamu Arano, Commander of the Air Training Command for the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Japan, and Colonel Eric Theisen, 14th Operations Group Commander, enjoy lunch with the Columbus AFB Japanese specialized undergraduate pilot training students at the base club Wednesday. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Justin Jarrell)

Lieutenant Gen. Osamu Arano, Commander of the Air Training Command for the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Japan, and Colonel Eric Theisen, 14th Operations Group Commander, enjoy lunch with the Columbus AFB Japanese specialized undergraduate pilot training students at the base club Wednesday. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Justin Jarrell)

COLUMBUS AFB, Miss. -- The head of Japanese Air Self Defense Force Air Training Command visited Columbus AFB Wednesday.
Lieutenant Gen.Osamu Arano,Commander of Air Training Command,was given an insidelook at Columbus Air Force Base pilot training operations and support functions during his visit with the BLAZE Team.
Upon arrival, he received a 14th Flying Training Wing mission briefing,followed by tours of flying training squadrons. Then the general had lunch at the Columbus Club with CAFB senior leadership and eight Japanese officers in pilot training here.
"It was an honor to host the general," said Col. Eric Theisen, 14th Operations Group commander. "It gave him a chance to see and experience first-hand the 14-year-old partnerships we are continuing to develop between our air forces."
"This is the third base I have visited on my tour," said General Arano. "All of the bases fall under General Looney,and the leadership he has put in place has all been great."
After lunch, the general, An experienced pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours in the F-4EJ Phantom and F-15J,was treated to a red carpet tour of the training aircraft simulators and aircraft static displays on the flightline.
"I was very impressed by well appointed training facility instructors and staff, said General Arano. "The base has a lot of great training facilities, but the greatest part is not the training;but the nature in which these people accept not only Japanese students, but students from all over the world."
General Arano started Thursday with a visit to the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, followed by a tour of RAPCON and ended with a tour of base security forces facilities.
"I find the JASDF/U.S. Air Force relationship indispensable," he said. "The JASDF specialized undergraduate pilot training students that have since returned to Japan are making significant contributions and are playing an active role in coalition efforts."
"I am sure they will continue this tradition," he said. "The JASDF personnel not only receive (pilot training) here, but they are better prepared as officers to interact with people from other countries and cultures."
"I would like to thank everyone at Columbus involved in the training of our JASDF personnel and taking care of their families while they are here," General Arano said. "I would like to pay respect."
General Arano concluded his visit at Columbus AFB Thursday and departed for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.