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Japanese Vice Minister of Defense visits Vandenberg

Japanese Vice Minister of Defense visits Vandenberg

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, shakes hands with Keitaro Ohno, Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister of Defense, alongside Japanese Bureau of Defense Policy officials during a visit to Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Aug. 28, 2018. During the visit Ohno met with space operators and leaders from Joint Force Space Component Command, 14th Air Force, Combined Space Operations Center and 18th Space Control Squadron. Ohno traveled with Defense Policy officials to Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Vandenberg AFB Aug. 27-28 to discuss space-related initiatives and ways to further strengthen space security collaboration between the United States and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Japanese Vice Minister of Defense visits Vandenberg

Col. Scott Brodeur, Commander, Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC), speaks with Keitaro Ohno, Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister of Defense, prior to a meeting with defense officials at the CSpOC at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Aug. 28, 2018. During the visit Ohno met with space operators and leaders from Joint Force Space Component Command, 14th Air Force, Combined Space Operations Center and 18th Space Control Squadron. Ohno traveled with Japanese Defense Policy officials to Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Vandenberg AFB Aug. 27-28 to discuss space-related initiatives and ways to further strengthen space security collaboration between the United States and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Japanese Vice Minister of Defense visits Vandenberg

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, (left center) poses for a photo with Keitaro Ohno, Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister of Defense, (right center) alongside U.S. and Japanese officials during a visit to Vandenberg AFB Calif., Aug. 28, 2018. During the visit Ohno met with space operators and leaders from Joint Force Space Component Command, 14th Air Force, Combined Space Operations Center and 18th Space Control Squadron. Ohno traveled with Japanese Defense Policy officials to Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Vandenberg AFB Aug. 27-28 to discuss space-related initiatives and ways to further strengthen space security collaboration between the United States and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Japanese Vice Minister of Defense visits Vandenberg

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, greets a Japanese Bureau of Defense Policy official traveling with Keitaro Ohno, Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister of Defense, during a visit to Vandenberg AFB Calif., Aug. 28, 2018. During the visit Ohno and Defense Policy officials met with space operators and leaders from Joint Force Space Component Command, 14th Air Force, Combined Space Operations Center and 18th Space Control Squadron. Ohno traveled with Defense Policy officials to Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Vandenberg AFB Aug. 27-28 to discuss space-related initiatives and ways to further strengthen space security collaboration between the United States and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --