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2018 Alliance Coordination Mechanism

Southwestern Air Defense Force Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Kaminotani, SWADF commander, left, and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham, 18th Wing Commander, right, shake hands at the start of the Alliance Coordination Mechanism Sept. 25, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both countries worked to strengthen cooperation by mutually sharing information and enhancing situational awareness.

Southwestern Air Defense Force Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Kaminotani, SWADF commander, left, and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham, 18th Wing Commander, right, shake hands at the start of the Alliance Coordination Mechanism Sept. 25, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both countries worked to strengthen cooperation by mutually sharing information and enhancing situational awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)

A member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force speaks to U.S. military and other JASDF members during the Alliance Coordination Mechanism Sept. 26, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both countries worked to strengthen cooperation by mutually sharing information and enhancing situational awareness.

A member of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force speaks to U.S. military and other JASDF members during the Alliance Coordination Mechanism Sept. 26, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both countries worked to strengthen cooperation by mutually sharing information and enhancing situational awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)

U.S. Air Force Airmen and Japan Air Self Defense Force members communicate during the Alliance Coordination Mechanism Sept. 26, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both countries worked to strengthen cooperation by mutually sharing information and enhancing situational awareness.

U.S. Air Force Airmen and Japan Air Self Defense Force members communicate during the Alliance Coordination Mechanism Sept. 26, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Both countries worked to strengthen cooperation by mutually sharing information and enhancing situational awareness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)

U.S. Air Force Airmen and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members pose for a group photo during the Alliance Coordination Mechanism Sept. 26, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The ACM provides a means for U.S. military and JASDF members to discuss topics ranging from logistics to medical capabilities, furthering the understanding and interoperability between the two countries.

U.S. Air Force Airmen and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members pose for a group photo during the Alliance Coordination Mechanism Sept. 26, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The ACM provides a means for U.S. military and JASDF members to discuss topics ranging from logistics to medical capabilities, furthering the understanding and interoperability between the two countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --

Teams from the Southwestern Air Defense Force and the 18th Wing held Alliance Coordination Mechanism based talks Sept. 24 through 28, 2018, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Members from both countries divided into small, discussion-oriented groups to further integrate between existing allied defenses with a focus on the continued development of standard operating procedures. The working groups covered topics ranging from maintenance and logistics to medical practices and civil engineering.

“[We] are expecting the talks would lead to strengthening Japan-US mutual understanding and relations of trust,” said Lt. Gen. Hiroshi Kaminotani, SWADF commander.

The annual talks play a critical role in developing relationships and a mutual understanding of capabilities between DoD members and those of our Japanese allies.

“These working group discussions provide great opportunities for open exchanges of information with our Japan Self-Defense Force Allies,” said Brig. Gen. Case Cunningham, 18th Wing commander. “Strengthening our interoperability greatly contributes to ensuring the stability and security of a free and open Indo-Pacific.”