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Chief of Space Operations completes first official visit to Pacific Air Forces

From left: U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, Koku-Jieitai Gen. Shunji Izutsu, Chief of Staff Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), and U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, walk through an honor cordon during a visit to PACAF Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The first official visit for Raymond provided opportunities to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

From left: U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, Koku-Jieitai Gen. Shunji Izutsu, Chief of Staff Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), and U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, walk through an honor cordon during a visit to PACAF Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The first official visit for Raymond provided opportunities to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, begins a round table discussion during an engagement at PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. During the engagement, Air Chiefs from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force were present to discuss operational priorities and common security interests between the countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, begins a round table discussion during an engagement at PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. During the engagement, Air Chiefs from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force were present to discuss operational priorities and common security interests between the countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

From left: U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, Koku-Jieitai Gen. Shunji Izutsu, Chief of Staff Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), and U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, take a group photo during a visit to PACAF Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The first official visit for Raymond provided opportunities to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

From left: U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, Koku-Jieitai Gen. Shunji Izutsu, Chief of Staff Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), and U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, take a group photo during a visit to PACAF Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The first official visit for Raymond provided opportunities to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, speaks with Koku-Jieitai Gen. Shunji Izutsu, Chief of Staff Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), during a bilateral discussion on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The visit gave the opportunity for Japan and the U.S. to discuss operational priorities, to include the F-35 program, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of partnership and alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, speaks with Koku-Jieitai Gen. Shunji Izutsu, Chief of Staff Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), during a bilateral discussion on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The visit gave the opportunity for Japan and the U.S. to discuss operational priorities, to include the F-35 program, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of partnership and alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, Chief of Air Force, speaks with members in the room during an engagement at Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. During the engagement, U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, PACAF commander, spoke with Air Chiefs from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force and expressed his appreciation for the partnership and alliances between the countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, Chief of Air Force, speaks with members in the room during an engagement at Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. During the engagement, U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, PACAF commander, spoke with Air Chiefs from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force and expressed his appreciation for the partnership and alliances between the countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, begins a round table discussion during an engagement at PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. During the engagement, Air Chiefs from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force were present to discuss operational priorities and common security interests between the countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, begins a round table discussion during an engagement at PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. During the engagement, Air Chiefs from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force were present to discuss operational priorities and common security interests between the countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, walks off the flightline after a visit to the 21st Space Operations Squadron (SOS), Ka’ena Point, Oahu, Nov. 21, 2020. Ka’ena Point is part of the Air Force Satellite Control Network, which consists of seven remote tracking stations located around the world. Raymond visited the 21st SOS detachment during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, walks off the flightline after a visit to the 21st Space Operations Squadron (SOS), Ka’ena Point, Oahu, Nov. 21, 2020. Ka’ena Point is part of the Air Force Satellite Control Network, which consists of seven remote tracking stations located around the world. Raymond visited the 21st SOS detachment during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations fields a question from a space professional at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. Raymond discussed his priorities for the U.S. Space Force and conducted a question and answer session with the audience during his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations fields a question from a space professional at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. Raymond discussed his priorities for the U.S. Space Force and conducted a question and answer session with the audience during his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, right, Chief of Space Operations, speaks to U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The visit allowed Raymond to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, right, Chief of Space Operations, speaks to U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The visit allowed Raymond to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, right, Chief of Space Operations, talks with Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), during a bilateral engagement on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. During the discussion, Raymond spoke on the foundational direction for the Space Force and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)
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U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, right, Chief of Space Operations, talks with Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), during a bilateral engagement on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. During the discussion, Raymond spoke on the foundational direction for the Space Force and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, talks with U.S. Air Force Col. Nicholas Evans, 613th Air Operations Center commander, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. Raymond visited space professionals working at the 613th AOC to gain first-hand insight into their daily operations. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)
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U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, talks with U.S. Air Force Col. Nicholas Evans, 613th Air Operations Center commander, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. Raymond visited space professionals working at the 613th AOC to gain first-hand insight into their daily operations. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, right, Chief of Space Operations, receives a brief at the 21st Space Operations Squadron (SOS), Ka’ena Point, Oahu, Nov. 21, 2020. Ka’ena Point is part of the Air Force Satellite Control Network, which consists of seven remote tracking stations located around the world. Raymond visited the 21st SOS detachment during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)
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U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, right, Chief of Space Operations, receives a brief at the 21st Space Operations Squadron (SOS), Ka’ena Point, Oahu, Nov. 21, 2020. Ka’ena Point is part of the Air Force Satellite Control Network, which consists of seven remote tracking stations located around the world. Raymond visited the 21st SOS detachment during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, left, Chief of Space Operations, speaks to U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The visit allowed Raymond to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)
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U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, left, Chief of Space Operations, speaks to U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The visit allowed Raymond to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, returns a salute to U.S. Air Force Col. Nicholas Evans, 613th Air Operations Center (AOC) commander, U.S. Space Force Col. Anthony Zilinsky, Pacific Air Forces Director of Space Forces and Chief Master Sgt. Reuben Jones, 613th AOC Chief Enlisted Manager, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. Raymond visited space professionals working at the 613th AOC to gain first-hand insight into their daily operations. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)
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U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, returns a salute to U.S. Air Force Col. Nicholas Evans, 613th Air Operations Center (AOC) commander, U.S. Space Force Col. Anthony Zilinsky, Pacific Air Forces Director of Space Forces and Chief Master Sgt. Reuben Jones, 613th AOC Chief Enlisted Manager, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 20, 2020. Raymond visited space professionals working at the 613th AOC to gain first-hand insight into their daily operations. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, prepares to greet senior leaders during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The visit allowed Raymond to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)
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U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, prepares to greet senior leaders during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. The visit allowed Raymond to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn)

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, center, Chief of Space Operations, receives a brief at the 21st Space Operations Squadron (SOS), Ka’ena Point, Oahu, Nov. 21, 2020. Raymond visited the 21st SOS detachment during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The visit allowed Raymond to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)
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U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, center, Chief of Space Operations, receives a brief at the 21st Space Operations Squadron (SOS), Ka’ena Point, Oahu, Nov. 21, 2020. Raymond visited the 21st SOS detachment during his first official visit to Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The visit allowed Raymond to discuss the Space Force’s foundational direction and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, receives the Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal from Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), during a visit to PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. Wilsbach was awarded the medal in recognition of his distinguished service as the commander of the 7th Air Force and contribution to the security on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, receives the Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal from Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), during a visit to PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. Wilsbach was awarded the medal in recognition of his distinguished service as the commander of the 7th Air Force and contribution to the security on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, receives the Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal from Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), during a visit to PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. Wilsbach was awarded the medal in recognition of his distinguished service as the commander of the 7th Air Force and contribution to the security on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, receives the Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal from Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), during a visit to PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. Wilsbach was awarded the medal in recognition of his distinguished service as the commander of the 7th Air Force and contribution to the security on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) talks with U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, during a bilateral engagement on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)
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Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) talks with U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, during a bilateral engagement on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, receives the Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal from Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), during a visit to PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. Wilsbach was awarded the medal in recognition of his distinguished service as the commander of the 7th Air Force and contribution to the security on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander, receives the Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal from Gen. Lee Seong Yong, Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), during a visit to PACAF Headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 19, 2020. Wilsbach was awarded the medal in recognition of his distinguished service as the commander of the 7th Air Force and contribution to the security on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

U.S. Space Force Gen. John W. Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, had discussions with U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, Space Professionals and Air Chiefs during his first trip to PACAF, Nov. 19 through 21.

During the Air Chief discussions Raymond spoke on the foundational direction for the Space Force and the importance of interoperability with allies and partners in the Pacific to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“We are stronger together,” Raymond said. “Our allies and partners present a strategic advantage for the nation and the Indo-Pacific region. Efforts to deter adversaries in space and promote global stability are enhanced by multi-national efforts.”

Wilsbach held key in-person and virtual discussions with his counterparts from Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea on operational priorities and common security interests and expressed his appreciation for the partnership and alliances between the countries.

“Frank and honest conversations with our allies and partners to further develop Air and Space forces is key to securing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” said Wilsbach. “These interactions are what allow us to succeed. I value every chance I get to deepen our relationships with these countries, and I’m excited for our shared future guaranteed by our collective and collaborative approach.”

Additionally, during the three-day visit, Raymond met with 613th Air Operations Center Space Professionals and conducted a question and answer session where he discussed his priorities for the newest branch of the Armed Forces.

“We are designing and building a Space Force to preserve freedom of action, enable Joint lethality and effectiveness, and provide independent options – in, from, and to space,” Raymond said. “We have started with inventing the force this first year, and now we are looking to integrating that force so Joint commanders can fully exploit the space domain to achieve national strategic objectives.”

Raymond had the chance to visit space assets on the island of Maui as well as the 21st Space Operations Squadron at Ka’ena Point on Oahu where he got a first-hand look at the Ka’ena Point Satellite Tracking station. The station can contact satellites and receive data down, an important part of the global architecture for a strategic space capability.

“Historically, space cooperation has been one-way data sharing,” Raymond said. “And while space cooperation with space-faring nations in the Indo-Pacific continues to advance, we must continue to build upon these critical, regional partnerships so we can deliver advantage for our nation and its allies globally, across all domains.”