On June 12, General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle invited members of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) to his Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Hickam Air Base to learn the mission of his expansive command first hand and hear his thoughts on the U.S.-Japan relationship. On hand were 17 members of JASH and HUOA, along with General Carlisle’s Vice Commander, General Kresge, and other general officers and heads of his staff offices. General Carlisle began the session with a personal description of the Command’s mission, stressing the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Following his talk, the General opened up the floor for questions.
General Carlisle emphasized the importance of the professional and personal relationship he has with the “Koukuujieitai,” the Air Self Defense Force of Japan. He and his staff covered the threat posed by North Korea, China’s emergence as a military power in the region, security relations with the Republic of Korea, and the general situation in the vast Asia-Pacific region. General Carlisle also addressed the importance of Kadena Air Base and the U.S. military presence in Okinawa, stressing the need to work closely with the local Okinawa population to promote mutual understanding and promote the public welfare. As an example, he pointed to a program that allows for farming in military areas to benefit the local economy.
This visit is part of the JASH program to inform its members and local community organizations on the importance of the U.S. military presence in Hawaii and the region, and the importance of the military relationship with Japan. JASH meets with U.S. Pacific Command and its Component Commands regularly.