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Rupp Assumes Command of U.S. Forces in Japan

  • August 27, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 6:20 p.m.
  • English Press

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)–U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ricky Rupp assumed command of U.S. Forces Japan at a ceremony held at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo on Friday.


The command handover ceremony was also attended by Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.


Rupp doubles as commander of the 5th Air Force, headquartered at the Yokota base.


Speaking at the event, Rupp said that the Japan-U.S. alliance will remain “the cornerstone of stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region.”


His predecessor, Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, said that the Chinese military “continues to behave in an increasingly aggressive manner.”

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