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S. Korean top Air Force officer to visit U.S. command in Hawaii next week

Defense 13:40 November 29, 2019

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Won In-choul plans to visit the U.S. Pacific Air Force (PACAF) command in Hawaii next week, his office said Friday.

During the five-day visit starting Monday, he is scheduled to attend the Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium, hosted by PACAF, and meet with his U.S. counterpart, Gen. David Goldfein, and PACAF commander Gen. Charles Brown to discuss ways to further strengthen the alliance between the two countries and to boost military exchanges, the Air Force said.

Won is also planning to have a one-on-one meeting with representatives from other partner countries, including Australia and New Zealand, the Air Force added.

The symposium, to be held from Dec. 3-6, will bring together air chiefs and leadership from 18 countries in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the organizer.

Under the theme of "A collaborative approach to regional security," the event, the 11th of the kind, will focus on ensuring a mutual understanding of common challenges, and enhancing capabilities and interoperability, it added.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Won In-choul speaks during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of founding the Air Force in Seongnam, South Korea, on Oct. 20, 2019, in this photo provided by his office. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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