Kendall’s first trip highlights Air and Space Force roles in responding to China, strategic competitors

The base, which is headquarters for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and Pacific Air Forces, was the first stop on Kendall’s first official trip as Secretary. It was no random choice. Nor was it an accident that it came less than a month into his tenure.

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall hands out coins to Airmen after having a meeting with them at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 17, 2021. Kendall visited the base to meet Airmen and Guardians and emphasized his top priorities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)