Sgt. 1st CLASS MIDSRU MIYAZAKI WILL BE FIRST JAPANESE MV-22 OSPREY CREW CHIEF

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In order to learn about the mindset needed to become a crew chief, Miyazaki has been learning the ground service and knowledge aspect of the Osprey

History is in the making as Sgt. 1st Class Midsru Miyazaki is currently undergoing training with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMMT) 204 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River and he is on course to become the first person from Japan to be a MV-22 crew chief.

“It feels great to be out here on his first flight, it’s a momentous occasion,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Andrew Davison, a crew chief assigned to VMMT-204. “I’ve heard great things about what Miyazaki [has] done during the classroom portion. I think he is going to have a lot to offer the MV-22 community.”

As told by Lance Cpl. Justin Roux in his article First Japanese MV-22 Osprey crew chief, Miyazaki joined the military in 2002 to serve his country.

“I’m so excited; I’m very honored to be here in the flight as the first Japanese crew chief,” pointed out Miyazaki.

In order to learn about the mindset needed to become a crew chief, Miyazaki has been learning the ground service and knowledge aspect of the Osprey.

Prior to this assignment Miyazaki was a crew chief for the CH-47 Chinook in the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force.

“From what I understand with his history and his background, he is a prior crew member on another platform for the Japanese military,” pointed out Davison. “Having that experience and bringing it over to what he is learning to the MV-22 is going to be a great help for him as he moves on with the rest of his career and moving on to possibly be an instructor for the MV-22 on the Japanese military.”

Miyazaki explained that is important for the U.S. and Japan to have a working relationship in order to allow for more training opportunities explained.

A statement confirmed also by Davison who claims “I think it’s highly important to having a good relation with other military branches. I think this is going to show the Japanese government what the MV-22 has to offer and I think this is going to work out really well.”

Miyazaki said there was little difference between the education of Japan and the Marine Corps.

“I want to bring back the experience, the spirit and the knowledge for my education program,” he said.

Photo credit: Cpl. Jason Jimenez, Lance Cpl. Justin Roux Lance and Cpl. Miranda Faughn / U.S. Marine Corps