Yokota Air Base, Japan --
Members of the 374th Medical Group, Medical Support Squadron and the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Traffic Management Office worked together to load medical supplies, June 29, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
Medical supplies were shipped via ground transportation to Misawa Air Base, Japan.
“Right now, due to shipping costs, anything that goes from Yokota to Misawa or vice versa is going to be a ground shipment,” said Master Sgt. Wilbur Villalobos, 374th Medical Group, noncommissioned officer in charge of medical logistics. “We are estimating two trucks to leave today and five more within the next two weeks.”
The medical supplies are required for potential real world emergencies and contingency operations.
“We are sending En-Route Patient Staging Systems because we have a 500 bed capability here and we are over,” said Tech. Sgt. Amy Stutzman, 374th MDG noncommissioned officer in charge of war reserve material. “Misawa AB is short so we are sending 100 beds.”
Teamwork and communication between multiple units, across two bases allowed resources to be shared between Yokota AB and Misawa AB.
“We did all the coordinating and logistics in terms of making sure we had the paperwork to match all the assets and they fit in the truck in a way that was cost efficient,” said Senior Airman Mark Aris Dacumos, 374th LRS, TMO outbound cargo specialist. “We also coordinated with medical logistics at Misawa AB for the receiving of the shipment.”