Basic Maintenance Officer Tour

U.S. Air Force Capt. James Guthrie, maintenance exchange officer assigned to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s First Technical School at Hamamatsu Air Base, escorts Koku Jietai Cadets around a C-130J Super Hercules during a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Capt. James Guthrie, maintenance exchange officer assigned to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s First Technical School at Hamamatsu Air Base, escorts Koku Jietai Cadets around a C-130J Super Hercules during a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018. During the BMO Tour, Cadets were given the opportunity to ask questions to gain a better understand of Air Force maintenance practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Air Force Capt. James Guthrie, maintenance exchange officer assigned to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s First Technical School at Hamamatsu Air Base, discusses maintenance principles with Koku Jietai Cadets within a C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Capt. James Guthrie, maintenance exchange officer assigned to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force’s First Technical School at Hamamatsu Air Base, discusses maintenance principles with Koku Jietai Cadets within a C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018. During the BMO Tour, Cadets were given the opportunity to ask questions to gain a better understand of U.S. Air Force maintenance practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jake Jackson, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant aircraft maintenance unit officer in charge, leads a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour off of the flightline after viewing the C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jake Jackson, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant aircraft maintenance unit officer in charge, leads a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour off of the flightline after viewing the C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018. During the BMO Tour, Cadets were given the opportunity to ask questions to gain a better understand of Air Force maintenance practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

A panel composed of senior leadership primarily from the 374th Maintenance Group answer questions fielded by Koku Jietai Cadets during a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018.

A panel composed of senior leadership primarily from the 374th Maintenance Group answer questions fielded by Koku Jietai Cadets during a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018. The panel was provided to help the Cadets generate a better understanding of force structure and the maintenance process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kayla Hayes, 374th Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection journeyman, showcases an Eddy-current testing kit to visiting Koku Jietai Cadets during a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kayla Hayes, 374th Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection journeyman, showcases an Eddy-current testing kit to visiting Koku Jietai Cadets during a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018. Eddy-current testing is the method of sending magnetism through a piece of equipment to determine if a potential defect is present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

A Koku Jietai Cadet bends sheet metal as part of his visit to the 374th Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight during a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018.

A Koku Jietai Cadet bends sheet metal as part of his visit to the 374th Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight during a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018. The fabrication flight offered the Cadets an opportunity to get some hands-on experience and a better understanding of the purpose of their flight in the maintenance process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Petrich, 374th Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology journeyman, showcases the tungsten carbide used in metals technology to Koku Jietai Cadets at a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Petrich, 374th Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology journeyman, showcases the tungsten carbide used in metals technology to Koku Jietai Cadets at a Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018. Tungsten Carbide is a diamond hard substance used to cut metals into any required shape needed to repair aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

U.S. Air Force officers from across the 374th Maintenance Group partake in a presentation given by the Koku Jietai Cadets following the Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018.

U.S. Air Force officers from across the 374th Maintenance Group partake in a presentation given by the Koku Jietai Cadets following the Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018. As a part of the tour, the presentation allowed Cadets to share their knowledge with leadership, promoting mutual understanding and strengthening relations between the U.S. Air Force and Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen from across the 374th Maintenance Group teamed up to host Cadets whom recently graduated from the National Defense Academy of Japan for the Basic Maintenance Officer Tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Feb. 1, 2018.

The BMO Tour was designed to familiarize the future Koku Jietai maintenance officers to the practices of the U.S. Air Force, offering the Cadets a hands-on learning opportunity in a different operational perspective.

“The tour was a follow up to a ten-hour class that I teach on the subject,” said Capt. James Guthrie, maintenance exchange officer assigned to the Japanese Air Self Defense Force’s First Technical School at Hamamatsu Air Base. “Course material covered ranged from the basic structure of the U.S. Department of Defense to the specific structure of a U.S. Air Force maintenance group.

“The course also went into more detail on supply processes, the role of the maintenance operations center, and scheduling. All of which were further touched on throughout the tour.”

During their time at Yokota, the Cadets were given the opportunity to view firsthand the inner workings of a C-130J Super Hercules, learning from the Fabrications Flight, view the comradery of the 374 MXG throughout their promotion ceremony, and spent valuable time asking senior leadership questions about force structure.

“The events in the East Asia region over the past 6 years have demonstrated the importance of a strong relationship between the U.S. military and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces,” said Guthrie. “Tours like this strengthen that relationship not only by increasing tactical and operational awareness of how partner nations carry out their day-to-day mission but also creating opportunity for deeper understanding.

“By allowing these young and future leaders to ask questions directly to the tactical experts within our organization we create that understanding, This understanding pays dividends down the road when these officers find themselves in a joint operating environment like Cope North or Red Flag and they are able to understand why their Air Force counterparts are approaching the mission the way they are.”

For the 374 MXG’s officers who participated in the tour, the event offered up a chance to bolster their own relationships with their Japanese counterparts.

“I think it is always easier to get a job done or work with others when you personally know them and have that relationship,” said 2nd Lt. Jake Jackson, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant aircraft maintenance unit officer in charge. “This tour is just the beginning of the relationship we aim to foster with the current and future Koku Jietai maintenance officers.

“I hope down the road I am able to see some of these individuals in the field and we can work together,” said Jackson. “It would be really neat to see how far they’ve come and what we can accomplish together with what we started here.”