C-130J statue unveiling marks fleet complete

C-130 Statue Unveiling marks Fleet Complete

Col. Sean Robertson, 374th Maintenance Group commander, speaks during the unveiling of the C-130J Super Hercules statue at Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 27, 2018. The statue stands as a public display of the world's newest advanced tactical AW in the Indo-Asia region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spading)

C-130 Statue Unveiling marks Fleet Complete

Yokota Airmen stand in formation during the C-130J statue unveiling ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 27, 2018. The event was held to mark the completion of Yokota's new fleet of C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

C-130 Statue Unveiling marks Fleet Complete

Senior Airman Andres Seminario, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, assists in the unveiling of a C-130J Super Hercules statue at Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 27, 2018. The statue was a gift from Lockheed Martin, builders of the C-130J, as a token of goodwill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

C-130 Statue Unveiling marks Fleet Complete

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft flies over the C-130J statue unveiling ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 27, 2018. The event was held to mark the completion of Yokota's new fleet of C-130J aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

C-130 Statue Unveiling marks Fleet Complete

Airmen salute during a retreat ceremony held following the C-130J statue unveiling at Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 27, 2018. Retreat is a time-honored tradition for all U.S. military branches, denoting the end of the duty day, as well as a time to pay respects to the American flag. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

C-130 Statue Unveiling marks Fleet Complete

Yokota Airmen fold the American flag during a retreat ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, April 27, 2018. The ceremony was held as part the unveiling of a C-130J Super Hercules statue event, marking the completion of the transition from the C-130H to the J model. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan --

The completed transition from the C-130H Hercules to the new J model has been a long time coming for Yokota Air Base, Japan.

To distinguish this milestone, Team Yokota gathered in front of the 374th Airlift Wing Headquarters building for the unveiling of a C-130J Super Hercules statue, April 27, 2018.

“This transition has been a four year project,” said Col. Kenneth E. Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander. “The statue is a physical representation of the completed transition to the world’s newest advanced tactical airlifter in the Indo-Asia region.”

The statue, put together and displayed by the 374th Civil Engineering Squadron, was a gift from Lockheed Martin, builders of the C-130 aircraft, as a token of good will.

During the event, Col. Sean Robertson, 374th Maintenance Group commander, spoke about what it means for the completion of the C-130J fleet.

“In order to maintain Yokota’s importance in capability to answer calls from Pacific Command and our allies, it’s time for a new work-horse,” said Robertson. “And with that, we say goodbye to the C-130H and [welcome] the world’s premier tactical airlifter, the C-130J Super Hercules.”

For the more than 11,000 men and women stationed at Yokota AB and those who visit, the statue stands as a public display of the air power provided by the AW to the Pacific theater.

“Today is about celebrating the legacy of Yokota and the continuation of its important role in this region,” Robertson said. “To look to the future as Yokota continues to hold a critical role as the Pacific’s premier power projection platform.”