Commander's Corner: June 27, 2014

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- This week, a team of 70 Professional Airlifters returned from Cope Taufan, a combined readiness exercise that builds cooperation between the U.S. and Malaysia. This large force employment exercise included operations in close air support, interdiction, tactical airlift and combat search and rescue. Team Yokota shared its innovative airdrop capability with Royal Malaysian Air Force counterparts, once again building vital relationships and response capability with regional allies.

Additionally, 25 Professional Airlifters from the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron recently returned from a humanitarian mission, Pacific Unity, where they partnered with members of the Philippine Air Force. In 30 days, they built two permanent classrooms and restored electricity and running water to a public school. Powering through 100-degree heat, their hard work and dedication to service brought smiles to more than 1,300 students and teachers.

Whether it's engaging with our partners in the air, or building goodwill on the ground, Team Yokota delivers. It's one reason why we are PACAF's Professional Airlifters, and proof positive why we are the "Best Wing in the Pacific."

Col. Clarence Lukes
374 AW/CV