Commander's Corner: Apr. 25, 2014

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Many of you may have noticed some new sounds coming from the flight line. We recently replaced our Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard system with an updated version that uses muffled blasts of air to scare aware feathered visitors. The new BASH system greatly reduces the risk of bird hazards by keeping the skies clear as we launch and recover aircraft here at WESTPAC mobility hub.

This is just one way we are maintaining the base; we are also busy updating our water and electrical systems. These important improvements not only support our quality of life on the base, but also ensure that Yokota remains postured to meet its utility needs for the foreseeable future.

All of these updates reflect a focus on our priorities here at Yokota and in the greater Pacific. By preparing now, we remain capable and ready to lead any contingency in PACOM. Through continuous improvement, we are enhancing our airlift capability and securing our vital role in this dynamic region for years to come.

Col. Mark August
374 AW/CC