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  • Liquid gold in uniform

    With a loud hum of computer servers surrounding her, my mother spent days shivering in a cold room, huddled over her breast pump on an old wooden stool. She blocked off one of the aisles of server racks with scotch tape from her desk and a printer paper sign that read “Pumping in Progress,” hoping it would prevent being accidentally exposed to her coworkers—most of whom were male and cringed at the thought of breastfeeding. As a cryptologic technician for the U.S. Navy from 1984-2004, this was her only place of privacy that wasn’t a bathroom stall. Her hands were cramped from the manual pump and the chill in the air. The bobby pins keeping her bun in place were digging into the side of her head as she struggled to make even a drop of breastmilk—also known as liquid gold—for her newborn.
  • Yokota's Stress Management and Resiliency Team lends a helping hand during COVID-19

    When we face challenges, having a helping hand through the tough times makes coping and adjusting to those challenges easier.The COVID-19 pandemic is now at the forefront of those challenges and the recently implemented Stress Treatment and Resiliency Team (START) is functioning as a collective “helping hand” for the Yokota community.“The START
  • Annual Aircraft Arresting System certification

    With an area of responsibility as vast as the Pacific and an ongoing global pandemic, it takes a team effort to ensure the U.S. Military has the airfields it needs to properly work alongside its partner nations to fulfill its mission of maintaining regional stability.It is for that reason the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration
  • Yokota Runner Meets Goal Despite COVID-19 Obstacles

    In the United States Air Force it is required to run 1.5 miles in a set amount of time based on your age, gender and current physical state to pass a Physical Training test. Members train several different ways to accomplish their running goal. They’ll perform sprints to increase speed during their run, they’ll start running a couple months prior
  • The Stolpersteine, remembering the Holocaust

    In the course of history it has been human nature to forget horrible events, discount their happening, or downplay the severity of them. History should never be forgotten, like valuable life lessons, we learn from them collectively as a people.Then how do we ensure that these lessons are not forgotten? The answer to this question became very clear
  • Coming together in the face of the unseen

    Fifty grams of plastic, two seven-inch rubber bands, and a standard U.S. letter-sized transparent folder. These are the ingredients needed to make a single, 3-D printed, face shield approved for use by the National Institutes of Health. While the ingredients are simple, the impact they can have on preventing an individual’s exposure to aerosols can be the difference when it comes to dealing with potential infectious diseases.
  • Yokota C‐130J Tactics Rodeo 2020

    The tactics rodeo is a friendly competition designed to test an aircrews’s combat capabilities and readiness through simulated and short‐notice combat scenarios.
  • The 459th Airlift Squadron: a life-saving evacuation team

    The sound of an engine, too quiet to be the massive C-130J Super Hercules, rumbles above the flightline as a small white plane disappears into the clouds, its load differing from its larger brother. This lesser-known aircraft at Yokota carries with it not only patients in need of specialized medical care, but the hope of a better tomorrow.For the
  • Find, Secure, Return; Yokota Airmen complete Fuji drop

    A C-130J Super Hercules, assigned with the 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, drops bundles at the Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, March 25, 2020. The 36th AS completed formation flight training as well as dropped pallets consisting of simulated heavy equipment and containerized delivery system bundles. (U.S. Air Force