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  • 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
  • Yokota performs first-ever C-130J assault landing on Foxtrot taxiway

    For the first time ever, Team Yokota conducted a C-130J assault landing on the Foxtrot taxiway March 26.Foxtrot taxiway was originally used for the legacy C-130H models from 1991 to 2001, after that, Yokota’s airlifters have used the permanently painted hard-surface on the main runway.The taxiway was brought out of retirement and repurposed for
  • Cherry blossoms signaling the coming of spring

    A 36th Airlift Squadron C‐130J Super Hercules prepares to land, March 26, 2020, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
  • Flight Provides Vital Support to Entire Continent

    One small unit has the extensive mission of providing support services over a 76.9 million square mile territory.As an active duty service member who has spent 17 years serving overseas, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Troy Sachao, 337th Air Support Flight commander, can detail the unique challenges of being assigned in Australia.“Most of the time when
  • US, JSDF team up for humanitarian exercise in Komaki

    Primed and ready for potential calls to action, Yokota Airmen integrated with Japanese Self-Defense Forces to support Japan’s joint bilateral disaster relief exercise, dubbed the “Tomodachi Rescue Exercise,” on Feb. 21 to 23. Tomodachi means “friend” in Japanese, and our commitment to that friendship is what kindled Yokota’s assistance in the effort.
  • 374th SFS Airmen honor Fallen Defender comrades with a mural

    Airmen from the 374th Security Forces Squadron paid respects to their Fallen Defender comrades by creating a mural in their honor. The mural is dedicated to Security Forces Fallen Defenders who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • The Rock crosses the Pacific

    Airmen from Yokota Air Base welcomed four Air Mobility Command C-130J’s from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, as part of a capstone exercise Feb. 8-19, 2020.“Yokota has a very unique AOR,” said Capt. John Walitsch, 61st Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot. “By the 61st flying out, we get to enhance our skill set and learn how to fly in different
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