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  • Santa's practice deliveries complete, C-130s are ready to fly

    A Low-Cost, Low- Altitude practice bundle floats in the waters off of Guam during Operation Christmas Drop 2018 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2018. Throughout the remainder of OCD, bundles like these carrying critical supplies will be delivered to 56 Micronesian islands impacting 20,000 people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman
  • U.S. Indo-Pacific Forces Participate in Annual Operation Christmas Drop

    Santa 21 returned to the “north pole” of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam after delivering three bundles to the island of Nama in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) on Dec. 10, 2018.Among the helpers on board was non-other than the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Adm. Phil Davidson. In its 67th year, Operation Christmas Drop (OCD) will go
  • Let's Get Ready to Bundle!

    Chief Master Sgt. Tresse King, 374th Force Support Squadron superintendent, right, and Senior Airman Kylie Hanni, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, left, both out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, place cans of food into a bundle to be delivered during Operation Christmas Drop 2018 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 8, 2018. Once packed, the bundles
  • 374th AMXS, The Airmen Behind OCD

    Twenty-five tons of critical supplies airdropped to 56 Micronesian islands impacting more than 20,000 people. A tall task taken on by the servicemembers who take part in Operation Christmas Drop.While OCD continues on as the longest running airdrop training mission, serving as a platform to better prepare the U.S. Air Force and its allies, the
  • Team Yokota Spreads Holiday Cheer at Children's Hospital

    A member of Yokota Air Base, Japan, dressed as Santa Claus, dances with child at the Kanagawa Children's Medical Hospital, Japan, Dec. 7, 2018. Members of Yokota and the dance group Son's of Hawaii dressed up to spread holiday cheer to the staff, children, and families of the hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)
  • Air Force Service in Japan, a Mueller Family Tradition

    It had been 30 years since he last saw those tail numbers but the memory of them remains as if it was only yesterday. Three C-130H Hercules had flown around the world countless times fulfilling their mission, yet here they were after all this time. When last they met it was at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, while the aircraft were under his father’s command, today they would become his planes. “When I first got to Yokota Air Base, Japan, for my change of command ceremony it was like being greeted by old friends,” said Maj. David L. Mueller, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “I didn’t know a lot of faces when I first got here but I recognized those aircraft immediately. I remember being in the second grade, wearing my reflective belt and ear protection of course, and walking around on those planes with my father, a commander of the aircraft generation squadron at the time, I even helped him paint the propeller tips back in 1989." “While the memories of my time on those planes with my father stuck with me, what I will always remember of those days is how my father interacted with the Airmen he worked with and for throughout his career. Seeing the way he led and the type of person he was contributed to my decision to serve my country when the time came later in my life to answer that call and led me to where I am today.”
  • Yokota conducts semi-annual Samurai Surge training

    Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft with the 36th Airlift Squadron taxi on the flight line during the 374th Airlift Wing Samurai Surge at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2018. Samurai Surge is a semi-annual training used to execute rapid, agile airlift operations and practice overall readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin
  • 374th SFS Completes Expeditionary Field Training

    One foot after the other, it’s the only way to approach it. Slow and steady the steps add up as obstacles are completed. The rain only getting heavier, the ground muddier, and the logs traversed slicker. The gurney carrying a soaking wet training dummy only adds to the struggle but that is the point. It was a challenge but a challenge meant to be faced by a team. Each setback greeted with a “HUA!” rallying their struggling teammates to push forward until the course was complete. For the members of the 374th Security Forces Squadron stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan, this was only just their first day of a week’s worth of grueling field training exercises meant to better acclimate them to expeditionary security forces tactics at Camp Fuji, Japan, Nov. 8, 2018.
  • 374th Medical Group trains on air medical transportation

    Members of the 374th Medical Group inserts an Intravenous Therapy (IV) needle in the hand of a patient, Nov. 16, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The training was performed on board an UH-1N Iroquois from the 459th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin West)