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  • Airmen exercise readiness in Beverly Morning 19-01

    Yokota Air Base members participated in the week-long readiness exercise Beverly Morning 19-01, May 13-17. The full-scale exercise, which happens multiple times a year, is designed to enhance base readiness through training and practicing skillsets, ensuring the base is ready to respond to potential real-world contingencies.“This exercise serves as
  • Yokota's Students Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

    Students perform the Chinese dragon dance as part of the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Yokota High School, Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 6, 2019. In following this year’s theme of “Uniting our Mission by Engaging Each Other”, students were able to experience firsthand the customs and traditions of cultures from
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Technical Sgt. Kristen Pujol, 374th Force Support Squadron fitness plans and programs NCO in charge lights candles on May 2, 2019, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The candlelight vigil was held in remembrance of the Holocaust. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Kevin West)
  • Medical Group simulates patient air evacuation

    374th Medical Group personnel practice loading patients onto a C-130J Hercules on the Yokota AB flightline April 18, 2019 as part of patient movement air evacuation training. The training took place as part of a larger, group-wide training day that included various potential crises.
  • Family Advocacy & SAPR Info Fair

    A Sexual Assault and Prevention and response poster sits on display during the Family Advocacy and SAPR information fair, Apr. 11, 2019, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Kevin West)
  • April snow turns to shine

    Yokota receives snowfall during cherry blossom season, April 10. This rare springtime snowfall was caused by a cold air front from the northeast following a low atomospheric pressure system that passed through the southern part of the Japanese archipelago, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
  • Taking the Leap:

    “DOOR!” they shouted as the plane’s engines roared, circling higher and higher to reach altitude. The time for questions, doubts and second guesses had passed. Shuffling into position as her body had done hundreds of jumps before, only the nod from her team lead kept her in place. That nod was her cue to jump; to let go of not only the plane, but the emotions that had weighed her down. Plummeting to earth, the only sound audible to her was that of the wind rushing outside of her helmet providing a clear mental silence. In that moment of clarity, she felt the comfort of her friends moving toward her in formation. Their hands extended out to her essentially welcoming her back from her journey. It was her first time jumping since the attack, but jumping is what it always had been for her, a passion. That return to passion brought with it feelings long since forgotten. She was safe, and she was finally home.
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