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Yokota welcomes PACAF’s first C-130J Super Hercules

Members of the C-130J delivery team pose for a photo in front of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces.  Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Members of the C-130J delivery team pose for a photo in front of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

A loadmaster with the 36th Airlift Squadron performs a pre-flight inspection at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

A loadmaster with the 36th Airlift Squadron performs a pre-flight inspection at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Tech. Sgt. Rainier Howard, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs preflight inspection of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Tech. Sgt. Rainier Howard, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs preflight inspection of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Tech. Sgt. Napoleon Ortiz, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, performs a preflight inspection of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Tech. Sgt. Napoleon Ortiz, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, performs a preflight inspection of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Members of the C-130J delivery team perform a preflight briefing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Members of the C-130J delivery team perform a preflight briefing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, prepares to take off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, prepares to take off at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, communicates with his crew members over the Pacific Ocean, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, communicates with his crew members over the Pacific Ocean, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

A loadmaster with the 36th Airlift Squadron, performs a visual conformation over the Pacific Ocean, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

A loadmaster with the 36th Airlift Squadron, performs a visual conformation over the Pacific Ocean, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, Pacific Air Forces vice commander, communicates with  crew members, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, Pacific Air Forces vice commander, communicates with crew members, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, flies over the Pacific Ocean, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces.  Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)
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Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, flies over the Pacific Ocean, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

A C-130J Super Hercules flies over Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift.(U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
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A C-130J Super Hercules flies over Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift.(U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, approaches for a landing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)
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Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, approaches for a landing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

A C-130J Super Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron flies over Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. Compared to older C-130s, the J model climbs faster and higher, flies farther at a higher cruise speed, and takes off and lands in a shorter distance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)
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A C-130J Super Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron flies over Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. Compared to older C-130s, the J model climbs faster and higher, flies farther at a higher cruise speed, and takes off and lands in a shorter distance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, and Maj. Jesse Klaetsch, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, approach for a landing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces.  Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)
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Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, and Maj. Jesse Klaetsch, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, approach for a landing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

The first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces arrives at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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The first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces arrives at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

A C-130J Super Hercules taxies down a runway at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
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A C-130J Super Hercules taxies down a runway at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, taxis the first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The new aircraft is scheduled to have fully replaced the 374th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules fleet by 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, taxis the first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The new aircraft is scheduled to have fully replaced the 374th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules fleet by 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

A C-130J Super Hercules taxies down a runway at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
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A C-130J Super Hercules taxies down a runway at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Maj. Jesse Klaetsch, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, greets after touching down at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
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Maj. Jesse Klaetsch, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, greets after touching down at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, wears the new C-130J Super Hercules patch during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of Yokota's newest aircraft at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The aircraft provides significant performance improvements and added operational capabilities that translate directly into increased effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, wears the new C-130J Super Hercules patch during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of Yokota's newest aircraft at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The aircraft provides significant performance improvements and added operational capabilities that translate directly into increased effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

A C-130J Super Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron, right, taxis down the runway at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. The new aircraft will eventually replace the unit’s existing C-130H fleet, which has been in service for nearly 30 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)
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A C-130J Super Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron, right, taxis down the runway at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. The new aircraft will eventually replace the unit’s existing C-130H fleet, which has been in service for nearly 30 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, and Maj. Jesse Klaetsch, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, touch down at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces.  Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)
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Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, and Maj. Jesse Klaetsch, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J pilot, touch down at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

A C-130J Super Hercules gives a water salute at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the C-130J first Super Hercules to be stationed in the Pacific. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift.(U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
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A C-130J Super Hercules gives a water salute at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the C-130J first Super Hercules to be stationed in the Pacific. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift.(U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Base leadership salute the first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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Base leadership salute the first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

The first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces taxis through a water salute at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The new aircraft is scheduled to have fully replaced the 374th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules fleet by 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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The first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces taxis through a water salute at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The new aircraft is scheduled to have fully replaced the 374th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules fleet by 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

A C-130J Super Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron is drenched in water during a water salute upon arrival at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. Much like its H-model older brother, the C-130J will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)
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A C-130J Super Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron is drenched in water during a water salute upon arrival at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. Much like its H-model older brother, the C-130J will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, signals to a crew chief in position as he prepares to stop at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)
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Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, signals to a crew chief in position as he prepares to stop at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, right, greets Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, Pacific Air Forces vice-commander, left, during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The aircraft provides significant performance improvements and added operational capabilities that translate directly into increased effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, right, greets Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, Pacific Air Forces vice-commander, left, during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The aircraft provides significant performance improvements and added operational capabilities that translate directly into increased effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

Ceremony attendees clap during a C-130J Super Hercules arrival ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. Much like its H-model older brother, the C-130J will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)
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Ceremony attendees clap during a C-130J Super Hercules arrival ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. Much like its H-model older brother, the C-130J will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, Pacific Air Forces vice-commander, gives a speech during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The aircraft provides significant performance improvements and added operational capabilities that translate directly into increased effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, Pacific Air Forces vice-commander, gives a speech during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The aircraft provides significant performance improvements and added operational capabilities that translate directly into increased effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, gives opening remarks during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander, gives opening remarks during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, gives closing remarks during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, gives closing remarks during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, Pacific Air Forces vice commander, hands a ceremonial key to Staff Sgt. Gene Phonthipsavath, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, during a C-130J Super Hercules arrival ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. Compared to older C-130s, the J model climbs faster and higher, flies farther at a higher cruise speed, and takes off and lands in a shorter distance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)
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Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, Pacific Air Forces vice commander, hands a ceremonial key to Staff Sgt. Gene Phonthipsavath, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, during a C-130J Super Hercules arrival ceremony at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2016. Compared to older C-130s, the J model climbs faster and higher, flies farther at a higher cruise speed, and takes off and lands in a shorter distance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Staff Sgt. Gene Phonthipsavath, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, holds aloft the ceremonial key during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The new aircraft is scheduled to have fully replaced the 374th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules fleet by 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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Staff Sgt. Gene Phonthipsavath, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, holds aloft the ceremonial key during a ceremony held to celebrate the arrival of the first C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The new aircraft is scheduled to have fully replaced the 374th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules fleet by 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

The first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces arrives at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)
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The first C-130J Super Hercules to be assigned to U.S. Pacific Air Forces arrives at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Mar. 6, 2017. The C-130Js will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David C. Danford)

Staff Sgt. Gene Phonthipsavath, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief,  poses for a photo in front of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)
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Staff Sgt. Gene Phonthipsavath, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, poses for a photo in front of a C-130J Super Hercules at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017. This is the first C-130J to be assigned to Pacific Air Forces. Yokota serves as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. Missions include tactical air land, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, special operations and distinguished visitor airlift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith)

Yokota Air Base, Japan --

Members of Team Yokota came out to welcome the first of 14 C-130J Super Hercules being assigned to the 374th Airlift Wing during an arrival ceremony held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 6, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, PACAF vice commander, along with U.S. Air Force Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, accompanied the aircraft on the final leg of its journey from Kadena Air Base, Japan to Yokota Air Base, its new home in the Pacific. Upon landing, it received a raucous greeting from a combined Japanese and American audience, anxious to get a firsthand look at the future of tactical airlift in the region.

“I’m very excited about us receiving the aircraft because it allows us to do a lot more around the Pacific,” said Senior Airman Alex Lauher, 374th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. “It’s a step toward the future. It enables us to better help with things like humanitarian missions by carrying more food, water and supplies to those areas.”

The new aircraft, assigned to the 374th AW, will eventually replace the unit’s existing C-130H fleet, which has been in service for nearly 30 years. The transition is part of an Air Force-wide effort to modernize the entire active duty C-130 fleet. It effectively closes a strong chapter in airlift history, as the H model has been in active duty service since 1974.

The C-130J incorporates state-of-the-art technology to reduce manpower requirements, lower operating and support costs, and provide life-cycle cost savings over earlier C-130 models.

Compared to older C-130s, the J model climbs faster and higher, flies farther at a higher cruise speed, and takes off and lands in a shorter distance.

Yokota’s C-130s will also be 15 feet longer, increasing usable space and providing the ability to rapidly transport critical supplies, personnel and equipment around the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Much like its H-model older brother, the C-130J will be used to support critical peacekeeping and contingency operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including cargo delivery, troop transport, airdrop and aeromedical missions. The aircraft provides significant performance improvements and added operational capabilities that translate directly into increased effectiveness. Some of these attributes include the ability to:

  • Operate out of 2,000 ft.-long dirt strips in high mountain ranges.

  • Carry 164,000 pound payload

  • Travel 14% faster than the H-model

  • Travel 2000 miles

  • Perform in-flight refueling, ground fueling, weather reconnaissance, electronic warfare, medical evacuation, search and rescue, paradrop, special operations and many other missions.

  • Generate much greater operational efficiencies. The C-130J outperforms older C-130s in combat operations by at least a two-to-one margin.

  • Operate with only three crew members for most missions, exposing fewer flight crew members to potential combat threats.

  • Demonstrate reliability that far exceeds most other military aircraft with average mission capable rates routinely in the 80 to 90 percent range. 

While this is only the first of the new J-model aircraft to arrive at Yokota, members of the 374th AW are already excited about continuing the mission with the new capabilities.

“Today marks the beginning of the transition for the 374th Airlift Wing, from operating the C-130 from models E through H, to now operating the world’s most advanced tactical airlifter, the C-130J,” Moss said. “We will continue to be the most important base in the Pacific for projecting airpower throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Region and the C-130J is going to be key to that piece. It is part of what we do every day.”