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Yokota air traffic controllers conduct infield flightline operations for the first time

Airmen looking into a supply box

Airmen from the 374th Operations Support Squadron prepare to utilize ground equipment to communicate with pilots, control towers and track wind speeds at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2021. Air traffic controllers utilize mobile radios and equipment to issue control instructions and properly guide in aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Airman holding a mobile radio

Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Sigaoat, 374th Operations Support Squadron senior watch supervisor, holds a mobile radio to communicate with C-130J Super Hercules pilots at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2021. Communication between air traffic controllers, airfield managers, and pilots is maintained throughout mission execution, ensuring successful operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Airmen setting up a landing zone

Staff Sgt. Natan Shipman, 374th Operations Support Squadron radar, airfield, and weather systems specialist, left, Tech. Sgt. James King, 374th OSS air traffic controller, center, and Master Sgt. Leroy Simmons, 374th OSS air traffic control watch supervisor, right, craft a landing zone at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2021. Ground units coordinate with air traffic control towers and pilots to designate a safe landing zone, operating from the flight line at this capacity has not been conducted before. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Airmen watch a C-130J Super Hercules landing on Yokota's flightline

Airmen from the 374th Operations Support Squadron guide a C-130J Super Hercules landing from the ground at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2021. While conducting operations, the controllers on the flight line had full control of all vehicles operating in the air and on the ground in a display of the Agile Combat Employment and Multi-Capable Airmen concept our controllers would deploy in a contingency environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

C-130J Super Hercules landing on Yokota's flightline

A 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules lands at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2021. With the aid of airfield managers and air traffic controllers, C-130s are designed to land in even the most austere environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen from the 374th Operations Support Squadron prepare to utilize ground equipment to communicate with pilots, control towers and track wind speeds at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Sept. 15, 2021. Air traffic controllers utilize mobile radios and equipment to issue control instructions and properly guide in aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)