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  • En route to Red Flag- Alaska 21-2

    Fourteen A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, park at a ramp, May 24, 2021, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. This team of A-10s arrived at Yokota in preparation for Red Flag Alaska 21-2, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat
  • Kanto Plains Special Olympics kicks off with a Mitigation Plan against COVID

    The Kanto Plains Special Olympics committee created a mitigation plan to continue this year's athletic games despite COVID restrictions.
  • ‘Here they come again:’ RQ-4 Global Hawks arrive at Yokota Air Base

    U.S. Pacific Air Forces rotated RQ-4 Global Hawks from the 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, 319th Operations Group, Anderson Air Force Base, Guam to Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 22, 2021. The Global Hawk’s mission is to support a broad range of U.S. intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance collection capabilities to support joint forces, and allies and partners in worldwide peacetime, contingency and crisis operations.
  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Narashino Jump 2021

    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, perform jump rehearsal at Yokota Air Base, May 20, 2021. JGSDF members rehearse their jump procedures before boarding aircraft to ensure successful operations in-flight. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas.)
  • 374th Security Forces Squadron hosts National Police Week

    Every year, during the week of May 15, the U.S. hosts National Police Week to honor police officers who have passed away or become injured in the line of duty. The 374th Security Forces Squadron hosted several events throughout the week to pay tribute to those individuals and familiarize the base on a defender’s duties.
  • The 36th Airlift Squadron demonstrates Agile Combat Employment capabilities during Samurai Readiness Inspection

    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Aircrew from the 36th Airlift Squadron flew to Misawa and Kadena Air Bases, May 2, to perform Agile Combat Employment procedures, a crucial component of Yokota Air Base’s Samurai Readiness Inspection.  The SRI is an annual training exercise that evaluates Team Yokota on a series of simulated, practical wartime and
  • Rescue Rodeo 2021

    A 320th Special Tactics Squadron Airman climbs into a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during a Rescue Rodeo event at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 12, 2021. The 320th STS Airmen train to operate in adverse conditions through a variety of exercises to accomplish their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hannah Bean)
  • Yokota hosts MSG all call

    Col. Andrew Campbell, 374th Airlift Wing commander, speaks at a Mission Support Group all call, May 10, 2021. This was part of Campbell’s first wave of all-calls in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the beginning of a semblance of normalcy as an increased percentage of Yokota Air Base receive the vaccine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.
  • Team Yokota tests readiness in base-wide exercise

    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Yokota members took part in a two-week long Samurai Readiness Inspection exercise, April 25-May 6. The base-wide exercise leveraged multi-domain capabilities to out-match those seeking to challenge the U.S. and Coalition interests in the region through a credible, capable, and dynamic defense posture to compete, deter, and win against state and non-state adversaries. Team Yokota was evaluated on their readiness to perform the Wing’s mission by executing global mobility in support of operations across the Indo-Pacific while under simulated wartime and contingency conditions.
  • Yokota Airmen send readiness asset to Kadena

    Airmen assigned to the 730th Air Mobility Squadron loaded an aircraft engine onto a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Joint Base Charleston, S.C., May 4, 2021, as part of an effort to support aircraft maintainers at the 733rd AMS, Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing and the Boeing Engine Management Team provided the C-17 engine to the 730th AMS who incorporated it in their readiness efforts; adding a realistic, hands-on asset to their training program. The transfer of the engine coincided with Nodal Lightning Pacific, an exercise involving each of the 515th AMOW’s six squadrons. The aircraft was in Japan as part of the exercise, allowing the engine to be transferred from Yokota to Kadena earlier than would have otherwise been possible.