Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing (AW) commander, talks to crewmembers prior to the 374th AW Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW operates a mission fleet of C-130J Super Hercules, C-12 Hurons and UH-1N Iroquois as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

Crewmembers with the 459th Airlift Squadron perform a pre-flight briefing prior to the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW trained its humanitarian aid and disaster relief and formation flying capabilities during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

Pilots assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron check their watches to make sure all the pilot‘s watches are synchronized during the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW operates a mission ready fleet of C-130J Super Hercules, C-12 Hurons and UH-1N Iroquois as the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

Staff Sgt. David Pinckney, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, inspects an engine exhaust section of a C-130J Super Hercules prior to a 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 1, 2018. The elephant walk was a demonstration of Yokota’s capabilities and tested the aircraft’s abilities to generate airpower in an expedient manner in order to provide humanitarian aid throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

Airmen from the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tighten bolts on the side of a C-130J Super Hercules propeller after performing an inspection prior to the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 1, 2018. The maintainers ensured all 12 C-130Js could successfully partake in the elephant walk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

C-130J Super Hercules and a C-12 Huron sit on the flightline during the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374 AW conducted the exercise to train the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

Airman 1st Class Brandon Shannon, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron integrated communications countermeasure navigation systems apprentice, assists a fellow maintainer with a repair prior to the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise would not have been able to happen without the hard work from the members from the 374th Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

Crewmembers of a C-130J Super Hercules run through a pre-mission briefing prior to the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise used 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons, and tested Yokota’s capability to deliver mass amounts of cargo on a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge

Crewmembers of a C-130J Super Hercules finish a pre-mission briefing prior to the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise used 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons, and tested Yokota’s capability to deliver mass amounts of cargo on a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Maintenance and crewmembers complete final preparations on their C-130J Super Hercules aircraft prior to the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2017. The exercise used 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons, and tested Yokota’s capability to deliver mass amounts of cargo on a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, left, and Maj. Scott Schavrien 374th Operations Support Squadron wing executive officer, perform a pre-flight check prior to participating in a the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk, May 4, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The Elephant Walk is a maximum generation of all aircraft on Yokota while the formation flight enabled the aircraft to gain necessary training for future scenarios, whether it’s training or real world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

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Staff Sgt. Jason Anderson, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, runs through his pre-flight checklist on a C-130J Super Hercules prior to the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise utilized 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons, and tested Yokota’s capability to deliver mass amounts of cargo on a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Twelve C-130J Super Hercules aircraft with the 36th Airlift Squadron sit on the flight line for pre-flight inspections prior to starting the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. The event helped Yokota AB’s airlift squadrons test their capabilities to deliver a mass amount of cargo at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Poe, 459th Airlift Squadron special missions aviator, communicates with his crewmembers during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. This part of the exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to complete a formation flight with multiple aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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A crew chief from the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron inspects a C-130J Super Hercules' nose before it taxis to the runway during the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW conducted the exercise to train the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Crew chiefs assigned to the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to marshal C-130J Super Hercules during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. After completing the elephant walk, 11 C-130Js completed a formation flight throughout the Kanto Plains, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

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A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron prepares to taxi down the runway during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk, May 4, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The aircrews also held a formation flight throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji during the training scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

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A crew chief, assigned to the 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals a C-130J Super Hercules during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief across Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

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Three Air Force C-12 Hurons, assigned to the 459th Airlift Squdron, taxi on the flightline during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief across Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

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An Air Force C-130J Super Hercules, assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, taxis down the flight line during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. Members of the 36th Airlift Squadron completed a formation flight after an elephant walk to remain current on their skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

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Three C-12 Hurons with the 459th Airlift Squadron taxi on the flight line during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. There were 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons that participated in the elephant walk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Lt. Col. Denny Davies, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot and commander, taxis a C-130J Super Hercules after returning from a 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk and formation flight at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The squadrons flew throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji during the formation flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft with the 36th Airlift Squadron taxi on the flight line during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. The elephant walk was a demonstration of Yokota AB’s capabilities and tested the aircraft’s abilities to generate airpower in an expedient manner in order to provide humanitarian aid throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron prepare for takeoff after completing the Elephant Walk portion of the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise, May 4, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The aircrews also held a formation flight throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji during the training scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

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Twelve C-130J Super Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron take part in an elephant walk before taking off during the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW conducted the exercise to train the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron sit on the flight line during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk, May 4, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. There were 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadron's that participate in the training scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

Yokota Air Base
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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft with the 36th Airlift Squadron (AS) taxi on the flight line prior to taking off during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. Members of the 36th AS completed a formation flight after the elephant walk to remain current on their skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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A C-130J Super Hercules taxis to the runway for the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. Following the elephant walk, 11 Super Hercules aircraft tested Yokota AB’s airlift capability by completing a formation flight throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules taxi to the runway for the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. Following the elephant walk, 11 Super Hercules aircraft tested Yokota AB’s airlift capability by completing a formation flight throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Twelve C-130J Super Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron take part in an elephant walk before taking off during the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW conducted the exercise to train the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron taxi on the flight line during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk, May 4, 2018, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. There were 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadron's that participated in the training scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

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A line of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft taxi to the runway for the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. Following the elephant walk, 11 Super Hercules aircraft tested Yokota AB’s airlift capability by completing a formation flight throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Three C-12 Hurons from the 459th Airlift Squadron take part in an elephant walk before taking off during the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW conducted the exercise to train the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules sit in a staggered formation prior to takeoff during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. Following the elephant walk, 11 Super Hercules aircraft tested Yokota AB’s airlift capability by completing a formation flight throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Two UH-1N Iroquois helicopters hover above the runway during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief across the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Aircraft from the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) conduct the 374th AW Generation Exercise Elephant Walk
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Aircraft from the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) conduct the 374th AW Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW conducted the exercise to train the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft sit in a staggered formation prior to takeoff during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. Following the elephant walk, 11 Super Hercules aircraft tested Yokota AB’s airlift capability by completing a formation flight throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Aircraft from the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) conduct the 374th AW Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to rapidly deploy forces across Indo-Pacific region. The 374th AW maintains and operates the C-130J Super Hercules, C-12 Huron, and UH-1N Iroquois, making it the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadron sit on the flight line prior to taking off during a 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. The elephant walk was a demonstration of Yokota AB’s capabilities and tested the aircraft’s abilities to generate airpower in an expedient manner in order to provide humanitarian aid throughout the Indo-Pacific Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Twelve C-130J Super Hercules perform an Elephant Walk as part of the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise to test the rapid mobility capabilities and teamwork of the crewmembers at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW maintains and operates the C-130J Super Hercules, C-12 Huron, and UH-1N Iroquois, making it the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Pilots of a C-130J Super Hercules wait in the back of a staggered formation prior to takeoff during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. Following the elephant walk, 11 Super Hercules aircraft tested Yokota AB’s airlift capability by completing a formation flight throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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C-130J Super Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron prepare to take off during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to rapidly deploy forces across Indo-Pacific region. The 374th AW maintains and operates the C-130J Super Hercules, C-12 Huron, and UH-1N Iroquois, making it the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Twelve C-130J Super Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron prepare to takeoff during the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW maintains and operates the C-130J Super Hercules, C-12 Huron, and UH-1N Iroquois, making it the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Force peacetime and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Two UH-1N Iroquois helicopters, assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron, fly in formation during the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW conducted the exercise to train the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief throughout the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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A C-12 Huron with the 459th Airlift Squadron takes off for a 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise formation flight at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. The event helped Yokota AB's airlift squadrons test their capabilities to deliver mass amounts of cargo at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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A C-130J Super Hercules with the 36th Airlift Squadron takes off for a formation flight after completing the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan, May 4, 2018. During the formation flight, the aircraft flew throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji before returning to Yokota AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft flies over Yokota Air Base, Japan, after completing an Elephant Walk during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise, May 4, 2018. The exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to rapidly provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief across Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

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A C-130J Super Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron flies over the runway during a training sortie at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 1, 2018. Yokota recently received its 13th and 14th Super Hercules aircraft to complete its fleet of C-130Js. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Eleven C-130J Super Hercules aircraft fly in formation over Yokota Air Base, Japan, during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise after completing a formation flight, May 4, 2018. The training mission enabled the pilots to perform training necessary for them to remain current in their skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

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A C-130J Super Hercules flies over the Kanto Plain, Japan, during a formation flight after completing the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise used 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons and tested Yokota’s capability to deliver mass amounts of cargo on a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Joshua McMahan)

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Three C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron fly in formation during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise, May 4, 2018, over the Kanto Plains, Japan. The formation flight enabled the pilots to perform training necessary for them to remain current on their skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

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A C-130J Super Hercules flies over the Kanto Plain, Japan, during a formation after completing the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk flight at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise used 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons and tested Yokota’s capability to deliver mass amounts of cargo on a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Joshua McMahan)

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C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron fly in formation during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise, May 4, 2018, over the Kanto Plains, Japan. The formation flight enabled the pilots to perform training necessary for them to remain current on their skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

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A C-130J Super Hercules flies over the Kanto Plain region during a formation flight after completing the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The squadrons flew throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji during the formation flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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UH-1N Iroquois pilots from the 459th Airlift Squadron fly over Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise, May 4, 2018. This part of the exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to complete a formation flight with multiple aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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A UH-1N flight engineer from the 459th Airlift Squadron communicates with his crewmembers during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise at Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, May 4, 2018. This part of the exercise was conducted in order to demonstrate the wing’s ability to complete a formation flight with multiple aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Ten C-130J Super Hercules fly in formation over the Kanto Plains, Japan, during a formation flight after completing the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise used 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons and tested Yokota’s capability to deliver mass amounts of cargo on a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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A C-130J Super Hercules, assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron (AS), and a C-12 Huron, assigned to the 459th AS, fly over mountainous terrain during the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) Generation Exercise at Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW maintains and operates C-130Js, C-12 Hurons, and UH-1Ns, making it the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Forces during peacetime and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Three C-130J Super Hercules fly in formation over the Kanto Plains, Japan, during a formation flight after completing the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise used 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons and tested Yokota’s capability to deliver mass amounts of cargo on a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron maneuvers by Mount Fuji, Japan, during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise, May 4, 2018. During the formation flight portion of the exercise, the aircrews flew together over the ocean, through mountainous terrain and dropped sand bags on Yokota’s airfield to test and improve on their humanitarian aid and disaster relief capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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A UH-1N Iroquois assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron maneuvers over Mount Fuji, Japan, during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise, May 4, 2018. During the formation flight portion of the exercise, the aircrews flew together over the ocean, through mountainous terrain and dropped sand bags on Yokota’s airfield to test and improve their humanitarian aid and disaster relief capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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Multiple C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron fly in formation during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise, May 4, 2018, over the Kanto Plains, Japan. The formation flight enabled the pilots to perform training necessary for them to remain current on their skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge
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Aircraft from the 374th Airlift Wing (AW) fly by Mount Fuji, Japan, during the 374th AW Generation Exercise, May 4, 2018. The 374th AW maintains and operates the C-130J Super Hercules, C-12 Huron, and UH-1N Iroquois, making it the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for U.S. Air Forces during peacetime and contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Yokota Airmen team up for airlift surge
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C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron prepare to land at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018, during the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise. The formation flight enabled the pilots to perform training necessary for them to remain current on their skillsets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

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Crewmembers of a C-130J Super Hercules pose for a photo prior to the 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise Elephant Walk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. The exercise used 17 aircraft from the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons, and tested Yokota’s capability to deliver mass amounts of cargo on a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Gilmore)

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Members of the 36th Airlift Squadron and 459th AS completed the first 374th Airlift Wing Generation Exercise, referred to more commonly as an Elephant Walk, since 2014 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 4, 2018. Both squadrons combined to have 12 C-130J Super Hercules, three C-12 Huron’s and two UH-1N Iroquois participate in the event.

An Elephant Walk exercises the maximum generation of all aircraft on Yokota while the formation flight enabled the aircraft to gain necessary training for future scenarios. The formation flight took place throughout the Kanto Plains and Mt. Fuji.

“We used the Elephant Walk, a large-scale generation exercise, as a way to test our capabilities to ensure we are ready to provide any kind of assistance to any location throughout our area of responsibility if needed,” said Maj. Johnathan Slottje, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot. “It was an amazing event, especially since the maintainers ensured our final two Super Hercules were ready to go within a week of arriving.”

During the formation flight, the aircrews flew over the ocean, through mountainous terrain and dropped sand bags on Yokota’s airfield to test and improve their capabilities while flying together.

“Even though we had two of our aircraft performing another mission, this exercise tested our capabilities in case we have to complete a task like this at a moment’s notice,” Slottje said. “The capabilities of the new J-model [C-130s] have helped expand our abilities of how we use the aircraft to complete our mission.”

Even though aircraft personnel completed the missions, they couldn’t accomplish it by themselves. Multiple agencies including airfield operations, air traffic control, and aircraft maintenance came together to ensure the exercise was successful.

“It showcases our abilities to have multiple agencies respond to meet our commitments out here in this region,” said Senior Master Sgt. Eddie Ybarra, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron lead production superintendent. “We have put in a lot of hours this week to ensure we can continue our regular training sorties along with making sure all of our aircraft are fully capable for this training exercise.”

Both training scenarios allowed base personnel to have a first-hand view of Yokota’s aircraft proficiencies when it comes to launching the base’s aircraft at a moment’s notice.

“I think all of the hard work that was completed by everyone in preparation for this event has been awesome,” Ybarra said. “Being able to have all of our aircraft ready to participate in the exercise was a great way for us to test our capabilities to ensure our pilots can launch all of the aircraft at once.”

This was the first time the base has completed an Elephant Walk and formation flight with the new C-130J models. With Yokota having a full fleet of Super Hercules aircraft, the base is able to provide rapid mobility from the Pacific’s premier power projection platform.