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SecDef Visits Japan SecDef James Mattis Visits Japan
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis is greeted by, from left, U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, USFJ deputy commander, Koku-Jieitai Lt. Gen. Hiroaki Maehara, Air Defense Command commander and U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen Jerry P. Martinez, U.S. Forces-Japan commander after landing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 28, 2018. Mattis is
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Red Flag 18-2 Yokota’s C-130J Super Hercules makes its debut in Red Flag-Alaska
After a transition from the older C-130H Hercules model, the 36th Airlift Squadron are ready to provide tactical airlift throughout RF-A.   "It’s our first time flying the J-model in RF-A, so it’s really been a learning experience for us as a squadron,” said Capt. Christopher Ansel, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J mission planning cell chief.  
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Red Flag 18-2 Yokota Airmen provide airlift at Red Flag-Alaska
Airmen assigned to the 374th Airlift Wing flew to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, to provide joint airlift support during the 2-week exercise, Red Flag-Alaska 18-2. Representing the Pacific’s Premiere Power Projection Platform, the Yokota Airmen joined the approximately 2,000 total service members participating in the exercise each year.
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A pilot assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron flies Yokota Air Base’s first C-130J Super Hercules operational mission, June 30, 2017, near Manila, Philippines. The mission gave the Airmen the chance to showcase the aircraft’s capabilities while transporting cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres) Yokota’s C-130J completes first operational mission
The C-130H Hercules has ensured the 374th Airlift Wing remains the primary Western Pacific airlift hub for peacetime and contingency operations. Continuing this legacy is its newer model the C-130J Super Hercules, which has completed its first operational mission by transporting personnel and cargo for their sister service, July 1, 2017.
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