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Yokota trains airlift capabilities essential to Pacific region

Multiple U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules with the 374th Airlift Wing taxi during large formation training, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. The training allowed aircrews an opportunity to practice their large formation and airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released)

Multiple U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules with the 374th Airlift Wing taxi during large formation training, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. The training allowed aircrews an opportunity to practice their large formation and airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released)

Multiple U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules taxi during large formation training, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Yokota is the primary airlift hub in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and the training allowed members to practice mission essential airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released)

Multiple U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules taxi during large formation training, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Yokota is the primary airlift hub in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and the training allowed members to practice mission essential airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules takes off during large formation training, Yokota Air Force Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130 Hercules took off during the training, practicing their airlift capabilities and highlighting Yokota's role as the primary airlift hub in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules takes off during large formation training, Yokota Air Force Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130 Hercules took off during the training, practicing their airlift capabilities and highlighting Yokota's role as the primary airlift hub in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/Released)

Ten U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft taxi down a runway during a training exercise, July 14, 2015, Yokota Air Base, Japan. The exercise tested Yokota's ability to perform large-force employment and tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Delano Scott/Released)

Ten U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft taxi down a runway during a training exercise, July 14, 2015, Yokota Air Base, Japan. The exercise tested Yokota's ability to perform large-force employment and tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Delano Scott/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 36th Airlift Squadron track bundles dropped from U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules during large formation training at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s participated in training that tested the squadron's ability to accurately drop cargo to a specific target and fly large formation airlift operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David C. Danford/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 36th Airlift Squadron track bundles dropped from U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules during large formation training at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s participated in training that tested the squadron's ability to accurately drop cargo to a specific target and fly large formation airlift operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David C. Danford/Released)

Multiple U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules taxi during large formation training, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s took off during the training, practicing their large formation and airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/ Released)

Multiple U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules taxi during large formation training, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s took off during the training, practicing their large formation and airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cody H. Ramirez/ Released)

Ten U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft taxi down a runway during a training exercise, July 14, 2015, Yokota Air Base, Japan. The 36th Airlift Squadron regularly tests its mission capabilities to ensure readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Delano Scott/Released)

Ten U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft taxi down a runway during a training exercise, July 14, 2015, Yokota Air Base, Japan. The 36th Airlift Squadron regularly tests its mission capabilities to ensure readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Delano Scott/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Deondre Rogers, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, sets up a raised angle marker on a drop zone, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. The RAM provides a visible target for C-130 Hercules aircrew to aim for when dropping bundles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David C. Danford/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Deondre Rogers, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, sets up a raised angle marker on a drop zone, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. The RAM provides a visible target for C-130 Hercules aircrew to aim for when dropping bundles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David C. Danford/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules takes off during large formation training, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s took off as part of a surge mission highlighting Yokota’s role as the primary airlift hub for the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David C. Danford/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules takes off during large formation training, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s took off as part of a surge mission highlighting Yokota’s role as the primary airlift hub for the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David C. Danford/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Marissa Antillon-Loya, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, coordinates with a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew during a surge mission, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s took off during the surge, practicing their large formation and airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David C. Danford/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Marissa Antillon-Loya, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, coordinates with a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew during a surge mission, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s took off during the surge, practicing their large formation and airlift capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class David C. Danford/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules takes off during a training exercise, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s participated in the exercise which tested the 36th Airlift Squadron’s ability to perform large formation flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released)
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A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules takes off during a training exercise, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. Nine C-130s participated in the exercise which tested the 36th Airlift Squadron’s ability to perform large formation flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released)

U.S. Air Force members of the 36th Airlift Squadron release a sandbag with a parachute from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules during a training exercise, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. This exercise tested the squadron’s ability to accurately drop cargo to a specific target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released)
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U.S. Air Force members of the 36th Airlift Squadron release a sandbag with a parachute from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules during a training exercise, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015. This exercise tested the squadron’s ability to accurately drop cargo to a specific target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released)

Multiple U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft fly over the airfield during a training exercise, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015.. Ten C-130s participated in the exercise which tested the 36th Airlift Squadron’s ability to perform large formation flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released)
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Multiple U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft fly over the airfield during a training exercise, Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 14, 2015.. Ten C-130s participated in the exercise which tested the 36th Airlift Squadron’s ability to perform large formation flights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Owsianka/Released)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan --

Ten C-130 Hercules aircraft, assigned the 36th Airlift Squadron here, took part in a training exercise designed to test Yokota Air Base’s ability to perform large formation flights and essential airlift capabilities.

 

As Yokota is the primary airlift hub in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the training tested the wing’s large-force employment and tactics which are essential to regional security and stability.

 

The U.S.-Japan Alliance lays the foundation for training such as this and is the cornerstone of U.S. engagement in the region.