Yokota hosts Japanese Disaster Preparedness Exercise

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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Observers from the North Kanto Defense Bureau learn about Yokota’s C-130H Hercules during a disaster preparedness exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 31, 2014. Yokota hosted more than 150 local first responders in order to enhance readiness and interoperability between U.S. and Japanese disaster response teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy/Released)
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Observers from the North Kanto Defense Bureau learn about Yokota’s C-130H Hercules during a disaster preparedness exercise at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 31, 2014. Yokota hosted more than 150 local first responders in order to enhance readiness and interoperability between U.S. and Japanese disaster response teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy/Released)

Yokota hosts Japanese Disaster Preparedness Exercise

by: Staff Sgt. Andrea Salazar, 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs | .
Yokota Air Base | .
published: February 07, 2014

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- 374th Airlift Wing partnered with members from Japanese government agencies and first responders for the first bi-lateral disaster preparedness exercise since 2009 at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 31, 2014.

According to Maj. Edward Walker, director of inspections for the 374 AW, the event was to help U.S. military and Japanese disaster response teams learn more about handling Yokota aircraft in the event of an off-base emergency.

During the exercise, participants broke up into small groups, rehearsing their roles and responses in a realistic, simulated emergency. Some of the key aspects of the tabletop exercise were to assign and validate roles and responsibilities and organize and coordinate communications in the event of a disaster while promoting interoperability capabilities.

"This is a great opportunity to bring our Japanese partners on base, engage with the local community and government of Japan and increase our capabilities as first responders in an emergency management situation." Walker said.

Yokota hosted more than 150 local first responders in order to enhance readiness and interoperability between U.S. and Japanese disaster response teams. The event was packed with opportunities for communication, coordination and partnership building.

"I think the joint exercise was successful," said Mr. Takaoka, North Kanto Defense Bureau liaison officer. "The attendees here are skilled and proficient but most are not familiar with our U.S. counterparts so it was important for them to engage and learn together in order to mutually understand the appropriate actions in case of an incident."

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