Yokota POL trains Navy
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Getting dirty, driving vehicles, servicing aircraft, providing fuel and performing fuel inspections could be seen on the flight line and in the fuels yard during a week-long training in which U.S. Air Force and Navy servicemembers worked together toward a common goal.
Members of the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management flight provided essential training on the R-11 refueling trucks to Sailors out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, at Yokota Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, 2016. The training allowed members to prepare to support U.S. Navy aircraft at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, during Exercise Cope North.
"The training they receive is important because they will be using our refueling trucks as they provide fuel to their aircraft," said Senior Airman Tyler Sims, 374 LRS fuels management flight fuels training supervisor. "We prepared them for any potential tasks they will need to perform."
The Navy personnel who received training on the R-11 refueling trucks learned how to drive, service aircraft, perform minor maintenance and how to check fuel samples with the vehicle.
"It is imperative for us to learn how to operate the vehicles because it will ensure our readiness is where it needs to be and help us effectively complete our mission," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Christian Fakhoury, NAF Atsugi Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron administrative assistant. "This course has been great because I have learned more mechanical knowledge on the trucks."
Working alongside Air Force personnel has provided the Navy personnel with more than just a better understanding of how to operate a refueling truck.
"Working together with different military branches helps build camaraderie between our sister services, making it easier to work with each other towards the same goal," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Danford NAF Atsugi Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron aviation electrician. "The training has also helped up learn about different Air Force customs and courtesies that we are not used to in the Navy. This will help us work more effectively in future missions."
The fuels Airmen provided necessary knowledge and training to the Navy personnel during the week-long event. The course was not only important for the Seamen to learn how to properly complete missions using the R-11 refueling truck, it also helped build teamwork and promoted camaraderie between sister branches.
After the Navy members completed their training, they went back to their home station and began preparation for the Exercise Cope North.
Exercise Cope North began in 1978 when it was first hosted at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Having more than three decades of multilateral training has ensured team Yokota, along with its allies, are ready for contingency and humanitarian operations at a moment's notice. The exercise is designed to enhance each countries air operations. Additionally, the exercise includes humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training objectives.