Yokota engineers practice new way of repairing bomb-damaged runways
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Air Force engineers are learning a new repair method that should have runways back online within a couple of hours if enemy missiles strike U.S. bases in Japan.
Airmen from the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron practiced the new “rapid airfield damage repair” procedure early Friday just as they would do if an enemy attacked the headquarters of U.S Forces Japan and 5th Air Force in western Tokyo.
Experts believe U.S. bases are in North Korea’s crosshairs. An analysis of a missile test conducted by the North earlier this year suggests that it was designed to simulate a strike on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
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