Transfer of funds from Yokota Osprey facilities to border wall won’t affect operations, officials say
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – CV-22 Osprey operations won’t be impacted by the diversion of nearly $87 million from projects supporting tiltrotor aircraft in western Tokyo, according to U.S. military officials.
Six construction projects planned for Yokota – home of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force – are included in a Defense Department list of projects being defunded to pay for $3.6 billion worth of a wall and improvements on the U.S. border with Mexico.
Defunded Yokota projects listed by the Pentagon include munitions structures, a C-130J Super Hercules corrosion control hangar and other hangars, operations, warehouse and maintenance facilities.
“The [hangar] and warehouse facility are parts of a planned Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22 Campus,” Anthony Mayne, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Japan District, said in a Sept. 6 email.
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