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NEWS | Nov. 7, 2023

Yokota Airmen soar through BM 24-1

By Master Sgt. Nathan Allen, 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Exercise Beverly Morning 24-1 concluded recently at Yokota Air Base, Japan, reaffirming the role Yokota Airmen play in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The exercise, which tested the readiness and wartime capabilities of 374th Airlift Wing Airmen, saw participants execute critical tasks under simulated high-pressure scenarios, reaffirming preparedness and operational expertise.

Col. Andrew Roddan, 374th AW commander, commended the impressive dedication and proficiency demonstrated by the Airmen during the exercise while also thanking the local community for their understanding and support.

"The days and nights were long, but I am so grateful and impressed with how this team responded to any challenge and scenario. Together, we proved that it takes all of us working together to keep Yokota Air Base running as the premier airlift hub in the Indo-Pacific theater,” he said. “None of what we do here would be possible without the unwavering support and partnership of our Japanese allies.”

During BM 24-1, which lasted 11 days, Airmen worked day and night on critical missions like aircraft generation, mass casualty response, rapid airfield damage repair, agile combat employment, and structure hardening. The exercise served to reaffirm Airman competence and practice prompt decision-making in high-stress scenarios. 

Capt. Kevin Wise, 374th AW Inspector General evening exercise director, said he received positive and valuable feedback from wing inspection team evaluators as they evaluated Yokota Airmen.

“We are constantly impressed by our Airmen’s ability to work under pressure and find creative solutions to mission requirements,” he said. “We’ve placed them in a difficult scenario, but their performance thus far tells me that Yokota will be ready to meet whatever challenges the future holds.