374th Airlift Wing [374th AW]
The 374th Airlift Wing is the only airlift wing in the Far East and the host unit at Yokota. The wing provides airlift support to all DoD agencies in the Pacific theater of operation. It also provides transport for people and equipment throughout the Kanto Plain and the Tokyo metropolitan area. The mission of the 374th Airlift Wing is to provide command and control of subordinate units for the execution of troop, cargo, military equipment, passengers, mail, and aeromedical evacuation/airlift to and from areas requiring such airlift.
The 374th Airlift Wing participates in operations involving air, land and airdrop of troops, equipment, supplies, and support or augment special operations forces, when appropriate. It fields a provisional airlift wing or group headquarters (when required) to command airlift resources as units in support of contingencies or exercises.
The 374th Airlift Wing also supports assigned, attached, and associate units on Yokota Air Base and satellite installations according to higher headquarters' direction.
The wing comprises one aeromedical evacuation squadron and three airlift squadrons operating UH-1N, C-21A, C-9A, and C-130E aircraft. Today, as part of the Air Force's objective wing plan, the unit includes four groups; operations, logistics, support, and medical. The 374th Operations Group encompasses five flying squadrons plus an operational support squadron, standardization and evaluation, and quality assurance divisions. Among the many people helping support the flying mission are the 374th Logistics Group which includes; logistics support, maintenance, supply, transportation, and contracting squadrons. Another group, the 374th Support Group, includes five squadrons: security police, mission support, civil engineering, services, and communications squadrons. In addition to providing health services in a caring and efficient manner, the 374 Medical Group also ensures wartime medical readiness. Other wing staff offices include protocol, history, manpower, judge advocate, public affairs, total quality, chaplain, inspection, safety, comptroller, command and control, senior enlisted advisor and the command administration section.
During peacetime, the 374th AW maintains a constant state of readiness by participating in joint training exercises. In addition to joint exercises, the 374th AW provides airlift for the movement of passengers, cargo, and mail throughout the Pacific. These regularly scheduled missions transit Korea, Marcus Island, Micronesia, Guam, and Thailand.
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