Kastner Army Airfield (KAAF)
The 78th Aviation Battalion operates Kastner Army Airfield (RJTR), Kastner Tower and the associated Control Zone. Facilities include Kastner Army Airfield (KAAF), providing base operations, a local control tower, and is responsible for aircraft maintenance, fueling, crash rescue, search & rescue and unit security operations. An operational air traffic control tower controls Kastner Army Airfield at Camp Zama, as well as landing sites throughout the Kanto Plain. It is also the staging base for KAAF fire station to provide firefighting capability to the flight line as well as Camp Zama. It also provides Aviation Unit Maintenance (AVUM) and Aviation Intermediate Maintenance (AVIM) support for all Army aircraft in Japan.
The 78th Aviation Battalion is self supporting with their own instructor pilots, instrument examiners, and maintenance test pilots. Alpha Company is the flight company and supports a wide variety of missions. Delta Company provides unit and intermediate level maintenance on the aircraft, as well as limited depot level maintenance with DynCorp contractors. The Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment provides airfield support services, such as flight operations, POL, ATC, and airfield maintenance.
Yokota's radar approach control [RAPCON] provides services to Yokota Air Base and Atsugi Naval Air Station, and Japan's Air and Ground Self-Defense forces operations at Iruma Air Base, Tachikawa Army Airfield and Kastner Army Airfield. Commercial airfields at Chofu and Honda also operate in this area.
Soldiers and Marines teamed up for a rappeling exercise at Camp Zama's Kastner Army Airfield June 8, 2001. An aircrew from 78th Aviation Battalion and a platoon from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni's Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 participated in the exercise.
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