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Okinawa Airmen deploy to support relief on mainland Japan

3/13/2011 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- Airmen here are mobilizing to support disaster relief operations following the earthquake and tsunami March 11 that struck mainland Japan.

"We are here to stand beside our Japanese allies following this tragic event," said Brig. Gen. Ken Wilsbach, 18th Wing commander. "We are working with U.S. Forces Japan headquarters at Yokota to determine what we can do to help."

Five HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters from the 33rd Rescue Squadron, as well as crews from the 33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons are bound for Yokota Air Base near Tokyo to support search and rescue missions.

Also, more than 100 Airmen from Kadena AB are deploying to mainland Japan to help with search and rescue, provide additional medical capability, and to restore electrical power.

(Courtesy of the 18th Wing Public Affairs Office)

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