Installation Overview --Yokota Air Base, Japan

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Overview / Mission

Yokota gate entrance. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Yokota Air Base is located on the island of Honshu, Japan, on the Kanto Plain 28 miles northwest of Tokyo at the foothills of the Okutama Mountains.  Yokota is both a US and UN base.  Yokota Air Base serves as the host base for Headquarters, United States Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force. The 374th Airlift Wing provides tactical airlift, medical evacuation, and distinguished visitor airlift for the western Pacific, while serving as a key strategic airlift hub for the entire theater.

Mission: The mission of the Yokota Air Base (374th Support) Responsible for the command, control and direction of support activities to 374th Airlift Wing and 32 tenant units to include Headquarters U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force on Yokota Air Base. Provides security, communications and computer systems, information management, facilities and repair, logistics, contracting, people programs and quality of life for the military and civilians and assets.

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.

Official website of Yokota Air Base

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Base Information

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Yokota is the sole Airlift Wing in the Western Pacific, with an area of responsibility covering more than 100 million square miles. Aircraft assigned here include C-130 Hercules, C-12 Hurons, and UH-1N Huey helicopters. It is one of three operational U.S Air Force bases in Japan. The other bases in Japan are:  Misawa AB, Kadena AB

Community Involvement

Each year in August, Yokota Air Base opens the gates to the Japanese community for its annual Friendship Festival. For two days, local residents can learn about Yokota Air Base. Food and events are provided for all ages. Roughly 200,000 visitors show up each year.

Yokota Air Base Facebook

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Senior Airman Veronica Pierce

The 374th Airlift Wing is the only airlift wing in the Far East and the host unit at Yokota. The 374th Airlift Wing includes four groups: operations, mission support, maintenance and medical. Each group manages a various number of squadrons in order to carry out the wing's mission.

Yokota Air Base is also home to U.S. Forces Japan, a joint service headquarters coordinating matters affecting U.S. and Japanese defense relations, and Fifth Air Force, whose mission is to enhance the U.S. deterrent posture and, if necessary, provide tactical fighter and military airlift support for offensive air operations.

Population Served includes more than 8,000 Military Personnel and family members.  With DoD civilians, Japanese, and others, the total population is over 11,000. 

Other tenant commands

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Visiting / Living on Base

Kanto Lodge. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Yokota Air Base's temporary lodging operation, the Kanto Lodge, is one of Pacific Air Force's largest hotel operations. Each year, over 130,000 people are housed in the Kanto Lodge's six on-base facilities.

The Temporary Lodging Facility(TLF) is open to all Military ranks, Department of Defense(DoD) Civilians, and NAF employees on leave or official duty. Building 4304 has 3 bedroom apartments with a kitchen, dining and living rooms. Washer and dryer are located in the apartment. Kanto Lodge, Bldg 15 has one bedroom studio apartments, with kitchenette, dining and living areas.

Housing

There are Military Family Housing (MFH) units available at Yokota AB. The average waiting period for on base housing is dependent upon the type of housing required, member's rank, bedroom entitlement, and time of year of arrival. Please check with the housing office upon arrival to verify your estimated wait.

Incoming service members will be allowed a housing preference of either a tower or garden unit by area. However, due to force protection concerns, if on base housing is available; you will not be allowed to move off base. When living in Japan, you can expect to live in smaller units, drive on congested/narrow streets, have limited parking, and use smaller appliances. In addition, the majority of local community housing landlords do not allow pets.

All unaccompanied E1 - E6 will be housed in the dorms. All dormitory rooms are furnished to include linens, bed/mattress, dresser, entertainment center, lounge chair and computer desk with matching chair. Some rooms have private bathrooms but the majority of the rooms have shared bathrooms. Some dormitories have shared kitchens, laundry rooms, and fitness areas. 

Single officers and civilian equivalents may apply for on-base housing by completing an application at the housing office of their current duty location. Rooms have individual living/dining room, small kitchen area, bedroom and a bathroom. Units are fully furnished and equipped with a refrigerator and stove. Each floor is equipped with adequate laundry facilities.

Schools

Yokota Air Base has four schools.

Yokota West Elementary
Joan K. Mendel Elementary
Yokota Middle School
Yokota High School

The two elementary schools located in the East and West housing areas. The Middle School (6-8 grades) and the High School sit next to each other in the South area of the base.  The high school has grades ninth through twelfth.  All the schools offer classes to introduce the students to the culture and language of Japan along with many opportunities to experience the Japanese culture first hand.

The college programs are available at the education center for adult education. 

School Liason Officer

Child Care

Yokota's Child Development Centers (CDC) have two facilities caring for Yokota's children six weeks to six years old. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned and provided for at each age level. Children also are introduced to the Japanese culture around them. Fees for child care programs are based on total family income.

Family Child Care (FCC) is a home day care program administered by Services to meet the needs of working parents who prefer a smaller group or home environment for their children. Full time, part time, hourly, weekends, extended hours and school-age care is available.

Yokota has a large School Age Program providing a structured and safe environment for elementary age children. For convenience, this program is offered at both the East and West sides. During the summer months, Yokota's School Age Program becomes part of the Summer Day Camp. Winter and Spring Break Day Camps are also offered. Programs on the Japanese culture and various off-site tours are offered through this program. 

Phone Directory 

Medical Care

Yokota's hospital, operated by the 374th Medical Group, is located on the east side of the base. Patients who require services not available at Yokota are referred to the closest military treatment facility with the required services. The first referral facility is Yokosuka Naval Hospital, approximately a 2-3 hours drive from Yokota.

If Yokosuka cannot provide treatment, they then seek care from Camp Lester, Okinawa and Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. For more urgent needs, patients are referred to local Japanese hospitals.

For patients needing care after normal duty hours, they can be seen in the emergency room on a walk-in basis. Urgent and emergency medical care is provided in the emergency room 24 hours a day. If you are on base and require emergency services, call 911. Yokota emergency services can not respond off-base.

The Health Care Information Line (HCIL) is a free telephone service provided by Tricare Pacific for all Military Health System (MHS) beneficiaries residing in Japan. You may call anytime, day or night, seven days a week toll-free at 003-111-4621 from anywhere in Japan. The service is fast, easy to use, and strictly confidential.