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NEWS | June 20, 2024

Missouri Air National Guard Improves Aircraft Ramp in Japan

By Tech. Sgt. Audrey Chappell, 139th Airlift Wing

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - To boost military readiness and operational capacity, the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Civil Engineer Squadron helped improve an aircraft ramp at Yokota Air Base June 10. 

The ramp will eventually accommodate 10 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

The Airmen worked for two weeks to remove dirt, prepare the surface, and pour concrete to ensure it can withstand the weight of a C-130J. 

The mission involved meticulous planning and coordination with Yokota’s Airmen, local contractors and other CE squadrons from all over the United States. Four Air National Guard units will work on the project this summer.

Master Sgt. Isaac Myers, 139th CES project manager, said the project provides valuable experience and builds rapport with our Pacific allies.

“It’s better to get everything planned out, make connections, and get a point of contact for future missions,” Myers said.

The construction team adapted to numerous challenges, including shifting of plans, communication barriers and supply chain disruptions. 

“You just have to be flexible with getting supplies, material, keeping people motivated and on the same page,” Myers said. “It’s just a common theme that just happens with the job.”

In addition to supporting Yokota’s infrastructure and attaining practical skills, Airmen built relationships with their wingmen and engaged in cultural experiences off base. 

“Coming out here is just a great opportunity for my Airmen and me to get to know each other, go out and bond together, get some team building exercises and actually work together to get a feel for the real workplace,” he said.