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Yokota Airmen train on 515th AMOW C-5M Super Galaxy

Yokota Airmen train on 515th AMOW C-5M Super Galaxy

Airmen assigned to the 730th Air Mobility Squadron board a C-5M Super Galaxy on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 6, 2020. Many bases in the Pacific have no dedicated C-5M maintenance crew, which leaves Yokota maintainers at the helm to make repairs if necessary. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Yokota Airmen train on 515th AMOW C-5M Super Galaxy

Airmen assigned to the 730th Air Mobility Squadron inspect the rear suspension on the C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 6, 2020. The C-5M training embodies the Agile Combat Employment concept of training multi-capable Airmen. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Yokota Airmen train on 515th AMOW C-5M Super Galaxy

Staff Sgt. Ryan Johnson, 730th Air Mobility Squadron Lead Technician, inspects the front suspension on the C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 6, 2020. The C-5M training was aimed to familiarize any agency that might need to respond to the aircraft if it diverted through Yokota. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Yokota Airmen train on 515th AMOW C-5M Super Galaxy

Airmen assigned to the 730th Air Mobility Squadron review training they received from 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing in the underbelly of a C-5M Super Galaxy on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 6, 2020. 515th AMOW members refreshed Yokota maintainers on various system diagnostics procedures throughout the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Yokota Airmen train on 515th AMOW C-5M Super Galaxy

Airmen assigned to the 730th Air Mobility Squadron inspect the suspension on the C-5M Super Galaxy on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 6, 2020. The 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters, Airmen on temporary duty travel from Kadena Air Base and Japanese Self Defense Force members joined in to train extensively on aircraft functions. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Yokota Airmen train on 515th AMOW C-5M Super Galaxy

U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force officers and senior non-commissioned officers pose in front of the nose of the C-5M Super Galaxy on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 6, 2020. There were opportunities for JASDF leadership to tour the cockpit, cargo deck, and learn more about the aircraft’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

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Maintainers from the 730th Air Mobility Squadron spent ten days training on a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 2–12 on Yokota Air Base. 

Yokota often serves as a refueling station for aircraft flying through the Pacific, which means a variety of transient aircraft divert through the base, often requiring maintenance.

“It’s important to be knowledgeable about this aircraft because Japan, Laos, Thailand and a host of other nations in the Pacific are potential pit-stops for the C-5M.” said Staff Sgt. Adrian Saetern, 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing Regional Training Center instructor from Hickam. 

Many bases in the Pacific have no dedicated C-5M maintenance crew, which leaves Yokota maintainers at the helm for repairs if necessary.

“If we’re not actively working on a specific platform, we tend to lose that muscle memory,” said Capt. Kris Haniff, 730th AMS maintenance officer in charge. “That makes this training extremely important and valuable. Even though we may not do these tasks on a daily basis, when the time comes, our guys will be good to go.”

The 515th members also refreshed Yokota maintainers on various system diagnostics procedures throughout the aircraft. 

The 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters, Airmen on temporary duty travel from Kadena Air Base and Japanese Self Defense Force members also joined in to train extensively on aircraft functions, with aims to familiarize any agency that might need to respond to the Super Galaxy if diverted to Yokota.

One of the goals of this training is to incorporate the multi-capable Airman concept. We want our personnel to learn operations that don’t require extensive training but provide exceptional benefits, like the support and defense of our allies in the Indo-Pacific, said Haniff.