YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan --
With an area of responsibility as vast as the Pacific and an ongoing global pandemic, it takes a team effort to ensure the U.S. Military has the airfields it needs to properly work alongside its partner nations to fulfill its mission of maintaining regional stability.
It is for that reason the Pacific Air Forces’ F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team from the 35th Operations Group and 35th Maintenance Group out of Misawa Air Base, Japan, teamed up with the 374th Operations Group and the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron to overcome the obstacles of a COVID-19 world. Teams from both installations came together April 29 and recertified the Yokota Air Base, Japan, flightline BAK-12 barrier, aircraft arresting system (AAS) for another year of service.
“The recertifying of Yokota’s BAK-12 barrier cable gives our airfield the ability to host fighter aircraft during contingency operations,” said Capt. Kate Espinosa, 374th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Operations Flight commander. “By certifying our airfield for safe use by fighters, we help eliminate a lot of the operational constraints that exist in the region and even increase our capability to support U.S. Navy and Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter assets in our AOR—extending the overall reach of our airpower.”
The annual certification tests the stability of the BAK-12, which acts as a braking system to safely slow the aircraft during emergency landing or aborted takeoff conditions through the use of a retractable tail-hook catching a cable. A certification that may not have happened if not for some added coordination to transport mission-essential personnel from Misawa to Yokota.
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