Common Base of Friendship

Members of the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota AB, Japan, last month hosted a Japanese group including World War II Imperial Army veterans. The guests came to mark the 70th anniversary of the installation, which was known during the war as Tama Army Airfield. “Seventy years ago, our peoples were locked in a great struggle, warriors fought, but the fruits of that war were cooperation and an alliance which has built two of the greatest economies the world has ever known,” said Col. Otto Feather, 374th AW commander. Tadao Ito, now 92, a former Imperial Army maintenance commander, was able to tour the actual hangar that he used to work in. “I think American people, American government, American forces have made a great contribution to maintaining the peace of the world since World War II,” he said. (Yokota report by A1C Katrina R. Menchaca)