The finish line for the 1.5 mile run is not far after the last turn on the track; this has caused testers to slip (when track is wet) as they are rounding the final turn and expending maximum effort on tired legs to earn a good score. Recommend looking at moving the start/finish further down the track allowing for a more straight-line finish. This problem and recommendation was brought up by several SNCOs in separate forum.
- COA: Samurai FC Staff concurs with the recommendation and is working with CE to create a work order to move the 1.5 mile runand 2km walk start/finish lines. Our FAC team has already engaged CES Engineer Assistants (EA)to re-certify the new sign locations. We will start on the walk signs, once those have been completed/moved, then we can proceed with the run signs. We will ensure UFPMs are briefed of the upcoming change in order to prepare our testers.
- There are several signs depicting "FINISH" on the track in the same area, a few of us as testers came around the final bend and promptly stopped expending energy on crossing the first sign. This can easily be fixed by building a cover for the finish signs that are not applicable to the current testing group. Had one of us stepped off the track our test would have become invalid! This issue was expressed by several of the airmen testing and the augmentees who had previously tested so it is a well-known problem.
- COA: Samurai FC Staff concurs; they initiated a work order with CE to relocate the 2Km Walk Start and Finish signs to the opposite side of track from the 1.5 Mile Start and Finish signs.
One of the most difficult parts about living overseas for many is being away from family and loved ones. This is especially true for our single Airmen who live in the dorms. The question is often brought up about why we have certain visitor hours in the dorms, and how can someone move from the dating phase to engagement and possibly marriage abiding by these restrictions.
The very simple answer to why we have visitor hours is because the Air Force mandates it in AFI 32-6005.
2.20. Social Visits. The Commander establishes local policy regarding social visits. At minimum, guests must be at least 18 years old, be escorted at all times and are prohibited between hours 2400 - 0600 hours. Cohabitation is not authorized.
Every Wingman Day, and other occasions throughout the year, we discuss the 4 pillars that help us become resilient Airmen. One of those is the social pillar which includes building those personal relationships that help us manage the stress we sometimes feel being separated from family. I encourage everyone to get out of the dorms and find people with similar interests. This provides a shoulder to lean on, a wingman to talk to, and someone to share in those wonderful moments and experiences that this mission, this country and this region have to offer.
The bottom line is yes, we have policy that restricts visitors from being in the dorms from midnight to 0600, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from pursuing relationships, making friends, or strengthening that social pillar of resiliency. There are plenty of examples here on Yokota of dorm residents building and strengthening successful relationships with non-dorm residents, while adhering to the visitor hour policy. I would also encourage everyone to look out for that Airman who spends too much time alone or appears isolated. Being this far away from family and friends is tough, but it is also an opportunity that not many people get in a lifetime. So seize the opportunity, find something great to experience, and take a buddy with you!
Col Kenneth Moss,
Commander, 374 Airlift Wing
I recently received a question regarding Allied Telesis and why we have data caps on our internet service on base. We realize that online gaming, communication, video streaming, etc. is an integral part of our daily lives, but the fact is that bandwidth is not an unlimited nor a free resource.
Command leadership is dedicated to providing the best living conditions for our members, so we work closely with AAFES and Allied Telesis, who are responsible for providing commercial internet service to Yokota, to make sure we’re providing the best services we can.
They determined that fair usage values are the best method to control internet usage abuse, and protect the resources available for the majority of Yokota members. If unrestricted, abuse by a small percentage of customers impacts all customers.
Some examples of abuse include:
-Customers sharing service. For example, one dorm resident signs up for service and shares connection with many others.
-Customer has malware or other services acting as servers that take a disproportionate amount of bandwidth. For example, file sharing and torrent services.
-Customers leave streaming HD video running even when they are not in the room watching the service.
It is important for us to be good stewards of all resources, including internet usage. Allied Telesis determined that limiting the amount of data any one customer can use ensures everyone on Team Yokota has access to the same quality of service. This is about being part of a team, and we have to share the finite amount of internet available to use here at Yokota.
I appreciate the question and the opportunity to share this information with everyone who may have had similar concerns.
Col Kenneth Moss
Commander, 374 Airlift Wing
Yokota Chapel services: Thank you for recognizing the importance of having two Catholic Chaplains to serve our community. My husband and I have been here a number of years and we are happy to know that you have finally recognized how beneficial this is to our Catholic community and as well, to the Welfare of the Catholic Priest. Our priest must provide 7 Masses per week - daily Mass Monday through Friday and two Masses on the weekends and this is not to mention the number of Holy services during Advent and Holy week. One wonders how they ever get a day off or time to reflect on their own mental and physical health. It is my understanding that there are 3 Protestant Chaplains and one incoming to provide two services per week. I also understand that Father Fonseca is pcsing and will not be replace. Please explain how this is equitable? Thank you.
Ensuring the free exercise of religion has always been the primary mission of the USAF Chaplain Corps. All of our chaplains and chaplain assistants make this their daily goal, and work long hours to make it happen. As with many agencies, unfortunately, the mission can quickly outrun the resources. It was, indeed, a desire of higher headquarters to assign two Roman Catholic chaplains to bases in PACAF to assist in meeting mission needs. However, good intentions are always subject to the broader needs of the Air Force. This prevented the assignment of an additional priest at this time. Hopefully, we will see more priests come on active duty in the future, which could alleviate the present shortage. The 374th has four active duty chaplains: two Roman Catholic, two Protestants. The Wing Chaplain is one of those Protestants, and is tasked with managing the operational level of the Chapel mission. At Yokota, the Wing Chaplain also covers many tactical duties as well, including unit ministry, counseling, and leading Protestant worship services. In addition, the Wing Chaplain is tasked as the command chaplain for 5th Air Force and United States Forces Japan. We are projecting to gain a Protestant chaplain over the summer. This has been the historical alignment of chaplains here at Yokota in recent years, keeping our strength at four chaplains.
Of course, we could always use more help in the many ministry demands we face. Manpower studies are currently underway, so we remain hopeful that help is just over the horizon. Thank you for your faithfulness to the ministries of the Yokota Chapel. Our volunteers are valued partners in the free exercise of religion for this community, and expand our ministry reach to this growing community!
ANDREW L. THORNLEY, Ch, Maj, USAF