In a world of instantaneous information at your fingertips the smartphone has changed our lives.  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of my Communications Squadron and the Public Affairs Office with cooperation from other units and agencies across the base, Yokota AB has published its own mobile app!

The Yokota Connect app, which will be maintained and updated by Public Affairs, links users to useful information the Yokota Community wants to know.  It will provide instant access to community and school events, hours for base services, Yokota news and happenings and base directory information.  It also gives the commander the ability to communicate directly to the community through real-time alert messages.

Yokota Connect Highlights

· The download is available free to both Apple and Google users
· One-stop information source saving countless hours of searching the web for the info you need
· Works with iPhones, Android phones, and tablets
· Phone directory for Yokota with direct dial capability
· Push notifications from the AW/CC directly to your phone
· PCS information for those moving to or from Yokota
· Official news and social media
· Easy-to-use layout

Bottom Line

Go to your app store and search for “Yokota” and then download the free app that will make finding Yokota AB information faster and easier.  It gives military, civilians, and dependents access to the most desired information about the Yokota Community. 

Top Useful Features

Here are the things I like the most about the app:

The phone directory is tabbed out by category:  for example, instead of an endless alphabetized list, I can simply choose food to find Pizza Hut or Chili’s or Recreation to find info about bowling or Tama Hills.  By clicking on the phone number, it will immediately dial the number saving me time from actually having to leave the app and manually type the full number in a separate phone application.

One of the stand out features I enjoy the most is the capability to reach every single member of Yokota.  With user enabled push notifications the entire community can be notified of an event or a situation in real-time.  This will keep everyone informed with quick, accurate, and credible information. Examples uses for this feature include notifications for delayed reporting, school cancellations, weather events, safety information, etc. 

Not only is the app useful for those currently stationed at Yokota, but transitioning personnel, whether PCSing or TDY, will find this tool extremely useful.  Those with assignments to Yokota can find information about sponsorship, base maps, lodging, privately owned vehicles, schools, household goods shipping, travel documents, finance, housing, pets, in-processing, employment opportunities and more.   Inbound TDY personnel can also find information regarding the Japanese rail system, shuttle bus services from Narita, and local taxi services. 

Conclusion

Our Airmen and families crave access to accurate and rapid information.  I am pleased to announce Yokota Connect has arrived.  The phone directory, instant push notifications and links to dynamic information make this app a must have for all members of the Yokota community and those that will soon be arriving.  With its sleek design, navigating within the app is a breeze and makes this a worthwhile tool.  You can find it in both the Google and Apple stores for free download simply by searching for “Yokota.”  So what are you waiting for?  

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