The 374th Force Support Squadron as Yokota AB, Japan, has won the Curtis E. LeMay Award for being the best force support, services, and mission support squadron in the Air Force. “This is a great achievement not only for the 374th FSS, but for Yokota overall,” said CMSgt. James Russell, the unit’s superintendent. The squadron, a part of Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing, beat out units from Hill AFB, Utah, Maxwell AFB, Ala., and Nellis AFB, Nev. Air Force Services Agency evaluators visited Yokota and the other bases in February to determine the winner. Russell said the squadron would not have come out on top without the help of the base’s local community and the productive and successful Japanese-American working relationship. Japanese employees make up one-quarter of the base’s workforce. (Yokota report by SSgt. Ruth Curfman)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.