YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The 374th Airlift Wing is testing how well it can operate under simulated attack during an operational readiness exercise that began over the weekend, according to a base news report.

The ORE “will focus on efficiently and effectively producing flying missions and following survival guidelines in a chemical environment,” Maj. Clarence Lukes, the Inspector General office’s chief of inspections and exercises, was quoted as saying in the report.

Airmen were advised to leave for work 15 to 30 minutes earlier during the week to ensure they had time to make a required stop at an “information center,” where they will be updated on simulated chemical conditions, alarms and other exercise information.

Base residents also are reminded that the exercise will affect services at the 374th Medical Group hospital and at various 374th Mission Support Squadron personnel offices throughout the week.

Pancho Villa closed

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Pancho Villa, Yokota’s contracted Mexican food restaurant, closed March 9, according to 374th Services Division officials.

The “374th Services Division regrets the loss of this restaurant and will be actively looking for a replacement contractor,” according to a Services written statement. Yokota’s Pancho Villa opened in 2003.

Scholarship available

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marine Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Okinawa is accepting applications for academic merit scholarships for dependent children — with status-of-forces-agreement status — of active-duty and retired Marines living on Okinawa.

The awards can be used for full-time undergraduate studies. Applications are available at the Marine Gift Shop, Kubasaki and Kadena High Schools, or by e-mailing Packets must be turned in by April 9.

Wright visits Okinawa

Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Wright, commander of 5th Air Force and U.S. Forces Japan, made his first visit to Okinawa since assuming his post in early February.

Wright visited U.S. military leaders and Okinawa Governor Keiichi Inamine, according to a news release, where he discussed the history of Okinawa according to the release.

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