YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Base officials went into more detail Wednesday about what caused the security bollards to be raised Saturday on Yokota’s south overrun.

Two people were injured when they attempted to cross the bollards in their car.

“The bollards were raised because a driver entered the base without the authority of the entry controller,” said Maj. David Westover, a 374th Airlift Wing spokesman. The individual, who entered Yokota through the east gate, was detained and cited, Westover said.

The car that hit the bollards was not the car involved in the unauthorized entry, he said.

“It was determined that no personnel or equipment were under any threat at any time and the issue was resolved without further incident,” he said.

The 374th Security Forces Squadron controls the operation of the security bollards, Westover said. The bollards were activated in accordance with base policy in order to maintain the safety of base personnel and equipment, he said.

USS Ronald Reagan visiting Hong KongThe USS Ronald Reagan was scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong on Wednesday, according to a Navy report.

During its visit, members of the Ronald Reagan’s crew were slated to participate in 10 community-relations events, including at orphanages, rehabilitation centers and a dog rescue facility Thursday and Friday.

Atsugi planning events to celebrate springNAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan — Spring holidays and the traditional Japanese celebration of the cherry blossoms are the focus of a number of events planned for Naval Air Facility Atsugi in March.

An adults-only St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring bagpipes, music from the band Slip Jig and food will be held March 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Friendship Patio between the Officers and CPO clubs.

NAF’s Kamiseya will host a Cherry Blossom Festival March 24 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Another Cherry Blossom Festival will be held the following week at NAF Atsugi from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Military child education group holds art contestThe Military Child Education Coalition is hosting an art competition for children from kindergarten through high school. Winning submissions will be displayed at the Military Child Education Coalition 2007 Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Art also may appear in the conference program, annual calendar or MCEC.

Entries can be artwork, film, poetry or essays that relate to life as a military child.

Contest rules and entry forms can be downloaded at

Entries should be mailed to: Military Child Education Coalition, 108 East FM 2410, Suite D, Harker Heights, Texas 76548, and postmarked no later than March 31.

Workshops available for unit training personnelCAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — MarineNet unit training manager workshops are being conducted at several Marine Corps Learning Resource Centers in Japan this month.

Steve Brown, customer outreach and marketing coordinator for the USMC College of Continuing Education, said essential unit training-personnel should plan to attend the workshops to keep up to date on new training capabilities available via distance education, particularly individual and group enrollment in predeployment training, the incidental motor vehicle operators course, and range safety officer training.

The workshops will be held:

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