An operational readiness exercise on Yokota this week is affecting the hours of several base facilities. According to a base press release, the exercise will run 24 hours a day through Friday and will require the 374th Airlift Wing to use "normal day-to-day manpower for its contingency roles."

The following customer service offices are closed for the week: health and wellness center’s fitness testing cell; immunizations clinic; military personnel element (ID cards on emergency basis only); financial customer service section; vehicle operations licensing office; individual protective equipment (mobility bags); self-help store; legal office; and 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs photo studio.

The following offices will have reduced hours:

Dental clinic and all primary medical care clinics: Limited, non-scheduled appointments.Radiology and laboratory: Reduced services.Medical specialty care clinics: Reduced services (scheduled appointments on Tuesday, closed Wednesday through Friday).Fitness center: Holiday hours in effect, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.For more information, call DSN 225-7020. For various office numbers, call the base operator at DSN 225-1110.

Atsugi’s road tax payment office movedNaval Air Facility Atsugi has changed its road tax payment location from Building 28 to the conference room on the second floor of the Skymasters club. Payments can be made 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:15 p.m., April 6-9. For more information, call DSN 264-3200.

Osan police officer’s court-martial to beginOSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The Air Force police officer who allegedly left Osan Air Base with a loaded handgun in January is scheduled to stand trial here Thursday, officials said.

Airman 1st Class Charles T. Walker of the 51st Security Forces Squadron allegedly drew and fired the weapon while inside an off-base residence, the Air Force said.

There were no injuries in the Jan. 30 incident. South Korean police threw up roadblocks in the area near the base while Walker was at large.

The Air Force has said he checked out a 9 mm handgun from his unit’s armory and left base with two 15-round magazines.

His squadron’s crisis negotiation team made phone contact with Walker and persuaded him to return to base, officials said.

Walker is charged with wrongful appropriation, failure to obey a lawful order or regulation, willful discharge of a weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon.

51st Fighter Wing trains for ORIOSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The 51st Fighter Wing is holding a training exercise this week to get ready for a major inspection the wing is to undergo next month.

The operational readiness exercise began Sunday and is scheduled to end Friday, wing officials said in a Monday release.

It’s in preparation for an operational readiness inspection, or ORI, set for next month. The ORI is conducted every two years by the Pacific Air Forces inspector general.

This week’s exercise is a "tool" that can help the wing gauge the effectiveness of its training programs and be sure its airmen are "ready to respond to any threat," the release said.

Computer upgrades to cause detours at OsanOSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — A project to upgrade the base computer system will cause road closures, detours and other occasional changes through Dec. 10, officials said Monday.

Workers will dig up old communications cables and replace them with a newer, high-speed type that will make the base’s government computer network more efficient, officials said.

They’re to install 229,000 feet of fiber optic cable, 87,000 feet of conduit, and 74 manholes.

The project may trigger interruptions to Internet service in government offices on base.

Any interruptions will be brief and coordinated well in advance, officials said.

For more information, contact the 51st Communications Squadron at DSN 784-5520 or by e-mail at

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