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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Yokota is bringing back a popular reward program beginning Friday, loaded with about $19,000 in cash and prizes to be delivered on the spot at various base locations throughout December.

Now in its second year, “U” was put together as a nod to customers who use Services programs and facilities, said Lisa Knight Stevens, 374th Services Division marketing director.

“The whole purpose is to tell the community how much we appreciate their business,” she said. Last year the community had so much fun that “there was no doubt we were going to bring it back.”

Base officials tailored it specifically for the Yokota community a year ago. Since then, Air Force bases around the world have adopted the unique cash-based customer appreciation program.

“This program went huge,” Stevens said. “Other bases have picked it up. But it’s benchmarked here.”

She said the program, with three ways to win, offers hundreds of opportunities to collect cash prizes from $10 to $250:

People who “Find the U” at a Services facility can bring it to the cashier or front desk to get $10. Stevens offered a few tips: It could be on a towel at the Samurai Fitness Center, in a bowling shoe at Tomodachi Lanes, under a tour-bus seat or on door hangers in the Kanto or Tama lodges.

On designated “U Days,” customers could get instant cash, she said. At different Services establishments every morning, managers will receive 11 sealed envelopes: 10 containing $10 and one with $250. Automated customer counts will reveal winners based on predetermined numbers.

Fifteen times this month, prize patrols will visit different base organizations to give away $150 in cash to four random recipients.

“Prize patrol locations are kept secret. We want those to be a surprise,” Stevens said. “But we’re going to some really different places this time.”

More than 3,500 fortune cookies will be handed out during lunch on weekdays at Services restaurants, she added. Five of six hold discounts and instant wins. Prizes also are available in 575 chocolate bars wrapped in special designs.

The giveaways won’t be held Dec. 24-26 or on New Year’s Eve.

The schedule ...Facilities and events scheduled to host “U Days” this month at Yokota Air Base, Japan:

Dec. 1: Outdoor Recreation Ski and Snowboard Sale, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Yujo Recreation Center; Circo Luci show, 7 p.m., Taiyo Recreation Center.

Dec. 2: Circo Luci show, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Taiyo Recreation Center.

Dec. 3: Circo Luci show, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Taiyo Recreation Center.

Dec. 4: Base Library, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 5: Human Resources Office at Yujo Recreation Center, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 6: Arts & Crafts Sales Store, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 7: Golden Video at Yujo Recreation Center, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec. 8: Seafood Lunch Buffet, Yokota Enlisted Club, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 9: Auto Hobby Center, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 10: Tama Hills Golf Course, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 11: Bangkok Express at Tomodachi Lanes, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 12: Sunrise Bakery, 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dec. 13: Samurai Café Dining Facility (all day), 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Dec. 14: Services Resource Management at 374th Mission Support Group building entrance, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 15: Raggs Kids Klub (adult winners only), Taiyo Recreation Center, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 16: School-Age Program Holiday Breakfast, Traditional Chapel, 9 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 17: Brunch with Santa, Yokota Officers’ Club, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 18: All-American Lunch Buffet, Yokota Enlisted Club, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 19: Mosukoshi Delivery, 5 to 10 p.m.

Dec. 20: West Side Deli, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 21: Outback Restaurant, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Dec. 22: Yokota Officers’ Club Social Hour, 4 to 7 p.m.

Dec. 23: Tomodachi Lanes Bowling Center, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dec. 27: Yume Child Development Center, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 28: Kibo Child Development Center, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 29: Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration, Yokota Officers’ Club, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Dec. 30: Yujo Recreation Center, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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