Yokota schedules information fair for U.S. military retirees
December 27, 2004
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Yokota officials are staging an information fair Jan. 13 for all U.S. military retirees on the Kanto Plain.
The session is designed to raise awareness about various benefits and quality-of-life issues affecting overseas retirees. It’s to begin at 8 a.m. in the Yokota Enlisted Club’s main ballroom.
“It’ll be one-stop shopping for retirees,” said 1st Lt. Warren Comer, a 374th Airlift Wing spokesman. “It’s basically designed to provide them insight on what kind of services they have available here at Yokota. Retirees from all branches can attend. They can figure out what they need to do and how they need to do it.”
Civilian and military personnel matters, services, legal affairs, finances, vehicle access and medical care are among the specific issues representatives from different base organizations are to cover. Col. Mark Schissler, the 374th Airlift Wing commander, also is scheduled to speak.
Booths are being set up at the informational fair to put retirees in touch with other organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Affairs.
A free breakfast will be served before the briefings, which are expected to last about two hours.
Comer said retiree informational fairs routinely are conducted at military installations in the United States, particularly in areas with large pockets of former servicemembers. It’s being held at Yokota for the first time.
“They’re not normally done overseas because of a lack of services available to retirees,” Comer said. “At bases in the U.S., many organizations will get together for these informational fairs. This will be the same thing but on a smaller scale.”
Retirees planning to take part in the Yokota event will be required to show proper identification upon entering the base.
Contact Rodney Bradish at DSN 225-8324 or 011-81-31175-58324 for more information about the Retiree Informational Fair.
Those who wish to attend should RSVP by e-mail at: Yokota.Retact@yokota.af.mil.