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A Yokota Air Base fire truck sprays water on the mock C-130 fuselage set afire during Thursday's mass casualty drill east of the main runway.

A Yokota Air Base fire truck sprays water on the mock C-130 fuselage set afire during Thursday's mass casualty drill east of the main runway. (Roger Harnack / S&S)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Capt. Andrew Lattimore is calling Thursday’s mass-casualty drill at Yokota Air Base, Yokosuka Naval Base and Camp Zama a success.

“It went well,” the Air Force spokesman said Thursday after the Yokota session wrapped up. “We accomplished all our objectives. It was good, solid training.”

More than 500 Army, Navy and Air Force personnel and dependents participated in the Kanto Plain drill.

At Yokota, emergency crews responded to a mock C-130 crash in which the aircraft struck a small building, injuring and trapping dozens. Camp Zama simulated a smallpox outbreak, while Yokosuka took care of “injured” personnel airlifted from Yokota.

Yokosuka Petty Officer 2nd Class Pollyanna Daniels, a dental assistant who played the role of an injured C-130 crash victim at Yokota, said she was excited to take part in the training. “This provided good, general knowledge,” she said. “It helps to be prepared and ready.”

Hannah Hill, a 14-year-old Yokota resident and Civil Air Patrol member, agreed. She got involved by trying to coax responders into the damaged building to look for friends.

“It was fun,” she added.

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