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The 374th Medical Group hospital at Yokota Air Base, Japan, pictured on June 24, 2022.

The 374th Medical Group hospital at Yokota Air Base, Japan, pictured on June 24, 2022. (Kelly Agee/Stars and Stripes)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The 374th Medical Group at this airlift hub in western Tokyo was locked down temporarily Tuesday due to a false alarm and reopened after about a half-hour under lockdown.

The base security forces at 9:11 a.m. issued a lockdown advisory affecting the base clinic and the base access gates “until further notice” through the Pacific Air Forces Emergency Notification System.

The lockdown was lifted by 9:27 a.m., a spokesman for the 374th Airlift Wing, Staff Sgt. Juan E. Torres Chardon, told Stars and Stripes by phone.

Torres described the incident as a false alarm but said further details were not immediately available.


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