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surface. We offered assistance to survey damage at the field, provide air traffic control services until power was restored, and deliver immediate life sustaining items such as food, water, and blan- kets. We also asked if the air base could clear runway 15/33 of debris that may be dangerous to aircraft, requested per- mission to land, and requested an escort to Sendai IAP. They agreed to all three requests and in turn, provided a request for assistance of water and other HA/DR supplies which we forwarded to USAID and J4. After securing permission to land at Matsushima AB, we coordinated our plans with Japan’s Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) through the United States Embassy and received permission to assist with re-opening Sendai IAP. Following our coordination with the


By 23 March, the board had established a road map for opening Sendai IAP with a target date of 14 April 2011. The initial schedules of milestones were:


• VOR/DME Operational – 25 Mar 11 • Crash Fire Rescue restored to Level 9 capability – 28 March 2011 • Airfield Lighting restored – 28 Mar 11 • Jet A-1 Fuel Supply re-established – 29 Mar 11 • Clear Runway 12/30 – 30 Mar 11 • Mobile Tower operational – 30 Mar 11 • ILS/ASR Operational – 14 Apr 11 • Open to commercial traffic – 14 Apr 11


JASDF at Matsushima AB and the CAB, we briefed our fixed-wing CONOP to Lt Gen Field, USFJ/CC, who approved the plan for execution. We immediately placed crews into crew rest while spe- cial tactics personnel finished detailed planning of ground operations. We set a takeoff time of 0445L on 16 March 2011 to allow us to fly over the airfield at sunrise and verify the runway was clear, and then land on the second approach. Landing at sunrise mitigated safety con- cerns over debris on the runway while also allowing the longest period of day- light for the entire operation. On the morning of 16 March 2011 at


0445L, one MC-130P (Jackal 17) flown by Captain Chris Stewart and his crew carrying two HMMWVs and two teams totaling 21 personnel led by the JSOAC-J Deputy Commander Colonel Dwayne Lott and Major Traxler departed Yokota AFB Japan for Matsushima AB. Captain Stewart’s crews arrived at Matsushima AB at 0530L and executed a Self Contained Approach (SCA) in instrument meteoro- logical conditions (IMC) below the cloud deck allowing them to visually clear the runway of obstacles. Following a second IMC SCA, they landed on Matsushima AB’s runway 33 at 0550L. Immediately upon rollout, the two HMMWVs and two special tactics teams down loaded their gear from the aircraft. One team led by Captain Ianacone immediately linked up with JASDF personnel to begin con- ducting a contingency airfield and FARP


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