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(USMC), and Colonel Mike Brassaw, MAG 31/CC (USMC) traveled to Sendai IAP to meet with Col Lott’s team. While at the airport, Col Lott identified requirements for logistics sup- port and additional help clearing debris from the field. Shortly after return- ing to Yokota, Major General Brilakis arranged for Task Force (TF) Fuji commanded by Colonel Kozenieski (USMC) to deploy forward to Sendai IAP with heavy equipment to assist with clean up operations. At the same time, Colonel Toth contacted Colonel Lance Koenig, Commander, 10th Support Group and requested his assistance in providing logistical support. As a result, Colonel Koenig deployed his Logistics Task Force 35 commanded by Lt Col Townsend (USA) to provide base operating support for US personnel at Sendai IAP. Additionally, Colonel Toth and Colonel Brassaw contacted Colonel James Rubino, Commander, Logistics Command Element, 3d Marine Logistics Group (USMC) to provide a logistics command element (LCE) to command and control HA/DR logistics distribu- tion at Sendai IAP. By the end of the day on 19 March,


The Bi-lateral Team (Photo taken on 3 Apr 11)


not performing the other two duties. It was this bilateral division of labor and mutual agreement that made re-opening Sendai IAP possible. At 1740L the second MC-130P


crew (Jackal 18) led by Captain Robino departed Yokota AB and arrived at Matsushima AB at 1848L with additional HA/DR supplies. From Matsushima AB, Jackal 18 flew to Sendai IAP to deliver 450 gallons of diesel and gasoline required to operate recovery vehicles and fuel generators. Additionally, the aircraft carried water, generators, light- alls and equipment to sustain SOG personnel operating at the airport in field conditions. Shortly after touching down at 1924L, Jackal 18 offloaded the first humanitarian supplies at the crippled airport since the tsunami struck on 11 March 2011. While Jackal 18 was downloading its supplies at Matsushima


AB, the fourth MC-130 from the SOG departed Yokota AB for Yamagata Airport to deliver 32,000 pounds of aviation fuel into the USMC’s recently delivered helicopter expedient refueling system (HERS). By 2105L the fourth MC-130 had completed the offload of fuel and declared the Yamagata forward area refueling point (FARP) established. Shortly thereafter, Jackal 18 departed for Yokota, landing at 2145L, mission complete. Over the next three days, 353 SOG


aircraft delivered HA/DR supplies while Japanese and SOG personnel worked around the clock to clear the remaining 4,500 feet of runway, removing aircraft, thousands of cars and over 300 tons of debris. On 19 March Col Toth and the Joint


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Col Lott’s team announced that the entire length (9,500 feet) of runway, 90 feet wide was cleared and open. Additionally, the team estimated the entire length and width (9,500 x 150 feet) would be open by noon on 20 March 2011. Just before noon on 20 March 2011,


Col Lott’s team proudly announced that Sendai IAP’s main runway was fully clear and open for C-17 and C-5 opera- tions. Shortly thereafter at 1429L, the first C-17 arrived at Sendai IAP. In less than 22 minutes, the Air Force Special Operations team downloaded all 18 pallets of HA/DR supplies. By 1534L, less than 65 minutes after arrival, the first C-17 into Sendai IAP departed for Yokota AB. A second C-17 would arrive a few hours later to close out the first day of C-17 operations at the airport. By midnight on 20 March, only 4 days after the first MC-130 landed at Sendai IAP, 141 pallets of life-saving HA/DR supplies had been delivered into Sendai IAP. Additionally, a 5-man advance team from TF Fuji arrived at Sendai IAP to coordinate support requirements with


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