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Yokota Airmen recognized in Good Deed Ceremony

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony

Members of Team Yokota and Good Deed Award winners pose for a photo at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. The Good Deed Award is an annual ceremony that recognizes individuals or groups who have performed good deeds within the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony

Lt. Col. Richard F. McElhaney Jr., 374th Operations Support Squadron commander, speaks during the Good Deed Award ceremony at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. McElhaney was invited as a representer for Yokota Air Base, Japan where he addressed the importance of continuing to benefit the community and strengthen the bond between the United States and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony

Kensuke Katsuno, President of the Good Conduct Association of Japan, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Scott A. Metzler, 374th Communications Squadron commander, during the Good Deed Award ceremony at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. The Good Conduct Association, which is under the the prime minister's office, honors people who have performed good deeds within the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony

Lt. Col. Richard F. McElhaney Jr., 374th Operations Support Squadron commander (left), and Lt. Col. Scott A. Metzler, 374th Communications Squadron commander (right), perform the song of Zenko-Kai during the Good Deed Award ceremony at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. The song was part of the different performances performed during the ceremony, which included the Brass Band Club of Kasai Daini Junior High School, a Japanese magic act and a vocalist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony

Firefighter's with the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron await presentation of the Good Deed Award during a ceremony at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. The five groups that were recognized at the ceremony this year included the Yokota Air Base Chapel Team, the 374th Communications Squadron, Kanto Plains Firefighter's Association, the 374th Contracting Squadron's Buyer's club and the 374th Operations Support Squadron Key spouses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony

Tech. Sgt. David A. Showers Jr., 374th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment, accepts an award during the Good Deed Award ceremony at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. Showers was one of nine individuals from Yokota Air Base recognized for performing good deeds in the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony

Members of the 374th Operations Support Squadron await being presented an award during the Good Deed Award ceremony at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. Team Yokota has had groups and individuals recognized since 2004 for their good deeds in the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony

Lt. Col. Ty Christian, 374th Contracting Squadron commander, waits to be presented an award at the Good Deed Award ceremony at Meiji Shrine Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. Christian received the award on behalf of the 374th CS Buyer's Club and their assistance in the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony

Eric L. Warner, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, engineering flight chief, receives the Good Deed Award during the ceremony at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. Warner was one of nine individuals recognized during the ceremony for helping the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Airmen recognized in good deed ceremony
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Airmen with the 374th Communications Squadron receive an award during the Good Deed Award ceremony at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. The 374th CS was one of five groups recognized during the ceremony from Yokota Air Base for performing good deeds within the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

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Lt. Col. Dale E. Marlowe, 374th Airlift Wing Chaplain, accepts the Good Deed Award for Yokota Air Base Chapel Team during a ceremony at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. The Chapel was one of the groups from Yokota Air Base to be recognized for helping within the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

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Senior Master Sgt. Bryan T. Lochman, 374th Maintenance Group quality assurance superintendent, accepts an award during the Good Deed Award ceremony at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2019. The ceremony recognized nine individuals and five groups from Yokota Air Base for performing good deeds within the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brieana E. Bolfing)

Yokota Air Base, Japan --

Since 1951, the Good Conduct Association of Japan has made neighborhoods throughout Japan better and brighter by recognizing those who perform -- as well as promote -- good deeds in their communities.

At the organization’s 69th Annual Good Deed Award Ceremony, held May 18, 2019 at the Meiji Shrine in Shibuya, five organizations and nine individuals from Yokota Air Base were recognized for leaving a legacy of selflessness, said Lt. Col. Richard F. McElhaney Jr., 374th Operations Support Squadron commander.

Winners were nominated in several categories ranging from Good neighbor to accident prevention.
Some individuals were nominated for teaching English, volunteering with local farms, and others served food to Philippine and Vietnamese immigrants. 

The organizations selected as group winners included: 

  • The Yokota Air Base Chapel Team
  • The 374th Communications Squadron
  • Kanto Plains Firefighter's Association, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron
  • The 374th Contracting Squadron's Buyer's club
  • The 374th Operations Support Squadron Key spouses

Individual winners were:

  • Senior Master Sgt. Bryn T. Lochman, 374th Maintenance Group
  • Staff Sgt. Joshua D. Childers, 374th MXG
  • Eric L. Warner, 374th CES
  • Tech. Sgt. David A. Showers Jr., 374th OSS
  • Senior Airman Karina Sotomayor, 374th OSS
  • Staff Sgt. Veronica N. Scwhab-Tidwell, 374th OSS
  • Darlis C. Wrenn, 374th OSS
  • Tech. Sgt. Eric S. Andrade, 374th CS
  • Staff Sgt. Kazuhito Ikematsu, 374th CS

“I am proud knowing that the individuals present here today have exemplified the traits of the Air Force,” said McElhaney. “It is my sincerest hope that their actions will continue to benefit the community and strengthen the bond between the United States and Japan.”