“We are safe here at Yokota, and we are thriving. We’ve opened up a new field up [north], very close to the reactor up at Sendai. We’ve got a lot of people going in and out of there with fire equipment and support equipment, doing good things for the people of that area. The Japanese have asked for support with firefighter training, with the different kinds of pumpers that they’re using. We’ve given them a truck–actually a couple from the area–trained them up, and they’re rock’n and roll’n with that equipment.
I’ve got an update. I’ve got some good news: I know there are a lot of people trying to figure out how to get out of here, and I’m not surprised that there are people that want to get on the road. I think the State Department is going to be releasing some information in the not-too-distant future to talk about some voluntary airlift going out of Japan.
We’re still trying to sort out what it would be or how it would work, but the last thing we want is people panicking and clamoring and clawing to get out of here, at a time when we need calm and patience. So, for those folks that really want to go, I think we’re going to be able to offer an opportunity in the next couple of days, or so, to make that happen.
“You may also see some other flights coming through here. You’ve got the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force that’s going to be shuttling through here; they’re going to be going [north] to do some more work to help the people there. They’ll be coming in on C-17s. You know I’d rather have them flying on C-130s, because I love them, but our C-17 guys are making us proud, too.”
I don’t have any sage words of advice except to let everybody know that we’re safe. Breathe through your nose and relax, and we’ll make sure that we do everything that we do in an appropriate way. I’m comfortable here. I’m not going anywhere. My wife and I are going to be eating dinner at the house for the next several weeks. And I don’t have any doubts that what we’re doing is prudent and safe and responsible.