Senior Airman James Campbell IV Air Force photo ()
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Senior Airman James Campbell IV was killed Monday in a motorcycle crash at Yokota Air Base, Japan, according to the 374th Airlift Wing.
The crash, which involved another vehicle, happened near the Yokota Community Medical Center, a wing news release says. Campbell, 23, was pronounced dead at a local emergency medical center. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
“Team Yokota is united in support Senior Airman Campbell's family and friends,” Col. Clarence Lukes, 374th Airlift Wing vice commander, said in the news release. “We stand together during this time of mourning; we cherish our memories of him and will continue to honor his service.”
A native of Indianapolis, Campbell arrived in Yokota in June 2010, the news release says. He was assigned to the 374th Medical Support Squadron as a medical material technician. He provided medical logistics support during several exercises and operations.
During the Defense Department’s response to the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in Japan, Campbell expanded Yokota hospital’s capacity by 25 inpatient beds, the news release says. Later, he was named his unit’s 2012 Pacific Air Force’s Large Medical Logistics Account Team of the Year for other efforts.
“Senior Airman Campbell was an eternal optimist who saw every challenge as an opportunity,” Col. Eveline Yao, 374th Medical Group commander, said in the news release. “He excelled at his job with an intense pride and dedication. He possessed an incredible strength of character and cultivated deep friendships here at Yokota. It was an honor to serve alongside him.”
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