White House Author
In her 25 years of service to her community through the American Red Cross, Mary Basiliere has had some interesting experiences. None are more interesting than last year when, as the Senior Station Manager at Yokota Air Base, Japan, she led a team to support one of the largest evacuations of American military families in recent memory. After the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power incident, Mary’s team sheltered 650 passengers from 2 diverted Delta Airlines flights that landed at Yokota Air Base. Mary also rallied 433 volunteers to provide 24/7 food services to military relief workers and Emergency Operation Center personnel for two months. The largest task they tackled was providing out-processing and travel services to thousands of American military families who chose to evacuate after the earthquake.