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U.S. Army Capt. David McKenna, a communications officer

U.S. Army Capt. David McKenna, a communications officer

U.S. Army Capt. David McKenna, a communications officer with the 448th Civil Affairs Battalion, translates as Spc. Justin Teschner, a sniper with 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Comba... More

Japanese Sgt. Youhei Kaminota, a sniper with the 16th

Japanese Sgt. Youhei Kaminota, a sniper with the 16th

Japanese Sgt. Youhei Kaminota, a sniper with the 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, positions himself behind an M24 Sniper Weapon System to familiarize himself before fi... More

An aerial view of the Yakima Training Center, where

An aerial view of the Yakima Training Center, where

An aerial view of the Yakima Training Center, where currently the 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force and U.S. Soldiers assigned to I Corps, are training together as part... More

The official party poses for a photo during the Tree Planting Friendship ceremony at Camp H.M. Smith.

The official party poses for a photo during the Tree Planting Friendsh...

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii (Nov. 10, 2016) Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, Yasushi Misawa and Mrs. Misawa; Director General Emeritus of Makino Botanical Garden, Dr. Tetsuo Koyama and Mrs. Koyama; Commander... More

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160730-N-RC734-231 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 30, 2016) -

160730-N-RC734-231 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 30, 2016) - Members assigned to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force transport a combat rubber raiding craft down the false beach of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Dieg... More

180728-N-VR594-1139 MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS,

180728-N-VR594-1139 MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS,

180728-N-VR594-1139 MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS, Hawaii (July 28, 2018) Military members from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, His Majesty's Armed Forces Tonga and U.S. Marines depart an Australian Army ... More

United States Forces Japan (USFJ) Army MAJ Daniel Baggio looks on as Japan Ground Self Defense Force's (JGSDF) LTCOL Seijiro Kiyomichi monitors actions while testing the Joint Theater Level Simulation (JTLS) system at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Service members from USFJ and JSDF will be conducting a joint/bilateral command post exercise, Keen Edge '96, at U.S. and Japanese military installations from January 25 until February 2, 1996

United States Forces Japan (USFJ) Army MAJ Daniel Baggio looks on as J...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KEEN EDGE '96 Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SRA C.M. Ricardo Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

On patrol during a helo-assault, US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Wynett, Platoon Sergeant, Echo Company (E CO) 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, walks through the fields of Jizobaru training area Kyushu, Japan, as part of Forest Light/Sunrise 02. This is a bilateral training exercise between the USMC 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines and the JGSDF (Japan Ground Self Defense Force) 41st Regiment, 4th Division Western Army

On patrol during a helo-assault, US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hijudai Maneuvering Area State: Kyushu Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Cory P. Griffith, USMC Release Status: Released to Public... More

A Nightscope view of US Army (USA) Soldiers from 2nd Platoon (PLT), Alpha Company (A CO), 2nd Battalion (BN), 35th Infantry Regiment (IR), 25th Infantry Division (Light) (ID(L)), setting up for a night live fire exercise in Japan. The night live fire exercise is part of KEEN SWORD (ORIENT SHIELD) 03, a combined training exercise with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF). (SUBSTANDARD)

A Nightscope view of US Army (USA) Soldiers from 2nd Platoon (PLT), Al...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Camp Takagihara State: Shizuoka Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: SPC Tyler Long, USA Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

During Media Day, a member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) visually inspects the breech and barrel of an M198 155 mm Medium Range Towed Howitzer. The US Marine Corps (USMC) 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, demonstrated the operational cycle of fire that takes place during the current artillery relocation exercise on the East Fuji Maneuver Area (FMA), Japan (JPN)

During Media Day, a member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Camp Fuji State: Honshu Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Major Command Shown: 3rd Bn, 12th Marines Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Crai... More

During Media Day, a member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) visually inspects the M137 Panoramic Sight of an M198 155 mm Medium Range Towed Howitzer. The US Marine Corps (USMC) 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, demonstrated the operational cycle of fire that takes place during the current artillery relocation exercise on the East Fuji Maneuver Area (FMA), Japan (JPN)

During Media Day, a member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Camp Fuji State: Honshu Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Major Command Shown: 3rd Bn, 12th Marines Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Crai... More

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) watch a live fire demonstration performed by the US Marine Corps (USMC) personnel of Sierra Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment. They also are given a demonstration on the operational cycle of fire that takes place during an artillery relocation exercise at the East Fuji Maneuver Area (FMA), Japan (JPN)

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) watch a live fi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Camp Fuji State: Honshu Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Major Command Shown: 3rd Bn, 12th Marines Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Crai... More

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) watch as US Marine Corps (USMC) Private (PVT) Peter Tierno (left), from Sierra Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, explains and shows the loading process for the M198 155 mm Medium Range Towed Howitzer

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) watch as US Mar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base, Camp Fuji State: Honshu Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Major Command Shown: 3rd Bn, 12th Marines Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Crai... More

U.S. Marine Col. Preston W. Jones speaks to students

U.S. Marine Col. Preston W. Jones speaks to students

U.S. Marine Col. Preston W. Jones speaks to students and instructors of the Japan Joint Staff College July 3 at Camp Courtney. The discussion gave the students and instructors an overview of the III Marine Expe... More

A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) sets-up a security perimeter during Active Shield aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) sets-up a secu...

Iwakuni, Japan (Dec. 14, 2005) A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) sets-up a security perimeter during Active Shield aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. Active Shield is an anti-... More

Marine Staff Sgt. David Cleaves, an instructor with Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific, drives a Combat Inflatable Craft, (CRIC), with soldiers from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

Marine Staff Sgt. David Cleaves, an instructor with Expeditionary Warf...

Coronado, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2006) Marine Staff Sgt. David Cleaves, an instructor with Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific, drives a Combat Inflatable Craft, (CRIC), with soldiers from Japan Ground Self-... More

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy install two air conditioning units at the Kenno Community Center.

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy install t...

KASHIWAZAKI, Japan (Jul. 21, 2007) Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy install two air conditioning units at the Kenno Community Center. The Sailors and 13 other Seabees from Naval Air ... More

Capt. Kent D. Whalen, commanding officer of amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD 10), left, presents a ship�s coin to Capt. Yasuhiro Matsuo, of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF), during a tour of the ship.

Capt. Kent D. Whalen, commanding officer of amphibious transport dock ...

SASEBO, Japan (Sep. 11, 2007) Capt. Kent D. Whalen, commanding officer of amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD 10), left, presents a ships coin to Capt. Yasuhiro Matsuo, of the Japan Ground Self Defense Fo... More

U.S. Navy and Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) security personnel work together during Exercise Keen Sword 08.

U.S. Navy and Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) security personn...

ATSUGI, Japan (Nov. 10, 2007) U.S. Navy and Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) security personnel work together during Exercise Keen Sword 08. The exercise is designed to increase the working relationship ... More

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Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers patrol through the Central Training Area's combat town, March 17. The JGSDF recently started using the CTA for training in accordance with the U.S. – Japan Alliance: Tra... More

Lt. Bobby Jone describes the duties and responsibilities of the bridge watch team from the pilot house to a group of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers.

Lt. Bobby Jone describes the duties and responsibilities of the bridge...

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 12, 2010) Lt. Bobby Jones, from Atlanta, a weapons officer aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63), describes the duties and responsibilities of the br... More

apan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers board USS Stethem (DDG 63) for a cooperative work program shipboard tour.

apan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers board USS Stethem (DDG...

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 12, 2010) Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers board the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) for a cooperative work program shipboard tour. The wo... More

Lt. Bobby Jones describes the purpose and capabilities of the vertical launching system to a group of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers.

Lt. Bobby Jones describes the purpose and capabilities of the vertical...

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Aug. 12, 2010) Lt. Bobby Jones, from Atlanta, a weapons officer aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63), describes the purpose and capabilities of the verti... More

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force observe navigation equipment on the navigation bridge aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force observe navigation equi...

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 09, 2010) Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force observe navigation equipment on the navigation bridge aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during their tour ... More

Yama Sakura proves value

Yama Sakura proves value

A 3rd Marine Division convoy form a jump command post during Exercise Yama Sakura Jan. 28 on Camp Courtney. A jump CP configuration allows the commanding general to tour his area of operations while maintaining... More

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force approach the well deck of SS Makin Island (LHD 8) in rigid-hull inflatable boats.

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force approach the well de...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 25, 2011) Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Western Army Infantry Regiment, approach the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in rigid-hull infl... More

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force launch rigid-hull inflatable boats from the well deck of USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force launch rigid-hull in...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 25, 2011) Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Western Army Infantry Regiment launch rigid-hull inflatable boats from the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Isl... More

Sailors and Marines assist Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in launching rigid-hull inflatable boats from the well deck of USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

Sailors and Marines assist Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 25, 2011) Sailors and Marines assist Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Western Army Infantry Regiment, in launching rigid-hull inflatable boats from the well deck of the amp... More

New medical capabilities demonstrateed for JGSDF

New medical capabilities demonstrateed for JGSDF

Maj. Gen. Yasuhide Uwabe, center, director of the medical department for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, listens as a member of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Medical Simulation Center staff explains t... More

Lt. Jacob King, assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, signs for fuel received from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at Yamagata Airport.

Lt. Jacob King, assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine ...

YAMAGATA, Japan (Mar. 14, 2011) Lt. Jacob King, assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14, signs for fuel received from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at Yamagata Airport. HS-1... More

Landing Craft Utility 1627 transports Japan Ground

Landing Craft Utility 1627 transports Japan Ground

Landing Craft Utility 1627 transports Japan Ground Self-Defense Force trucks to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga. Tortuga is transporting the equipment to support Operation Tomodachi, a humanitaria... More

Officers Leave the USS Tortuga

Officers Leave the USS Tortuga

A landing craft utility departs the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga with a delegation of U.S. Navy officers to meet with members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Tortuga is transporting 93 vehic... More

Sailors deliver 360 cases of water and eight pallets of Meals Ready-to-Eat to members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in Yamada.

Sailors deliver 360 cases of water and eight pallets of Meals Ready-to...

YAMADA, Japan (Mar. 18, 2011) Chief Naval Air Crewman Francisco Garcia, and Naval Air Crewmen 2nd Class Sean Gilroy and Jon Frankel, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 embarked aboard ... More

Chief Naval Air Crewman Francisco Garcia hands two boxes of meals ready-to-eat (MRE) to a Soldier in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).

Chief Naval Air Crewman Francisco Garcia hands two boxes of meals read...

YAMADA, Japan (Mar. 18, 2011) Chief Naval Air Crewman Francisco Garcia hands two boxes of meals ready-to-eat (MRE) to a Soldier in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). The crewman from Helicopter Mine C... More

Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine

Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine

Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Joint Task Force Fuji, both Joint Support Forces Japan, work with Japan Ground Self-Defense members to ... More

Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine

Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine

Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Task Force Fuji, both with Joint Support Force Japan, carry a load of dirt and debris to a collection p... More

U.S. Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines,

U.S. Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines,

U.S. Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force practice casualty transportation methods during medical evacuation training in preparation for Arti... More

Rear Adm. Scott Jones discusses ship operations with Japan Self-Defense Force officers.

Rear Adm. Scott Jones discusses ship operations with Japan Self-Defens...

SASEBO, Japan (Jul. 13, 2011) Capt. David Fluker, left, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2); Rear Adm. Scott Jones, commander of Task Force 76; Rear Adm. Hidetos... More

Rear Adm. Scott Jones discusses ship operations with Japan Self-Defense Force officers.

Rear Adm. Scott Jones discusses ship operations with Japan Self-Defens...

SASEBO, Japan (Jul. 13, 2011) Rear Adm. Scott Jones, left, commander of Task Force (TF) 76, discusses ship operations with Lt. Gen. Kenichi Kinomura, commanding general of the 4th District of the Japan Ground S... More

Capt. David Fluker, left, commanding officer of the

Capt. David Fluker, left, commanding officer of the

Capt. David Fluker, left, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2); Rear Adm. Scott Jones, commander of Task Force 76; Rear Adm. Hidetoshi Fuchinoue, commander of Esc... More

Marines share military culture with JGSDF officer candidates

Marines share military culture with JGSDF officer candidates

Cpl. Charles A. Ferenchak, a military policeman, explains to Kousei Shibata, an officer candidate with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, the features of a Marine Corps vehicle. Ferenchak is with Combat Logis... More

III MEF, JGSDF bands communicate, prepare through music

III MEF, JGSDF bands communicate, prepare through music

Musicians with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 15th Band practice together at the theater on Camp Foster Sept. 8. The practice was conducted to prepare for the ... More

Marines, JGSDF converse

Marines, JGSDF converse

Pfc. Dustin B. Odell, a supply clerk with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, was grouped with three members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force on Camp ... More

JGSDF visits medical simulation center

JGSDF visits medical simulation center

Warrant Officer Ichiro Shimizu, the sergeant major of the Japan ground self-defense force, checks the pulse of a simulation dummy used during training at the Tactical Medical Simulation Center on Camp Hansen, S... More

Marines and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense

Marines and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense

Marines and members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force attended a presentation hosted by Sgt. Maj. Patrick L. Kimble on Marine Corps chain of command structure and leadership techniques at the Ocean Breeze ... More

Lt. Col. Victor R. Sarkozi, the deputy commander for

Lt. Col. Victor R. Sarkozi, the deputy commander for

Lt. Col. Victor R. Sarkozi, the deputy commander for Opposition Forces during Operation Yama Sakura 65, a bilateral training exercise between the U.S. and Japan, confers with Japanese OPFOR personnel during YS6... More

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, and Gen.

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, and Gen.

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, and Gen. Eiji Kimizuka, his counterpart with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, stand at attention during an honors ceremony held Jan. 19 at the JGSDF headquarter... More

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force come aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship, USS Blue Ridge for a tour.

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force come aboard the U.S. 7t...

TOMAKOMAI, Japan (Feb. 04, 2012) Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force come aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) for a tour. Blue Ridge is in Tomakomai for a goodwill port visit.... More

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, look on as a firing mission is verified at the Hijudai M... More

Lt. Col. Toshiharu Fukamizu waits to sign the memorandum

Lt. Col. Toshiharu Fukamizu waits to sign the memorandum

Lt. Col. Toshiharu Fukamizu waits to sign the memorandum of agreement at the Hijudai Maneuver Area Feb. 8. The memorandum of agreement is a set of rules that allows both the Japanese and Marine Corps to fulfill... More

Landing Craft Utility 1632 transports Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

Landing Craft Utility 1632 transports Marines from the 15th Marine Exp...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 08, 2012) Landing Craft Utility 1632 transports Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The units are participating in ... More

Members of the Kyushu Defense Bureau and Marines with

Members of the Kyushu Defense Bureau and Marines with

Members of the Kyushu Defense Bureau and Marines with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, hold a press conference at the Hijudai Maneuver Area Feb. 9. The c... More

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force inventory their equipment before conducting a beach landing exercise with Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU)

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force inventory their equipme...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2012) Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force inventory their equipment before conducting a beach landing exercise with Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) ... More

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force exit Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1635,

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force exit Landing Craft Util...

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2012) Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force exit Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1635, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), on San Clemente... More

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force put on camouflage face paint before conducting a beach landing exercise with Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU)

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force put on camouflage face ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 10, 2012) Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force put on camouflage face paint before conducting a beach landing exercise with Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th ME... More

Members from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force file along the flight line for their air assault aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during exercise Iron Fist 2012

Members from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force file along the flight...

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2012) Members from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force file along the flight line for their air assault aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during exerci... More

Iron Fist

Iron Fist

A Japanese soldier assigned to the Western Army Infantry Regiment loads 5.56 mm rounds into weapon magazines before a live-fire exercise at San Clemente Island, Calif., Feb. 11, 2012. The soldier is participati... More

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Kitagawa Fumiyuki during a live-fire exercise.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Kitagawa Fumiyuki during a...

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2012) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Kitagawa Fumiyuki, commander of Escort Flotilla Three, talks with U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier... More

Chief Operations Specialist Barnett gives Rear Adm. Kitagawa Fumiyuki a tour of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1632.

Chief Operations Specialist Barnett gives Rear Adm. Kitagawa Fumiyuki ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 12, 2012) Chief Operations Specialist Barnett, right, gives Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Kitagawa Fumiyuki, commander of Escort Flotilla Three, a tour of Landing Craft Utility... More

A Sailor gives a tour of the ship.

A Sailor gives a tour of the ship.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Feb. 16, 2012) Ensign Derrick Ingle, assistant public affairs officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), gives members of the 13th Infantry Regiment of the Japan Ground... More

JGSDF commemorates combined relief efforts

JGSDF commemorates combined relief efforts

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force greet Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, at Camp Yufuin in Yufuin City, Japan, Feb. 26. The JGSDF hosted an appreciation dinner to thank... More

Lance Cpl. Cody M. Holmes demonstrates how to properly

Lance Cpl. Cody M. Holmes demonstrates how to properly

Lance Cpl. Cody M. Holmes demonstrates how to properly apply a tourniquet on Pfc. Brandy L. Vinsonteeter while members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and Marines observe March 2 during Exercise Forest L... More

Marines observe as Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

Marines observe as Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

Marines observe as Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members demonstrate how to use a kerosene heater here March 4 during exercise Forest Light 12-2. The purpose of Forest Light 12-2 is to enhance the interoperab... More

Marines march during the opening ceremony for exercise

Marines march during the opening ceremony for exercise

Marines march during the opening ceremony for exercise Forest Light 12-2 here March 4. Marines with Combat Logistics Regiments 35 and 37 trained with members with 4th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, Japan Groun... More

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers passes

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers passes

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers passes through friendly lines as Marines maintain security during rehearsals here March 7, 2012. The rehearsals were conducted in preparation of a two-day field train... More

Marines post security and await follow-on instructions

Marines post security and await follow-on instructions

Marines post security and await follow-on instructions during rehearsals here March 7, 2012. The rehearsals were conducted in preparation of a two-day field training exercise. The Marines are from Combat Logist... More

A Marine posts security as his platoon halts during

A Marine posts security as his platoon halts during

A Marine posts security as his platoon halts during a field training exercise here March 8. Marines from 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force and members from 4th Infantry Regiment, 5th Br... More

Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members

Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members

Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members compete in a tug-of-war competition here, March 11. The Marines and JGSDF members conducted the competition following the conclusion of field training events ... More

JGSDF thanks Marines, their families, civilian organizations

JGSDF thanks Marines, their families, civilian organizations

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Gen. Eiji Kimizuka presents a letter to Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr. during a ceremony at the JGSDF Ground Staff Office in Tokyo, Japan, March 11. The letter, presented exactly... More

Cpl. Mitchell D. McMillion shows members of the Western

Cpl. Mitchell D. McMillion shows members of the Western

Cpl. Mitchell D. McMillion shows members of the Western Army Signal Group, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, equipment for a radio data team kit at Camp Hansen June 27. The kit was shown to give JGSDF members a... More

JGSDF tour facilities, observe AAV capabilities

JGSDF tour facilities, observe AAV capabilities

Assault amphibious vehicles of Combat Assault Battalion show their cross- country capabilities during a demonstration at Camp Schwab July 10. The AAV crewmen demonstrated the capabilities to members of the Japa... More

Western Army welcomes Marine liaison

Western Army welcomes Marine liaison

Capt. Paul Bartok, right, greets Col. Michio Suda, left, during a welcoming ceremony held at Camp Kengun July 31. Bartok traveled to Western Army headquarters at Camp Kengun to become the first liaison officer ... More

Lt. Col. Terry M. Paustenbaugh, left, gives a speech

Lt. Col. Terry M. Paustenbaugh, left, gives a speech

Lt. Col. Terry M. Paustenbaugh, left, gives a speech to Marines, sailors and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members as Cpl. Aaron S. Kang and Lance Cpl. Ziyi Guo translate in Japanese during the welcome party ... More

Sgt. Hironobu Ehara, right, executes the order sword

Sgt. Hironobu Ehara, right, executes the order sword

Sgt. Hironobu Ehara, right, executes the order sword movement at the Camp Foster parade deck Aug. 20 during a practical application of the sword manual. Ehara is an infantryman with the Japan Ground Self-Defens... More

Bonhomme Richard ARG and 31st MEU strengthen bilateral partnership With Japan

Bonhomme Richard ARG and 31st MEU strengthen bilateral partnership Wit...

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force embark only forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). Tortuga, commanded by Cmdr. John Barnett, is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphib... More

 Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force embark USS Tortuga.

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force embark USS Tortuga.

OKINAWA, Japan (Aug. 21, 2012) Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force embark the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). Tortuga is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious... More

Sgt. 1st Class Koji Sato analyzes the terrain before

Sgt. 1st Class Koji Sato analyzes the terrain before

Sgt. 1st Class Koji Sato analyzes the terrain before choosing his firing position during Exercise Forest Light 12-01 at the Hijudai Maneuver Area, Oita prefecture, Japan Aug. 21. Sato is with the special shooti... More

Forces fire during Forest Light

Forces fire during Forest Light

Lance Cpl. Bradley M. Sartain fires the MK153 shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon during Exercise Forest Light 12-01 at the Hijudai Maneuver Area, Oita prefecture, Japan, Aug. 23. The bilateral exerci... More

Master Sgt. Syozo Goto, right, and Lance Cpl. Andre

Master Sgt. Syozo Goto, right, and Lance Cpl. Andre

Master Sgt. Syozo Goto, right, and Lance Cpl. Andre J. Flores fire the M240B medium machine gun at the Hijudai Maneuver Area, Oita prefecture, Japan Aug. 24 during Exercise Forest Light 12-01. The bilateral exe... More

Type 74 main battle tanks with the Japan Ground Self-Defense

Type 74 main battle tanks with the Japan Ground Self-Defense

Type 74 main battle tanks with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 41st Infantry Regiment charge forward in a tactical line during Exercise Forest Light 12-01 at the Hijudai Maneuver Area, Oita, Japan, Aug. 2... More

Operation Rising Thunder Opening Ceremony

Operation Rising Thunder Opening Ceremony

Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, join with units across Joint Base Lewis McChord and Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers during the Operation Rising Thunder ... More

Operation Rising Thunder Opening Ceremony

Operation Rising Thunder Opening Ceremony

Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, join with units across Joint Base Lewis McChord and Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers during the Operation Rising Thunder ... More

Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force launch a combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) from the well deck during well deck operations

Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and members of the Jap...

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sep. 20, 2012) Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force launch a combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) from the well deck during well deck ... More

Maj. Fletcher Tidwell, aviation officer with Special

Maj. Fletcher Tidwell, aviation officer with Special

Maj. Fletcher Tidwell, aviation officer with Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force (left), reviews information with Capt. George J. Stegmiller, Forward Air Controller, 2nd Battalion,... More

Japan, US leaders pay respects, observe training

Japan, US leaders pay respects, observe training

Gen. Eiji Kimizuka, left, and Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, Jr. lay floral wreaths at the South Pacific Memorial Park in Yigo, Guam, Sept. 23, in memory of the loss of over 20,000 lives in the World War II Guam c... More

Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members

Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members

Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members team up for a three-legged race during a fall social at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji Sept. 29. During the social, Marines and JGSDF members conduc... More

Japan Ground Self Defense Force members line the streets

Japan Ground Self Defense Force members line the streets

Japan Ground Self Defense Force members line the streets to welcome the soldiers from 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Oct. 23 as they arrive to Aibano Training Area, ... More

Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion,

Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion,

Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, stand in formation with Japan Ground Self Defense Force members from Middle Army’s, 10th Divisio... More

Soldiers from B Company‚ "Bushmasters," 1st Battalion,

Soldiers from B Company‚ "Bushmasters," 1st Battalion,

Soldiers from B Company‚ "Bushmasters," 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment demonstrate how to tactically dismount a Infantry Stryker Vehicle during MOUT (Military Operation in Urban Terrain) training at Aiba... More

A Stryker engineer platoon demonstrates an in-stride

A Stryker engineer platoon demonstrates an in-stride

A Stryker engineer platoon demonstrates an in-stride breach to their Japan Ground Self-Defense Force partners at Aibano Training Area, Shiga, Japan, during exercise Orient Shield 12. Orient Shield 12 is a two-w... More

Sgt. 1st Class Jaime Rios of Chicago, 3rd Platoon Sergeant

Sgt. 1st Class Jaime Rios of Chicago, 3rd Platoon Sergeant

Sgt. 1st Class Jaime Rios of Chicago, 3rd Platoon Sergeant with the 66th Engineer Company out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, shares Stryker vehicle dismounting movements with Japanese Ground Self Defense Force ... More

Pfc. Noricole Hanson of Phoenix, Ariz., an infantryman

Pfc. Noricole Hanson of Phoenix, Ariz., an infantryman

Pfc. Noricole Hanson of Phoenix, Ariz., an infantryman with 3rd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, exits a UH-1JUH helicopter during air assault training during Orient Shield 2012. Orie... More

Spc. Devin A. Tejada from Hopkinsville, Ky., a mortarman

Spc. Devin A. Tejada from Hopkinsville, Ky., a mortarman

Spc. Devin A. Tejada from Hopkinsville, Ky., a mortarman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment based out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, sets up his mortar tube in preparation for live fire durin... More

Staff Sgt. Mark Gavin of Napa, Calif., squad leader

Staff Sgt. Mark Gavin of Napa, Calif., squad leader

Staff Sgt. Mark Gavin of Napa, Calif., squad leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, demonstrates the motions as Sgt. Andrew Romero of Springer, N.M., veh... More

Spc. Earnest Budlong, a native of Middletown, R.I.,

Spc. Earnest Budlong, a native of Middletown, R.I.,

Spc. Earnest Budlong, a native of Middletown, R.I., a sniper with the Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, engages targets with a modified M... More

Lt. Col. Takeuchi, with the Japan Ground Self Defense

Lt. Col. Takeuchi, with the Japan Ground Self Defense

Lt. Col. Takeuchi, with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, describes the plan of maneuvers for the Japan Defense Force during a rock drill planning session with U.S. soldiers and JGSDF members, Tuesday, as a ... More

Members of the 33rd Infantry Regiment, Japanese Ground

Members of the 33rd Infantry Regiment, Japanese Ground

Members of the 33rd Infantry Regiment, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force communication with higher headquarters via radio as they work with soldiers of 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigad... More

Sgt. Craig D. Davis, from Medford, N.J., a team leader

Sgt. Craig D. Davis, from Medford, N.J., a team leader

Sgt. Craig D. Davis, from Medford, N.J., a team leader with Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, communicates with an officer of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Fo... More

Pfc. Core Candace of 225th Brigade Support Battalion,

Pfc. Core Candace of 225th Brigade Support Battalion,

Pfc. Core Candace of 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and Sgt. Risati Taufaanuu of Headquarters and Headquarters Compa... More

Pfc. Eric Greene of Bobtown, Pa., an infantryman with

Pfc. Eric Greene of Bobtown, Pa., an infantryman with

Pfc. Eric Greene of Bobtown, Pa., an infantryman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, throws a ninja star with precision following a ninja demonstration on th... More

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