JBLM and Japan join forces, learn and grow

Practice makes perfect, right? Joint Base Lewis McChord and a Japanese Defense Force army members are working together this month to practice, expand competencies and strengthen a relationship that’s been forming for the last 20 years.

JBLM is preparing for an “invasion” from Japan as the 23rd annual joint combat training exercise between American soldiers and their counterparts from Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force takes place.

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JBLM Soldiers in Washington, photo courtesy of KUOW.

The 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team of I Corps and the 7th Infantry Division will join the 10th Division, 12th Infantry Regiment from Japan at JBLM’s Yakima Training Center. It will wrap before the end of September with a combined live-fire exercise.

JBLM has worked towards better relations with Asian armies for the last 20 years and this is just one of the annual events that bonds the armies together. The trainings in Yakima have been steadily growing over the past few years as soldiers are being slowly brought home from the Middle East and come home to continue training on-base.

The opening ceremony was today and the live-fire skirmish will take place Sept. 19-20.

To read more about the history of these trainings, click here

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