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U.S., Japan to hold YAMA SAKURA 57 on Hokkaido, Japan
Dec 4, 2009 - 7:12:05 PM
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U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Ferry, 35th Combat Service Support Battalion, briefs new arrivals before the start of Yama Sakura 57. Since its inception in 1982, Yama Sakura has focused on the developed and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army, Japan efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination and interoperability through training. (photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, United States Army, Pacific Public Affairs)
CAMP ZAMA, Japan - In the first training deployment for the Japan-based I Corps Forward, the U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)  and the Japan's Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) will conduct Yama Sakura 57 (YS57), a joint command post exercise (CPX) at Camp Higashi-Chitose, on Hokkaido, Japan Dec. 7-14.

Yama Sakura, which means "Mountain Cherry Blossom", is an annual, full- spectrum, combined CPX with U.S. and Japanese military forces working to strengthen Japan's self defense operations.

This year, USARPAC's Contingency Command Post (CCP) and I Corps Forward form the central command and control element for U.S. forces. 

The annual exercise rotates among each of JGSDF's five regional armies. This year, the Northern Army will participate. Also a joint exercise for the United States, Yama Sakura combines U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps elements, including Reservists and National Guard forces. Roughly 1,500 U.S. military personnel and 3,500 JGSDF personnel will participate. 

Training objectives include exchanging ideas, military experience and techniques with JGSDF; training U.S. ground forces for deployment to Japan; strengthening JGSDF and U.S. capabilities defending Japan; and preparing USARPAC forces for combined, multi-national and joint operations.

On Dec.7, the opening ceremony and  bi-lateral press conference will be conducted by Lt. Gen. Takeshi Sakai, Northern Army commander and Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USARPAC commander. Media are invited to attend the opening, the press conference and tour the site. Additional media days tentatively are Dec. 9 or 10. Times and dates will be determined.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS:

 
An aerial view of the combined operations/intelligence center, manned by the Northern Army of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the Contingency Command Post of U.S. Army, Pacific and I Corps Forward during the early stages of Exercise Yama Sakura 57. Since its inception in 1982, Yama Sakura has focused on the development and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army, Japan efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination and interoperability through training. (photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Gerardo DeAvila, 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
An aerial view of the combined operations/intelligence center, manned by the Northern Army of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the Contingency Command Post of U.S. Army, Pacific and I Corps Forward during the early stages of Exercise Yama Sakura 57. Since its inception in 1982, Yama Sakura has focused on the development and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army, Japan efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination and interoperability through training. (photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Gerardo DeAvila, 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

 
Maj. Richard Wellman, One Team Joint Task Force signal officer, instructs two language support specialists with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force on the procedures for accessing the Adobe Connect system during communications set up in the combined operations/information center here during Exercise Yama Sakura 57. Since its inception in 1982, Yama Sakura has focused on the development and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army, Japan efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination and interoperability through training. (photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Gerardo DeAvila, 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
 
Utah Army National Guardsman Capt. Ryan Mundy learns the art of Japanese calligraphy from members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as part of week of diverse cultural exchanges during Yama Sakura 57. Since its inception in 1982, Yama Sakura has focused on the developed and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army, Japan efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination and interoperability through training. (photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Gerardo DeAvila, 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
 
U.S. Army Maj. Guillermo Guillen, United States Army, Pacific Special Troops Battalion executive officer, gives a briefing to new arrivals to the camp before the start of Yama Sakura 57. Since its inception in 1982, Yama Sakura has focused on the developed and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army, Japan efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination and interoperability through training. (photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie, United States Army, Pacific Public Affairs)
U.S. Army Sgt. Dominique Ambrose, U.S. Army, Pacific, learns the art of Japanese calligraphy from members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as part of week of diverse cultural exchanges during Yama Sakura 57. Since its inception in 1982, Yama Sakura has focused on the developed and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army, Japan efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination and interoperability through training. (photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Gerardo DeAvila, 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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