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U.S. Marines, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force begin Exercise Forest Light Western Army
200118-M-IP473-1165.JPG Photo By: Sgt. Audrey Rampton

Jan 21, 2020
KUMAMOTO, Japan - Col. Robert Brodie, left, commanding officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, stands with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Kouki Watanabe, commanding officer of the JGSDF 12th Infantry Regiment after the opening ceremony for Exercise Forest Light Western Army at Camp Oyanohara, Kyushu, Japan, Jan. 18, 2020. The exercise will consist of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined–arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region.


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