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YAKIMA, Wash - Soldiers of the Illinois Army National Guard and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force stand in formation after the Rising Thunder 19 opening ceremony, held at Yakima Training Center, Washington, Aug. 30, 2019. Rising Thunder 2019 is an annual exercise joining the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) and is part of Pacific Pathways 19-3. Rising Thunder 2019 is also a United States Army Pacific-sponsored capstone event featuring U.S. Army units from the 7th Infantry Division and the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 108thSustainment Brigade. The exercise includes of company/platoon unilateral and bilateral training events in two phases, culminating with a bilateral live-fire exercise.


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