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YAKIMA, Washington - Soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force take aim at a target in a live fire exercise during Rising Thunder 19 at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima,Washington, Sept. 1, 2019. Rising Thunder 2019 is an annual exercise joining the U.S. Army and the 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 the 108th Sustainment Brigade. The exercise includes company/platoon unilateral and bilateral training events in two phase, culminating with a live-fire exercise.


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