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YAKIMA, Wash. - Soldiers from the 1844th Transportation Company, 108th Sustainment Brigade, and medics from the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, both part of the Illinois Army National Guard, load simulated casualties into a medical evacuation helicopter as part of their culminating event in Rising Thunder. Rising Thunder 2019 is an annual exercise joining the U.S. Army and the Japanese 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 108th Sustainment Brigade.


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