• Capt. David McKenna, communications officer, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion, translates as Spc. Justin Teschner, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, briefs Japanese snipers on his unit's firing procedures before going onto the firing lane Sept. 5 at Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will work together while conducting sniper operations. The training will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment and it will give snipers the opportunity to learn from each other to enhance their combat readiness. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Capt. David McKenna, communications officer, 448th Civil Affairs Battalion, translates as Spc. Justin Teschner, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, briefs Japanese snipers on his unit's...

  • A three-man sniper team which includes a shooter, spotter and senior sniper composed of  American Soldiers and members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force work together  during joint sniper training to successfully engage a target 5 Sept. at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will work together while conducting sniper operations. The training will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment and will give snipers the opportunity to learn from each other to enhance their combat readiness. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Regimental Combat Team, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    A three-man sniper team which includes a shooter, spotter and senior sniper composed of American Soldiers and members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force work together during joint sniper training to successfully engage a target 5 Sept. at the...

  • A member of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force assigned to the 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, fires his weapon during a live fire sniper training exercise with American snipers Sept. 5, at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will exchange their knowledge of how they conduct sniper operations. The training will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment and will give snipers the opportunity to learn from each other to enhance their combat readiness. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    A member of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force assigned to the 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, fires his weapon during a live fire sniper training exercise with American snipers Sept. 5, at the Yakima...

  • Japanese Sgt. Kenji Honda, medic, 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, watches as members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force and American Soldiers interact with each other during a sniper training range Sept. 5, at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will exchange their knowledge of how they conduct sniper operations and will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment and will give snipers the opportunity to learn from each other to enhance their combat readiness. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Japanese Sgt. Kenji Honda, medic, 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, watches as members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force and American Soldiers interact with each other during a sniper training range...

  • Spc. Justin Teschner, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, speaks to Japanese snipers before beginning a live-fire firing range, which focuses on exchanging knowledge about their sniper operating procedures Sept. 5 at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. The training will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Spc. Justin Teschner, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, speaks to Japanese snipers before beginning a live-fire firing range, which focuses on exchanging knowledge about their sniper...

  • Sgt. Joseph Mitchell, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, speaks to Japanese snipers before beginning a live-fire firing range, which focuses on exchanging knowledge about their sniper operating procedures Sept. 5 at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. The training will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Sgt. Joseph Mitchell, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, speaks to Japanese snipers before beginning a live-fire firing range, which focuses on exchanging knowledge about their sniper...

  • Japanese Sgt. Youhei Kaminota, sniper, 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, positions himself behind an M24 sniper rifle to familiarize himself before firing. The members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force took part in a combined training exercise with American snipers in which both forces learned from each other Sept. 5, at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will exchange their knowledge of how they conduct sniper operations and will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Japanese Sgt. Youhei Kaminota, sniper, 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, positions himself behind an M24 sniper rifle to familiarize himself before firing. The members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force...

  • Pfc. Chris Alicea, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, watches as Sgt. Yuusuke Nakasato, 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, aligns his sights to a target during a live-fire training exercise in which American and Japanese snipers exchanged knowledge of their sniper operation procedures Sept. 5, at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Pfc. Chris Alicea, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, watches as Sgt. Yuusuke Nakasato, 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, aligns his sights to...

  • Spc. Andrew Anthony, spotter, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, teaches Japanese snipers the way American snipers engage a target Sept. 5, at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will exchange their knowledge of how they conduct sniper operations and will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Spc. Andrew Anthony, spotter, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, teaches Japanese snipers the way American snipers engage a target Sept. 5, at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces...

  • Sgt. Anthony Howard, senior infantry sniper, B Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, explains the functions of a sniper rifle to two members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force assigned to the 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force Sept. 5, at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will exchange their knowledge of how they conduct sniper operations and will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment, it will also give Soldiers the opportunity to learn from each other to enhance their combat readiness. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Sgt. Anthony Howard, senior infantry sniper, B Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, explains the functions of a sniper rifle to two members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force...

  • Pfc. Chris Alicea, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, explains to Japanese Sgt. Yuusuke Nakasato and Staff Sgt. Shinya Takesue, both assigned to the 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, the functions of the M24 sniper weapons system Sept. 5 at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will exchange their knowledge of how they conduct sniper operations and will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment. Snipers will have the opportunity to learn from each other to enhance their combat readiness. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, and is designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Pfc. Chris Alicea, sniper, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, explains to Japanese Sgt. Yuusuke Nakasato and Staff Sgt. Shinya Takesue, both assigned to the 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th...

  • A member of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force assigned to the 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, stands in formation with American Soldiers during the beginning of a live-fire exercise in which forces exchanged information on how they conduct sniper operations Sept. 5 at Yakima Training Center, Wash. The training will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment, it will give snipers the opportunity to learn from each other to enhance their combat readiness. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    A member of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force assigned to the 16th Regimental Combat Team, 4th Division, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, stands in formation with American Soldiers during the beginning of a live-fire exercise in which forces...

  • Staff Sgt. Mitchell Shaw, battalion sniper section leader, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, briefs American Soldiers and members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force on the day's planned operations Sept. 5. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th RCT, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. forces. Over the course of the exercise forces will exchange their knowledge of how they conduct sniper operations and will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment, it will also give Soldiers the opportunity to learn from each other to enhance their combat readiness.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    Staff Sgt. Mitchell Shaw, battalion sniper section leader, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, briefs American Soldiers and members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force on the day's...

  • A Japanese sniper sets his weapon down after a live-fire training exercise Sept. 5 at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will work together while conducting sniper operations and the training will focus on target detection, reconnaissance techniques and cover and concealment and will give snipers the opportunity to learn from each other to enhance their combat readiness. The combined training is part of Operation Rising Thunder 13, a three-week training exercise between Soldiers from I Corps and the 16th Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Regimental Combat Team, designed to develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. Forces.

    American and Japanese snipers come together to train

    A Japanese sniper sets his weapon down after a live-fire training exercise Sept. 5 at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. Both forces will work together while conducting sniper operations and the training will focus on target detection, reconnaissance...

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