• Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, marched onto Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan, as Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers applauded their entrance to the bi-lateral Orient Shield exercise between the two forces on Oct. 11, 2011. The annual Orient Shield exercise is designed to strengthen military operations and ties between United States forces and the JGSDF.

    Welcome Ceremony

    Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, marched onto Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan, as Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers applauded their entrance to the bi-lateral Orient Shield exercise...

  • 1st Lt. Harold H. Fullmer, with G Company, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, was introduced to his Japan Ground Self-Defense Force counterpart for the Orient Shield exercise at Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan, Oct. 11, 2011. The annual exercise is a joint effort between the JGSDF and the United States Army Japan.

    Welcome Ceremony

    1st Lt. Harold H. Fullmer, with G Company, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, was introduced to his Japan Ground Self-Defense Force counterpart for the Orient Shield exercise at Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan...

  • Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, marched with their flags during a parade, which the Japan Ground Self Defense Force applauded their entrance on to Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan, on Oct. 11, 2011.  The annual Orient Shield exercise is designed to enhance the United States and Japan combat readiness and interoperability at the tactical level while strengthening bilateral relationships.

    Welcome Ceremony

    Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, marched with their flags during a parade, which the Japan Ground Self Defense Force applauded their entrance on to Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan, on Oct. 11...

  • Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force salute the colors during the Orient Shield 11 opening ceremony at Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan, Oct. 11, 2011. Orient Shield 11 is the 12 iteration of this bilateral exercise, which focuses on the development and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army Japan efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination, and interoperability through training at the battalion level.

    Welcome Ceremony

    Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force salute the colors during the Orient Shield 11 opening ceremony at Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan, Oct. 11, 2011. Orient...

  • Col. Kazumasa Ishii speaks to the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, and the Japan Ground Self Defense Forces during the Orient Shield 11 opening ceremony at Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan, Oct. 11, 2011. Since 2000, the bilateral exercise has been annually held between JGSDF and United States Army Japan.

    Welcome Ceremony

    Col. Kazumasa Ishii speaks to the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, headquartered out of Weslaco, Texas, and the Japan Ground Self Defense Forces during the Orient Shield 11 opening ceremony at Kita-Fuji Training Area, Japan, Oct. 11, 2011. Since...

KITA-FUJI TRAINING AREA, Japan, Oct. 20, 2011 -- Soldiers from the Texas National Guard, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment out of Weslaco, Texas, joined with Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers from the Eastern Army 1st Division, 1st Infantry Regiment, in a ceremony that initiated the annual bi-lateral combined arms training dubbed Orient Shield 2011.

The ceremony began as the Texas National Guard Soldiers marched to the parade field while members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, or JGSDF, lined the streets and applauded.

Lt. Col. Clarence J. Henderson, commander of the 3rd Bn. 141st Inf. Reg., spoke of the similarities between the two forces.

Both units share a civil support role to our perspective nations in addition to our dedication to combat readiness, said Henderson.

Col. Kazumasa Ishii commander of the JGSDF members expressed his gratitude for the support of the nearby communities, and focused on the mutual benefits of this training.

Henderson concluded the ceremony in saying, "The men of the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, stand before you today to promote our enduring relationships, goodwill, and mutual understanding in order to improve and sustain our bi-lateral operations. Thank you for this opportunity. Now let's go train!"

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