• Staff Sgt. Tarik Tomlinson of Stone Mountain, Ga., Platoon Sergeant of 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, assists Spc. Kristoffer Eszlinger of Orange, Calif., company armorer of Company A, 1-14th, as he readies his AT4 anti-tank weapon for firing during an exchange of anti-tank weaponry capabilities on Monday during Orient Shield 12. Orient Shield is an annual bilateral tactical field-training exercise in which both forces exchange idea, techniues, military experience and exercise capabilities in order to enhance interoperability and the long-standing relationship between them.

    Soldiers and Defense Force Members Share Weapons Knowledge

    Staff Sgt. Tarik Tomlinson of Stone Mountain, Ga., Platoon Sergeant of 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, assists Spc. Kristoffer Eszlinger of Orange, Calif., company armorer of Company A...

  • Staff Sgt. Tarik Tomlinson of Stone Mountain, Ga., Platoon Sergeant of 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, guides Japan Ground Defense Force Deputy member as he holds an AT4 anti-tank weapon during an exchange of anti-tank weaponry capabilities on Monday during Orient Shield 12. Orient Shield is an annual bilateral tactical field-training exercise in which both forces exchange idea, techniues, military experience and exercise capabilities in order to enhance interoperability and the long-standing relationship between them.

    Soldiers and Defense Force Members Share Weapons Knowledge

    Staff Sgt. Tarik Tomlinson of Stone Mountain, Ga., Platoon Sergeant of 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, guides Japan Ground Defense Force Deputy member as he holds an AT4 anti-tank weapon...

  • Staff Sgt. Tarik Tomlinson of Stone Mountain, Ga., Platoon Sergeant of 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, assists Spc. Kristoffer Eszlinger of Orange, Calif., company armorer of Company A, 1-14th, as he readies his AT4 anti-tank weapon for firing during an exchange of anti-tank weaponry capabilities on Monday during Orient Shield 12. Orient Shield is an annual bilateral tactical field-training exercise in which both forces exchange idea, techniues, military experience and exercise capabilities in order to enhance interoperability and the long-standing relationship between them.

    Soldiers and Defense Force Members Share Weapons Knowledge

    Staff Sgt. Tarik Tomlinson of Stone Mountain, Ga., Platoon Sergeant of 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, assists Spc. Kristoffer Eszlinger of Orange, Calif., company armorer of Company A...

  • Staff Sgt. Mark Gavin of Napa, Calif., squad leader with Company C, 1st Batallion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, demonstrates the motions as Sgt. Andrew Romero of Springer, N.M., vehicle squad leader with Company C, describes the firing of the AT4 anti-tank weapon during an exchange of information as a part of Orient Shield 12. Orient Shield 12 is the 13th iteration of the annual, bilateral tactical field-training exercise designed to enhance U.S. and Japan combat readiness and interoperability while strengthening the bilateral relationship in support of the security interests of friends and allies in the region.

    Soldiers and Defense Force Members Share Weapons Knowledge

    Staff Sgt. Mark Gavin of Napa, Calif., squad leader with Company C, 1st Batallion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, demonstrates the motions as Sgt. Andrew Romero of Springer, N.M., vehicle squad leader with Company C...

  • Staff Sgt. Tarik Tomlinson of Stone Mountain, Ga., Platoon Sergeant of 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, assists Spc. Kristoffer Eszlinger of Orange, Calif., company armorer of Company A, 1-14th, as he readies his AT4 anti-tank weapon for firing during an exchange of anti-tank weaponry capabilities on Monday during Orient Shield 12. Orient Shield is an annual bilateral tactical field-training exercise in which both forces exchange idea, techniues, military experience and exercise capabilities in order to enhance interoperability and the long-standing relationship between them.

    Soldiers and Defense Force Members Share Weapons Knowledge

    Staff Sgt. Tarik Tomlinson of Stone Mountain, Ga., Platoon Sergeant of 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, assists Spc. Kristoffer Eszlinger of Orange, Calif., company armorer of Company A...

AIBANO TRAINING AREA, JAPAN -- Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii trained with Japanese Ground Self Defense Force members from the 33rd Infantry Regiment, 10th Division, Middle Army on Tuesday during Orient Shield 12, a bilateral training exercise taking place at Aibano Training Area, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The two-week exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Japanese units at the lowest level, emphasizing combat readiness of both forces while strengthening their relationship.

U.S. Soldiers and JGSDF members exchanged information regarding each force's anti-tank capabilities with demonstrations of the respective forces' weapons systems. The JGSDF members demonstrated the use of their anti-tank missiles prior to the U.S. Soldiers' demonstration of their AT4 anti-tank weapon.

Sgt. Andrew Romero of Springer, N.M., a vehicle squad leader with Company C,
1-14th Infantry, explained the capabilities and operation of the AT4 prior to the live-fire demonstration.

The point of the exercise was to familiarize and display the U.S. Army's anti-tank capabilities while interacting with the JGSDF, Romero said.

Staff Sgt. Mark Gavin of Napa, Calif., squad leader with Company C, 1-14th Infantry enjoyed the opportunity to trade more tactical training with the JGDSF. Gavin was one of five chosen to fire the AT4 during the demonstration.

"I've never had the opportunity to work with another professional army," Gavin said. "It is easy to work with them. They know how to think tactically, and we think the same."

Sgt. 1st Class Tsuyoshi Suzumura with the JGSDF, was impressed by the demonstration.

"They were very loud," Suzumura said.

Spc. Kristoffer Eszlinger, armorer with Company A, 1-14th Infantry, enjoys the cultural experience of training with the Japanese. What he enjoys most is the similarities between the two forces, especially the professionalism and discipline.

"It just proves that no matter where you go, a Soldier's a Soldier," Eszlinger said.

Orient Shield 12 is slated to culminate with a field-training exercise designed to encompass all tasks and topics trained on during the functional phase of training.

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