• Lt. Col. Jonathan Larsen, Battalion Commander with 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, emphasizes the importance of bilateral cooperation in order to effectively destroy enemy forces during Operation Golden Dragon.  Leadership from 1-14th stood alongside their Japanese Ground Self Defense Force members as they discussed the detailed plan for the simulated battle taking place at the end of Orient Shield 12.  Orient Shield is an annual exercise co-sponsored by Japan and U.S. Army Pacific designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability at the tactical level.  Orient Shield is slated to end Nov. 7.

    U.S., Japan Prepare for Mock Battle during Orient Shield 12

    Lt. Col. Jonathan Larsen, Battalion Commander with 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, emphasizes the importance of bilateral cooperation in order to effectively destroy enemy forces during Operation Golden Dragon...

  • Lt. Col. Takeuchi with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force describes the plan of maneuvers for the Japan Defense Force during a rock drill planning session with U.S. Soldiers and JGSDF Members as a part of Orient Shield 12 at Aibano Training Area, Shiga, Japan.  The rock drill is part of the planning stages for the simulated battle that is the culminating training event at the end of the two-week bilateral training exercise. Orient Shield 12 is a premier exercise aimed to strengthen the relationship between U.S. and Japan while increasing interoperability through exchange of tactics, techniques, and experience. Orient Shield 12, the 13th iteration of the exercise, is set to close on Nov. 7.

    U.S., Japan Prepare for Mock Battle during Orient Shield 12

    Lt. Col. Takeuchi with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force describes the plan of maneuvers for the Japan Defense Force during a rock drill planning session with U.S. Soldiers and JGSDF Members as a part of Orient Shield 12 at Aibano Training Area...

The 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment from the 25th Infantry Division and the 33rd Infantry Regiment from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force plan maneuvers during a rock drill planning session as a part of Orient Shield 12 at Aibano Training Area, Shiga, Japan. The rock drill is part of the planning stages for the simulated battle that is the culminating training event at the end of the two-week bilateral training exercise. Orient Shield 12 is a premier exercise aimed to strengthen the relationship between U.S. and Japan while increasing interoperability through exchange of tactics, techniques, and experience. Orient Shield 12, the 13th iteration of the exercise, is set to close on Nov. 7.

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