Photo Credit: Sgt. Nathan Hastings, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
A Soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 26th Infantry Regiment stands in formation with bayonet fixed during the opening ceremony of Orient Shield XI on Nov. 2. The two-week exercise in Kami-Furano, Japan partners the Japanese military with U.S. forces. The Missouri Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 138th Infantry Regiment is working with the Japanese military as both sides exchange tactics and ideas to improve the U.S. alliance with Japan.