Photo Credit: Spc. Denise Durbin-Carlton, 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
1st Sgt. Myra L. Austin shares a snack with one of the children at the orpanage Jan. 29 during Yama Sakura 59. The visit to the orphanage was part of a cultural exchange opportunity for U.S. servicemembers to interact with the citizens of Japan. Austin is the first sergeant for the U.S. Army Pacific Intelligence and Sustainment Company in Fort Shafter, Hawaii. "I visited the orphanage because I wanted the children to know that there are people, even outside of Japan, who care enough about them to spend some time with them," said Austin. YS59 is an annual bilateral joint exercise that strengthens military operations, trust and friendship between the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and the U.S. military and is held this year at Camp Kengun.