Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Bell, USARPAC PAO
Col. Thomas Kunk, U.S. Army Pacific Contingency Command Post G-3 and Col. Sumio Yamashita, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Middle Army G-3 prepare to discuss operations during a mock press conference at Camp Itami, Japan Feb. 2. The press conference is part of Yama Sakura 61. Yama Sakura is an annual, Japan-based, simulation-driven, joint-bilateral command post exercise held with JGSDF and U.S. forces. Yama Sakura is designed to enhance U.S. and Japan combat readiness and interoperability and strengthen military relationships.