Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Miriam EspinozaTorres, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
The 16th Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Regimental Combat Team color guard stands in front of the formation rendering a salute as both national anthems play during an opening ceremony for Operation Rising Thunder, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. The operation is an annual exercise that involves units from Japan and the United States. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the joint training. The multi-echelon combined training event aims to exercise and develop all warfighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. forces.