CAMP ASAKA, JAPAN
Army Sgt. 1st Class Tony Bowling (left), first sergeant for Headquarters Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command out of Fort Shafter, Hawaii, gets a lesson in the art of Calligraphy from Sgt. Maj. Kazuhiko Shimizu of the JGSDF's 104th General Support Battalion, Dec. 3, 2008, at the camp's Freedom Room. Bowling, who hails from Canton, Ill., is one of more than 1,000 American Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen participating in Yama Sakura 55, along with their counterparts from the Japanese ground, air and maritime services. Yama Sakura is a bilateral U.S.-Japan, computerized command post exercise designed to better the defense of Japan, and to protect each country's interests throughout East Asia. Many actually started arriving setting up operations about three weeks prior to the exercise starting. This year's exercise marks the 27th year Japanese and American forces have tested their ability to work together and their capability to defend the Japanese islands. YS55, which officially began, Dec. 7 with a ceremony on the grounds of the JGSDF Transportation School, runs until Dec. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Roy Henry)
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