CAMP ASAKA, JAPAN
Photo Credit: Maj. John H. Alderman IV
From the left Major Max Moore, chief of future plans for Chuqiak-based U.S. Army Alaska, and Air Force Capt. Melissa Couture enjoy the local cuisine at the camp's Friendship Hall, Dec. 4, 2008, with Capt. Norihisa Yonada, training officer for the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force 1st Airborne Brigade. Moore, who hails from Queens, N.Y., is among the more than 1,000 American Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force personnel 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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