Military exercise opens in spirit of friendship
Photo Credit: Sgt. Gerardo DeAvila
Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general, United States Army, Pacific, and Lt. Gen. Takeshi Sakai, commanding general, Northern Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, shake hands to conclude the opening ceremony of Exercise Yama Sakura 57. More than 1,500 U.S. military personnel and nearly 3,500 members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force are taking part in the exercise from Dec. 7-13. Yama Sakura, which means "mountain cherry blossom," is an annual, bilateral exercise designed to strengthen military operations and ties between the U.S. Army and the JGSDF.
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