Exercise Yama Sakura 57
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"We will seek a partnership with Afghanistan grounded in mutual respect - to isolate those who destroy; to strengthen those who build; to hasten the day when our troops will leave; and to forge a lasting friendship in which America is your partner, and never your patron."
- President Obama stressing that the United States is not interested in occupying Afghanistan or subjugating its people.
Obama calls for another 30,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan
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Exercise Yama Sakura 57
What is it?
Exercise Yama Sakura 57 is a regularly-scheduled U.S./Japan bilateral exercise co-hosted by the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC). Yama Sakura (Japanese for Mountain Cherry Blossom), is a full-spectrum operations (FSO) focused combined, command-post exercise (CPX) with U.S. and Japanese Self-Defense Forces focused on the defense of Japan. This year Japan's Northern Army will host the exercise at Camp Higashi-Chitose on Hokkaido from Dec. 7-12, 2009. The exercise is designed to promote cooperation among the two militaries while sharing training, cultural exchanges and improving partnership readiness. Approximately 1,500 U.S. military personnel and 3,500 JSDF personnel are participating this year.
What has the Army done?
This year, the U.S. Army Pacific's Contingency Command Post (CCP) and I Corps (Forward) will form the core of the command and control element for U.S. forces. This will be the first training deployment for the Japan-based I Corps (Forward.) This exercise exemplifies a continued commitment by the U.S. and Japan to work as dedicated partners in support of the U.S./Japan Security Alliance.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Exercise Yama Sakura is a rare opportunity in today's Army that adds value in the training arena as it is the only scenario available in the Army that provides a venue for a JFLCC Headquarters to exercise Full Spectrum Operations (FSO) in a supported exercise with a multi-lateral treaty partner using a scenario against a more conventional enemy threat. Next year, I Corps, based in Fort Lewis, Wa., will be the training audience.
Why is this important to the Army?
This exercise is proof of the strength of our close, long-standing relationship with Japan and the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces. As we prepare to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the U.S. and Japan, Yama Sakura shows how we are looking to the future and continuing to deepen our strong ties of mutual support and friendship.
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Information on Yama Sakura 2009
- President explains strategic choices, calls for unity (The U.S. Army)
- Obama adds troops, but maps exit plan (The New York Times)
- With key role, Gates stands to get credit -- or blame (Wall Street Journal)
- Obama: U.S. security is still at stake (The Washington Post)
- Karzai appeared happy after Obama videoconference (USA Today)
- Between the lines, an expansion in Pakistan (The New York Times)
- Opinion: The Afghan-Pakistan solution (Wall Street Journal)
- Strain of military service meets resolve (The New York Times)
- A wounded West Point graduate returns on a big night (The Seattle Times)
- New laser weapon can safely destroy IEDs from distance (UPI)
- Army wants mental exam for Fort Hood suspect (The Washington Post)
- Mix-up denied officials info about Fort Hood suspect (NPR)
- Soldier's mom sues over letter stamped 'deceased' (The Huffington Post)
- Former Army nurse gets prison in hepatitis C case (The Washington Post)
- President Obama invokes memory of 9/11 as he outlines vision for Afghan war (London Times)
- U.S. commander says it's time to take battle to Taliban (The Guardian)
- Afghanistan: Stanley McChrystal warns of more troop deaths (London Daily Telegraph)
- Afghans react to Obama troop plan (Al Jazeera)
- Taliban vow to fight U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan (BBC)
- NATO makes 'substantial' troop pledge for Afghanistan (BBC)
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