America's First Corps concluded its bilateral command post exercise, Yama Sakura 73, Dec. 11, after two weeks of deepening mutual understanding, improving communication skills and strengthening military interoperability between Japanese and U.S. forces.

For 35 years, the United States has been demonstrating its commitment to its strategic and military partnership with Japan through Yama Sakura.

The purpose of the exercise is to enhance U.S. and Japan's combat readiness and interoperability while strengthening bilateral relationships and demonstrating U.S. resolve to support the security interests of allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. During the exercise, U.S. military members and JGSDF members exchange ideas, tactic, techniques, military experiences, and culture.