Soldiers from the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force and American Soldiers from Able Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, hold an opening ceremony for their 15-day exercise, "Rising Thunder 18" at the Yakima Training Center, Washington, Aug. 31, 2018. This exercise gives both forces an opportunity to help strengthen allied partnerships, develop readiness and train together as a unified team. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Frances Ariele Tejada.)