Rising Thunder 18 is part of U.S. Army Pacific, Pacific Pathways exercise series 18-03. This U.S. Army innovation links a series of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command approved exercises with partner militaries into a single operation to increase partnership and readiness of U.S. Army forces along with allied and partner nation forces.

Approximately 700 U.S. Service Members and 300 Japanese Soldiers will participate in Rising Thunder 2018 over the next two weeks.