Exercise Yama Sakura enhances U.S. and Japanese combat readiness

By Sgt. Erica EarlDecember 11, 2018

A Soldier from America's First Corps poses in traditional Samurai garb with a model katana at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018.  Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and other units joined the Northern Japan Army in in an evening of food, conversation and cultural activities before the kickoff of the joint training exercise Yama Sakura. Yama Sakura, which means mountain cherry blossom, is a bilateral command post exercise with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in which U.S. and Japanese forces exchange ideas, techniques, military experience and exercise capabilities in defense of Japan. The exercise highlights the strength of the close, long-standing relationship the United States has with Japan and the JGSDF.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Erica Earl
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier from America's First Corps poses in traditional Samurai garb with a model katana at the icebreaker event leading to the start of Yama Sakaura 75 at Camp Higashi Chitose, Japan, Dec 6, 2018. Soldiers from America's First Corps, the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and other units joined the Northern Japan Army in in an evening of food, conversation and cultural activities before the kickoff of the joint training exercise Yama Sakura. Yama Sakura, which means mountain cherry blossom, is a bilateral command post exercise with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in which U.S. and Japanese forces exchange ideas, techniques, military experience and exercise capabilities in defense of Japan. The exercise highlights the strength of the close, long-standing relationship the United States has with Japan and the JGSDF. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Erica Earl (Photo Credit: Sgt. Erica Earl) VIEW ORIGINAL