U.S. and Japan Army medical staff unite at Yama Sakura 75

By Sgt. Erica EarlDecember 14, 2018

Col. Mikio Takeshima, M.D. Northern Army Headquarters surgeon, Japan Ground Self Defense Force (left) signs a medical support agreement with Col Robert Forsten, D.O., America's First Corps surgeon, during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 10, 2018.  This agreement allows mutual medical support between the forces as needed, including patient evacuation, casualty treatment and patient logistics, during the course of the exercise. Yama Sakura is a bilateral exercise that combines the capabilities of the U.S. Army and the JGSDF and solidifies the working relationship between the forces.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Erica Earl
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Mikio Takeshima, M.D. Northern Army Headquarters surgeon, Japan Ground Self Defense Force (left) signs a medical support agreement with Col Robert Forsten, D.O., America's First Corps surgeon, during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 10, 2018. This agreement allows mutual medical support between the forces as needed, including patient evacuation, casualty treatment and patient logistics, during the course of the exercise. Yama Sakura is a bilateral exercise that combines the capabilities of the U.S. Army and the JGSDF and solidifies the working relationship between the forces. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Erica Earl (Photo Credit: Sgt. Erica Earl) VIEW ORIGINAL