Joint Exercise Rescue-24
By U.S. Army
July 25, 2012
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Members of the Deployable Assessment Team participating in Joint Exercise Rescue-24, Sgt. 1st Class Sherwin Cruz, U.S. Army Japan/I Corps Forward (left), Master Sgt. Derrick Hamilton, U.S. Army Pacific, Contingency Command Post (top center), Capt. Daniel Rowland (kneeling) and Capt. Jeff Anderson (top right center), U.S. Army Japan/I Corps Forward and pilots from the 78th Aviation unload equipment from a UH60 Blackhawk helicopter at Camp Asaka, Japan on 17 July 2012. (Photo by MAJ Edward K. Hooks, U.S. Army Pacific, Contingency Command Post Public Affairs)
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Sgt. 1st Class Lazaro Hernandezsire, Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear noncommissioned officer, U.S. Army, Japan demonstrated the Deployable Assessment Team's light-weight deployable asset and capabilities of the Aspen 1800 Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System to Lt. Gen. Yoshikazu Watanabe, commanding general of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF) Eastern Army (center) and staff during Joint Exercise Rescue-24 at Camp Asaka, Japan on 20 July 2012. (Photo by Master Sgt. Derrick Hamilton, U.S. Army Pacific, Contingency Command Post Civil Affairs)
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Lt. Gen. Yoshikazu Watanabe, commanding general of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces Eastern Army and Lt. Col. Curtis A. Gibson, Deployable Assessment Team Leader toasts to U.S. and Japanese bilateral relationship with a cup of purified water from the Deployable Assessment Team's Aspen 1800 Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System demonstration at Camp Asaka, Japan on 20 July 2012. (Photo by Master Sgt. Derrick Hamilton, U.S. Army Pacific, Contingency Command Post Civil Affairs)
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Lt. Gen. Yoshikazu Watanabe, commanding general of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF) Eastern Army (center) met with Lt. Col. Curtis A. Gibson, Deployable Assessment Team Leader (center left), MAJ Eric S. Bankei, Liaison Officer to the JGSDF and Central Readiness Force, Akiko Hirakawa, interpreter, U.S. Army Japan (center left), Maj. Chihoko Kiya, intelligence officer, JGSDF Eastern Army (center right) and Capt. Daniel M. Rowland, planner, U.S. Army Japan to discuss the progress of Deployable Assessment Team during Joint Exercise Rescue-24 at Camp Asaka, Japan on 19 July 2012.
CAMP ASAKA, Japan -- U.S. Army Japan (USAR-J) and U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) forces participated in the first bilateral Joint Exercise Rescue-24 with Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces at Camp Asaka, Japan 17-20 July, 2012.
USARJ's I Corps Forward Deployable Assessment Team (DAT), augmented by members of the USARPAC Contingency Command Post, responded to a simulated large-scale earthquake in the Tokyo Metropolitan area providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through joint and interagency coordination.
The DAT rapidly deploys to disaster areas and establishes command and control, makes assessments, provides situational awareness to higher and coordinates required joint military assistance.
JXR-24 allowed the DAT to further develop its ability to deploy and validate standard operating procedures and tactics and techniques to improve coordination with their Japanese counterparts.
The DAT's participation further demonstrates U.S. commitment and capacity to assist the people of Japan during times of crisis.
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