Exercise Yama Sakura, Camp Asaka, Japan

Tuesday December 2, 2008

What is it?

Yama Sakura is the most important bilateral exercise the U.S. Army conducts with our closest ally in the Pacific; Japan. Yama Sakura (meaning Mountain Cherry Blossom in Japanese) is a weeklong command post exercise scheduled this year from Dec. 7 to 13 at Camp Asaka, Japan.

What has the Army done?

In the past, I Corps played the pivotal partner and training role, but this year U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC) will test and train the transformed Theater Army command and control structure, including the main command post (MCP), operational command post (OCP), and early entry command post (EECP); as well as four of our theater enabling commands. Both the EECP and OCP will provide the U.S. Pacific command (USPACOM) commander additional flexible command and control throughout the region when their transformation is complete in the coming years. During Yama Sakura, USARPAC will also be further strengthening our ties to the Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) and serving as full partners for the JSDF's ongoing efforts to integrate their service components into joint operations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

USARPAC is heavily engaged in support of USPACOM's Theater Security Cooperation Program and Phase 0 Operations. We build capacity, capability, enhance interoperability and strengthen the bonds of friendship with our neighbors and allies through numerous exercises and exchanges with 36 countries in the Pacific region. These engagements reassure friends and allies of America's long-term commitment to peace and stability in the Pacific region. This year, USARPAC forces will participate in approximately 75 events which include joint, bilateral and multilateral exercises in China, India, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Bangladesh, hilippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Cambodia. Yama Sakura is just one of the five bilateral exercises in which USARPAC and Japan participate. Next year, USARPAC will be major participants in exercises with Japan including Keen Edge, Northwind, Orient Shield, and Rising Warrior. Additionally, the 2009 Pacific Armies Management Seminar will be held in Tokyo.

Why is this important to the Army?

This exercise is a shining example of the continued commitment by the United States and Japan to work as dedicated partners in support of the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance, and for continued peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.


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