Tuesday December 20, 2011
What is it?
Established in 2009, the U.S. Army Japan's I Corps (Forward) is a lean, deployable command and control element and a major subordinate command of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), designed to meet requirements for a limited command and control capability which is immediately available to respond to crisis situations anywhere in the USARPAC area of responsibility.
Based at Camp Zama, Japan, this forward command and control node is primarily focused on supporting U.S. Army current and future enhanced regional security cooperation activities with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force for the execution of military operations in Japan and areas surrounding Japan to accomplish U.S. National Security Objectives. I Corps (Forward) is made up of 92 personnel aligned across all war-fighting functions and is equipped for deployment in support of small scale contingency operation such as a natural disaster or a humanitarian assistance operation.
What has the Army done?
I Corps (Forward) is an operational headquarters at Camp Zama, Japan, with capability and capacity to deter aggression and coercion in a critical region, to defeat aggression against Japan, and to conduct such operations as peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. It supports regional exercises and Army forces assigned to U.S. Force Japan as a regionally deployable C2 headquarters. After the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in May 2011, I Corps (Forward) became the forward command element in Sendai, Japan for U.S. Army Japan, providing command and control for U.S. Army elements in support of Operation Tomodachi. There the unit provided key communication capability for U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Support Force and liaison support to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force in support of humanitarian assistance operations.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
I Corps (Forward) continues to develop its capacity and capabilities through its participation in a series of Japan and regionally based component and joint exercises including Yama Sakura, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, Keen Sword, Keen Edge, Balikatan, Pacific Reach, Talisman Saber, and Cobra Gold.
Why is it important to the Army?
I Corps (Forward) provides U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command the flexibility of having an immediate response command and control element, continuously positioned forward in their area of responsibility, capable of responding immediately to small scale contingency operations such as a natural disaster or a humanitarian assistance mission.
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