31st MEU conducting Japan Observer Exchange Program

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CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan, - Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Western Army, and U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, race toward the shore at Kin Blue training area outside Camp Hansen, during the Japan Observer Exchange Program here, July 19, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by SSgt T.T. Parish)(RELEASED)
CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan, - Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Western Army, and U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, race toward the shore at Kin Blue training area outside Camp Hansen, during the Japan Observer Exchange Program here, July 19, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by SSgt T.T. Parish)(RELEASED)

31st MEU conducting Japan Observer Exchange Program

by: Staff Sgt. T. T. Parish | .
U.S. Marine Corps | .
published: July 23, 2016

31st MEU and JGSDF are conducting several interoperability exercises to include swim qualification; Shallow Water and Egress Trainer; small boat basic skills training; and close air support skills training during the 12-day program.

The JOEP will allow the JGSDF troops to observe and practice a series of amphibious operations training events conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps. The program will improve the individual tactical skills of the JGSDF troops and enhance the partnership between the U.S. and Japan.

The observation and training by the JGSDF troops demonstrate the continued commitment of the United States and Japan to strengthen the relationship between our militaries and maintain a strong partnership to protect Japan from external aggression.

U.S. and Japanese Forces have a long history of working together, and we value every opportunity to learn from one another and maintain the readiness of our militaries.

For more information on the mission and history of the 31st MEU, contact 31st MEU Public Affairs Officer, Capt. Jennifer Giles, at Jennifer.Giles@usmc.mil or visit the unit’s websites at www.31stmeu.marines.mil/, or www.facebook.com/31stMEU.