HomeNewsArticle Display

US, Japan forces work together during Keen Sword

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members prepare to construct a container delivery system bundle at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2016. As part of Keen Sword 17, U.S. and Japan Self-Defense Force members participated in C-17 Globemaster III tie-down training, UH-1N Iroquois night flight familiarization and C-130 Hercules container delivery system bundle drops, each designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability within the framework of the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott/Released)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers prepare to construct a container delivery system bundle at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 7, 2016. As part of Keen Sword 17, U.S. and Japan Self-Defense Force members participated in C-17 Globemaster III tie-down training, UH-1N Huey night flight familiarization and C-130 Hercules container delivery system bundle drops, each designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability within the framework of the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Delano Scott)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and 36th Airlift Squadron members load container delivery system bundles onto a C-130 Hercules during Keen Sword 2017, Nov. 10, 2016, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Keen Sword is the largest joint, bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. military and the Japan Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald Hudson/Released)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and 36th Airlift Squadron members load container delivery system bundles onto a C-130 Hercules during Keen Sword 2017, Nov. 10, 2016, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Keen Sword is the largest joint, bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. military and the Japan Self-Defense Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Donald Hudson)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force container delivery system bundles parachute to a drop zone after being dropped out of a C-130 Hercules during Keen Sword 2017, Nov. 10, 2016, over the Kyushu prefecture, Japan. Keen Sword is designed to practice the critical capabilities to support the defense of Japan, and to respond to a potential crisis or contingency in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald Hudson/Released)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force container delivery system bundles parachute to a drop zone after being dropped out of a C-130 Hercules during Keen Sword 2017, Nov. 10, 2016, over the Kyushu prefecture, Japan. Keen Sword is designed to practice the critical capabilities to support the defense of Japan, and to respond to a potential crisis or contingency in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Donald Hudson)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- Members from the Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Forces, Japan, came together for Keen Sword 2017 at Yokota Air Base from Oct. 30 – Nov. 11.

KS17 involved U.S. forces and the JSDF from all components of both militaries, training to conduct bilateral operations in support of the defense of Japan.

“Operational readiness is a guiding principle for U.S. Forces, Japan,” said Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, the U.S. Forces, Japan and Fifth Air Force commander. “KS17 is an opportunity to increase readiness by providing a realistic training environment for U.S. forces and the JSDF to practice, evaluate and improve our coordination procedures and interoperability requirements.”

At Yokota, U.S. and JSDF military members participated in variety of training exercises, each designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability within the framework of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

“During the first week of Keen Sword, we held a pair of subject matter expert exchange events (SMEE) between the 374th Operations Group and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, 1st Airborne Brigade, from Camp Narashino in Chiba prefecture,” said Capt. James McKinney, a 374th OG C-130 Hercules instructor navigator. “The events focused around an exchange of professional knowledge between airborne-qualified soldiers and jumpmasters.”

This was the first time the U.S. Air Force and JGSDF jumpmasters at Camp Narashino participate in bilateral SMEE.

The second week of KS17 focused on preparing and airdropping container delivery system bundles. In a collaborative effort, the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight offered up space in their hanger to accommodate JGSDF personnel to build their CDS bundles.

“After the bundles were built and our Joint Airdrop Inspectors made their final safety inspections, we airdropped the bundles on Nov. 10.”

During the exercise, U.S. and JASDF military members also participated in C-17 Globemaster III tie-down training and UH-1N Huey night flight familiarization.

McKinney said that exercises such as KS17 provide an indispensable real-world training environment for enhancing mutual understanding of each country's tactics, communication protocols, procedures and general interoperability.

“This exercise has given us confidence that in whatever contingency, we will be able to use the maximum amount of resources available to respond,” McKinney said. “With the relationships we built at Keen Sword, we can, in the future, work together more effectively. Keen Sword offered us flexibility in how to respond to contingencies while also giving us the proof that we can all cooperate to accomplish the same mission.”

Engage

Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: For #HispanicHeritageMonth, we're celebrating the stories of Hispanic & Latino Airmen! @188thWG SSgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez…
Twitter
#TotalForce Airmen participate in night operations during a base-wide, total force exercise @HAFB. Airmen & pilots… https://t.co/kJYNKwHY7n
Twitter
RT @USAFReserve: California fires/smoke no match for UTA Airmen - https://t.co/pJysQ6snRh (Story by the @940Wing) #ReserveReady #ReserveRes
Twitter
Whistleblowers are NOT insider threats. Learn the difference and how you can appropriately report questionable gove… https://t.co/AaTvBfHcTv
Twitter
SrA Denise Arabie, 319th Operations Support Squadron radar approach controller @319thRW, describes the importance o… https://t.co/zkwMx6Qw3i
Twitter
RT @173rdFW: "I may have lost everything, but thanks to the support we’ve found here, I’m going to be back on my feet inside of a few weeks…
Twitter
.@GenCQBrownJr & @cmsaf_official sat down and discussed how the Air Force will continue exempting Airmen from PT t… https://t.co/bWVig9fSOW
Twitter
SrA Mark Gonzalez describes how his job enables the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber to support the Bomber Task Force depl… https://t.co/sceKCtM3Pz
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: Our Airmen come from all walks of life — and we are stronger for it. Staff Sgt. Kalinin, 56th Force Support Squadron ALS…
Twitter
“It's critical to have that diversity in the Air Force that we have today because it is truly through that diversit… https://t.co/RIDQDjdlCr
Twitter
F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron @EielsonAirForce takeoff in support of exercise Valia… https://t.co/cf0raGgEUD
Twitter
RT @USAF_ACC: "This test, and others like it, can shape the future of the MQ-9, as we continue to increase its relevance in great power com…
Twitter
"We cannot rest on our laurels. It is all about the people, folks, and they will guarantee our readiness, and are f… https://t.co/BsNDUSw0wE
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: USAFCENT Airmen and coalition partners are executing missions of national, regional and global importance and Exercise Desert…
Twitter
In March 2019, @AFSpecOpsCmd received its first Block 30 AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. Referred to as “the ultimate b… https://t.co/V9FoDThYRQ
Twitter
As the Joint Force transitioned from a Continuous Bomber Presence posture in the Indo-Pacific theater to a Dynamic… https://t.co/u8JlA3GaeF
Twitter
As of August 2020, The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, has flown 64 missions into 12 s… https://t.co/CFtHJ8HDXG
Twitter
.@AFGlobalStrike tackled B-1B readiness issues head-on by readying the fleet with a roadmap to recovery over a 2-yr… https://t.co/dEfZemGKbb
Twitter
As we celebrate 73 years of the U.S. Air Force, we remember the heroes we are proud to have served with. Today we… https://t.co/3pdHX3DvIn
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,280,985
Follow Us