Bilateral JXR-26 training held June 2-6
U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward) Soldiers provided support to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members during a five-day exercise held June 2~6, 2014. The bilateral training dubbed Joint Exercise Rescue-26 was based on a large scale earthquake that impacted Shizuoka to Hyuganada areas of Japan. The exercise was based on a credible and dangerous threat that is of primary concern to those in the Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Forces in Japan. JXR-26 was used for improving bilateral cooperation and ease of operations in the event these same forces may need perform it for real. This was also the first time establishing and training a Bilateral Aviation Response Team or BART made up of U.S. Army UH-60 helicopters and Soldiers and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Central Readiness Force members and equipment in a lifesaving scenario.