JGSDF, JMSDF, Sasebo Security Participate in Guard and Protect Exercise
SASEBO, Japan – Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo’s (CFAS) security department joined the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), 16th Infantry Regiment, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and soldiers from the U.S. Army’s Bravo Company 114th Infantry Div. for its annual Guard and Protect exercise Nov. 8-13, held at of CFAS.
CFAS Security, 30 soldiers from the Army’s Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and 580 members of the JGSDF and JMSDF participated in a variety of scenarios designed to protect CFAS .
"The exercise is important because it lets the JSDF and Japanese citizens know the U.S wants to build a strong and lasting relationship as well as support them in time of need," said Ens. Reico Taylor, CFAS security officer.
The exercise included important base defense scenarios that helped train to minimize enemy effects on critical infrastructure and port operations while denying significant impacts to the local populace.
Taylor said it is necessary that American and Japanese forces train together, because it allows them both to work out any shortfalls in advance, so in the event of a real threat they can operate as a cohesive and efficient team.
For members of the CFAS security team, the Guard and Protect 2012 was a chance to enhance interoperability by working with their Japanese counterparts in defensive counter measure scenarios.
"It’s a necessity for us to be fully mission capable with the JGSDF," said Master-At-Arms 1st Class (SW) Frank Belurgi. "We live and work in their country, so without their support our mission would be difficult to accomplish."
“This training strengthened the foundation of our working relationship,” said CFAS commanding officer, Capt. Charles Rock “It was very meaningful and important to test our capabilities and work side-by-side with our Japanese friends. We will study the lessons learned, come back and do it even better the next time. We look forward to having them back next year.”