Marines join Okinawan exercise to prepare for disasters

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Marine Cpl. Kurt Bokern, left, a CH-53E Super Stallion crew chief from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, jumps in and helps his counterparts from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as they carry a simulated casualty from the Super Stallion to a waiting ambulance during Japan's annual Churashima Rescue Exercise, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Strip)
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Marine Cpl. Kurt Bokern, left, a CH-53E Super Stallion crew chief from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, jumps in and helps his counterparts from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force as they carry a simulated casualty from the Super Stallion to a waiting ambulance during Japan's annual Churashima Rescue Exercise, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (Matthew M. Burke/Stars and Strip)

Marines join Okinawan exercise to prepare for disasters

by: Matthew M. Burke | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: July 23, 2016

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marines further solidified their working relationship with Japan’s military Thursday as preparation for a possible emergency in a country that is prone to disasters.

Participating in Japan’s Churashima Rescue Exercise for the second consecutive year, the Marines used their choppers to set up an aerial ambulance service, shuttling “victims” from a mock disaster. The Marines said it was good to work out the kinks, such as navigating the language barrier, prior to an actual disaster.

“What we’re trying to accomplish is just exercise our relations between us and the Japanese,” said Capt. Jared Howells, a CH-53E Super Stallion pilot.

“So if something does happen — disaster relief or if they just need assistance moving something, or really just training in general — we’ve already established the rapport; we know what kind of constraints both parties have, and what abilities both parties have, and we’ve already had an opportunity to overcome those so we’re not running into barriers the first time doing this.”

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