US, Japanese troops conduct simulated attack near Osaka
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published: September 20, 2016
U.S. and Japanese troops have been firing mortars and machine guns and conducting simulated attacks in armored personnel carriers and helicopters during annual Orient Shield drills near Osaka, Japan.
The exercise, which began Aug. 29 as part of the Army’s Pacific Pathways initiative, allows both militaries to assess their readiness to cooperate with each other, said Col. Robert Ryan, 3rd Brigade commander.
“The best part about the exercise is that a soldier is a soldier and a leader is a leader,” he said via email. “And they get after the fundamentals and the foundation of what we are, whether we are infantry, artillery, mortars, food service or logistics.”
About 600 U.S. soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, are taking part in the exercise, along with 80 soldiers — and eight Stryker armored personnel carriers — from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., said Capt. Ramee Opperude, a 25th Infantry Division spokesman.