U.S. Marines, JGSDF soldiers conduct joint training during Exercise Active Shield

The U.S. Marines has conducted joint training with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers during Exercise Active Shield at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan from Oct. 17 to 18.

The exercise helped simulating real-world scenarios that helped the soldiers identify and react to potential security risks.

“Active Shield is a bilateral, multi-day exercise we conduct with the JGSDF,” said U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matthew Brattain, the deputy provost marshal with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. “This year we spread out to multiple installations with in the base cluster, going to several ammunition depots north of here to conduct security support for the 10th Regional Support Group and Army organizations.”

The exercise built cohesion between JGSDF and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) by bringing them together to collaborate and respond to each situation as one unit.

Station operations, the Provost Marshal’s Office, Security Augmentation Forces, the station fire departments and hazardous materials response team, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 and Combat Logistics Company 36 worked with the JGSDF 13th Brigade 46th Regiment military police and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Guard Section Observe to make this year’s exercise successful.

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

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