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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Narashino Jump 2021

Japan Ground Self-Defense soldiers exercise in formation.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, perform jump rehearsal at Yokota Air Base, May 20, 2021. JGSDF members rehearse their jump procedures before boarding aircraft to ensure successful operations in-flight. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas.)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers line up outside a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, line up outside a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, May 20, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized personnel drop at JGSDF’s Narashino training field in Chiba Prefecture, Funabashi City. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Japan Ground Self-Defense soldiers in the loading bay of a C-130J Super Hercules.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, onboard a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, May 20, 2021. This jump involved one hundred and forty-three JGSDF personnel delivered by three C-130J’s (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers use a static-line in a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, conduct static-line training in a C-130J Super Hercules at Narashino training area, Chiba Prefecture, Funabashi city, May 20, 2021. The 374th Airlift Wing provided three C-130J aircraft to carry the 1st Airborne to the designated drop zone. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas.)

Airman with flight mask and equipment at the personnel door of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

Staff Sgt. Toiannah Campbell, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules instructor loadmaster, displays a countdown hand gesture for accompanying Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumpmasters above Narashino training area at Chiba Prefecture, Funabashi City, May 20, 2021. This week’s event if one of many partnership training opportunities between Yokota Air Base and JGSDF. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas.)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers parachute from a C-130J Super Hercules

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade descend from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron over JGSDF Narashino Training Area, Japan, May 20, 2021, during a bilateral airborne jump. Hundred forty-three JASDF paratroopers conducted airborne jump from U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron to improve tactical skills necessary for airborne operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Japan Ground Self-Defense soldiers parachute

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade descend from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron over JGSDF Narashino Training Area, Japan, May 20, 2021, during a bilateral airborne jump. Hundred forty-three JASDF paratroopers conducted airborne jump from U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron to improve tactical skills necessary for airborne operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers use binoculars to look at aircraft.

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force pathfinders assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade checks weather ballon to measure wind drift for airborne during bilateral airborne jump at JGSDF Narashino Training Area, Japan, May 20, 2021. Hundred forty-three JASDF paratroopers conducted airborne jump from U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron to improve tactical skills necessary for airborne operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Japan Ground Self-Defense soldier parachutes from aircraft

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade descends from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron over JGSDF Narashino Training Area, Japan, May 20, 2021, during a bilateral airborne jump. Hundred forty-three JASDF paratroopers conducted airborne jump from U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron to improve tactical skills necessary for airborne operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Japan Ground Self-Defense soldier walks through field with rifle.
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force solider assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade proceeds to a meeting point after completing airborne jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at JGSDF Narashino Training Area, Japan, May 20, 2021. Hundred forty-three JASDF paratroopers conducted airborne jump from U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron to improve tactical skills necessary for airborne operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Yokota Air Base, Japan -- Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, perform jump rehearsal at Yokota Air Base, May 20, 2021. JGSDF members rehearse their jump procedures before boarding aircraft to ensure successful operations in-flight. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas.)