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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers line up outside a C-130J

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, line up outside a C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, before a personnel drop, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

Loadmasters adjust static lines in a C-130J

Senior Airman Melique Suber Weeks, left, and Staff Sgt. Jay-Peter Tuazon, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, adjust static lines in a C-130J Super Hercules on Yokota Air Base, Japan, before a personnel drop Nov. 15, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

A C-130J instructor pilot briefs Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumpmasters inside a C-130J

Maj. David Ince, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules instructor pilot, center, briefs Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumpmasters inside a C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, before a personnel drop, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers gather next to a U.S. Air Force C-130J

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, gather next to a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, before a personnel drop, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers perform gear checks

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, perform gear checks at Yokota Air Base, Japan, before a personnel drop, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier smiles before boarding a C-130J

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier, assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, smiles before boarding a C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, before a personnel drop, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers line up outside a C-130J

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, line up outside a C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, before a personnel drop, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumpmasters prepare to jump from a C-130J

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumpmasters assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, prepare to jump from a C-130J Super Hercules at the Hijudai drop zone, Japan, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers step inside a C-130J

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, step inside a C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, before a personnel drop, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier prepares to jump from a C-130J
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, prepares to jump from a C-130J Super Hercules at the Hijudai drop zone, Japan, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier prepares to jump from a C-130J
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, prepares to jump from a C-130J Super Hercules at the Hijudai drop zone, Japan, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier jumps from a C-130J
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, jumps from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at the Hijudai drop zone, Japan, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier jumps from a C-130J
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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, jumps from a C-130J Super Hercules at the Hijudai drop zone, Japan, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

A loadmaster watches Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumpmasters descend above the Hijudai drop zone
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Staff Sgt. Jay-Peter Tuazon, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, watches Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumpmasters descend above Hijudai drop zone, Japan, Nov. 15, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers descend over Hijudai drop zone
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade descend over Hijudai drop zone, Japan, Nov. 15, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)

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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade, line up outside a C-130J Super Hercules at Yokota Air Base, Japan, before a personnel drop, Nov. 15th, 2021. Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing and JGSDF’s 1st Airborne Brigade organized this demonstration of interoperability, bi-lateral training, and the capability to execute a large force insertion on a drop zone of more than 200 personnel. Proper execution of this large-scale ability showcases the strategic importance of engaging in bilateral operations and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jessica Avallone)