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  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Narashino Jump 2021

    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.)
  • U.S-Japan conducts historic airborne operation

    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – In the bright Japanese morning sun, stretched across the flightline, more than 500 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members talk, rehearse jump procedures and shimmy parachute packs onto their backs. All the while, U.S. Air Force Airmen prepare 12 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for a surge unlike any other on record. The first day of history in the making for the U.S. and Japan partnership was full of energy, excitement and critical focus. The 374th Airlift Wing supported the JGSDF, 1st Airborne Brigade, for the largest static-line personnel jump and cargo drop between the U.S. and Japan, for exercise Airborne 21, March 9 to 11.
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