36th Airlift Squadron, JGSDF team up for jump training

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  • By Staff Sgt. Braden Anderson
  • 347th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Yokota’s own 36th Airlift Squadron and members from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force teamed up in an effort to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance by executing training jumps over Narashino drop zone, Chiba, Japan, Nov. 10, 2022.

Approximately 121 JGSDF paratroopers from the 1st Airborne Brigade jumped from C-130J aircraft assigned to the 36th AS for multiple days, sustaining the wing’s airlift capabilities and its effectiveness to transport and insert JGSDF personnel.

“We are demonstrating our capability to operate as a joint unit in real-world or contingency scenarios,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeff Breaugh, 36th AS mission commander. “This is an opportunity for us to practice and train to either airdrop JGSDF personnel or airdrop U.S. personnel to Japanese ground forces with their pathfinders on the ground.”

Jumpmasters from the JGSDF coordinated with 36th AS pilots and mission planners to help ensure the overall effectiveness of the jump training and safety of the paratroopers. This training provided 36th AS aircrews the opportunity to communicate directly with JGSDF personnel and make necessary adjustments during the preparation phase and while conducting the training in flight.

“This training allows us to share techniques, tactics and procedures to develop new and innovative ways to airdrop and deliver personnel,” said Breaugh. “We are constantly building ties with our Japan Ground Self-Defense Force counterparts, effectively using our resources, and cooperating in a joint environment to execute our mission.

This specific jump is just one training event between U.S. and Japan forces that emphasizes the U.S. and Japan’s commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, all while showcasing the capabilities of the 374th Airlift wing as well as the JGSDF.