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The 16th Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Regimental Combat Team color guard stands in front of the formation rendering a salute as both national anthems play during an opening ceremony for Operation Rising Thunder Sept. 4 at the Yakima Training Center, Wash. The operation is an annual exercise that involves units from Japan and the United States; this year marks the 20th anniversary of the joint training. The multi-echelon combined training event aims to exercise and develop all war-fighting functions for both Japanese and U.S. forces. (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Miriam Espinoza-Torres, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

PHOTO BY: Dr. Ernest Gunasekara-Rockwell
VIRIN: 220711-F-YT915-001.PNG
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