U.S., Japanese Soldiers Conduct Training During Exercise Rising Thunder

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. soldiers drive their tactical vehicles during exercise Rising Thunder on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 16, 2013. The soldiers are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The U.S. Army-hosted exercise builds interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austan Owen
  • A U.S. soldier loads his .50-caliber machine gun during a joint platoon exercise on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 16, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austan Owen
  • U.S. and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers discuss their next move during a joint platoon exercise on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 16, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austan Owen
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Kenton Miller takes aim at a simulated target with an M4 carbine during a joint platoon exercise on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 16, 2013. Miller is assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austan Owen
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Kenton Miller, right, and U.S. Army Spc. James Irvine look through the optic lenses on their weapons during a joint platoon exercise on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 16, 2013. Miller and Irvine are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austan Owen
  • Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force tanks form a bounding overwatch line after completing their part of a live fire during a joint platoon exercise on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 17, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Bunn
  • U.S. Army Spc. Gearl Girrens, right, spots targets for U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Fredricksen during a joint platoon live-fire training exercise on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 17, 2013. Girrens, a rifleman, and Fredricksen, a squad automatic weapon gunner, are assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Company B, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Bunn
  • A U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota helicopter lands to pick up a simulated casualty during a joint medical training exercise on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 17, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Bunn
  • U.S. Army and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force medics unload a medical dummy from a UH-72 Lakota medical evacuation helicopter during a joint medical training exercise on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 17, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Bunn
  • U.S. Army and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force medics transport a medical dummy from a UH-72 Lakota medical evacuation helicopter during a joint medical training exercise on Yakima Training Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 17, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Bunn