U.S. Marines, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force complete a bilateral vertical assault and town seizure during Exercise Forest Light Western Army

A Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Member with the 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, ignites a smoke screen during a vertical assault and simulated town seizure for exercise Forest Light Western Army at Kirishima Maneuver Field, Kagoshima, Japan, Jan. 29, 2020. The exercise consists of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined-arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)
A Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Member with the 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, ignites a smoke screen during a vertical assault and simulated town seizure for exercise Forest Light Western Army at Kirishima Maneuver Field, Kagoshima, Japan, Jan. 29, 2020. The exercise consists of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined-arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)

Maj. Bart Lambert, right, executive officer of Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Kouki Watanabe, commanding officer of the JGSDF 12th Infantry Regiment as they stand in front of a Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle after a vertical assault and simulated town seizure during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Kirishima Maneuver Field, Kagoshima, Japan, Jan. 28, 2020. The exercise consists of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined-arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance.  The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps' only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)
Maj. Bart Lambert, right, executive officer of Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Col. Kouki Watanabe, commanding officer of the JGSDF 12th Infantry Regiment as they stand in front of a Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle after a vertical assault and simulated town seizure during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Kirishima Maneuver Field, Kagoshima, Japan, Jan. 28, 2020. The exercise consists of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined-arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)

A Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force Member with the 12th Infantry Regiment, 8th Division, Western Army, ignites a smoke screen during a vertical assault and simulated town seizure for exercise Forest Light Western Army at Kirishima Maneuver Field, Kagoshima, Japan, Jan. 29, 2020. The exercise consists of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined-arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, look toward the objective during a vertical assault and simulated town seizure for exercise Forest Light Western Army at Kirishima Maneuver Field, Kagoshima, Japan, Jan. 28, 2020. The exercise consists of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined-arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)

A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, yells commands during a vertical assault and simulated town seizure as part of exercise Forest Light Western Army at Kirishima Maneuver Field, Kagoshima, Japan, Jan. 28, 2020. The exercise consists of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined-arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, look at a map during a vertical assault and simulated town seizure as part of exercise Forest Light Western Army at Kirishima Maneuver Field, Kagoshima, Japan, Jan. 28, 2020. The exercise consists of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined-arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)

An MV-22B with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, delivers gear to U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, while executing vertical assault and simulated town seizure during exercise Forest Light Western Army at Kirishima Maneuver Field, Kagoshima, Japan, Jan. 28, 2020. The exercise consists of field training events including basic infantry skills, vertical assaults integrated with MV-22B Osprey flight operations, and combined-arms, and enhances the collective defense capabilities of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Audrey M. C. Rampton)

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