Illinois Guard, Japan Ground Force bring success to Rising Thunder 19





The soldiers of the Illinois Army National Guard and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force engages in their combined arms live fire exercise, closing out Rising Thunder 19, at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Wash., Sept. 11, 2019. Rising Thunder is an annual exercise joining the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) and is part of Pacific Pathways 19-3. Rising Thunder 2019 is also a United States Army Pacific-sponsored capstone event featuring U.S. Army units from the 7th Infantry Division and the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 108th Sustainment Brigade. The exercise includes company/platoon unilateral and bilateral training events in two phases, culminating with a bilateral live-fire exercise.

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