U.S. Forces, Japan

 

Memorial Day in the Pacific area of responsibility has special significance to everyone stationed in Japan. We have the privilege to serve near the hallowed grounds and waters where so many Americans fought and died during World War II to preserve our freedoms and way of life. We encourage all Americans to pause and reflect this weekend on the generations of patriots who gave their lives for their country. Memorial Day is about honoring the legacy of our fallen warriors - past and present.

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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - A Marine with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, uses hand signals to communicate with fellow Marine jumpers in a C-130 Hercules over Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 11, 2016. The training not only allowed the Marines to practice jumping, but it also allowed the Yokota aircrews to practice flight tactics and timed-package drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott/Released)
CAMP FUJI, Japan - Thousands of Japanese residents strolled through the gate of Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji for its annual Friendship Festival May 7. “The festival was really fun,” said Ayumi Tereda, a festival attendee. “We don’t always get the chance to see the aircraft such as the Osprey, so getting to see the inside of the Osprey was my favorite part.” (Photo by Marine Cpl. Daniel Jean-Paul)
CAMP ZAMA, Japan — U.S. Army Garrison Japan’s Religious Support Office hosted its National Prayer Breakfast May 5 at Camp Zama Community Club. Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force were also in attendance. “National Day of Prayer,” was established by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and is held the first Thursday in May each year.(U.S. Army photo by Honey Nixon)
CAMP ZAMA, Japan — Soldiers from U.S. Army Medical Activity-Japan conducted joint, tactical combat casualty care training with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members April 28 at Camp Zama’s Dewey Park. The training was conducted in medical lanes, which covered three phases of casualty care training and incorporated the medical interventions and equipment used by Soldiers. This provided JGSDF an opportunity to get a better understanding of how the U.S. employs medical treatments in a tactical scenario.(U.S. Army photo by Alia Naffouj)
KUMAMOTO, Japan - Lt. Gen. John Dolan, U.S. Forces, Japan and 5th Air Force commander, talks to Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, while flying on a Japanese Air Self-Defense Force C-1 heading to Kumamoto City, Japan, April 29, 2016. Dolan and Kennedy visited Kumamoto Prefecture to get a first-hand look at the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes that hit the region and to show their support of the U.S.-Japan partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)
KUMAMOTO, Japan - Lt. Gen. John Dolan, U.S. Forces, Japan and 5th Air Force commander, and Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, discuss the benefits of the Japan and U.S. military partnerships with members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force in Kumamoto City, Japan, April 29, 2016. Dolan and Kennedy visited Kumamoto Prefecture to get a first-hand look at the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes that hit the region and to show their support of the U.S.-Japan partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)