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U.S. Air Force executes paradrop training at Kadena to maintain readiness for defense of Japan

17-022 | Sept. 21, 2017

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Sixteen U.S. service members completed daytime paradrop training at Kadena Air Base’s Ridout drop zone today in order to maintain critical readiness requirements for the defense of Japan. 


The training was planned and executed to standard, with all jumpers landing within the bounds of the drop zone.


According to agreements between the Government of Japan and the United States, the training range at Ie Shima is the primary drop zone for overland paradrop training in Okinawa. However, under certain circumstances, the U.S. military is required to use alternate drop zones such as Ridout at Kadena Air Base.


The use of Ridout today was necessary due to an extended closure of the Ie Shima range for recertification training of range personnel.


The SACO agreement established Ie Shima as the primary overland drop zone for U.S. military paradrop training to replace the Yomitan drop zone. The SACO agreement did not address the Kadena drop zone. Bilateral agreements allow for the use of Kadena as an alternate location when Ie Shima is not available.


The U.S. military works diligently to accomplish all of its overland paradrop training at Ie Shima while balancing critical operational requirements. However, in 2016 alone, poor weather, rough sea conditions, drop zone closures and scheduling conflicts at Ie Shima resulted in 133 days of lost training potential.


Today's jump was only the third time the Ridout drop zone has been used this year. By contrast, paradrop training has been conducted 63 times at Ie Shima so far in 2017.


Paradrop training is designed to maintain the readiness of search and rescue units and other U.S. forces to support commitments to the defense of Japan and to meet U.S. obligations under the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.


Ie Shima continues to be the primary location for overland U.S. military paradrop training in Okinawa.


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パラシュート訓練は、日本の防衛に対する義務を支えるため、そして日米相互協力{にちべい そうご きょうりょく}および安全保障条約の下、米国の責務を果たすための捜索救助部隊や他の米軍の即応性を維持するために計画されています。




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