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USAF, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members conduct security training, strengthen Misawa interoperability

Bilateral relations

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Private Ren Sugiyama, left, a 5th Infantry Regiment infantryman, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Layson, right, a 35th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, pause for a photo during Guard and Protect training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23, 2019. The exercise allows U.S. and Japanese units to work alongside each other and train together for real-world scenarios. Participating units included the 35th SFS, the JGSDF 9th Division’s 5th and 39th Infantry Regiments, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force 3rd Air Wing’s Security Division and Misawa AB’s 35th Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Warning stay back

An anti-vehicle defense system warning sign stands in front of the Levitow Gate at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23, 2019. U.S. Air Force and Japan Ground Self Defense Force security forces members integrated ranks during a bilateral exercise called Guard and Protect. The training combined the Japan ground forces with U.S. base defenders to increase security preparation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Shouldn’t have ran the gate

U.S. Air Force and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members participate in a gate runner scenario during a Guard and Protect training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23, 2019. The gate runner portion consisted of different procedures, including when and how to deploy barriers and routing information. The exercise increases bilateral relations by giving participants hands-on experience to work and improve security skills with their regional partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Handcuffing procedures

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Layson, left, a 35th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, gets handcuffed by Staff Sgt. Urelle Fogel, right, a 35th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, during a Guard and Protect training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23, 2019. Handcuffing was the first portion during the Guard and Protect training, which bolstered security preparation for real-world scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Demonstration for JGSDF personnel

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Wilfred Acevedo, a 35th Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center controller, demonstrates responding to a vehicle challenge scenario during Guard and Protect training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23, 2019. Guard and Protect is a bilateral contingency exercise and operation designed to ensure optimal security of military facilities and resources across the country of Japan when activated by higher headquarters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Face down now

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force member and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gregoriorafael Rodriguez, a 35th Security Forces Squadron trainer, participate in a gate runner scenario during Guard and Protect training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23, 2019. An understanding of communication between both forces is vital to the defense of Misawa AB and Northern Japan. Capt. Nicholas Cunningham, the 35th SFS operations officer said, the protection of any asset and people begins with integrated security from individuals who comprehend and act appropriately when an incident occurs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Ready for the target

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force member observes a gate runner scenario during Guard and Protect training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23, 2019. The focus of the exercise was broken into three components: training, exercising and refining. Participants trained on enemy suppression tactics for the installation defense perimeter. Afterward, members put their skills to the test during 27 exercise scenarios. In the end, participants discussed applied skills through an after-action report, helping forces plan for more focused training and advanced scenarios.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

35th SFS patch

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Layson, a 35th Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, shows off his security forces badge during Guard and Protect training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23, 2019. This training strengthened the interoperability and communication between U.S. and Japanese forces while refining response tactics for various threats to Misawa AB and Northern Japan. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Stepping carefully

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force member participates in a vehicle challenge scenario during Guard and Protect training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23, 2019. The annual exercise showcases U.S. and Japanese forces sharing tactics and working together to subdue enemy forces attempting to cause harm to people and assets on Misawa AB. This training showcased bonds shared in force protection and security excellence. All levels, including the defenders, self-defense force entry controllers and leadership, bettered each other through these events. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

The U.S. Air Force and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force participated in a Guard and Protect exercise to integrate security forces skills at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 23 and June 12.