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The 35th Security Forces Squadron practiced base defense with their Japanese counterparts during a bilateral Guard and Protect exercise, as part of Keen Sword 21, Oct. 26-28.


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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Spencer Villanueva, a 35th Security Forces Squadron training evaluator, directs Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers, from the 9th Division, 5th Infantry Regiment, Aomori, during a bilateral guard and protect exercise, as part of Keen Sword 21, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 27, 2020. Guard and Protect training allows U.S. and Japan forces to exercise plans for contingency operations. Lessons learned from each encounter are used to solidify and improve operational effectiveness. Keen Sword is a joint, bilateral field-training exercise involving U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Force personnel, designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Bulow-Gonterman)

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