Japan Ground Self-Defense soldiers, from the 9th Division, 5th Infantry Regiment, Aomori, conduct a practice search during a bilateral Guard and Protect exercise, as part of Keen Sword 21, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 27, 2020. Guard and Protect is a bilateral contingency operation that allows for each major U.S. installation in Japan to collaborate with a Japanese Self-Defense Force Division to ensure adequate security of military facilities and resources across Japan when activated by higher headquarters. Keen Sword is a joint, bilateral field-training exercise involving U.S. military and JSDF personnel, designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie Bulow-Gonterman)
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