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NEWS | Oct. 21, 2011

Texas National Guard, Japan military forces partner for Orient Shield 2011

By Army Sgt. Charlie Helmholt and Army Spc. Jason Dorsey Illinois National Guard

KITA-FUJI TRAINING AREA, Japan - Orient Shield 2011 progressed through its second day of functional training Oct. 20, as Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment joined members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Eastern Army, 1st Division, 1st Aviation, in performing mounted heliborne operations.

JGSDF Members provided five UH-1J and one UH-1H Iroquois helicopters for air support during the mission while U.S. Soldiers rehearsed perimeter security; mounting and dismounting protocol, and chalk safety procedures.

A total of 112 U.S. personnel participated in the training, said Army 1st Lt. Charles H. Reinhardt the Executive Officer for Company B, 3-141 Inf. Reg.

The Soldiers are glad to be here, and enjoy sharing tactics with the JGSDF members, Reinhardt said.

"They're understanding us, we're understanding them and we have a lot of stuff in common," said Army Pfc. Chauncey Scott, an infantryman with the 3-141 Inf. Reg.

Although it may seem that language or cultural differences may prove a hindrance to training, the two groups executed the training without any problems and seem genuine in their excitement to be a part of this unique bi-lateral training experience.

"We are all very motivated and happy to be here and to be training with our allies," said Army Staff Sgt. Hermilo Rodriguez, a platoon sergeant with the 3-141.