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U.S. Army Alaska and Japanese paratroopers jump together on JBER

  • Author: Bill Roth
  • Updated: June 10
  • Published June 10

Paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division float to the ground at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, June 10, 2019, while taking part in the joint exercise Arctic Aurora with paratroopers from the 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force. (Bill Roth / ADN)

A combined 260 paratroopers from the U.S. Army Alaska’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and the 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force jumped from C-130 Hercules cargo planes and floated to the ground on a cloudless Monday during the annual training exercise Arctic Aurora.

“It’s great to see the commonality of paratroopers between two countries” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Matthew Myer commander of the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (Airborne), 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. “Military partnership is really important for the United States, especially in the Pacific Theater. We jump at every opportunity to be able to train together and learn from each other. It makes both countries’ military better.”

After a Jump Wing exchange, Myer called it “a symbol of our partnership.”

“I think that’s proof of a strong relationship between U.S. and Japan,” Lt. Col. Nishiguchi Satoshi commander of the 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, said.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Matthew Myer commander of the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry (Airborne) and Lt. Col. Nishiguchi Satoshi commander of the 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force shake hands after exchanging Jump Wings during a bilateral airborne operation at Malemute Drop Zone on JBER, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Paratroopers from the 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130 over the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, June 10, 2019, while taking part in the joint exercise Arctic Aurora. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Paratroopers from 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force float to the ground at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)
A paratroopers from the 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force lands at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, June 10, 2019, while taking part in the joint exercise Arctic Aurora. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Paratroopers walk across the Malemute Drop Zone after an airborne operation on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Specialist Justin Cannon with the 241st Quartermaster Company, 725th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division prepares to gather his parachute after jumping at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, June 10, 2019, while taking part in the joint exercise Arctic Aurora with paratroopers from the 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Capt. Katsuyuki Azuma with the 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force gathers his parachute after dropping into the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, June 10, 2019, while taking part in a bilateral airborne operation with U.S. Army Alaska paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Sgt. First Class Tousyoshi Yoshida and Sgt. Kaelyn Miller high-five after exchanging Jump Wings and unit patches after a a bilateral airborne operation at Malemute Drop Zone on JBER, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN) (Bill Roth / ADN)
Paratroopers from the 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force wear a patch from 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Flag after exchanging Jump Wings after taking part in a bilateral airborne operation during the joint exercise Arctic Aurora at Malemute DZ on JBER on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and 1st Airborne Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force gather for a group photo after a bilateral airborne operation at Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)



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