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2016

Low Altitude Air Defense Marines tour Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Komakado

By Cpl. Janessa Pon, III Marine Expeditionary Force


A Marine operates a simulated Personal Surface to Air Missile during a tour of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force facilities Jan. 13 at Camp Komakado, Shizuoka, Japan. The visit strengthened the relationship between Marines and members of the JGSDF through guided tours and discussions of tactics and equipment. The Marines, who are from 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Control Group 28; currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program, visited their JGSDF counterpart, 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion, to observe training procedures, weapon systems, tactical vehicles and equipment.
Low Altitude Air Defense Marines tour Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Komakado
A Marine operates a simulated Personal Surface to Air Missile during a tour of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force facilities Jan. 13 at Camp Komakado, Shizuoka, Japan. The visit strengthened the relationship between Marines and members of the JGSDF through guided tours and discussions of tactics and equipment. The Marines, who are from 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Control Group 28; currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program, visited their JGSDF counterpart, 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion, to observe training procedures, weapon systems, tactical vehicles and equipment.
Marine 1st Lt. Yosef E. Adiputra presents a gift to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Lt. Takahashi during a tour of JGSDF facilities Jan. 13 at Camp Komakado, Shizuoka, Japan. The visit strengthened the relationship between Marines and JGSDF members by allowing the service members to observe each other’s training methods and operations. The Marines from 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Control Group 28; currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program, visited their JGSDF counterpart, 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion, observed weapon systems, tactical vehicles and martial arts demonstrations.
Low Altitude Air Defense Marines tour Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Komakado
Marine 1st Lt. Yosef E. Adiputra presents a gift to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Lt. Takahashi during a tour of JGSDF facilities Jan. 13 at Camp Komakado, Shizuoka, Japan. The visit strengthened the relationship between Marines and JGSDF members by allowing the service members to observe each other’s training methods and operations. The Marines from 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Control Group 28; currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program, visited their JGSDF counterpart, 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion, observed weapon systems, tactical vehicles and martial arts demonstrations.
Marines pose for a picture with members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during a tour of JGSDF facilities Jan. 13 at Camp Komakado, Shizuoka, Japan. The visit strengthened the relationship between Marines and members of the JGSDF by allowing the service members to discuss training and tactical procedures and observe each other’s tactical equipment and resources. The Marines visited the JGSDF motor pool, Improved Moving Target Simulator and 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion building. The Marines are from 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Control Group 28; currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program.
Low Altitude Air Defense Marines tour Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Komakado
Marines pose for a picture with members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during a tour of JGSDF facilities Jan. 13 at Camp Komakado, Shizuoka, Japan. The visit strengthened the relationship between Marines and members of the JGSDF by allowing the service members to discuss training and tactical procedures and observe each other’s tactical equipment and resources. The Marines visited the JGSDF motor pool, Improved Moving Target Simulator and 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion building. The Marines are from 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Control Group 28; currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program.
A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force demonstrates the use of a targeting optical aide during a tour of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force facilities Jan. 13 at Camp Komakado, Shizuoka, Japan. The visit strengthened the relationship between Marines and their JGSDF counterpart, 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion, by allowing them to observe training procedures, weapon systems, tactical vehicles and equipment. The Marines are from 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Control Group 28; currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program.
Low Altitude Air Defense Marines tour Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Komakado
A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force demonstrates the use of a targeting optical aide during a tour of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force facilities Jan. 13 at Camp Komakado, Shizuoka, Japan. The visit strengthened the relationship between Marines and their JGSDF counterpart, 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion, by allowing them to observe training procedures, weapon systems, tactical vehicles and equipment. The Marines are from 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Control Group 28; currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program.
SHIZUOKA, Japan -- Marines toured Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion facilities Jan. 13 on Camp Komakado, Shizuoka, Japan. 

The visit strengthened the relationship between Marines and members of the JGSDF by allowing the service members to explore static displays of anti-aircraft defense equipment and vehicles, discuss training and tactical procedures, and eat meals together. 

“Today was a very big step for our Marines,” said 1st Lt. Yosef E. Adiputra, the officer in charge of 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Aircraft Control Group 28, currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force under the unit deployment program. “Given the American presence in the Asia-Pacific region, it is crucial for us to build that cohesion with our counterparts here in Japan so we can build relationships and partnerships and learn from each other.” 

The Marines rode onto Camp Komakado on a JGSDF truck and filed into a conference room in the 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion building, where they received a brief on the equipment and operational capabilities of the unit. The Marines then toured the building and viewed static displays of tactical vehicles and weapon systems at the JGSDF motor pool. 

“We are very pleased to be able to present our facilities to Marines,” said JGSDF 1st Lt. Takahashi, with the 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion. “We want them to see how we train and discuss our tactics so we can learn from each other and develop a strong relationship.” 

The Marines’ also tour included a visit to the Improved Moving Target Simulator, during which Marines tried their hand at operating a simulated Personal Surface to Air Missile and firing at animated targets. 

According to Adiputra, a Queens, New York, native, the 1st Anti-Aircraft Battalion is structured much like a Marine Battalion. 

“The way their unit functions is very efficient and very impressive,” said Adiputra. “They are very capable and the similarities help us relate better, while the differences allow us to learn from each other.” 

The facilities tour ended with the martial arts training facility, where members of the JGSDF demonstrated various facets of the program; such as hand-to-hand, rifle-bearing and Kendo-based combat techniques. 

After the demonstrations, the Marines and JGSDF members gathered on the rooftop of the battalion building and posed for photos before enjoying lunch together. 

“Japan and the United States are critical allies with an important relationship,” said Takahashi. “When I visited Okinawa last year, I was treated very well by the Marines, so I wanted the Marines to have same experience here. That's why we invited Marines. Our friendship is very important and this was a great opportunity to build on it.”