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From tents to temples

To further the spirit of cultural understanding and bilateral partnership embraced by exercise Yama Sakura 65 chaplains assigned to I Corps took advantage of the opportunity to meet with the master of a local Buddhist temple, Dec. 9.
Yama Sakura is a two-week bilateral exercise in which Japanese and American service members join forces to thwart a digital enemy. In addition to ensuring the players are trained to work together, the exercise was also an opportunity to experience Japanese culture.



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This work, From tents to temples [Image 1 of 3], by SSG David Chapman, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.09.2013

Date Posted:12.10.2013 06:34

Photo ID:1069112

VIRIN:131209-A-CD114-840

Resolution:800x492

Size:338.77 KB

Location:CHITOSE, HOKKAIDO, JP

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