Images: Wisconsin National Guard officer takes part in Yama Sakura 61 [Image 1 of 2]
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Bell
Capt. Jeremy Lyon, an infantry officer with the 332nd Rear Area Operations Center, Wisconsin Army National Guard, discusses troop movements with his Japanese counterparts at Camp Itami, Japan, Feb. 4. Lyon is participating in Yama Sakura 61, which is being held just north of Osaka. Yama Sakura is an annual Japan-based, simulation-driven, joint-bilateral command post exercise held with the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. military. Yama Sakura is designed to enhance U.S. and Japan combat readiness and interoperability and strengthen military relationships. Nearly 800 U.S. military personnel, mostly U.S. Army, and more than 3,500 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force service members are participating in Yama Sakura 61 that runs from Jan. 23 through Feb. 5.