EXERCISE FOREST LIGHT MIDDLE ARMY BEGINS

EXERCISE FOREST LIGHT MIDDLE ARMY BEGINS

U.S. Marines and Soldiers from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force will conduct training exercise Forest Light Middle Army at Aibano Training Area in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan from Dec. 1 to Dec. 13, 2019.

The forces will conduct a bilateral, combined arms exercise and live fire training in conjunction with
ground and aviation units. During this iteration, the combined force will focus on helicopter-borne operations, with a comprehensive final training event that will begin with an aerial insert from MV-22B Ospreys, and consist of multiple days of complex bilateral movements against an opposing force.

Approximately 275 U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Marine Forces Reserve, currently assigned to 3d Marine Division as part of the Unit Deployment Program, and Marines from 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, will join their Japan Ground Self-Defense Force counterparts from the 8th Regiment, 13th Brigade, Middle Army. Their deployment validates the readiness and skill of the reserves to augment their active duty counterparts.

Forest Light is an annual training exercise that is designed to enhance the collective defense capabilities of the U.S. and Japan alliance by allowing infantry units to maintain their lethality and proficiency in infantry and combined arms tactics.

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5 comments


  • SgtGrit

    Bob. you are correct. We need more stories submitted so I can share with you guys.

    Semper Fi!


  • Harry 1371

    Hey Bob, you are mostly correct,some of the stories are reprints of stories that are first posted on the web Military.Com. I liked the stories of the past Sgt.Grit. even the bs stories. Harry 1371 RVN 68-69


  • Duane Peterson

    You got that right


  • Bob 1381

    “Marine Corps Stories” has got so far from the stories that I used to enjoy reading. It appears that most of the “Stories” printed anymore are best suited for Leatherneck, Military Times or some other news media. Maybe I’m alone with these feelings but I do, or did, enjoy reading about Marine veteran’s stories from years past that many of us can relate to……..Bob 1381 Vietnam Vet, 1966/1967.


  • LEE THOMPSON

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