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FORAGER 21 In Guam ~ American and Japanese Exercise

Two US Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron deployed from Yokota Air Base in Japan drop US Army paratroopers during Exercise FORAGER 21 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, 30 July 2021 [US Army: MSG Richard P. Ebensberger]

On Saturday 30th July American and Japanese Paratroopers and Special Forces were dropped onto Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.

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This joint exercise by the US Army and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, supported by the US Air Force, involved soldiers from the two nations based in Japan flying to the US island territory of Guam and parachuting in as reinforcements.

Exercise FORAGER 21 is a US Army Pacific (USARPAC) exercise designed to test and refine the US Army’s ability to flow landpower forces into the theatre, execute command and control of those forces, and effectively employ them in support of allies, partners, and national security objectives in the region. FORAGER 21 is an opportunity for the Theater Army to exercise joint, integrated, multi-domain operations in an archipelagic environment, and to test and employ emerging capabilities. This is the first iteration of the exercise and it is the primary exercise in support of DEFENDER PACIFIC 21 (DP21).

A US Army paratrooper jumps from a US Air Force C-130J Super Hercules during Exercise FORAGER 21 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, 30 July 2021 [US Army: MSG Richard P. Ebensberger]
Two US Air Force C-130J Super Hercules deployed from Yokota Air Base in Japan drop US Army paratroopers during Exercise FORAGER 21 in Guam, 30 July 2021 [US Army: MSG Richard P. Ebensberger]
US Army Green Berets descend on a drop zone in Guam alongside members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force after flying from Yokota Air Base in Japan, 30 July 2021 [US Army: Spc. Thoman Johnson]

Speaking at a press conference at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on Sunday 1st August Lt. Gen. Jon T. Thomas, the Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, said: “The United States Army Pacific Command, America’s Theater Army here in the region, is dedicated to preserving peace and prosperity of the people in Guam and across [the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana] Islands. “We want to maintain strong relationships and we want to build healthy communities together.

“We are demonstrating our commitment here to the defence of Guam, to the defence of the Nation, and to the values and the principles inherent in a free and open Pacific. This is the foundation of why we conduct exercises like we have today across the Pacific.”

A US Army Green Beret with 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), recovers his gear after parachuting onto a drop zone in Guam, 30 July 2021 [US Army: Spc. Thoman Johnson]
Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force ruck toward a rallying point following a parachute jump during Exercise FORAGER 21, Guam, 30 July 2021 [US Army: MSG Richard P. Ebensberger]
A member of the JGSDF pins Japanese Jump Wings on a US Army Green Beret assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) during a wing exchange ceremony, Guam, 31 July 2021 [US Army: Spc. Thoman Johnson]
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