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US Australia Britain and Japan Paratroppers Participates in New Year’s Jump Exercise

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US Australia Britain and Japan Paratroppers Participates in New Year’s Jump Exercise
US Australia Britain and Japan Paratroppers Participates in New Year’s Jump Exercise

A multilateral collaboration of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, British army, Australian army, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members conducted an annual New Year’s Jump exercise at Camp Narashino, January 8. Roughly 400 paratroopers participated in the event jumping from three U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, one C-130H Hercules and one C-2 Greyhound assigned to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. This event marks a return to a diverse representation of forces participating since the COVID-19 pandemic began, allowing a renewal in partnerships while celebrating the first jump of the year with allies.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force paratroopers with the 1st Airborne Brigade don their gear for the annual New Year’s Jump event at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 8, 2023.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force paratroopers with the 1st Airborne Brigade don their gear for the annual New Year’s Jump event at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 8, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooklyn Golightly)

“This New Year’s jump event was an opportunity to learn from each other and improve together with our partner nations. The true value of what we did here today in not only conducting a multilateral jump to celebrate the New Year, but to also increase our ability to conduct better airborne operations in a joint environment forward in the Pacific theater. Events like this and others builds readiness,” said U.S. Army Col. Christopher Ward, 11th Airborne Division chief of staff.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force paratroopers from the 1st Airborne Brigade, hook up to the static line inside of a 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J Hercules before jumping out of the aircraft over a Camp Narashino training area Chiba, Japan, Jan. 8, 2023.
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force paratroopers from the 1st Airborne Brigade, hook up to the static line inside of a 36th Airlift Squadron C-130J Hercules before jumping out of the aircraft over a Camp Narashino training area Chiba, Japan, Jan. 8, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Braden Anderson)

“The New Year’s Jump is the first big event of the year hosted by JGSDF. Doing this event has been a longstanding tradition with our allied partners to welcome the new year in the spirit of continued safe operations. Our goal is to fortify our interoperability with our international allies through these jumps,” Mendez said. “Integration events like this help enhance interoperability between the U.S. and Japan Self-Defense Forces in the event of a real-world contingency,” said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kevin Mendez, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot.

U.S. Army paratroopers from the 11th Airborne Division, jump out of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron during the annual New Year's jump at Camp Narashino, Chiba, Japan, on Jan. 8, 2023.
U.S. Army paratroopers from the 11th Airborne Division, jump out of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron during the annual New Year’s jump at Camp Narashino, Chiba, Japan, on Jan. 8, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Teamwork is a military strength at all levels, from small teams to large scale joint force operations, and the annual NYJ exercise is a commitment to maintaining flexible allied interoperability. This display of strength and capability acts as a deterrent to peer adversaries, and as a promise to the lasting friendship of partner forces. The New Year’s Jump kicks off a series of bilateral training exercises for Yokota AB, which have long since aimed to increase the combat readiness and friendships between the U.S. and its international partners. Yokota Air Base (Yokota Hik?j?) is a Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and United States Air Force (USAF) base in the Tama Area, or Western Tokyo. It occupies portions of Akishima, Fussa, Hamura, Mizuho, Musashimurayama, and Tachikawa.

US Australia Britain and Japan Paratroppers Participates in New Year’s Jump Exercise
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force paratroopers from the 1st Airborne Brigade, jump out of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron during the annual New Year’s jump at Camp Narashino, Chiba, Japan, on Jan. 8, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
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