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Leadership from 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment out of Schofield Barracks, as well as from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force discuss coordinates during a mortar live fire exercise.

                      

MISSION BRIEF
Exercise Orient Shield 12 (OS12) is an annual tactical level, field-training exercise that is co-hosted by U.S. Army Japan and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. This year’s exercise will be conducted at Aibano Training Area, Japan, from Oct. 24, to Nov. 8, 2012.

Since its inception in 2000, Orient Shield has focused on the development and refinement of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and the U.S. Army’s efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination, and interoperability.

The United States and Japan share a mutual defense treaty that was implemented in 1951 and revised in 1960. This long-standing bilateral relationship is a critical factor in ensuring regional stability and economic growth. The U.S. is committed to working with its allies and friends to promote security and stability throughout the Pacific region.