Security training conducted with NAF Misawa and JGSDF

The Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) announced on Thursday

that they had successfully completed training in security at Camp Hachinohe on Tuesday.

According to the report from the Misawa facility, scenarios that forces were tested with included improvised explosive devices (IED) on a person or in a vehicle, searches of personnel and vehicles, and suspicious package handling.

"This Force Protection Exercise (FPEX) is a great opportunity for both forces to integrate and work collectively to protect critical naval assets," said Lt. Daniel Topper, officer in charge of NAF Misawa's Security Detachment. "Both forces have force protection training teams (FPTT) assessing and observing the evolutions which is critical when conducting after-action reviews (AAR) at the conclusion of each scenario. This allowed us to identify what we need to improve jointly as well as what we need to sustain. The JGSDF are very professional and highly motivated. We look forward to continuing this professional relationship and future field training exercises."

Individuals who took part in the training from both NAF and JDSDF will be protecting fuel depots located at Hachinohe. The training allowed the teams to work through barriers in communication.

"This is the first time this has ever been done with JGSDF and U.S. Navy Misawa security forces. We're very excited to get it done and very excited to work together," Chief Master-at-Arms Marcus Williams said. "At the end of the day we hope to start a relationship that will last for many years."

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