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Aibano Training Area, Japan

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Middle Army's Aibano Training Area is located northeast of Osaka on the main island of Honshu, Japan, close to the Sea of Japan.

More than 750 Marines and Sailors attached to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines participated alongside members of the 33rd Regiment, 10th Division, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force in the bilateral training exercise Forest Light, held in the Aibano Training Area, Japan in November 1999.

Soldiers rolled into Aibano Training Area, Japan, as 502 Wolfhounds from 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, arrived 02 November 2000 for Operation Keen Sword 2001, a three-week, joint training exercise. The annual exercise is designed to refine and improve bilateral operations between the U.S. Army and the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force at the regimental, battalion and company levels. Along with the 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Soldiers, nearly 100 additional U.S. Army, Japan, troops including active duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers are attached to the task force for the exercise. The combined exercise in-cludes 595 personnel from the 15th Regiment, 2nd Combined Brigade, Middle Army, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. The training includes squad maneuver live-fire training, anti-tank firing, military operations, medical evacuation training, field training exercises, convoy operations, containerized delivery system airdrops, and combat search and rescue missions.

Renamed Camp Millett for the exercise, Aibano Training Area lies in the rolling hills northeast of Osaka on the main island of Honshu, close to the Sea of Japan. The camp is named after retired Col. Lewis J. Millett, honorary regimental commander who earned the Medal of Honor while serving in the 1st Bn., 27th Inf. during the Korean War. The camp has been upgraded to include; a dining facility that converts into a theater and recreation center at night; a complete gym in a tent with weights, exercise machines and aerobic equipment; a shower facility big enough to take care of more than 600 Soldiers; and enough billeting and support facilities to take care of just about any need the Soldiers may have during the deployment. Most of the facilities were up and running when the Soldiers arrived. About five days before the unit deployed, Soldiers from the 17th Intermediate Staging Base started preparing for the exercise.

Osaka, city and port in Japan, on southern Honshu Island on Osaka Bay. Osaka is the capital of Osaka Prefecture and one of the largest cities in Japan. The population is 2,495,275 (1993 estimate). Osaka ranks among the busiest ports in the nation and accommodates major oceangoing vessels. It is a major industrial city and a financial and commercial center. Industries include the manufacture of steel, machinery, textiles, ships, automobiles, electrical equipment, and cement. The city is intersected by many canals spanned by bridges.

 



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