1st Airborne Brigade’s First Jump Drill of 2012

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Personnel descending from CH-47 transport helicopter
1. Personnel descending from CH-47 transport helicopter     2. SDF paratroopers jumping from C-130H
3. Medics delivering medical aid
Then Defense Minister Ichikawa addressing the personnel at the unit’s drill
Then Defense Minister Ichikawa addressing the personnel at the unit’s drill
Landing combat drill
Landing combat drill

On January 8, the 1st Airborne Brigade, Ground Self-Defense Force held its first jump drill of the year at the Narashino Training Area (Chiba Prefecture). This is an annual event carried out to hope safe training drills for a new year. This year approximately 600 SDF personnel participated in the drills. In addition, a total of about 12,000 people including then Defense Minister Ichikawa, then Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, General Oriki, GSDF Chief of Staff Kimizuka, then Director General of the Minister's Secretariat Kanazawa, and other related personnel of the Ministry of Defense and the SDF, representatives from the U.S. Army Japan including Commander Michael Harrison, and others also attended and observed the drills. Approximately 20 aircraft, including C-130H transport aircraft and CH-47 helicopters, as well as 200 vehicles were used to carry out air jump training and landing combat drills.

After the drill, then Defense Minister Ichikawa encouraged the participating personnel, saying, “You successfully carried out your mission under severe conditions following the Great East Japan Earthquake, and you have once again proven the capabilities of your brigade here today. I hope that you will continue to train hard so as to meet the expectations of Japanese citizens, as they are counting on you.”

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