Keen Sword 2015
The U.S.-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise
Yokota AB, Tokyo Japan – Units from Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF) and U.S. military forces will conduct a bilateral field training exercise called Keen Sword 15 beginning Nov. 8, 2014.
The exercise, which will run until Nov. 19, is the latest in a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises since 1986 involving U.S. military and JSDF personnel designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the JSDF.
Approximately 10,000 U.S. personnel will participate in Keen Sword 15, including those assigned to U.S. Forces Japan Headquarters, 5th Air Force, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, U.S. Army Japan and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The forces will conduct training with approximately 30,000 personnel from the Japan Self Defense Force at military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa and in the waters surrounding Japan.
The exercise will be directed by the commander of U.S. Forces Japan, and the Chief of Staff of the Japan Joint Staff.