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US And Japan Conduct Joint Military Training At Camp Pendleton

A joint training exercise between Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and troops from the Japanese Ground Defense Force is scheduled to begin today at Camp Pendleton.

Throughout the exercise, dubbed Iron Fist 2012, the forces will take part in various amphibious drills, simulate a safe exit from a downed helicopter and take part in staff planning and integration exercises, officials said.

"We are excited to participate in an exercise that promotes interoperability and cooperation between JGSDF and Marine forces,'' said Col. Scott Campbell, the commanding officer of the 15th MEU. "This provides us the opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn from each other, as well as to establish personal and professional relationships.''

The Japanese unit set to participate in the exercise is the Western Army Infantry Regiment, officials said.

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