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U.S. Joint Force and JSDF Bolster Alliance at Okinawa Security Conference
23 Apr 2024

Senior military leaders from the Japan Self-Defense Force and U.S. military convened in Okinawa, Japan, for the annual Bilateral Commanders Conference, hosted by III Marine Expeditionary Force.

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Roger Turner, III MEF commanding general, and Lt. Gen. Masayoshi Arai, the Western Army commanding general, met with leaders from western Japan and Okinawa to address a wide range of mutual defense topics. Among these, allies discussed bilateral security initiatives related to training, response capabilities, and deterrence.

Attendance from the JSDF and U.S. military included commanders from Western Air Defense Force, Southwestern Air Defense Force, Maritime Self-Defense Force Sasebo District, Western Army, and commanders from across III MEF, U.S. Army Japan, 7th Fleet’s Task Force 76/3, and the U.S. Air Force’s 18th Wing.

"The U.S.-Japan Alliance is a pillar of peace and security in the Western Pacific,” said Turner. “From natural disasters to rapidly evolving security environments, our III MEF team stands alongside our JGSDF Allies and U.S. joint force, ready to respond as a singular, unified force in support of the Japanese people.”  

The bilateral commanders conference reinforced the strength of the cooperation between the Japan Self-Defense Force and III MEF. The U.S.-Japan Alliance is dedicated to enhancing and expanding our security architecture throughout Japan, ensuring continued regional security and stability.

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