Bilateral exercise Southern Beach reinforces USAF, JASDF alliance in new year

The 18th Wing teamed up with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to kick off the new year with another Southern Beach exercise at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 19.

“Southern Beach is a bilateral exercise between the U.S. Air Force and the JASDF,” said Tech. Sgt. Daniel Propst, 18th Wing unit manager. “It reinforces our alliance together and allows us to prepare bilateral training, tactics, techniques and procedures that we are ready to execute when it comes to the defense of Okinawa.”

Southern Beach gives military members and newer operators a chance to see how to execute missions as a team, especially when they get involved in the planning, Propst said.

“Southern Beach 22-2 focused on resupplying forces in a heavily contested environment,” said Capt. Graham Johnson, 44th Fighter Squadron chief of weapons and tactics. “Overall, the exercise consisted of 28 aircraft fighting in a multi-national and multi-lane war. The JASDF led the mission planning, execution and debrief of this exercise, demonstrating their ability to coordinate and execute operations with their partners.”

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