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Press Release
October 23, 2006
PHOTOS: Additional photographs from Orient Shield 2007
Photos by Staff Sgt. Russell Bassett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
OS CQC 1: Oregon National Guard Spc. Jose Ramirez (center), a Hillsboro resident, and Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Leading Pvt. Takumi Sugiuara (foreground) use the "high/low" technique during close-quarters-combat training at Sekiyama Manuever Area, Japan, Oct. 18. About 240 members of the Oregon Guard's 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry are currently in Japan supporting Orient Shield 2007, a bilateral exercise conducted annually with the Japanese army.
OS CQC 2: Sgt. Avery Kerr of Cornelius watches as members of the JGSDF practice close quarters combat during Oregon Shield in Japan. Kerr's Oregon National Guard unit, 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf., deployed to Iraq in 2004, and the Oregon Soldiers are teaching the Japanese soldiers what they learned there.
OS Mortars: Sgt. Steven Tessitore, 2-162 mortar sergeant and resident of Corvallis shows members of Japan's 2nd Infantry Battalion, 1st Airborne Brigade how the United States Army sights in their mortars Oct. 19 in Japan. Along with showing the Japanese how the U.S. Army infantry operates, the Oregon National Guard Soldiers are also learning Japanese tactics during Orient Shield 2007.
OS SRM 2: Oregon National Guard Soldier Spc. Alvaro Castaneda (left) of Springfield shares a Tootsie Roll with a member of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (right) as Spc. Orlo Flock of Eugene (second from left) and Sgt. James Cutshall of Elmira watch. Many Oregon National Guard Soldiers are establishing lasting friendships with their Japanese counterparts during the bilateral training and cultural exchanges of Orient Shield.
OS SRM 3: The soldiers learned that there are several differences and similarities between how the Japanese and United States army's operate ranges during the short range marksmanship course Oct. 17 and 18.
Contact Info:
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kay Fristad
cell 503-931-5179
Capt. Michael Braibish