HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska –A task force of about 450 soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division will depart Alaska this week for training exercises in Japan and Korea.
Task Force Blackhawk, composed of soldiers from 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment and other elements of the 1-25th, will deploy with 25 Stryker vehicles and a host of other vehicles and equipment as part of the Army’s Pacific Pathways program of engagement with friendly nations in the region.
In Japan, the soldiers will take part in exercise Orient Shield — U.S. Army Japan’s annual exercise with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force — which will take place in and around Sendai. In Korea, the Task Force will join in the 2nd Infantry Division’s Warfighter exercise, where the unit will maneuver for 10 days in the Wonju area, east of Seoul.
Pacific Pathways is an innovative approach employed by U.S. Army Pacific that links a series of security cooperation exercises with allied and partner militaries into an operation and deploys a unit that is task organized to conduct this operation. The “pathway” is the link between these bilateral and multi-lateral exercises, and the unit is mission-tailored and task-organized for the series of exercises in its entirety.
Pacific Pathways enhances the unit’s readiness, training and leader development as the unit deploys into the region to conduct the exercises. Through the employment of regionally assigned and aligned forces for extended expeditionary military engagements, Soldiers and leaders gain familiarity with diverse operating environments, develop greater respect for host nation culture and capabilities, build partner capacity and interoperability, and foster and strengthen professional relationships.
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