By Kate Prengaman of the Yakima Herald. Apart from an occasional military convoy slowing traffic on Interstate 82 and the echo of explosives across the Valley, thousands of soldiers preparing for combat at the Army’s Yakima Training Center make for surprisingly quiet neighbors. Read the full story at the Yakima Herald Website
Major General Furuta of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces presented awards to YTC Directorates for their help with the Rising Thunder 2015 training. The Awards read: "From the Soldiers of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force in appreciation for your support to Rising Thunder 2015." Go to our Facebook page to see all the pictures.
The Yakima Training Center hosted District 8 Rep. Dave Reichert Sept. 21 to show the Congressman the types of operations the facility runs and what issues it is facing in the coming days. Reichert was able to witness the Rising Thunder exercise with both American and Japanese Soldiers. The partnership is part of Pacific Pathways a concept that joins multinational partners to conduct a three-part series of military exercises intended to increase Army readiness through additional training and strengthened partner-force relationships. During this particular exercise both American and Japanese Soldiers worked together to complete the objective. Read the full story written by Veronica Sandate Craker at the Northwest Gaurdian.
A guided class 3-4 white water river rafting down the Tieton River. Rimrock Lake releases water each September turning a quiet little river into a rafting destination for many rafters. Giving back to Service Members, the Corporate Sponsor, USAA, paid in part for this adventure to reward those working hard to protect our freedom. The event turns into a great team building opportunity.