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Exercise Forager21 begins

Updated: Jul 11, 2021

Soldiers from America’s First Corps and Airmen from 62nd Airlift Wing prepare a pallet for loading onto a C-5 Galaxy on its way to exercise Forager 21, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 8, 2021. Photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi

America’s First Corps will lead U.S. Army Pacific’s Forager 21, which is the primary training exercise in support of Defender Pacific 21.

Forager 21 is designed to test and refine the Theater Army and the Corps’ ability to deploy land power forces to the Pacific, execute command and control, and effectively conduct multi-domain operations throughout Oceania from July 11 to Aug 6.

“America’s First Corps is proud to lead Forager 21, a premier training and operational partnership opportunity enabling U.S. Army Pacific and First Corps to practice its mission in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Maj. Gen. Xavier T. Brunson, commander of First Corps.

“Forager 21 allows us to dynamically employ forces to the Pacific to practice our response to a full range of security concerns in support of our regional alliances and international agreements across all domains, land, air, sea, space and cyber.”

It also enables follow-on exchanges and exercises with our allies and partners to deepen our military interoperability built over the decades and to help maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Approximately 4,000 U.S. personnel are directly participating in Exercise Forager 21.

This exercise will consist of several major events, including an 82nd Airborne operation, a bilateral airborne operation with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and 1st Special Forces Group, an AH-64 live-fire exercise, multi-domain operations including movements of Strykers, Avengers, and High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems by land, air, and sea, and modernization efforts in the space and cyber domains.

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