Army Sgt. Christopher J. Hamlin was part of a U.S. Army Pacific task force that participated in training near Sendi, Japan, with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force.
The training was part of an annual, bilateral exercise between American and Japanese forces called Yama Sakura. The exercise focuses on the development and refinement of the JGSDF and U.S. Army Pacific through the exchange of ideas, tactics, techniques and experiences while building new and lasting friendships. It is one of the foundations of U.S. and Japanese defense cooperation. It's also U.S. Army Pacific's premier bilateral command post exercise.
Both forces serve a support role to civil governments and agencies, and must be able to work efficiently with organizations that may have dissimilar operating habits or procedures.
Hamlin is an information technology specialist assigned to the 78th Signal Battalion at Torii Station, Japan, and has served in the military for eight years.
Sgt. Hamlin is the son of Pat and Terry Hamlin of Central Point. He graduated in 2003 from Crater High School.