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America’s First Corps Deploys to Guam to Lead Exercise Forager 21

Soldiers from 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command observe a HMMWV being lifted from an Army Watercraft System in support of Forager 21, Naval Base Guam, July 10, 2021. Army Watercraft Systems deliver sealift capabilities that increase the Theater Army’s freedom of action and ability to flow forces to and within the region (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command observe a HMMWV being lifted from an Army Watercraft System in support of Forager 21, Naval Base Guam, July 10, 2021. Army Watercraft Systems deliver sealift capabilities that increase the Theater Army’s freedom of action and ability to flow forces to and within the region (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)

America’s First Corps Soldiers and civilian contractors unload military vehicles from the United States Army Vessel Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, in support of Forager 21, at Naval Base Guam, July 10, 2021. Army Watercraft Systems provide strategic movement support to the Joint Force and are integrated with the Pacific Fleet’s maritime operation center. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)

America’s First Corps Soldiers and civilian contractors unload military vehicles from the United States Army Vessel Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, in support of Forager 21, at Naval Base Guam, July 10, 2021. Army Watercraft Systems provide strategic movement support to the Joint Force and are integrated with the Pacific Fleet’s maritime operation center. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Karan Ratra, a satellite communication systems operator, and Spc. Michael Lacey, a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer, both from the 11th Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Tx. set up a scalable network node satellite as part of exercise Forager 21, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 11, 2021.  Iterative realistic training like this exercise allows the U.S. Army to continuously innovate and practice our ability to dynamically respond with our joint partners, alongside our allies, and partnered militaries across all domains, whether it be land, air, sea, cyber or space.

Staff Sgt. Karan Ratra, a satellite communication systems operator, and Spc. Michael Lacey, a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer, both from the 11th Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Tx. set up a scalable network node satellite as part of exercise Forager 21, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 11, 2021. Iterative realistic training like this exercise allows the U.S. Army to continuously innovate and practice our ability to dynamically respond with our joint partners, alongside our allies, and partnered militaries across all domains, whether it be land, air, sea, cyber or space.

Sgt. Brain Cobb, a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer from the 11th Signal Brigade at Fort Hood, makes adjustments to a scalable network node satellite as part of Forager 21, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 11, 2021. The Army’s ability to employ emerging capabilities rapidly and effectively serves as a blueprint for future force structure and employment. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)

Sgt. Brain Cobb, a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer from the 11th Signal Brigade at Fort Hood, makes adjustments to a scalable network node satellite as part of Forager 21, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 11, 2021. The Army’s ability to employ emerging capabilities rapidly and effectively serves as a blueprint for future force structure and employment. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi, I Corps Public Affairs)

America’s First Corps Soldiers offload equipment for exercise Forager 21 at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, July 10, 2021. Forager 21 bolsters the U.S. Army’s capability to rapidly deploy personnel and equipment in order to project power across a complex operational environment in the Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Resnick)

America’s First Corps Soldiers offload equipment for exercise Forager 21 at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, July 10, 2021. Forager 21 bolsters the U.S. Army’s capability to rapidly deploy personnel and equipment in order to project power across a complex operational environment in the Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Resnick)

America’s First Corps Soldiers go through customs for exercise Forager 21 at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, July 10, 2021. Forager 21 bolsters the U.S. Army’s capability to rapidly deploy personnel and equipment in order to project power across a complex operational environment in the Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Resnick)

America’s First Corps Soldiers go through customs for exercise Forager 21 at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, July 10, 2021. Forager 21 bolsters the U.S. Army’s capability to rapidly deploy personnel and equipment in order to project power across a complex operational environment in the Pacific region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Resnick)

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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 landpower forces to the Pacific, execute command and control, and effectively conduct multi-domain operations throughout Oceania from July 11 to August 6, 2021.

“America’s First Corps is proud to lead Forager 21, a premiere 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, to include: 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.

For more information, photos and stories about Forager 21, visit the public web page: https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/ExerciseForager21, or follow America’s First Corps on Twitter @I_Corps, or on Facebook @1STCORPS, or on Instagram @I_CORPS.