2,000 sailors, marines, airmen participating in Cope North

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The United States, Japan and Australia are participating in COPE North 2019 (CN19) at Andersen Air Force Base until Mar. 8, 2019.

This long-standing exercise is designed to enhance multilateral air operations among the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

More than 2,000 U.S. Airmen, Marines and Sailors will train alongside approximately 850 combined Koku Jieitai and RAAF service members. Additionally, nearly 100 U.S., Japanese and Australian aircraft from 21 flying units will participate in CN19.

The exercise will begin with a week-long humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training event that will then lead to the need for a large-force employment, all of which is designed to increase readiness among the allied nations.

The exercise’s focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief provides critical training to U.S. and allied forces that has a direct impact on the militaries’ ability to support the region, including Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Beginning in 1978 as a quarterly bilateral exercise held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, COPE North moved to Andersen AFB in 1999. Today, as U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ largest multilateral exercise, the annual event demonstrates the U.S. Air Force’s commitment to peace and security throughout the Indo-Pacific region by enabling regional forces to hone vital readiness skills critical to maintaining regional stability.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.