Annual Cope North Exercises Kick Off Sunday

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Guam – The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and units from the Japan Air Self Defense Force will conduct exercise Cope North 11-1 on Guam, beginning Sunday, Feb. 13.

The exercise, which will run until Feb. 25, is the latest in a series of bilateral exercises designed to enhance both countries’ air operations. Since the first Cope North exercise in 1978, thousands of American and Japanese Airmen have honed skills that are vital to maintaining a high level of readiness.

The purpose of the exercise is to provide a venue for bilateral cooperation between U.S. and Japanese air forces, and to improve capabilities for the
defense of Japan.  The exercise also serves as a reminder that both nations are committed to security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

The community should be aware that there will be increased activity on or around Andersen Air Force Base related to the exercise. Due to the number of
personnel participating, traffic entering and exiting the base will increase as well. Personnel conducting business on base should be aware of potential
minor delays in traffic flow.