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Camp Fuji opens gate for Friendship Festival

By Pfc. Karis Mattingly | Marine Corps Installations Pacific | May 14, 2019

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Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji opened its gates to the local community for the annual Friendship Festival May 11.

The festival is one of the largest community relations events the Marine Corps hosts in Japan.

“The festival helps build the relationship with our good neighbors by building morale, camaraderie, and partnership,” said Sgt. Christopher Oberlin, the section chief for the artillery static display with 1st Battalion 10th Marine Regiment “We're able to bring in the community and show them what we do as Marines, and we are closer for it.”

The thousands of visitors that attended the event explored the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force static displays that included tactical vehicles, artillery weapons, protective equipment, and aircrafts. There was also a kiddie land, live music, and a multitude of vendors selling food, apparel and accessories.

“Today I look around and am encouraged as I see the friendships and harmony that we have,” said Col. Michael Reilly, the commanding officer for CATC Camp Fuji. “This installation is special and vital as it plays a significant role in strengthening the alliance with JGSDF.”

The camp has a history of a strong relations with the neighboring JGSDF and local community.

“Today’s festival is our way of returning the hospitality and graciousness that we enjoy every day,” said Reilly. “This is our way of saying, thank you.”


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