Stephen Bomar likened the deployment to that of an Oregon unit sent to Iraq in 2010, immediately after the United States downgraded its role in Iraq from combat to noncombat operations
Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada has said the government will not ''simply extend'' the Maritime Self-Defense Force's noncombat operations
in the Indian Ocean that have been in place for most of the time since 2001.
The book offers a generous selection of firsthand reports of aircrew members who suffered burns and injuries due to combat and noncombat operations
; the ghastly details of these grisly accounts sober the reader to the realities of war.
Historically, TRANSCOM has opened ports 75 percent of the time for noncombat operations
such as hurricane relief, humanitarian assistance, and noncombatant evacuations.
Protected by the Australian and British forces, the GSDF troops have been engaged in noncombat operations
such as medical, reconstruction and humanitarian assistance activities.