12th Brigade (Japan)

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12th Brigade (Air Assault)
JGSDF 12th Brigade.svg
Active 13 March 2001 – present
Country  Japan
Branch  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Type Air assault brigade
Size 4,000 soldiers
Part of JGSDF Eastern Army.svg Eastern Army
Garrison/HQ Shintō
Maj. Gen. Masafumi Akamatsu

The 12th Brigade (Air Assault) (第12旅団) is one of six active brigades of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The brigade is subordinated to the Eastern Army and is headquartered in Shintō, Gunma. Its responsibility is the defense of Gunma, Nagano, Niigata and Tochigi prefectures.

The brigade was formed on 13 March 2001 with units from the disbanded 12th Infantry Division.


note 1: Infantry Regiments have only battalion strength.

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