Defense

June 25, 2012

Allies conduct exercise to mark Korean War anniversary

Tags:
by Walter T. Ham IV
Pocheon, South Korea

U.S. Army Apache attack helicopters from the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, participate in a live-fire exercise June 22, 2012, in Pocheon, South Korea.

American and South Korean forces conducted a large live-fire exercise to mark the anniversary of the Korean War at a range close to the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

More than 2,000 South Korean and U.S. troops and 38 military units participated in the live-fire training exercise, June 22, three days prior to the 62nd anniversary of the start of Korean War.

The exercise was attended by numerous South Korean and U.S. government and military officials, including Republic of Korea Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, Republic of Korea Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin and Eighth Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson.

Marshalling together the alliance’s combined military might, U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division Apache attack helicopters and Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles and U.S. Air Force 51st Fighter Wing A-10 Warthogs trained with units from the Republic of Korea, or ROK, Army and ROK Air Force.

During the integrated air and ground operations, artillery units, tanks, fighting vehicles, tactical aircraft and attack helicopters peppered and pummeled their targets in a precise fusillade that echoed across the range and filled the summer air with the acrid smell of gun smoke.

The exercise culminated with a ROK Army airborne unit parachuting into the mountains on the eastern end of the rugged training range.

According to Eighth Army Public Affairs Chief Col. Andrew C. Mutter, the exercise sends a clear message about the alliance’s enduring commitment to deterring aggression on the Korean Peninsula and maintaining security in Northeast Asia.

“ROK and U.S. forces train together all year round here to ensure we remain ready fight and win,” said Mutter. “Our ability to conduct such complex combined, joint live-fire exercises is a testament to the professionalism and readiness of our militaries.”

Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division stand next to a static display of a M109A6 Paladin 155mm Howitzer following the live-fire exercise, June 22, 2012, in Pocheon, South Korea.

A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter from the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, participates in a live-fire exercise June 22, 2012, in Pocheon, South Korea.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines May 27, 2015

News: U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for military launches - SpaceX has been certified for military space launch, the U.S. Air Force announced May 26. The long-awaited announcement is a game changer, with SpaceX becoming only the second provider cleared by the service to launch national security payloads into orbit.   Business: Northrop Grumman CEO issues...
 
 

New’s Briefs May 27, 2015

U.S. military begins search flights for stranded Rohingya The United States has begun military surveillance flights to help locate stranded Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people in Southeast Asian seas. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said May 26 that U.S. Navy P8 aircraft flew over the weekend with Malaysian support. Rathke said the U.S. has offered...
 
 
nasa-commercial-crew

Commercial Crew milestones met; partners on track for 2017 missions

NASA has taken another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. The Commercial Crew Program ordered its first crew rotation mission fro...
 

 
af-spacex

Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security space missions

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s Falco...
 
 

Northrop Grumman passes key design review for B-2 weapons management upgrade

Northrop Grumman has successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Air Force that its plans to upgrade key weapons management software for the B-2 stealth bomber are on track and ready to proceed to the next level of development. The company successfully completed the critical design review of the service’s Flexible Strike Phase 1 program on Feb...
 
 
boeing-space

Boeing awarded first-ever commercial human spaceflight mission

NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>