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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 12th, 2012 at 7:56 am

Commander of Special Operations Command Korea To Be Replaced

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This just appears to be coincidental timing considering that he will have been in command for 2 years when he is replaced which is the typical length for command time:

An Army general has been replaced after reports quoted him as saying U.S. and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea on espionage missions.

Brig. Gen. Neil Tolley was quoted as making the comments during a conference in Florida last month. Both he and the military later said that no special operation forces have been sent into North Korea.

The military command in Seoul said Tuesday the departure of Tolley is a routine personnel change.

Tolley started his job as chief of U.S. special forces in South Korea in October 2010, and officials say the posting usually lasts about two years.  [Army Times]

This whole episode just goes to show why senior military leaders have to be very careful when speaking around journalists.  Some of them are more concerned about getting a splashy headline or too misinformed to know they should verify what was said was accurate.

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  • Jimbob
    7:46 am on June 12th, 2012 1

    Folks this is NOT correct. Not only did David Axe get it wrong, but both the Army Times and Air Force Times got it wrong as well.

    Tolley is not being prematurely replaced. His replacement – as with all GOFO assignments – was announced in a routine message put out by the DoD. He was and IS still due to rotate this fall (Octoberish).

    He has most certainly NOT been fired, replaced, nor has he stepped down.

  • Lemmy
    9:22 am on June 12th, 2012 2

    What is GOFO is it a new acronym for GOMO?

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    12:08 pm on June 12th, 2012 3

    @1 – In the very first paragraph of my write up I said this coincidental timing since he is being changed out at about the two year mark which is typical.

  • Glans
    1:13 pm on June 12th, 2012 4

    Let’s see what his next job is. That will give a clue, whether the Army thinks he messed up.

  • Hamilton
    8:27 pm on June 12th, 2012 5

    GOFO-General Officer/Flag Officer (Army,Air Force, Marine/Navy)
    GOMO-General Officer Management Office (The people who set assignments for GOFOs)

  • Leon LaPorte
    8:35 pm on June 12th, 2012 6

    Take General “Let’s waste a lot of money fielding shiat early (that will be shiat canned on my departure)” Taylor with you and don’t let the door hit either of you in the ass.


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