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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 8th, 2012 at 3:47 am

USFK Seeks To Participate In More Excercises Outside of Korea

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Via One Free Korea comes news that USFK will be rejoining the US Army and participating in off peninsula exercises:

A top U.S. military commander in Korea strongly indicated Tuesday that his troops will seek to expand exercises and other services outside the peninsula.

The U.S. military is mapping out new strategies as the nation refocuses on the Asia-Pacific region and moves to transfer wartime operational control (OPCON) to Seoul, according to 8th Army commanding general Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson.

“As we move towards OPCON transition, it is an opportunity to reshape those contingency plans and those operations plans,” he said at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington.

It’s a “historic time” for the 8th Army as well, he added.

At the invitation of the U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Army took part in a training exercise in Japan last year.

It marked the first time that “the 8th Army headquarters left the peninsula in 60 years,” he said.  [Yonhap]

You can read the rest at the link, but I think it is pretty clear that the Pentagon wants USFK in the future to be able to deploy forces off of the peninsula similar to what is done with US forces in Okinawa.  A lot this I think is going to be depended on if the South Koreans really take over OPCON on the peninsula and allow US forces to be freed up to deploy off of the peninsula to conduct other operations in the future.

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  • Chosunking
    10:43 am on November 8th, 2012 1

    Does USFK need permission from the ROK to deploy to another location in the time of war.?
    For iinstance, if the US was to have an armed conflict with China and the US responded from Korea that would leave Korea open to attack?

  • Vince
    2:46 pm on November 8th, 2012 2

    No, not at all. And the US deployed troops from Korea to other locations before. But, since the US and ROK are alliance partners, it would make sense that the US gets its Korean partner familiar with what they want to do, and reviews the effects with that alliance partner.

    And– more interestingly, getting the Koreans to continue to be more “regional” isn’t a bad idea- they have the means to be so right now.

  • JoeC
    4:30 pm on November 8th, 2012 3

    USFK is committed to certain taskings in case of war in Korea. If USFK deploys a unit who is supposed to perform some of those tasks then it would be nice to inform the ROK military what other units will pick up the slack for those taskings.


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