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.