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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 24th, 2013 at 3:17 am

MG Vandal Takes Command of 2ID

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2ID has a new commander:

CAMP CASEY, South Korea — Maj. Gen. Thomas Vandal’s last job would seem to be perfect training for his new role as head of the 2nd Infantry Division on the volatile Korean Peninsula.
Vandal most recently served as director of operations, readiness and mobilization for the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff in Washington. In South Korea, he has to ensure his 10,000 troops are ready to mobilize for any threat from North Korea while preparing for the consolidation of U.S. forces to regional hubs south of Seoul.
“Together with our [South Korean] partners, we will continue to be a lethal deterrent to aggression and vanguards for security on the Korean Peninsula,” Vandal, who succeeds Maj. Gen. Edward Cardon, told a change-of-command ceremony Monday. “We will continue to ensure that our readiness and ability to ‘fight tonight’ is never compromised.”
Vandal will seek to continue to improve coordination between his charges and the South Korean military and is tasked with minimizing misbehavior by 2ID soldiers, which – as is the case with all U.S. servicemembers serving in South Korea – routinely makes national headlines here. [Stars and Stripes]

You can read more at the link, but it will be interesting to see how he reacts to the first GI misbehavior that happens that hits the Korean media.

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  • tbonetylr
    3:22 am on June 24th, 2013 1

    Maj. Gen. Thomas Vandal “is tasked with minimizing misbehavior by 2ID soldiers, which – as is the case with all U.S. servicemembers serving in South Korea – routinely makes national headlines here.”

    Good luck, sir yes sir!

  • Onezime
    3:26 am on June 24th, 2013 2

    If I were him, I’d start with preventing vandalism. ;-)

  • 2ID Doc
    5:11 am on June 24th, 2013 3

    He will personally stamp “No dessert” on their meal card. If they screw up again he will take away their birthday…

  • William
    7:50 pm on June 24th, 2013 4

    He will bring back salt peter and 10 PM alerts to clear the ville. By the time the alerts is over, there is no time to go back to the ville to do anything. He will bring back the work on Saturday thing filled with all manner of bullcrap like weapons cleaning and cdr inspections and re-cleaning, until cdr decides it is good to go… at 2300.

  • Smokes
    11:23 pm on June 24th, 2013 5

    Bring back 10PM alerts? You mean that was something someone was doing back in the day (adjusted for whatever curfew was at the time)? Some people are d*cks.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    4:11 am on June 25th, 2013 6

    General Honore when he was the CG called an alert on mid-day Sunday and rolled us out to the field for the week. However, that was back in the day when safety of moving equipment to training areas was not as strict as it is now.

    5:51 pm on June 25th, 2013 7

    I wonder how long it will take Vandal to get Violated like the last 2ID Commanding General and his entire chain of command, officer and enlisted alike??? 4th of July is right around the corner. Just Sayin!!!

    6:37 pm on June 25th, 2013 8

    #6 Restrictions on Movement??? Hell if anything I say there is more carelessness and disregard of safety now then I did back in the days of Honore. The only thing different is no one has been ran over by a bridge layer. But with the way I see these soldiers drive these TMPs and Tactical Vehicles on the streets of South Korea during my daily commute from Dongducheon to Seoul and back, it is only a matter of time. If the Ragin Cajun was still here and in charge, oh how different 2ID would be. -GUEAX TIGERS

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    3:05 am on June 26th, 2013 9

    @8- There is a big difference between carelessly driving a TMP compared to driving Bradley’s through Uijongbu or tanks through small villes like it was during Honore’s time. The lax safety standards are partly to blame for what happened in 2002.

  • I dig a Korean ho'
    4:53 am on June 26th, 2013 10

    You should designate the “Villes” near the U.S. bases in the ROK as human (young women) trafficking party zones so pinays fresh off the boat serve the GIs desperate for ho’ explorations. MG Vandal should go speak with the ROK gov. and tell the Kimchi boys that if the Villes were allowed to serve GI with sex then there would not any repeat of rapes of general population. Better yet, we should tell the ROKs that we’d be glad to take in Korean girls as well. Them ho’s go overseas to Japan and elsewhere for the $$ anyway. They might as well serve their country by serving American GIs. Right ? ^^

  • DMZDave
    2:22 pm on September 25th, 2013 11

    Agree with GI. Honore’s emphasis on “tactical” driving utterly disregarded the fact that we share the roads with Koreans who weren’t in on the game. If a tracked vehicle ran over and crushed two school girls in Killeen, Texas, the locals would raise hell too, as well they should. But the truth is, no commander at Ft Hood would ever suggest that soldiers should share the road with school children and drive “tactically.” So why the hell would anyone suggest we fo so in Korea? Honore did his best to do his worst and except by GI Korea, few Korean observers have ever held him accountable for setting back Korean American relations 20 years or more.


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