Deployed Forces: AAMDC forges ties with ally on virtual battlefield

| April 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Staff Sgt. Christopher Roberts
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

OSAN AIR FORCE BASE, South Korea — The threat of missile attacks from hostile nations dates back to President Ronald Reagan’s time in office, when he announced the Strategic Defense Initiative for development of a system to defend against ballistic missile attacks.

Soldiers of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, with headquarters at Fort Shafter, traveled, here, Feb. 23-March 20, to help build a stronger defense of the South Korea peninsula by training alongside the Republic of Korea in an exercise known as Key Resolve.

The day shift – comprised of Maj. Charles Semenko (left), Maj. Richard Dixon and Staff Sgt. Courtney Johnson, all with Attack Operations, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command – studies screens of the virtual battle space, during this year’s Key Resolve exercise, to identify and exploit locations of enemy theater ballistic missile launch sites and re-supply routes for offensive attack strategies from Osan Air Force Base, South Korea.The exercise was an opportunity for the U.S., through combined efforts of more than 20,000 troops from all branches, to work closely with its Pacific ally on a virtual battlefield and build a stronger partnership at the same time.

“We continue to improve our relationship with the ROK and Air Defense Command,” said Lt. Col. Brian Bowen, current and future plans officer, 94th AAMDC. “We are moving closer to the goal of a combined workspace from which we will be able to conduct Force Operations,” Challenges were soon met head on when the exercise was in full swing.”

“Because of the joint nature of our fight, our unit must operate under a complicated command and control,” Bowen said.

“It was a challenge to ensure that the staff performed all the functions of an Army Air and Missile Defense Command, and that all the commands in theater got the support that we owe them,” Bowen added.

The 94th AAMDC needed to succeed in many components during its mission.

All, however, fell under four pillars: passive defense; attack operations; active defense; and command, control, communication and intelligence.

Attack operations involved locating and assessing the hidden enemy’s ballistic missile locations and determining battle damage assessments should friendly forces have decided to attack and disrupt the adversary’s ability to launch ballistic missiles.

This mission was accomplished through timely and accurate joint information from the intelligence office and attack operations.

“The most significant outcome I noticed was the increased efficiency between the intelligence section and the Attack Operations section in regards to focusing our targeting efforts over the course of the exercise,” said Maj. Charles Semenko, attack operations officer, 94th AAMDC.

“As both shops began receiving positive results from our efforts we began understanding how to better improve our products for increased efficiency in targeting theater ballistic missiles using joint assets from air, land and sea components,” Semenko said.

Aside from success on a virtual battlefield, the mission was deemed productive because of the improved relationship between the ROK and United States.

“The ROK/US relationship was increased as our counterparts worked with us and saw how our ability to influence and shape the battlefield was instrumental in supporting their efforts,” added Semenko.

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