8th TSC takes active role in UFG exercise

| September 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Computer-simulated exercise demos real-life threat

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Ulchi Freedom Guardian is an annual exercise with the purpose of providing valuable training and evaluating and improving combined coordination, procedures, plans and systems necessary for contingency operations of Republic of Korea and U.S. forces, in defense of the ROK. 

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command took part in the 10-day annual exercise, here, Aug. 16-26, under the lead of Gen. Walter Sharp, commander, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea.  

The warfighter exercise started in July 1976, and it will continue to be an important part in the annual technical training of U.S. and ROK forces.

Ulchi Focus Lens, the original name of the exercise, was institutionalized to enhance interoperability of ROK and U.S. forces by training commanders and staffs from both nations in wartime planning, command and control operations, intelligence, logistics and personnel procedures required for the successful defense of the ROK.

The name of the exercise was changed to Ulchi Freedom Guardian in 2008. 

The exercise highlights the longstanding and enduring partnership and friendship between the two nations, their combined commitment to the defense of the ROK and in ensuring peace and security in the region.   

“We will continue to ensure the ROK–U.S. alliance is fully prepared to respond to any contingencies both today, and in the future,” said Maj. Sean O’Brien, deputy chief of operations and battle captain, 8th TSC.

The exercise demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the ROK–U.S. alliance and enhances the combat readiness of ROK and U.S. forces, while exercising senior leaders’ decision-making.

The training was designed around the Strategic Alliance 2015 plan, which focuses on threats that may include provocations, use of weapons of mass destruction, asymmetric threats or the conventional force-on-force fight.  

“It is a realistic training (that is) continually adapting to preparing, enhancing readiness, preventing and prevailing against the full range of current and future North Korean threats to the (ROK) and the region,” said Chief Warrant Officer Pennie Temmerman, senior ammunition technician, Support Operations Ammunition Division, 8th TSC.

UFG tests and builds the alliance commanders’ and staffs’ ability to translate information into actionable decisions that are implemented faster than the enemy.

“We had many new people who had never been part of this type of exercise, (and) they were able to become very knowledgeable of their job and their responsibilities by asking questions,” Temmerman said. “They actually made the group more cohesive, because the more experienced Soldiers had to step out of their area of expertise and help these Soldiers along the way.”

Approximately 3,000 U.S. personnel, 500,000 ROK participants and 27,000 U.S Joint Forces and multinationals participated in the exercise. 

“I enjoyed being actively engaged and involved in this exercise,” Temmerman said.

UFG training helps all military forces retain unit and individual skills. It is essential in a multinational defense organization, such as CFC, to ensure interoperability and readiness of the forces. 

The training helps prepare the alliance to respond to potential contingencies and to defend the ROK, under the Mutual Defense Treaty.

“This has been a valuable exercise for this command,” O’Brien said.


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