Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — The Integrated Control Element, or ICE, from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command deployed July 30 to Korea for the upcoming exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, or UFG.
The ICE Soldiers deployed early to set up areas, from communications to lodging, for the main element of Soldiers deploying to South Korea in the coming months.
“This is my first UFG, and I’m looking forward to learning my role and how everything works together … I hope to gain some good training experience out of this exercise,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua Myrice, attack operations noncommissioned officer in charge.
As with any exercise, UFG has many Soldiers participating who have different skill sets and various levels of training to accomplish the mission.
“My job is to keep accountability of personnel, coordinate all vehicle transportation and ensure that all lodging and food requirements are taken care of so that the main element will have a smooth transition so they can start their mission,” said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Ybarra Jr., field first sergeant.
When Soldiers deploy from their home station, they have several different methods of preparing themselves.
“I prepared for this exercise by ensuring that all my training was up-to-date and collected all the email account requests so that the accounts can be made,” said Staff Sgt. Travis Barriga, information technology specialist.
“Also, my role for this exercise is to maintain communications between Soldiers participating in the exercise in Korea, and their counterparts working in Hawaii,” Barriga added.
UFG is an annual command post exercise organized by the Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command. The exercise is held yearly to maintain a joint defense posture and guarantee the security of the Korean Peninsula.